NOTE: CFI was desktop published in November of 2004, in fact it fulfilled the Project requirements for the Professional Certificate in Desktop Publication at the University of Arizona, Tucson Arizona. This week the following manuscript goes to Ingram Spark for publication in Paperback; however in consistent fulfillment of the goal of SunGrist for “freely we have received, freely we give”. the free download is available to you first, and always will be available free.
Learn Christ from the Apostles and Prophets, Volume 2: Christ for Individuals, the 5 NT books from the Apostle John.
To LEARN Christ is to learn Truth from Jesus, who said “I am the way, the truth, and the life”; from God the Heavenly Father, the Creator of all; and from the Bible, God’s Great Design in a Book. Not even family is more important than the Truth of Jesus, God, and the Bible; as a matter of fact that also defines love for God more than family, country, and all. Jesus said, “He that does not love me more than father and mother is not worthy of me.”
Also Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord thy God with all your heart, mind, and soul, and the second is like it you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Volumes can be written on “who is my neighbor”, but Jesus defined it as someone you see, that is in need, and you are able to help. However, the emphasis here is that this love is second, the prime love and loyalty is for God and His Truth, the truth “once for all given to the saints” in the literal Bible of II Peter 1:20.21, the ASPI version of the Bible. A conservative commentary based on the ASPI is constrained by the rules the Bible Itself imposes on exegesis, generally called hermeneutics, with the paramount interest of “comparing Scripture with Scripture”, and hence you will find a large number of Bible quotes in the Learn Christ commentaries. Dr. B. H. Carroll’s “An Interpretation of the English Bible” has been admired for years as an example of good hermeneutics; however in the place of many actual comments as such an authority of the founder and first President of SWBTS could do, comparison scriptures have been multiplied in green, many of the strictly comments in blue. This may be one reason that while Carroll’s commentaries are in 17 volumes, the Learn Christ commentaries are 7 volumes with both sets of commentaries having the same goal, to go al the way through the Bible from stem to stern. Here, the startling recognition that the internal structure of the Bible Itself with Old Testament quotes in the New Testament make this possible, with an equal realization that Jesus and the Apostles explain when they quote, and sometimes it is the Prophets that explain more than the Apostles.
Copyright by Jerry Vaughan McMichael for SunGrist November, 2004
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