Among the four gospels, the book of John gives perhaps the most descriptive details of the very nature, love and character of our Lord Jesus Christ. It’s also – more often than not – the first book of the Bible that new believers are pointed to start their walk with God.
In Matt Carter and Josh Wredberg’s commentary, “Christ-Centered Exposition: Exalting Jesus in John,” (as a part of a series of Bible commentaries, published by B&H Publishing Co.), the authors examine the life of Jesus and take readers through a study of all 21 chapters of John.
Each of the 21 chapters of the Gospel of John is laid out in outline form, with a list of questions for the reader at the end. But while the authors reference all 21 chapters of John, the book actually reads more like a topical review of the book of John than it does a verse-by-verse study.
Although Carter and Wredberg’s commentary is well-written and resourced, in each section of the 415-page book, each of the two authors uses the pronoun, “I,” but neglects to tell the reader which author is writing and commenting on that particular portion of the book.
The main drawback of the book is the not-so-subtle Calvinist slant, with famous Calvinists such as John Calvin, Charles Spurgeon, John Piper (cited many times), J.I. Packer, R.C. Sproul, D.A. Carson and quasi-Calvinist John MacArthur, heavily cited throughout the text.
However, the biggest qualm with the book is Carter and Wredberg’s emphasis on the so-called “Doctrine of Election” (pg. 156-163), which is the primary pillar of Calvinism.
While Calvinism is clearly evident and prominent throughout the book, Carter and Wredberg are among the rich line of today’s evangelical pastors and teachers who definitely know their Bibles.
As a result, readers will find “Christ-Centered Exposition: Exalting Jesus in John” to be a very interesting study of the Gospel of John.
Full disclosure: In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, I received this book free through B&H Publishing. My opinions are my own and I wasn’t required to write a positive review.