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New American Commentary Studies in Bible & Theology: That You May Know
Assurance of Salvation in 1 John
By: Christopher D. Bass
Category: Theology

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About the New American Studies in Bible and Theology
The books in this series often take a biblical difficulty as their point of entry, remembering B.F. Westcott's point that “unless all past experience is worthless, the difficulties of the Bible are the most fruitful guides to its divine depths.”

This new series is to be a medium through which the work of evangelical scholars can effectively reach the church. It will include detailed exegetical-theological studies of key pericopes such as the Sermon on the Mount and also fresh examinations of topics in biblical theology and systematic theology. It is intended to supplement the New American Commentary, whose exegetical and theological discussions so many have found helpful. These resources are aimed primarily at church leaders and those who are preparing for such leadership. We trust that individual Christians will find them to be an encouragement to greater progress and joy in the faith. More important, our prayer is that they will help the church proclaim Christ more accurately and effectively and that they will bring praise and glory to our great God.

About That You May Know

The fifth book of the New American Commentary Studies in Bible & Theology series, That You May Know closely examines the theme of eternal salvation in 1 John. No other New Testament book speaks as frequently and explicitly to the believer’s confidence in everlasting life. The epistle writer grounds his reader’s assurance of salvation on the person and work of Jesus Christ and demonstrates that the believer’s lifestyle serves as a vital corroborating support for that assurance. This gives the commentary’s author Christopher Bass an opening to further discuss John’s emphasis on living righteously and what it truly means to be born of God.

Users will find this an excellent extension of the long-respected New American Commentary series.

About the Author

Christopher David Bass received his Ph.D. in New Testament from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and is the church planter and pastor of Redeemer Fellowship Church in the Greater Boston area.

Endorsements

Assurance of salvation must be grounded in a careful study of the biblical text. Chris Bass has provided us with a thorough examination of assurance in 1 John. Here we see biblical theology at its best, for Bass's study is exegetically rigorous, theologically informed, and pastorally sensitive. I commend his work with enthusiasm to scholars, pastors, and all believers who desire to understand the hope that is ours in Christ Jesus.
Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary