John MacArthur

Alive Together with Christ


Salvation is for God’s glory by putting on display His boundless mercy and love for those who are spiritually dead because of their sinfulness. Far more than anything else, a spiritually dead person needs to be made alive by God. Salvation brings spiritual life to the dead. Not only is the believer dead to sin and alive to righteousness through Christ’s resurrection, but he also enjoys his Lord’s exaltation and shares in His preeminent glory.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Ephesians 2:4-6.

Genuine faith


In James 2:15,16, James illustrates his point by comparing faith without works to words of compassion without acts of compassion. As James points out, for example, is if a brother or sister is without food and we wish them peace and to be filled, but don’t give them the things that are needed for the body. What does that well-wishing profit them?

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for James 2:15-16.

Those who are wise


The wise are those having true knowledge, by faith in God’s Word, not only leaders, but others. To shine in glory is a privilege of all the saved. Any who influence others for righteousness shine like stars in varying capacities of light as their reward. The faithfulness of the believer’s witness will determine one’s eternal capacity to reflect God’s glory.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Daniel 12:3.