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on January 16, 2001
Of all the people I have read since becoming a Christian, John MacArthur has by far influenced me the most. His great insight into the word of God, his attention to detail, and his ability to communicate that information to normal people are tremendous attributes to possess. I currently possess all of the commentaries he has written, as well as many of his other books, they are all wonderful teaching tools. I would recommend them to anyone looking to grow in their faith.
on May 23, 2015
Apart from the God-authored Holy Bible, the MacArthur New Testament Commentary is the greatest series of books in the history of the written word!
Dr. John MacArthur has been pastor of Grace Community Church in Los Angeles since 1969. During that time, he has preached verse-by-verse through the entire New Testament. The commentary chapter divisions are (essentially) derived from those individual sermons.
The essence of John MacArthur's credibility is his unswerving devotion to the Divine inspiration (authorship), absolute inerrancy, and complete authority of the Bible. Since the Bible is the true and infallible written revelation of God to mankind, Dr. MacArthur has said: "The only logical response to inerrant Scripture is to preach it expositionally. By that, I mean preaching in such a way that the meaning of the Bible passage is presented entirely and exactly as it was intended by God." This commitment results in content that is consistently and faithfully evangelical, because, as he explains: "Over the years of teaching the word of God without a lot of presuppositions, I tend to conclude whatever I believe the exegetical process yields."
But, although MacArthur has successfully disentangled himself from the straightjacket of agenda-driven or tradition-mandated, outcome-based theology--paying no tribute to conformity with any human opinion--he is by no means a doctrinal libertine. He is manifestly committed to declaring "the whole purpose of God" (Acts 20:27), and yet equally determined "not to exceed what is written" (2 Corinthians 4:6). This honest, forthright handling of Scripture renders MacArthur's work refreshingly free of the distortions and outright oppositions of the ear-tickling theology demanded by fallen human preference--which is so often shamelessly catered to and pandered to by the Lord's foes and friends alike!
In these commentaries (and, indeed, in any of MacArthur's books and sermons), the subject matter of Holy Scripture is always presented with credence as trustworthy, dynamic, living truth that has urgent and immediate application for every reader--as you would expect of words written by Almighty God Himself.. And MacArthur is a master at explaining the Bible with the Bible by comparing parallel passages, citing cross references with similar details, doctrines, or concepts, and appealing to Scriptural examples as the best demonstration of Scriptural principles. As a result, his sermons and commentaries have broad appeal and relevance in any and every society or time period. In addition to the trustworthy doctrinal content, MacArthur's commentaries are rich with fascinating historical and cultural details that bridge the gap of millennia and bring the reader closer to the events, people, and settings of the Bible. Many informative linguistic insights are also provided which further enhance the understanding of words and passages. Extensive quotations from various authors on related subjects and issues add a stimulating variety of perspective, which is accessible in the commentary chapters where they appear and in the bibliographies at the end of each volume.
The format of the commentary series is designed for maximum convenience, with helpful features for quick reference and more in-depth study. In every volume and every chapter, the message of the Word of God is presented with clarity and concision that will readily appeal to the most serious Bible student, and yet the content is not overly technical so as to be too laborious for a layman.
Most importantly, the rich information and detail that is presented about God and His truth is always accompanied by a convicting call to practical application in sincere obedience, as the Lord Jesus said: "If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them" (John 13:17). This governing principle for the commentary project is given by Dr. MacArthur in the series Preface, which appears at the outset of every volume: "My prayer is that each reader will fully understand what the Holy Spirit is saying through this part of His word, so that His revelation may lodge in the minds of believers and bring greater obedience and faithfulness--to the glory of our great God."
ALL of John MacArthur's books are similarly valuable for their forthright, straightforward, faithful proclamation of the truth of God and the one true gospel of salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone (apart from any false considerations of human merit)--which is mankind's only hope of escaping God's righteous judgment against the sin we are all guilty of committing against Him. Some of my personal favorites, in addition to these commentaries, are--the MacArthur Study Bible (the greatest single-volume book in the history of the written word), One Perfect Life, The Gospel According to Jesus, Ashamed of the Gospel, The Love of God, and the Battle for the Beginning (among many others).