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He has told us beforehand

John 12;48

But take heed;

see, I have told you all things beforehand.

Mark 13:23

 

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He built upon the rock

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The house represents a religious life; the rain represents divine judgement.  Only the one built on the foundation of obedience to God’s Word stands, which calls for repentance, rejection of salvation by works, and trust in God’s grace to save through His merciful provision.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Matthew 7:24-27.

Clinging to God

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God Himself is the speaker in this section (verses 14-16) and He describes the blessing He gives to those who know and love Him.  The word for “love” here means a “deep longing” for God, or a “clinging” to God.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Psalm 91:14.

Who is my neighbor?

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This reveals the man’s self-righteous character.  The prevailing opinion among scribes and Pharisees was that one’s neighbors were the righteous alone.  According to them, the wicked-including rank sinners (such as tax collectors and prostitutes), Gentiles, and especially Samaritans-were to be hated because they were the enemies of God.  They cited Psalm 139:21,22 to justify their position.  As that passage suggests, hatred of evil is the natural corollary of loving righteousness.  But the truly righteous person’s “hatred” for sinners is not a malevolent enmity.  It is a righteous abhorrence of all that is base and corrupt-not a spiteful, personal loathing of individuals.  Godly hatred is marked by broken-hearted grieving over the condition of the sinner.  And Jesus taught here and elsewhere (Luke 6:27-36; Matthew 5:44-48), it is also tempered by a genuine love.  The Pharisees had elevated hostility toward the wicked to the status of a virtue, in effect nullifying the second Great Commandment.  Jesus’ answer to this lawyer demolished the pharisaical excuse for hating one’s enemies.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Luke 10:29.

Obedience to the Truth

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Scripture should permeate every aspect of the believer’s life and control every thought, word, and deed (Psalm 119:11; Matthew 13:9; Philippians 2:16; 2 Timothy 2:15).

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Colossians 3:16.

Taken for a Ride

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Here is the term for robbery.  False teachers who are successful in getting people to believe lies, rob them of truth, salvation, and blessing.  Far from being advanced, profound knowledge, the false teachers’ beliefs were simplistic and immature like all of the rest of the speculations, ideologies, philosophies, and psychologies the fallen satanic and human system invents.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Colossians 2:8.