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Loving the world-All is vanity

The prophet drew contrasts between the one who eagerly ran to care for his own house, while disregarding God’s house, revealing selfish indulgence and misplaced priorities. The selfish lack of concern for God’s house only caused more hardship.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Haggai, 1:4,6,9.

A Faithful Influence

2 Corin 2;15

Wherever God’s servant is faithful and is an influence for the gospel, God is pleased.  There is a twofold effect of gospel preaching.  To some, the message brings eternal life and ultimate glorification.  To others, it is a stumbling stone of offense that brings eternal death.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for 2 Corinthians 2:15,16.

All shall worship

Ps 22;27

Therefore God also has highly exalted Him

and given Him the name which is above every name,

that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,

of those in heaven, and of those on earth,

and of those under the earth,

and that every tongue should confess

that Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:9-11

No less

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Paul’s answer to the pride of the more visibly gifted was to engage his analogy again and remind them that the more fragile and less lovely, in fact, ugly parts of the body which are not publicly “presentable” (v.24) are given the greater respect for their necessity.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for 1 Corinthians 12:22-24.

Laying aside of pride

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This final command found at James 4:10 sums up the preceding nine commands, which mark the truly humble person.  “Humble” comes from the word meaning “to make oneself low.”  Those conscious of being in the presence of the majestic, infinitely holy God are humble (Isaiah 6:5).

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for James 4:10.