The cross has become the symbol of Christianity, but it’s so much more than a mere piece of jewelry worn around the neck. The crucifixion of Christ is a central doctrine of our faith, and understanding it correctly is essential for eternal life. In fact, Paul was convinced the cross was the most vital subject he could address.
Commentary from the In Touch Devotional by Charles Stanley, May 18, 2020.
God’s Word can expose our shallow beliefs and even false intentions.
Paul was grateful for the privilege of being used as an influence for Christ wherever he went. Every believer is transformed and called by the Lord to be an influence for His gospel throughout the world.
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for 2 Corinthians 2:14.
The Philippians were in effect storing up for themselves treasure in heaven (Matthew 6:20). The gifts they gave to Paul were accruing eternal dividends to their spiritual account (Proverbs 11:24,25; 19:17; Luke 6:38; 2 Corinthians 9:6).
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Philippians 4:17.
A believer’s unregenerate self – “our old man”. The Greek word for “old” does not refer to something old in years but to something that is worn out and useless. Paul uses the term “body” and “flesh” to refer to sinful propensities that are intertwined with physical weaknesses and pleasures. But the term “flesh” is not equivalent to the physical body, which can be an instrument of holiness.
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Romans 6:6.