Life

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.

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Walk in Him

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“Walk” is the familiar New Testament term denoting the believer’s daily conduct.  To walk in Christ is to live a life patterned after His.  See Colossians 1:10; 4:5; Romans 6:4; 8:1,4; 13:13; 1 Corinthians 7:17; 2 Corinthians 5:7; 10:3; 12:18; Galatians 5:16,25; 6:16; Ephesians 2:10; 4:1,17; 5:2,8,15; Philippians 3:16-18; 1 Thessalonians 2:12; 4:1,12; 2 Thessalonians 3:11; 1 John 1:6,7; 2:6; 2 John 6; and 3 John 3,4.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Colossians 2:6.

 

Blameless

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“Holy” refers to the believer’s positional relationship to God – he is separated from sin and set apart to God by imputed righteousness.  This is justification.  As a result of the believer’s union with Christ in His death and resurrection, God considers Christians as holy as His Son (Ephesians 1:4; 2 Corinthians 5:21).  Christians are also “blameless” (without blemish) and “above reproach” (no one can bring a charge against them, Romans 8:33; Philippians 2:15).  We are to be presented to Christ, when we meet Him, as a chaste bride (Ephesians 5:25-27; 2 Corinthians 11:2).

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Colossians 1:22.

Free Indeed

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The term for “alienated” means “estranged,” “cut off,” or “separated.”  Before they were reconciled, all people were completely estranged from God (Ephesians 2:12,13).  The term for “enemies” can also be translated “hateful.”  Unbelievers hate God and resent His holy standard because they love “wicked works” (John 3:19,20; 15:18,24,25).  Actually there is alienation from both sides, since God “hates all workers of iniquity” (Psalm 5:5).  Christ’s substitutionary death on the cross that paid the full penalty for the sin of all who believe made reconciliation possible and actual (Romans 3:25;5:9,10;8:3).

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Colossians 1:21.