Paul’s letter to the Colossians counters false teaching, and Ironside’s commentary on the book underscores the prescience of Paul’s words for our own era. Ironside connects the problems of the Colossian church with the concerns of the modern church, and cautions contemporary readers against threats to the Gospel in all times and places. His exposition of Colossians is bolstered by his familiarity with both the fractured church in the twentieth century and the philosophical systems that plagued the first century church. Yet his commentary remains driven by Paul’s words of hope found in Colossians 2:9: “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness.”
Harry Allen Ironside, one of the twentieth century’s greatest preachers, was born in Toronto, Canada on October 14, 1876. Though his education stopped with grammar school, his fondness for reading and a retentive memory put his learning to use. His scholarship was recognized in academic circles when he received honorary degrees from Wheaton College and Bob Jones University and was invited as frequent lecturer at Dallas Theological Seminary. Dr. Ironside was appointed to the boards of numerous Bible institutes, seminaries, and Christian organizations. He also served as director of the Africa Inland Mission. Ironside preached widely throughout the United States and abroad. He served as pastor of Moody Memorial Church from 1930 to 1948, and during his lifetime, he preached more than 7,000 sermons to over 1.25 million listeners.