Since a commentary is a fundamental tool for the expositor or teacher who seeks to interpret and apply Scripture in the church or classroom, the NAC focuses on communicating the theological structure and content of each biblical book. The writers seek to illuminate both the historical meaning and contemporary significance of Holy Scripture.
In its attempt to make a unique contribution to the Christian community, the NAC focuses on two concerns. First, the commentary emphasizes how each section of a book fits together so that the reader becomes aware of the theological unity of each book and of Scripture as a whole. The writers, however, remain aware of the Bible’s inherently rich variety. Second, the NAC is produced with the conviction that the Bible primarily belongs to the church. We believe that scholarship and the academy provide an indispensable foundation for biblical understanding and the service of Christ, but the editors and authors of this series have attempted to communicate the findings of their research in a manner that will build up the whole body of Christ. Thus, the commentary concentrates on theological exegesis, while providing practical, applicable exposition.
“Stott captures this original sense when he writes, ‘The Father’s love is so unearthly, so foreign to this world, that [John] wonders from what country it may come.’” (Page 133)
“Abiding in him prepares believers for his appearing: abiding is our confidence; his appearing is our motivation.” (Page 126)
“The Christian is challenged, as he awaits and anticipates the arrival of the King, to remain faithful in service. Those who are found faithful are those who will stand confidently before the King. On the other hand, those who do not abide in Christ will be ashamed and disgraced at his return.” (Page 130)
“The combination of the two may indicate that the ‘absolute, intuitive knowledge that Christ is righteous is the basis of the logical conclusion that those who do righteousness have His very nature by their rebirth.” (Page 131)