For each section of the Bible, the Focus on the Bible Commentaries summarize the passage of Scripture, including the intentions of the authors, the historical and cultural environment, and the questions and issues raised by a particular passage. But most importantly, the Focus on the Bible Commentaries brings you into the heart of the Bible, by explaining Scripture in an accessible way that makes sense for daily Christian living.
2 Peter was widely circulated throughout the early church to warn people to watch out for the false teachers that were appearing in the church, who were leading the church to immorality and the loss of its witness. Peter was very concerned that those who say that Christ will not return should not make the church feel that Christ has abandoned them. Jude’s theme is similar and also points the church towards the evidence of believers who heard Jesus issuing the call “to fight on for the faith which once and for all God has given to his people.”
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“What we share in common is that we are saved from God! It is God’s judgment and God’s justice that a person ought to fear if they do not know Christ.” (Page 163)
“Underlying the whole of Christian life is this same principle. God and Jesus, our Saviour, have done so much for us that we long to be able to respond appropriately. But how? What could we ever bring to God that he would ever need? Nothing, of course.” (Page 28)
“Here it has to do with the Christian’s development of an understanding and discerning mind: one that will see what is good and God-honouring and one which can discern evil and sin and so avoid it.” (Page 30)
“Coming to know Jesus is what happened at conversion, but that knowledge continues to develop as we ‘grow up’ in Christ” (Page 23)
“What a sad reflection on the depth of their sin and of their rejection of his Lordship!” (Page 63)
. . . Not only does he begin the exposition of each book by giving an excellent outline, but he also ends each section with tremendously apt and relevant application, under the heading “Special Lessons for Today.” Altogether, this is warmly recommended for individuals or groups.
—Norris Wilson, Evangelical Times
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Paul D. Gardner (Ph.D. Cambridge University) taught for seven years at Oak Hill Theological College after his ordination, and then moved to parish ministry in Cheshire. In 2003 he was appointed Archdeacon of Exeter. He has published a number of books and articles, including a commentary on 2 Peter and Jude in the Focus on the Bible Commentaries (32 Vols.).