The Message of the General Epistles in the History of Redemption by Brandon Crowe

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The “general” epistles, also known as the “Catholic” epistles (meaning universal, not to a specific church or individual) are the books of 1 and 2 Peter, James, Jude, 1, 2 and 3 John. Sometimes these books can be confusing, particularly James with its message of works which seems to contradict Paul’s message of salvation by faith. In this book the author provides a very readable commentary on these epistles by breaking down what they say regarding our salvation (the indicative) and our sanctification (the imperative).
Each book is walked through, first examining how the book presents our salvation and then looking at how that is lived out by our Christian walk. Noting themes of who each book is primarily addressing, such as “scallywags” or “scoffers”, the author breaks down the overall message of each book and shows how they relate to the rest of the Bible. Rather than being contradictory, these epistles go along with the theme of the rest of the Bible – Christ accomplishing our salvation for us.
I found this book very readable and understandable, even addressing some of the harder passages in these books. Each chapter also ends with questions for discussion so it could easily be used as a group study to better understand these books of the Bible.
Some quotes:
(In Jude) “The call for those who are more stable in the faith is to lead others to the safety of our genuine, holy faith.”
“Here is a warning for all who study Scripture: may we never allow knowledge of the Bible to occlude the reality and glory of Christ, whom we meet on its pages.”

*I received a copy of this ebook free from the publisher P & R Publishing through Netgalley in exchange for my review.

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