Truth

Deliverance from wrath

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Believer’s are promised deliverance from God’s eternal wrath, with Jesus having paid the very high price for their sin.

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Rejoice, pray, give thanks!

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Joy is appropriate at all times.  Praying without ceasing does not mean pray repetitiously or continuously without a break, but rather pray persistently and regularly.  Thanklessness is a trait of unbelievers.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.

The Mystery of Christ

Eph 3;3,5a

There were many truths hidden and later revealed in the New Testament that are called mysteries.  Here is one:  Jew and Gentile brought together in one body in the Messiah.  Paul not only wrote of the mystery that, in Christ, Jew and Gentile became one in God’s sight and in His kingdom and family, but also explained and clarified that truth.  He realized that spiritual knowledge must precede practical application.  What is not properly understood cannot properly be applied.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Ephesians 3:4.

Limitless grace and kindness

Ephesians 2;7

Salvation, of course, is very much for the believer’s blessing, but it is even more for the purpose of eternally glorifying God for bestowing on believers His endless and limitless grace and kindness.  The whole of heaven glorifies Him for what He has done in saving sinners (Eph. 3:10; Rev. 7:10-12).

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Ephesians 2:7.

Humility

Galatians 6;3

There is only One worthy of praise!

Through Christ and His provision of salvation, the believer is a victor (1 John 5:5) over the invisible system of demonic and human evil that Satan operates to capture men’s souls for hell.  Faith in Jesus Christ and dedication of one’s life to Him make one an overcomer.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for 1 John 5:4,5.

 

Spend Yourself

Galatians 6;10

When is that opportunity?  Paul’s point is that the believer’s entire life provides the unique privilege by which one may serve others in Christ’s name.  In addition, our love for fellow Christians is the primary test of our love for God.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Galatians 6:10.