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.

Two Ways

Matthew 7;13

Christ is drawing the line as clearly as possible between the way that leads to destruction and the way which leads to life.

The wide gate includes all religions of works and self-righteousness, with no single way, but it leads to hell, not heaven.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Matthew 7:13-29.


Matthew 7;14

Christ continually emphasized the difficulty of following Him (Matthew 10:38; 16:24,25; John 15:18,19; 16:1-3).  The narrow gate is by faith, only through Christ, constricted and precise.

Salvation is by grace alone, but is not easy.  It calls for knowledge of the truth, repentance, submission to Christ as Lord, and a willingness to obey His will and Word.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Matthew 7:13, 14.

Responding to Our Culture

1 Peter 3;14b

Be willing to suffer or be misunderstood.

Since the world finds holiness, obedience, and reverence for God confusing or even offensive, taking a stand for righteousness may bring you criticism instead of praise.  Don’t fear the intimidation, you are blessed (Matthew 5:10).

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, July 23, 2020.