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No Other Name

No Other Name

This refers to the exclusivity of salvation by faith in Jesus Christ.  There are only two religious paths:  the broad way of works salvation leading to eternal death, and the narrow way of faith in Jesus, leading to eternal life (Matthew 7:13,14). 

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Acts 4:12.

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The Way Which Leads to Life

The Narrow Gate

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.

Two Ways of Life

Only Two Ways

Both the narrow gate and the wide gate are assumed to provide the entrance to God’s kingdom.  Two ways are offered to people.  The wide gate includes all religions of works and self-righteousness, but it leads to hell, not heaven.

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

Lost Living

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The prodigal son evidently took his share in liquid assets, and left, abandoning his father, and heading into a life of iniquity.  His life became not one of merely wasteful extravagance, but also wanton immorality (Luke 15:30).  The Greek word for “prodigal” means “dissolute” and conveys the idea of an utterly debauched lifestyle.  The main feature of this parable, however, is the joy of God and the celebrations that fill heaven when a sinner repents.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Luke 15:13.

An Entirely New Existence

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Believers will experience an entirely new existence in which they will have perfect spiritual relationships with everyone else.  Believers will be like angels in that they will be spiritual, eternal beings who will not die.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Mark 12:25.

The Greatest Wonder of All

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Rather than being so enthralled with extraordinary manifestations such as power over demons and the ability to work miracles, they should have realized that the greatest wonder of all is the reality of salvation-the whole point of the gospel message and the central issue to which all the miracles pointed.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Luke 10:20.