Faithful

Focus for the New Year: Perseverance in Faithfulness

Hebrews 4;14

Christ is the center of our confession of faith in the gospel, both in creed and public testimony.  Surely, the readers would not give up Christ, whom they had professed, and reject what He had done for them, if they could understand the superiority of His person and work. 

Hold fast does not refer to how to be saved or remain saved.  It means rather that perseverance in faithfulness is proof of real faith.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Hebrews 3:1,6.

Beautiful mercy

Lamentations 3;22-24

The word ‘mercy’ in Hebrew is used about 250 times in the Old Testament, and refers to God’s gracious love.  It is a comprehensive term that encompasses love, grace, mercy, goodness, forgiveness, truth, compassion, and faithfulness.  The bedrock of faith is the reality that God keeps all His promises according to His truthful, faithful character.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Lamentations 3:22, 23.

Exuberance

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This psalm expresses the exuberance of the psalmist as he recognizes that God is merciful in salvation, great in His works of creation, just in His dealings with the wicked, and faithful in prospering His children.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Psalm 92:1-15.

Pray!

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This places no limits on a believer’s prayers, as long as they are according to God’s will and purpose.  This therefore means that man’s faith and prayer are not inconsistent with God’s sovereignty.  And it is not the believer’s responsibility to figure out how that can be true, but simply to be faithful and obedient to the clear teaching on prayer, as Jesus gives it in this passage.  God’s will is being unfolded through all of redemptive history, by means of the prayers of His people-as His saving purpose is coming to pass through the faith of those who hear the gospel and repent.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Mark 11:24.

The Faithful One

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God is faithful in regard to creation (Ps. 119:90), His promises (Deut. 7:9; 2 Cor. 1:18; Heb. 10:23), salvation (1 Thess. 5:24), temptation (1 Cor. 10:13), suffering (1 Pet. 4:19), and here faithful to strengthen and protect from Satan (cf. John 17:15; Eph. 6:16; 1 Thess. 3:5).

Notes for 2 Thessalonians 3:3, from the MacArthur study Bible.