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.
This signifies a great struggle against conflict. Entering through the narrow gate is difficult because of its cost in terms of human pride, because of the sinner’s natural love for sin, and because of the world’s and Satan’s opposition to the truth.
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Luke 13:24.
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.
This illustrates the free offer of the gospel, which is extended to all indiscriminately. See also Revelation 22:17.
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Matthew 22:9.
Refusal to do good is equivalent to doing evil.
Jesus quoted Deuteronomy 8:3.
This is not to be taken as a universal declaration of peace toward all humanity. Rather, peace with God is a corollary of justification. A better rendering here might be “peace toward men on whom God’s sovereign pleasure rests.” God’s peace is not a reward for those who have good will, but a gracious gift to those who are objects of His good will.
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Luke 2:14