A light on the path

God has also appointed leaders in the church to help us develop spiritual discernment. They do this by teaching sound doctrine and refuting any ideas that contradict Scripture. Under the instruction of these mature believers, we can grow in righteousness by learning biblical truths and then applying them.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, January 5, 2021.

Everything he touches

Man damages and destroys everything he touches, leaving a trail of pain and suffering in his wake. Verse 17 reflects not the lack of an inner sense of peace, but man’s tendency toward strife and conflict, whether between individuals or nations.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Romans 3:16, 17.

The God who can be known

Acts 17:23: for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an alter with this inscription:

Acts 17;23b

The Athenians were super-naturalists – they believed in supernatural powers that intervened in the course of natural laws.  They at least acknowledged the existence of someone beyond their ability to understand who had made all things.  Paul thus had the opportunity to introduce them to the Creator-God who could be known (Deut. 4:35; 1 Kin. 8:43; 1 Chr. 28:9; Ps. 9:10; Jer. 9:24; 24:7; 31:34; John 17:3).

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Acts 17:23,24.

Sons of the Night, Sons of the Day

1 Thes 5;7

Unbelievers are in darkness, engulfed in mental, moral, and spiritual darkness because of sin and unbelief.

1 Thes 5;5a

Believers live in a completely different sphere of life than those who remain in darkness.  Because believers have been delivered from the domain of darkness, they are taken out of the night of sin and ignorance and put into the light of God and under the control of the truth.  Because Christians are in the light, they should not sleep in spiritual indifference and comfort, but be alert to the spiritual issues around them.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for 1 Thessalonians 5:4,5,6.