Gospel

God used the evil work

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What happened following the persecution of Christians by Saul described in Acts 7, 8.

Be encouraged.

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Your Response

Your response

One’s response to the light in this life is crucial, because at the throne of judgement there will be no opportunity to embrace truth that was formerly spurned (Revelation 20:11-15).  Those who scorn the light of the gospel now will have all light removed from them in eternity.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Luke 8:18.

The aroma of death and of life

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Paul used the style of Hebrew superlatives to emphasize the 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.  No one in his own strength is adequate or competent to serve God in the ways and with the power that Paul has been describing.

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

The Fragrance of His Knowledge

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Paul was grateful for the privilege of being used as an influence for Christ wherever he went.  Every believer is transformed and called by the Lord to be an influence for His gospel throughout the world.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for 2 Corinthians 2:14.