Life

Regard for good things

Romans 12;17

Respect what is intrinsically proper and honest.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Romans 12:17.

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Divine Retribution

Romans12;19

The wrath of God is not an impulsive outburst of anger aimed capriciously at people whom God does not like.  It is the settled, determined response of a righteous God against sin.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Romans 1:18 and 12:19.

All are accountable to God.

Romans 3;19

Those under the law are every unredeemed human being.  Jews received the written law through Moses (Romans 3:2), and Gentiles have the works of the law written on their hearts (Romans 2:15), so that both groups are accountable to God.  There is no defense against the guilty verdict God pronounces on the entire human race.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Romans 3:19.

No Fear

Romans 3;18

Man’s true spiritual condition is nowhere more clearly seen than in the absence of a proper submission to and reverence for God.  Biblical fear for God consists of : 1) awe of His greatness and glory, and 2) dread of the results of violating that holy nature (Proverbs 9:10; 16:6; Acts 5:1-11; 1 Corinthians 11:30).

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Romans 3:18.

Seek the Lord

Acts 17;27

God’s objective for man in revealing Himself as the creator, ruler, and controller of the world is so that man will seek Him.  We have no excuse for not knowing about God because He has revealed Himself in man’s conscience and in the physical world.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Acts 17:27.

Man’s Natural Tendency

Psalm 14;2

The world’s false religions are fallen man’s attempts to escape the true God – not to seek Him.  Man’s natural tendency is to seek his own interests (Philippians 2:21), but his only hope is for God to seek him (John 6:37,44).  It is only as a result of God’s work in the heart that anyone seeks Him (Psalm 16:8; Matthew 6:33).

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Romans 3:11.

To Warn and Protect

Jude 17-18

The apostles had warned the coming generation about apostates, so that they would be prepared and not be taken by surprise.  God’s Word is designed to warn and protect; as verse 18 indicates, there had been continually repeated warnings.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Jude 17.