On my way out of the office last night, my arms were half-full and I was running ten minutes late. As I was scrambling about to depart, it occurred to me at the last moment that I should bring home some work to do the next morning before heading in to church. Since I am currently preaching through the Gospel of John, I decided to grab some commentaries to read for Sunday’s sermon. From my shelf of commentaries on John, I quickly and instinctively grabbed the four which initially seemed best to me in the rush of the moment:
- Morris, Leon. The Gospel According to John. The New International Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995.
- Carson, D.A. The Gospel According to John, Pillar New Testament Commentaries. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1991.
- Kostenberger, Andreas. J. John. Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2004.
- MacArthur, John F., Jr. John 1-11. The MacArthur New Testament Commentary. Chicago: Moody, 2006.
On the drive home, I took a moment to reflect on whether I had grabbed the “right” commentaries. I have only been preaching John for a couple of months now, so my favorites have not yet emerged in any kind of definitive way. But so far, I decided, my initial instincts served me well. If I were only allowed to use four commentaries as I preached through the remainder of the gospel, these would be my selections. At least for now.
For those of you who have preached through the Gospel of John—or are currently in the process of doing so—which four would you use?