The Word Became Flesh
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
– John 1:1-5
Eighteen years ago, I stepped into my hermeneutics class at Southwestern Assemblies of God University. The professor had us purchase a book by RC Sproul called “Knowing Scripture.” I met RC Sproul for the first time in the pages of that book. He challenged me and moved me. He made me argue with myself but most importantly, he mentored the way I see Scripture.
This book, John, does it all over again. RC Sproul breaks the gospel according to John down passage by passage. He brings years of experience as a pastor and as an expositor of God’s word to his writing. He challenges us to explore the world of the First Century and make the necessary applications that cross all cultures.
This book would fall more into the realm of a devotional commentary and less into a technical category. This classification serves the reader well as evidence surfaces that Sproul while capable of the technical shines in the latter. His care for the right dividing of Scripture combines with his goal of bringing knowledge to the reader in such an amazing way.
A quick example of how Sproul approaches scripture show in his exposition of chapter two of John. On page 23, he looks at the wedding of Cana. He begins to give basic background but then he engages the reader in an understanding of the type of wine Jesus would be making. For most Christians from a holiness background this passage is problematic. Did Jesus make real wine fermented or just good grape juice? Sproul definitely leaves us with no doubt as to what and why he believes.
This book serves the every believer well. I would endorse this for an newbie or for a pastor looking for insight. Please take the time to check it out.
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