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Read Bible Commentaries

I use to believe that reading a Bible commentary was something you only did for reference work only.  If you were studying a passage for teaching, it was vital to do sound exegesis but using a good Bible commentary was necessary as well.  These commentaries could vary from book to book in the Bible.

Now, however, I enjoy reading from a Bible commentary just for enjoyment in reading.  There is much to learn from them.  Granted, some of them can be more technical than others but a good commentary will use both sound doctrine, exegesis, and will offer encouragement and exhortation from the text.  For instance, I have been reading Dr. John MacArthur’s commentary on the book of Galatians.  It has been good reading.  His commentary is a strong presentation of the gospel of Christ and he works through the text word for word.  It is very good reading.

I also enjoy Dr. Vic Reasoner’s commentaries on Romans and Revelation.  I hear that he is also working on a commentary on Ephesians.  Dr. Reasoner writes from an Arminian perspective but what I appreciate is that Dr. Reasoner is not focused on proving Arminianism nor attacking Calvinism.  His focus is the gospel of Christ much like Dr. MacArthur.  Certainly his Arminianism does come out in texts where it is needful such as in debated texts in Romans.  His commentary on Revelation is one of the first I have ever read from that comes from a partial preterist viewpoint.

My point is that commentaries can be valuable tools for Bible study.  A good study Bible such as the ESV Study Bible or the Fire Bible can offer helpful study notes and commentary but they are no where as in-depth as a good Bible commentary.  We need to study the Word of God as deep as we can (2 Timothy 2:15).  The Word is our sword (Ephesians 6:17) and it is able to defeat the lies of the enemy and this sinful world.  How important it is then to study and mediate upon God’s Word (John 17:17).

Written by The Seeking Disciple

02/28/2013 at 10:00 AM

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  1. when i came to christ originally when i was 15yrs old, i had two tools to get to know God, my kjv schofield reference bible and a ‘side by side’ kjv new testament with Wycliff Bible Commentary. i haven’t had either for more than a decade, having given my bible to a new convert in ’92 and left my commentary in south korea upon returning to the US from a short term mission. sure miss the commentary.

    mike and brandy

    03/01/2013 at 4:01 PM

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