John MacArthur

It’s Plain

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Trust, boast, and praise must not be directed to the wrong objects but only to God Himself.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Psalm 20:7.

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Safely to shore

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This does not mean God has abrogated His moral law (Romans 3:31, Matthew 5:17-19).  The law is good, holy, and righteous (Romans 7:12, 1 Timothy 1:8), but it cannot be kept, so it curses.  Since it cannot assist anyone to keep God’s moral standard (Romans 7:7-11), it can only show the standard and thus rebuke and condemn those who fail to keep it.  But the believer is no longer under the law as a condition of acceptance with God – an impossible condition to meet and one designed only to show man his sinfulness (Galatians 3:10-13) – but under grace, which enables him to truly fulfill the law’s righteous requirements (Romans 7:6; 8:3,4).

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Romans 6:14.

The Old Way

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A believer’s unregenerate self – “our old man”.  The Greek word for “old” does not refer to something old in years but to something that is worn out and useless.  Paul uses the term “body” and “flesh” to refer to sinful propensities that are intertwined with physical weaknesses and pleasures.  But the term “flesh” is not equivalent to the physical body, which can be an instrument of holiness.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Romans 6:6.

Through One Man

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Adam’s sin brought universal death – exactly opposite the result he expected and Satan had promised: “You will be like God” (Genesis 3:5).  Christ’s sacrifice brought salvation to those who believe Him.  Unlike Adam’s act, Christ’s act has – and will – accomplish exactly what He intended (Philippians 1:6), i.e., spiritual life (Ephesians 2:5).

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Romans 5:17.

Highway of Holiness

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This refers to the way leading the redeemed back to Jerusalem, the throne of Messiah, literally and spiritually.  Christ Himself is to be the leader on that way, called in Isaiah 40:3, the “way of the Lord.”

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Isaiah 35:8.