I have not read a commentary as clear, detailed and worthy of academic praise, yet not academic in tone until. Until I read R.C. Sproul’s commentary on John I was a bit weary of commentaries that most laypersons could utilize if they were so inclined as they may not be theological enough, or scholarly enough. I am exceedingly pleased with this work.
I must also comment on the commentary related to the Prologue, John1.1 and following. Dr. Sproul brilliantly illustrates to us the approaches we must do when reading this text in its historical context, its context in redemptive history as well as the grammatical and literary questions that are presented when reading the historical accounts of this particular Gospel. The Gospel of John, he claims, is primarily concerned with establishing and accounting for the identity of Christ as its priority over merely giving a historical account of Jesus’s life. I found this to be easily perceived when reading the text and his accompanying commentary which approached the Prologue in such a way that anyone would when trying to build a comprehensive introduction and understanding of someone. R.C. showed us how to identify who, when, where, why and how Jesus was given to us by The Father and beautifully illustrated how He ties into the grand narrative of the entire Canon of Scripture.
Secondly, I was extremely pleased and again awe strucken by the mightiness of our Lord and Savior by the exegesis and commentary on the passages including and surrounding John 3:16. The clarity of his explaination around how God came to Give His Son and the high soteriology and its resulting exegesis was phenomenal. It should be the go to quote for anyone defending the necessity of Christ for salvation and defense against universalism and any number of liberal theological approaches to this text.
Suppose there actually is a God in heaven, and suppose this God created
the world and everything in it. Suppose that, in the process of making myriad species of birds, fish, and animals, He formed human beings in His image and
gave them the most exalted position in all of creation. Suppose He said, “You
will be holy, even as I am holy,” and gave them only one command to obey—
but fifteen minutes after He made them, these human beings revolted against
Him by doing the very thing he had commanded them not to do. Suppose
God then said, “I’m going to provide a way for you to escape My judgment,”
and He then called Abraham out of paganism, brought him to Himself, and
said, “I’m going to make you the father of a great nation.” Suppose that He
blessed all the descendants of Abraham, expanded them into a whole nation,
and said, “Through this nation I’m going to bless the whole world”—but this
nation repeatedly turned against Him. Suppose God sent prophets to these
people to tell them to come back to Him, just as an unfaithful spouse returns
to his or her partner—but the people killed the prophets. Suppose God finally
said, “I love you so much, even though you are a stiff-necked people, that I’m
going to send My eternal, only begotten Son to you”—but the people rose
up against His Son and crucified Him. Suppose that God loved the people
enough in all of this that while they were in the very act of killing His Son,
He transferred the sins of His people to His Son and said: “If you’ll put your
trust in Him, if you’ll confess your sins and believe in Him, if you’ll turn your
gaze upon Jesus, you will not experience death. I’m going to give you eternal
life with no pain, no tears, no evil, and no darkness.” If God were to do all
that, would you have the insolence to say to Him, “God, You haven’t done
enough for this world that hates You”?
I would recommend this commentary to anyone as a research resource or to anyone needing to dive deeper into their understanding of The Gospel, and particularly The Gospel of John.
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