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.
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.
Those who have been blessed with revelation and understanding from God should produce spiritual fruit.
Be encouraged today!
Word picture, An Unbreakable Bond.
Believers will experience an entirely new existence in which they will have perfect spiritual relationships with everyone else. Believers will be like angels in that they will be spiritual, eternal beings who will not die.
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Mark 12:25.
“Walk” is the familiar New Testament term denoting the believer’s daily conduct. To walk in Christ is to live a life patterned after His. See Colossians 1:10; 4:5; Romans 6:4; 8:1,4; 13:13; 1 Corinthians 7:17; 2 Corinthians 5:7; 10:3; 12:18; Galatians 5:16,25; 6:16; Ephesians 2:10; 4:1,17; 5:2,8,15; Philippians 3:16-18; 1 Thessalonians 2:12; 4:1,12; 2 Thessalonians 3:11; 1 John 1:6,7; 2:6; 2 John 6; and 3 John 3,4.
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Colossians 2:6.
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.
In these circumstances,
a crowd of many thousands came together,
so that they were trampling
on one another.
Apparently, Jesus was no small matter in His day. Thousands dropped what they were doing in daily life just to hear Him speak, pretty much wherever He went. He spoke with authority (Mark 1:27). When entering Jerusalem, the Jewish leaders in the crowd asked Jesus to rebuke His disciples (Luke 19:39) when they were praising God joyfully and loudly for all the miracles they had seen (Luke 19:28-38). Jesus just let them know that wasn’t going to happen, and if He tried something supernatural might occur-making a strong claim of His deity.
What Jesus spoke, we have in written form, inside the Bible. The words have no less power today than they did when Jesus spoke them. Do I drop everything else in my life to hear Him speak to me through His own words, as people once did-trampling on one another to get within earshot, metaphorically speaking? Do you? How do we know if we are dead, alive, on fire, or just warm and cooling-spiritually? By taking our spiritual temperature. Each of us should evaluate these things about ourselves-consistently.