Love

Highest service

Hebrews 9;14

Salvation is not an end in itself.  The believer has been freed from sin to serve God, saved to serve.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Hebrews 9:14.

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Walk worthy

Col 1;10

To ‘walk worthy’ is a key New Testament concept which calls the believer to live in a way that is consistent with his identification with the Lord who saved him.  Being ‘fruitful in every good work’ refers to spiritual fruit, which is the byproduct of a righteous life.  The Bible identifies spiritual fruit as leading people to Christ (1 Cor. 16:15), praising God (Heb. 13:15), giving money (Rom. 15:26-28), living a godly life (Heb. 12:11), and displaying holy attitudes (Gal. 5:22,23).  Increasing in the knowledge of God – spiritual growth cannot occur apart from this knowledge (1 Pet. 2:2; 2 Pet. 3:18).  The evidences of spiritual growth include a deeper love for God’s Word (Ps. 119:97), a more perfect obedience (1 John 2:3-5), a strong doctrinal foundation (1 John 2:12-14), an expanding faith (2 Thess. 1:3), and a greater love for others (Phil. 1:9).

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Colossians 1:10.

The Mystery of Christ

Eph 3;3,5a

There were many truths hidden and later revealed in the New Testament that are called mysteries.  Here is one:  Jew and Gentile brought together in one body in the Messiah.  Paul not only wrote of the mystery that, in Christ, Jew and Gentile became one in God’s sight and in His kingdom and family, but also explained and clarified that truth.  He realized that spiritual knowledge must precede practical application.  What is not properly understood cannot properly be applied.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Ephesians 3:4.

Spend Yourself

Galatians 6;10

When is that opportunity?  Paul’s point is that the believer’s entire life provides the unique privilege by which one may serve others in Christ’s name.  In addition, our love for fellow Christians is the primary test of our love for God.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Galatians 6:10.

Contrary

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The flesh opposes the work of the Spirit and leads the believer toward sinful behavior he would not otherwise be compelled to do.

The believer does not have two competing natures, the old and the new; but one new nature that is still incarcerated in unredeemed flesh.  But the term “flesh” is not equivalent to the physical body, which can be an instrument of holiness.

Our mortal body is the only remaining repository where sin finds the believer vulnerable.  The brain and its thinking processes are part of the body and thus tempt our souls with its sinful lusts.

Christians must wait until their glorification before they are finally rid of their unredeemed humanness (Romans 8:23), yet by walking in the Spirit they can please God in this world.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Galatians 5:17 and 5:24; Romans 6:6 and 6:12.

Freedom: Proper Perspective

Galatians 5;13

The freedom Christians have is not a base from which they can sin freely and without consequence.  Christian freedom is not for selfish fulfillment, but for serving others.

This does not mean God has abrogated His moral law (Romans 3:21).  We are indeed under grace (Romans 6:14), but the Lord also guides and teaches us in the behavior He expects, by giving us His words and Spirit as that guide.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Galatians 5:13, Romans 6:14.