A Gem from Calvin on the Love of God

 This phrase from Calvin's commentary on John 11.5-6 is better than mountians of gold: ...We ought not to judge of the love of God from the condition which we see before our eyes. Amazing.  Memorize that!  I had a few lines typed, but for fear of ruining Calvin's gold, I'll let it stand alone.   shane lems sunnyside… Continue reading A Gem from Calvin on the Love of God

John’s Gospel: Moses, Jesus, and Signs

Many scholars split John's Gospel into two major parts: chapters 1-11 and 12-21.  Scholars differ on the main themes of these parts and the exact location of the "middle," but generally speaking the first part is about Jesus' public ministry and the second is his journey to the cross.  Narrative time goes rather quickly in… Continue reading John’s Gospel: Moses, Jesus, and Signs

John’s Gospel: Trial, Testimony, Structure, and Minor Characters

John’s Gospel is a gospel of trial and testimony. Trials take place: Jesus on trial, his followers on trial, the world on trial, the Pharisees on trial, the Jews on trial, the reader on trial – it is a book of trials. It is also a book of testimony – legal witness that Jesus is… Continue reading John’s Gospel: Trial, Testimony, Structure, and Minor Characters

Craig Keener: John 10.22-23 and Hanukkah

Craig Keener's two volume commentary on John's Gospel is a level-headed, well researched, and careful exposition of the Gospel.   In other words, its well worth the cash.  Here's an example of Keener's excellent discussion of background material from 10.22, where Jesus speaks to the Jews during the Feast of Dedication (a.k.a. Hanukkah). "Most possible associations… Continue reading Craig Keener: John 10.22-23 and Hanukkah

St. Cyril on Who – not What – God is

Reading Cyril of Alexandria's (5th century church father) commentary on John's gospel is a treat.  Here is a portion of Cyril commenting on the latter part of John 8, where Jesus says "Before Abraham was, I AM."  Notice how Cyril directs us not to what God is (his being), but who he is (his attributes as Scripture… Continue reading St. Cyril on Who – not What – God is