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Rick Phillipss two volumes will become constant friends and go-to
companions for those charged with the daunting task of preaching the
depths of the fourth Gospel. The whole of Phillipss work maintains an
unwavering focus on the apostle Johns grand purpose of leading his readers
to believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of Godso that each exposition
is gospel-rich. . . . The fact that these expositions have been delivered in the
living context of the church gives them a depth and piquancy that many
of the standard commentaries lack. Those who preach the Word will also
find these volumes full of fresh insights and homiletical inspirationgood
R. Kent Hug he s , Senior Pastor Emeritus, College Church, Wheaton, Illinois
Richard Phillipss exposition of John explains the text clearly, but it also
sings, marvels, and gets its hands dirty in real-life illustrations. What a
terrific combination of biblical exegesis, doctrine rooted in the Reformation,
and practical application! This is a great sermon commentary for pastors
and an extremely helpful book for all other Christians who desire to grow in
their love for the one who said, I am the way, the truth, and the life.
Jo el R . Be eke , President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary,
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Although commentaries on the Gospel of John abound, far too few of them
combine careful scholarship, deep theological reflection, and a pastoral heart.
Thankfully, this commentary by Rick Phillips is one of those few. Clearly
born out of many years of preaching and teaching, this commentary is a
must-read for modern-day pastors who not only want to understand the text
but also want to apply it to the lives of those in their congregations.
Micha el J . Kruger , President and Professor of New Testament, Reformed
Theological Seminary, Charlotte, North Carolina
What do respected pastors and theologians say about the Reformed
Expository Commentary series?
A rare combination of biblical insight, theological substance, and pastoral application.
A l M o h l e r
Well-researched and well-reasoned, practical and pastoral, shrewd, solid, and searching.
J . I . Pa c k e r
Here is exposition modeled by pastors with scholarly gifts and by scholars with pastors hearts.
S i n c l a i r F e r g u s o n
Richard D. Phillips (M.Div., Westminster Theological Seminary; D.D., Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary) is senior minister at Second Presbyterian Church of Greenville, South Carolina. He is an Alliance Scholar with the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, a council member of The Gospel Coalition, chair-man of the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology, and coeditor of the Reformed Expository Commentary series.
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J ohns Gospel distinguishes itself among the four Gospels by its thorough discussions of single topics and by embedding its teaching material in conversations. Its approach allows for detailed exposition of doctrines and concepts, and also for practical application to the readers life.
Richard Phillips highlights the apostles chief focus on the deity of Christ, the gospel witness of the church, and salvation through faith in Jesus. He shows the person and work of Christ with biblical clarity and pastoral insight and demonstrates how evangelistic appeals should be modeled. His scholarly, sequential study of each passage is ideal help for preparing sermons, while the nontechnical language makes the book suitable for Bible teachers and devotional reading.
As are all the books in the Reformed Expository Commentary series, this exposition of John in two volumes is accessible to both pastors and lay readers. Each volume in the series provides exposition that gives careful attention to the biblical text, is doctrinally Reformed, focuses on Christ through the lens of redemptive history, and applies the Bible to our contemporary setting.
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Richard D. PhillipsPhilip Graham Ryken
Iain M. Duguid, Old TestamentDaniel M. Doriani, New Testament
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2014 by Richard D. Phillips
All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any meanselectronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or otherwiseexcept for brief quotations for the purpose of review or comment, without the prior permission of the publisher, P&R Publishing Company, P.O. Box 817, Phillipsburg, New Jersey 088650817.
Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright 2007 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Scripture quotations marked (niv) are from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. NIV. Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved.
Italics within Scripture quotations indicate emphasis added.
ISBN: 978-1-59638-180-3 (cloth) ISBN: 978-1-62995-093-8 (ePub) ISBN: 978-1-62995-094-5 (Mobi)
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Phillips, Richard D. (Richard Davis), 1960- John / Richard D. Phillips. -- 1st ed. volumes cm. -- (Reformed expository commentary) Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-1-59638-180-3 (cloth) 1. Bible. John--Commentaries. I. Title. BS2615.53.P54 2013 226.5077--dc23 2013031308
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To SharonIn loving gratitude for companionship in life and partnership in ministry
and to Christ the WordIn him was life, and the life was the light of men (John 1:4).
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Series Introduction xi
Part 1: Prologue: The Word Incarnate
1. The Word (John 1:13) 5
2. Jesus the Life (John 1:45) 15
3. A Witness to the Light (John 1:69) 25
4. The Unknown Christ (John 1:911) 35
5. Children of God (John 1:1213) 44
6. The Word Became Flesh (John 1:14) 53
7. The Unique Savior (John 1:1518) 62
Part 2: Witness and Revelation of the Savior
8. The Word and the Voice (John 1:1928) 75
9. Behold, the Lamb of God (John 1:2934) 85
10. Rabbi! (John 1:3542) 94
11. Bringing Them to Jesus (John 1:3542) 103
12. Jacobs Ladder (John 1:4351) 112
13. Water into Wine (John 2:112) 121
14. Cleansing the Temple (John 2:1322) 130
15. Christs Knowledge of Man (John 2:2325) 140
16. Born Again (John 3:18) 149
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17. The Answer (John 3:921) 158
18. The Greatest Verse in the Bible (John 3:16) 167
19. To All Who Believe (John 3:1618) 177
20. The Case for Judgment (John 3:1921) 187
21. How to Be a Useful Christian (John 3:2230) 197
22. The Revealer from Heaven (John 3:3136) 207
23. Jesus the Evangelist (John 4:110) 216
24. Living Water (John 4:1014) 225
25. Dealing with Sin (John 4:1519) 234
26. Salvation from the Jews (John 4:1922) 243
27. True Worshipers (John 4:2326) 253
28. The Cry of New Life (John 4:2730) 262
29. Savior of the World (John 4:2742) 271
30. The Second Sign (John 4:4354) 280
Part 3: Witness and Conflict with the Jews
31. The Man by the Pool (John 5:19) 291
32. Lord of the Sabbath (John 5:918) 300
33. Father and Son (John 5:1924) 309
34. The Son of Judgment (John 5:2530) 319
35. Witnesses to Christ (John 5:3138) 329
36. The Witness of Scripture to Christ (John 5:3947) 338
37. Feeding the Five Thousand (John 6:115) 348
38. A Primer on Ministry (John 6:113) 357
39. On Stormy Seas (John 6:1621) 366
40. Food That Lasts (John 6:2229) 375
41. The Bread of Life (John 6:3036) 384
42. All That the Father Gives (John 6:37) 393
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43. The Will of the Father (John 6:3840) 402