John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible Commentary

Every year or so I begin to read a new version of the entire Bible. It has been my goal to consistently read the Bible from all the Old Testaments to the New Testaments to continue to grow in my walk with the Lord.  Praying allows me to talk to God and reading the word of God allows God to talk to me. However, there are many times I struggle with understanding certain passages in the Bible.  Reading the commentary that is included in a teaching Bible may not answer my questions or increase my understanding. Therefore, I am so grateful to stumble upon John Gill’s exposition of the Bible commentary.

It is what I have been looking for, for far too long. I am ecstatic that John Gill’s exposition of the Bible commentary comes highly recommended by the biblical scholar Charles Spurgeon.  Charles Spurgeon is highly regarded by the pastors of my church.  Let’s unpack why I find this to be truly helpful.

Who Is John Gill?

John Gill was a theologian who lived from 1697-1771, which is a very long time ago.  Yet his work is still relevant today. He was born in Kettering, Northamptonshire, England. His education began at a very early age. Gill attended Kettering Grammar School where he mastered the Latin classics and learned ‘Greek by the age of 11. He also self-taught himself Hebrew and had an extensive knowledge of Greek. In addition, John Gill was well-versed in the ancient writings of the Jews. He was a defender of the doctrine of grace, a staunch Calvinist, and he believed in God’s sovereignty in salvation. In 1748, Gill was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity by the University of Aberdeen.

His first pastoral work was in 1718 as an intern to John Davis at Higham Ferrers at the age of 21. He served as pastor of the Strict Baptist Church at Goat Yard Chapel, Horsleydown, Southwark in 1719 for over 50 years. As a result of the growth of his congregation, there came a need for larger premises in 1757.  Hence, they moved to Carter Lane, St. Olave’s Street, Southwark in London. Gill was an English Baptist Pastor and an author who cared deeply for his congregation and shared priceless gems of information.

This church was later pastored by Benjamin Keach and became the New Park Street Chapel.  Eventually, it would be renamed to the Metropolitan Tabernacle and pastored by Charles Spurgeon.

Charles Spurgeon And John Gill’s Commentary

John Gill’s writings have withstood the test of time. Dr. Gill preached in the same church as C.H. Spurgeon over 100 years ago. Dr. Gill was so respected that Spurgeon preached an overview of Dr. Gill’s life and works in a sermon on August 16, 1859.  In this sermon, he also spoke about prior Pastors, such as Benjamin Keach, William Rider, and Benjamin Stinton.

However, his focus was also on Dr. Gill.  He described Dr. Gill as a man of profound learning and deep piety with an exactness of his systematic theology. He maintained the doctrines of grace against the innovations of Arminian teachers. In this sermon, he cites the various works of Dr. Gill: The Cause of God and Truth and Commentary of the Holy Scriptures. Finally, he describes Dr. Gill as having “shone more like a star of the first magnitude amidst surrounding darkness.” To me, this is very high praise from one’s peer.

C. H. Spurgeon goes on to describe John Gill as someone who was a prolific author and well-known Old Testament scholar. In addition to the works noted above he also wrote, The Exposition of the Old Testament and New Testament.

John Gill’s Exposition And Me

I am so thankful to have stumbled upon John Gill’s exposition of the New Testament.  I am currently reading one of my favorite books in the Bible – Romans.  As you may know, Romans is heavy theology. Therefore, I appreciate any minute detail from any Bible Scholars.

Even though my Bible may have commentary to assist me, some of the commentary is geared toward what the Bible Scholar deems important.  However, most times I have questions about a passage that is not addressed.  I find myself giddy with the number of answers to my many questions. However, I have a sober sense of understanding that I now have many answers and possibly even more questions.  After I am done reading Dr. Gill’s commentary on Romans, I now need to revisit other books in the Old Testament such as Job, Song of Solomon, Isaiah, and many other books.  Hence, I am looking forward to starting the Bible all over with John Gill’s commentary, the brilliance of its argument should enhance my growth.

John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible Commentary Is Free

John Gill’s commentary Exposition of the Bible is in the public domain and may be freely used and distributed.  It is by far the largest bible Commentary available. It can be found on the following websites:

John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible

Gill’s Exposition of the Whole Bible

Exposition of the Old and New Testament John Gill

You can also download apps to access this same information for free.

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People today should utilize Gill’s commentary when reading the Holy Bible. He gives a line-by-line commentary on every single passage.  I can only imagine how long this took because it provides a wealth of information. Hence, this will be a valuable addition to your reading plans. Any free resources from Bible Scholars that are available should be used in our quest to draw closer to God.

let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Hebrews 10:22 NIV

Additional Reading:

Understanding God’s Holiness and Ours

Unconditional Love of God

Why Jesus Is Important

Old Testament V.S. New Testament

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