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Reasons for Praise

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Praise should be for 1) what God has done and 2) who God is.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Psalm 150:2.

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Do This and You Will Live

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“Do and live” is the promise of the law.  But since no sinner can obey perfectly, the impossible demands of the law are meant to drive us to seek divine mercy (Galatians 3:10-13,22-25).

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Luke 10:28.

What is in man

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Prior verses, 23 and 24, subtly reveal the true nature of belief from a biblical standpoint.  Because of what observers knew of Jesus from His miraculous signs, many came to believe in Him.  However, Jesus made it His habit not to wholeheartedly “entrust” or “commit” Himself to them because He knew their hearts.  Verse 24 indicates that Jesus looked for genuine conversion rather than enthusiasm for the spectacular.  “Belief into His name” involves much more than intellectual assent.  It calls for whole-hearted commitment of one’s life to Jesus.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for John 2:23,24.

Be Anxious for Nothing

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Fret and worry indicate a lack of trust in God’s wisdom, sovereignty, or power.  Delighting in the Lord and meditating on His Word are a great antidote to anxiety (Psalm 1:2).  

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Philippians 4:6.

The Greater Act

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Adam’s sin brought universal death – exactly opposite the result he expected and Satan had promised:  “You will be like God” (Genesis 3:5).  Christ’s sacrifice brought salvation to those who believe.  Unlike Adam’s act, Christ’s act has – and will – accomplish exactly what He intended, spiritual life.  Christ’s one act of redemption was immeasurably greater than Adam’s one act of condemnation.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Romans 5:15, 17.