Pocket Commentary Series – 1st John

John Scarsbrook, Killamarsh, England

Precious Seed

Paperback, 104 pages,
Published by John Ritchie Ltd. 40 Beansburn, Kilmarnock, KA3 1RH.
ISBN: 978-1-910513-68-2.

 

What is a pocket commentary? As the Foreword states, ‘A need has been identified . . . for something smaller and shorter and cheaper – a mini commentary series’. Thus, a series of articles originally written for the Believer’s Magazine has now been brought together in book form.

 

Anyone familiar with the oral ministry of the writer will welcome the opportunity to have access to something in writing. This little volume will not disappoint. It may only be a ‘pocket commentary’ but its statements are pithy and worthy of further meditation. I hesitate to pick out any, but offer this statement concerning ‘God is light'; ‘He is intrinsically righteous, impeccably sinless, utterly holy’.

 

The book is divided into ten short chapters and each chapter is sub-divided; one or two of these sections having alliterated headings. Overall, this encourages the reader, whilst giving a structure to the verses being studied, and enables that reader to locate the verse or verses they might want help with. The approach is non-technical and accessible, but also intensely practical. The following extract on 1 John chapter 2 verse 17 sets the tone, ‘palatial homes become ruins, swanky cars become rusty wrecks, and flamboyant styles become dated. What is the point of loving the world when it is so obviously transient?’

 

If you want to understand this short epistle quickly and to have your appetite whetted for deeper study, get this book. I suspect that you will read it and re-read it. Hopefully, with the help of Jack Hay, the challenge of John’s writings will also impact upon your soul.

There are 22 articles in
ISSUE (2017, Volume 72 Issue 4)

A Word for Today - Mashah

An Anchor for the Soul

TheArgument of Galatians

At His Feet - Part 1

Chairman’s Notes

Characters Around the Crucifixion - Part 9: A Soldier Who Observed Him

Editorial

Ephesians - Part 11: Chapter 5 vv 22-33

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Martin Luther - Hero of the Reformation

The Messianic Psalms - Psalm 16

New Treasury of Bible Doctrine: ‘Things most surely believed’

Pocket Commentary Series – 1st John

Question Time - What advice can be offered to a couple who cannot have children?

Ruth

Suicide

Their Finest Hour - Peter

This Man

Truth & Training from Titus - Part 9: Chapter 3 vv 1-8

Will I be a Winner or a Loser at the Bema? - Part 2

Wiser than the World

Your Five for the Day

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The Responsibility

The John Ritchie Library

The Church at Philadelphia

The Days when the Judges ruled (1)

OTHNIEL - the Lion of God (2)

EHUD and SHAMGAR (3)

Deborah - a mother in Israel (4)

Gideon - the weak confounding the mighty (5/1)

Gideon - the weak confounding the mighty (5/2)

ABIMELECH the ‘Bramble King’ (6)

JEPHTHAH - A Man of Contradictions (7)

SAMSON - A model of Inconsistency (8/1)

Samson a model of inconsistency

Abijah

The Throne of His father David

Church Gatherings - Part 1

Church Gatherings - Part 2 - Teaching and being taught

Church Gatherings - Part 3 - The Breaking of Bread

Developing and renewing eldership

Manasseh and Amon

Josiah - Part 1

Josiah - Part 2

Jehoahaz to Zedekiah

Poisoned Soul – the deadly effects of bitterness - Paul Young

Living with the glory of the Lord – Ezekiel’s Prophecy - Malcolm Davis

Indispensible Ordinance: Baptism, the Lord’s Supper and the Head Covering - Romel Ghossain

The New Calvinists, Changing the Gospel - E. S. Williams

Learning to Lead – Next Generation - David Clarkson and Stephen McQuoid

Travel with Jonathan Edwards – A God-centred life, an enduring legacy

Their Finest Hour - Esther

A Study of First Thessalonians: The Model Church, Gary McBride

The Riches of Divine Wisdom, David Gooding

Wisdom for Fools – 101 Proverbs to Live By, Shane Watson

Then came a Rich Man of Arimathea

Looking for the Glory – An Exposition of the Epistle to Titus - Adam D. Thropay

If it wasn’t for the Lighthouse Bill and Irene Ridgeway

Nathan the Prophet

Gleanings from the book of Ruth - Alex Dryburgh

How to Master the Bible - Martin Anstey

The Land and People of Israel, what does the future hold? - Drew Craig

Stories from Luke’s Gospel - Robert Craig

TheExtent of the Atonement - James Morison

TheNature of the Atonement - James Morison

Day by Day – Through the Bible Edited - Ken Totton

Insects of the Bible - Tom H. Ratcliffe

Precious Seed 70th Anniversary Edition

Beginnings: Old Testament Overview Volume 1 - Richard Catchpole

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God’s weeping prophet and wayward people: Jeremiah’s prophecy and Lamentations - Malcolm C. Davis

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Judges

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