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One Flesh

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Mark 10:8

Commentary in photo from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Mark 10:7,8.

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All things were created through Him and for Him~Colossians 1:16~

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As God, Jesus created the material and spiritual universe for His pleasure and glory.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Colossians 1:16.

The Greatest Wonder of All

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Rather than being so enthralled with extraordinary manifestations such as power over demons and the ability to work miracles, they should have realized that the greatest wonder of all is the reality of salvation-the whole point of the gospel message and the central issue to which all the miracles pointed.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Luke 10:20.

Who is my neighbor?

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This reveals the man’s self-righteous character.  The prevailing opinion among scribes and Pharisees was that one’s neighbors were the righteous alone.  According to them, the wicked-including rank sinners (such as tax collectors and prostitutes), Gentiles, and especially Samaritans-were to be hated because they were the enemies of God.  They cited Psalm 139:21,22 to justify their position.  As that passage suggests, hatred of evil is the natural corollary of loving righteousness.  But the truly righteous person’s “hatred” for sinners is not a malevolent enmity.  It is a righteous abhorrence of all that is base and corrupt-not a spiteful, personal loathing of individuals.  Godly hatred is marked by broken-hearted grieving over the condition of the sinner.  And Jesus taught here and elsewhere (Luke 6:27-36; Matthew 5:44-48), it is also tempered by a genuine love.  The Pharisees had elevated hostility toward the wicked to the status of a virtue, in effect nullifying the second Great Commandment.  Jesus’ answer to this lawyer demolished the pharisaical excuse for hating one’s enemies.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Luke 10:29.

The Fragrance of His Knowledge

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Paul was grateful for the privilege of being used as an influence for Christ wherever he went.  Every believer is transformed and called by the Lord to be an influence for His gospel throughout the world.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for 2 Corinthians 2:14.