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Our Conscience

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Conscience-the soul’s warning system, which allows human beings to contemplate their motives and actions and make moral evaluations of what is right and wrong.  In order to work as God designed it, the conscience must be informed to the highest moral and spiritual level and best standard, which means submitting it to the Holy Spirit through God’s Word (Romans 12:1,2; 1 Timothy 1:19; 2 Timothy 2:15; Hebrews 9:14; 10:22).  

 

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for 2 Corinthians 1:12.

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Evil company

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By word or example, evil friends are a corrupting influence.  Hope in the resurrection is sanctifying; it leads to godly living, not corruption.  Some in the church did not know God and were a corrupting influence, but not for those who hoped for life in God’s presence (see John 3:2,3).

Commentary from the MacArthur study bible, notes for 1 Corinthians 15:33,34.

Two ways of living

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Representative of the theme of the book, Hosea’s epilogue concludes the prophecy by presenting the reader with two ways of living (compare to Deuteronomy 30:19,20 and Psalm 1).  He appeals to all readers to be wise, to choose the Lord’s way, for His ways are right (compare to Psalm 107:43; Ecclesiastes 12:13,14).

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

Safely to shore

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This does not mean God has abrogated His moral law (Romans 3:31, Matthew 5:17-19).  The law is good, holy, and righteous (Romans 7:12, 1 Timothy 1:8), but it cannot be kept, so it curses.  Since it cannot assist anyone to keep God’s moral standard (Romans 7:7-11), it can only show the standard and thus rebuke and condemn those who fail to keep it.  But the believer is no longer under the law as a condition of acceptance with God – an impossible condition to meet and one designed only to show man his sinfulness (Galatians 3:10-13) – but under grace, which enables him to truly fulfill the law’s righteous requirements (Romans 7:6; 8:3,4).

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