For readers seeking assurance of eternal life, the Johaninne epistles offer a straightforward path: Believe Jesus is God's Son, obey God's commandments, and love one another. Offering thoughts on practical application as well as solid exposition, Douglas Sean O'Donnell explains how these essential texts shed light on personal growth in Christ and the nature of a gospel-transformed life.
How can we know that we possess eternal life? The apostle John answered that question in the three epistles that bear his name. He wrote that we must first believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that Christ came in the flesh. Second, we must obey Gods commandments. Third, we must love others. In this illuminating and engaging commentary on Johns letters, pastor-scholar Douglas Sean ODonnell illustrates and applies these three essential tests that judge whether we possess eternal life or not. Grow in your knowledge of Christ, our Savior. Learn how to live in the light. Grab hold of the gospel-transformed life!
Douglas Sean ODonnell (M.A., Wheaton College; M.A., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) was senior pastor of New Covenant Church in Naperville, Illinois. He is currently a senior lecturer at Queensland Theological College in Brisbane, Australia, while obtaining his doctorate at Trinity College Bristol and the University of Aberdeen.
Reading Douglas O'Donnell's commentary on John's letters is a delight and a challenge. It is a delight, for we are reminded of the gospel that assures us that we are the children of God. And it is a challenge for we also learn about the qualities that characterize God's children. O'Donnell's work is marked by solid exegesis, a knowledge of church history, and faithful theology. I was particularly struck by the pastoral spirit infusing the book. I was helped and encouraged by this commentary, and I commend it gladly.
What do you preach not only to plant a church but to help it to survive the invasion of false teachers, loveless strife, and immorality? This enduring question points up the vital relevance of Johns letters for churches in every time and place. Written by a pastor for pastors, Douglas ODonnells commentary offers a rich feast for the servers as well as their diners.
Douglas O'Donnell's commentary on 1, 2, 3 John in the Reformed Expository Commentary series is intended "for people who want to experience the Word of god in all its power." It blends a scholarly approach with practical exposition. The content of O'Donnell's Commentary was originally presented in a series of sermons, and is replete with helpful illustrations and applications of the text which will make it attractive to those who have the privilege of expounding these letters to Christian congregations today. The commentary is written from a Reformed theological perspective and as such reflects a strong regard for the authority of Scripture and a conviction that these letters have a message that needs to be heard again today.
Written with wit, learning, and savvy, this is a commentary to read and savor, not just to use to find out what difficult verses say. Each chapter amounts to an informative, uplifting and challenging appeal. If more pastors preached like this, and more believers saw these truths in Scripture, both church and society would be moving in far better directions. Read this book! Youll find in Johns holy Epistles fresh meaning, life, hope, and direction.
Creative storytelling and contemporary references combined with careful examination of the text make Douglas ODonnells commentary on 13 John an essential resource for understanding and teaching these oft-neglected epistles.