I purchased this commentary based in part on the good reviews, and also on my general appreciation for John Macarthur's preaching and writing. I have found the commentary helpful and insightful in many ways, but have to say that his handling of the section on spiritual gifts reads and feels much different than the rest of the commentary. Usually I find Macarthur lets the text make the points, but in this instance, he labors his points and somehow tries to get the text to support them. Arguments from silence especially detract from his credibility of interpretation in this area. A person would be hard pressed to arrive at the conclusions he sets forth, just by reading the Scripture. Uncharacteristic and disappointing, in an otherwise helpful work.
"He denies the possibility of modern uses of the spiritual gifts while affirming those gifts given to all Christians. This is typical translate-as-long-as-it-agrees-with-your-personal-theology. Paul, throughout 1 Corinthians 14 affirms his personal participation in what MacArthur "denies [as] the possibility of modern uses." Yet nowhere in the Scriptures or Church History is this affirmed.