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Colossians, Philemon (NIV Application Commentary) Hardcover – January 4, 1998
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This series promises to become an indispensable tool for every pastor and teacher who seeks to make the Bible's timeless message speak to this generation. Billy Graham The NIV Application Commentary series is unique. Most commentaries focus on the original meaning of the Bible but don't discuss its contemporary application. The information they offer is valuable?but the job is only half done! The NIV Application Commentary series helps with both halves of Bible study. It builds a bridge from the past to the world we live in?explaining not only what the Bible meant, but also how it can speak powerfully today. . . . an outstanding resource for pastors and anyone else who is serious about developing doers of the Word.'--Rick Warren, Senior Pastor, Saddleback Valley Community Church
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* Original Meaning - this is what you normally expect from an exegetical commentary, a basic explanation of the text. Garland is concerned mostly with explaining his position and spends little time investigating other exegetical options.
* Bridging Contexts - how do we relate the message to the original audience to the situation we find ourselves in. For example, slavery in an important topic in both Colossians and Philemon, but we have a very different situation today than they did. How do we make that understandable to the congregation?
* Application - how can we take the message of the original texts and apply them to our modern lives?
The original meaning sections were fine - I don't recall any issues with them - but the bridging contexts and applications are where this commentary most shines. Other comments on here seem to not like this part of the commentary, but I found it pure gold. The more technical commentaries like Moo and O'Brien are outstanding for really diving into the text, but they offer nothing to help a pastor carry that into a message for the congregation. The twenty page "bridging context" in Philemon explaining Greco-Roman slavery were worth the price of the book themselves.
Having just finished a sermon series on Colossians, my suggestion would be to get O'Brien, Moo, or Pao (I used all three) to work through the original meaning of the text (especially some very difficult issues in Colossians), and use this commentary for some thoughts on how to make these texts relevant to our modern listeners.
Other than the format Garland's work is excellent. He goes appropriately into the Greek language in a helpful way, brings up significant background information and really helps the reader think through the contemporary significance. I use this often when preaching Colossians and highly recommend it.