Do you realize how impactful your life is? Don’t be deceived by Satan’s lie that your suffering or obedience will amount to nothing. Your faithfulness to God never goes to waste. Paul didn’t know the extent of the fruit God would produce through his steadfast obedience. Neither can you gauge how the Lord will use you. So don’t lose heart. Keep your focus on eternal things, not the hardships of this life.
Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, February 1, 2023.
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.
God, who sovereignly created and controls all things, is alone the eternal, living God worthy of trust. By contrast, earthly idols have to be fashioned by men, and will perish.
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Jeremiah 10:7.
The cross has become the symbol of Christianity, but it’s so much more than a mere piece of jewelry worn around the neck. The crucifixion of Christ is a central doctrine of our faith, and understanding it correctly is essential for eternal life. In fact, Paul was convinced the cross was the most vital subject he could address.
Commentary from the In Touch Devotional by Charles Stanley, May 18, 2020.
Salvation is not an end in itself. The believer has been freed from sin to serve God, saved to serve.
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Hebrews 9:14.
Because He is the eternal Second Person of the Godhead, Christ’s priesthood cannot end. He obtained His priesthood, not by virtue of the law, but by virtue of His deity.
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Hebrews 7:16.
Salvation, of course, is very much for the believer’s blessing, but it is even more for the purpose of eternally glorifying God for bestowing on believers His endless and limitless grace and kindness. The whole of heaven glorifies Him for what He has done in saving sinners (Eph. 3:10; Rev. 7:10-12).
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Ephesians 2:7.
The narrow gate is by faith, only through Christ, constricted and precise. It represents true salvation in God’s way that leads to life eternal.
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Matthew 7:13,14.