Philippians (Reformed Expository Commentary)(Hardcover)
Philippians is a magisterial treatment of various topics—suffering’s relationship to gospel advance, self-centeredness versus sacrificial service, the basis of a believer’s assurance before God, interpersonal conflict, and finding true contentment—that Paul relates to the touchstone of Christ, his cross, and his resurrection.
Johnson shows how Paul, writing from imprisonment to a church close to his heart, uses his own experience and attitude as exemplars to show the Philippians the difference a Christ-formed mind makes to the way believers respond to adversity, rivalry, conflict, vanity, achievement, the ongoing pursuit of holiness, and the strategic deployment of our resources for the gospel.
As are all the books in the Reformed Expository Commentary series, this exposition of Philippians is accessible to both pastors and lay readers. Each volume in the series provides exposition that gives careful attention to the biblical text, is doctrinally Reformed, focuses on Christ through the lens of redemptive history, and applies the Bible to our contemporary setting.
Hardcover, 384 pages
Publication Date: May 2013
“Pastors aspiring to preach expositorily, take note! Philippians by Dennis E. Johnson is as good a source for such preaching as you’ll ever get. This commentary has everything you’d want: not only uncluttered exegesis, cross-references to the rest of Scripture, and theological integration, but also historical background and parallels, literary references, illustrations from and applications to modern life, allusions to pop culture, local color, and warmth of personal testimony.”
—Robert H. Gundry
“Dennis Johnson’s Philippians is a treasured contribution to P&R’s Reformed Expository Commentary series. Not only does Johnson’s experience as a preacher and teacher of preachers make these messages wonderful models of exposition, but also his expertise in biblical theology permeates every page. The Christ-centered focus is beautifully and powerfully interwoven throughout.”
“Only rarely does one come across a work that so successfully blends scholarship with clarity of exposition and pastoral application. One quickly becomes aware that the author has done his homework and done it well, carefully examining the exegetical options and reaching thoughtful conclusions. . . . This work can easily and with pleasure be read through in a few sittings. Anyone who does so will not be disappointed.”
Dennis E. Johnson (ThM, Westminster Theological Seminary; PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) taught New Testament and practical theology at Westminster Seminary California for more than thirty-five years. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America, the author of Him We Proclaim and of commentaries on Acts, Philippians, Hebrews, and Revelation (Triumph of the Lamb), and a contributor to several study Bibles and other books. He and his wife, Jane, live in Dayton, Tennessee.