A not-so-subtle barb toward those in the early church who had no doubt about their self-ordained elevated status-they considered themselves to be highly spiritual. But Paul attacked the basis of their claims and established a new criterion for proving oneself to be spiritual – love.
Commentary from, You Are Gifted, Bible study by Ken Hemphill.
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.
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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.