"Do you want peace?" asks James Montgomery Boice. "Are you willing to receive it at the point where Jesus indicated it may truly be found?" This fourth volume on the Gospel of John calls us to the peace that can be found in Christ's love. Nowhere in the entire Bible can we walk on more holy ground as we listen to Christ's final discourses.
This expositional commentary on one of the Bible's most popular books combines careful scholarship and clear communication in a verse-by-verse and section-by-section reading of the biblical text. Integrating thoughtful interpretation with contemporary insight for daily living, James Montgomery Boice explains the meaning of the text and relates the text's concerns to the church, Christianity, and the world in which we live.
“The vertical love of disciples for the exalted Christ must be expressed horizontally in their love for all other Christians. Moreover, the horizontal love, which can be seen by everyone, is proof of the vertical dimension.” (Page 1038)
“But the verse makes better sense and the sequence of verbs is better if the first and primary meaning of the word is taken. In that case the sentence would read, ‘Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he lifts up,’ that is, to keep it from trailing on the ground.” (Page 1161)
“In Jewish thought any outward manifestation of God’s presence was believed to involve a display of light, radiance, or glory so brilliant that no man could approach it.” (Page 1249)
“The vine is the preeminent symbol of Israel. Thus, over and over again in the Old Testament Israel is portrayed as God’s choice vine or God’s vineyard.” (Page 1160)
“The second reason Jesus gives why we should not be troubled is that there is a place prepared for us in heaven.” (Page 1060)
Dr. Boice's commentary series is a treasure for the church and for her pastors. No expository preacher can afford to be without it.
—R. C. Sproul