God

Great Power and Glory

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Jesus will return to earth in the same manner in which He left (Acts 1:9-11; Daniel 7:13,14; Revelation 1:7).  The Psalmist said that God uses “clouds” as His chariot (Psalm 104:3), and Isaiah 19:1 pictures the Lord riding on a cloud.  Although these “clouds” could be natural, they more likely describe the supernatural “glory cloud” that represented God’s presence in Old Testament Israel.  While Christ possesses “great power and glory”, His return will be accompanied with visible manifestations of that power and glory (Revelation 6:15-17; 11:15-19; 16:17-21; 19:11-16)-He will redeem the elect, restore the devastated earth, and establish His rule on earth.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Mark 13:26.

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Without Excuse

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God holds all men responsible for their refusal to acknowledge what He has shown them of Himself in His creation.  The creation delivers a clear, unmistakable message about God’s person.  The Creator, who made all that we see around us and constantly sustains it, must be a being of awesome power.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Romans 1:20.

Our Conscience

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Conscience-the soul’s warning system, which allows human beings to contemplate their motives and actions and make moral evaluations of what is right and wrong.  In order to work as God designed it, the conscience must be informed to the highest moral and spiritual level and best standard, which means submitting it to the Holy Spirit through God’s Word (Romans 12:1,2; 1 Timothy 1:19; 2 Timothy 2:15; Hebrews 9:14; 10:22).  

 

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for 2 Corinthians 1:12.

Sacrifice

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This verse is filled with the language of substitution.  The Servant suffered not for His own sin, since He was sinless (Hebrews 4:15; 7:26), but as the substitute for sinners.  The emphasis here is on Christ being the substitute recipient of God’s wrath on sinners (2 Corin 5:21; Galatians 1:3,4; Hebrews 10:9,10).  He suffered the chastisement of God in order to procure our peace with God.  The stripe that caused His death has brought salvation to those for whose sins He died.  Peter confirms this in 1 Peter 2:24.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Isaiah 53:5.

Fellowship

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God tolerates no competition and will not allow idolatry to go unpunished, (Deut. 32:21; Jer. 25:6,9; Rev. 21:8).  Idols and the things sacrificed to them have no spiritual nature or power in themselves (1 Corin. 8:4,8), but they do represent the demonic.  If pagan worshipers believe an idol was a god, demons act out the part of the imagined god (2 Thess. 2:9-11).  There is not a true god in the idol, but there is a satanic spiritual force (Deut. 32:17, Psalm 106:37).

“Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons”, 1 Corin. 10:20.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for 1 Corinthians 10:19,20,22.

Evil company

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By word or example, evil friends are a corrupting influence.  Hope in the resurrection is sanctifying; it leads to godly living, not corruption.  Some in the church did not know God and were a corrupting influence, but not for those who hoped for life in God’s presence (see John 3:2,3).

Commentary from the MacArthur study bible, notes for 1 Corinthians 15:33,34.

Set your love upon Him

 

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God Himself is the speaker in this section (verses 14-16) and He describes the blessing He gives to those who know and love Him.  The word for “love” means a “deep longing” for God, or a “clinging” to God.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Psalm 91:14.