The Gold Medallion Award–winning Expositor’s Bible Commentary is a major contribution to the study and understanding of the Scriptures. Providing pastors and Bible students with a comprehensive and scholarly tool for the exposition of the Scriptures and the teaching and proclamation of their message, this 12-volume reference work has become a staple of seminary and college libraries and pastors’ studies worldwide.
The Expositor’s Bible Commentary uses the New International Version for its English text, but also refers freely to other translations and to the original languages. Each book of the Bible has, in addition to its exposition, an introduction, outline, and bibliography. Notes on textual questions and special problems are correlated with the expository units; transliteration and translation of Semitic and Greek words make the more technical notes accessible to readers unacquainted with the biblical languages. In matters where marked differences of opinion exist, commentators, while stating their own convictions, deal fairly and irenically with opposing views.
“Justification is the basis and starting point for sanctification. One must be assured of acceptance with God before he can grow in grace and conformity to Christ.” (Page 86)
“It denotes that quality in God that moves him to deliver man from his state of sin and misery and therefore underlies his saving activity in Christ. Here ‘mercy’ is the leverage for the appeal that follows. Whereas the heathen are prone to sacrifice in order to obtain mercy, biblical faith teaches that the divine mercy provides the basis for sacrifice as the fitting response.” (Page 127)
“In these few verses the three major themes of the letter—the source of authority in religion, the doctrine of grace, and the promise of full deliverance from sin’s power—are tied together in a way that relates all solely to the sovereign and gracious will of God.” (Page 424)
“For God the Father sent the Son in order that believers might have the position of sons and He sent his Spirit so that they might have the experience of the same reality. We should notice that the gift of God’s Spirit is not something the child of God is to strive after as if, having been given his salvation, he must now work to realize it or achieve it on a higher level. The Spirit is the gift of God to every believer because he is a son.” (Page 473)
“Life by the Spirit is neither legalism nor license—nor a middle way between them. It is a life of faith and love that is above all of these false ways. Being led by the Spirit does not imply passivity but rather the need to allow oneself to be led. Responding to the Spirit is described by three mutually interpreting words in vv. 16, 18, and 25—‘walk’ (RSV), ‘led,’ and ‘live.’” (Page 495)