As I sat in the office with my two sons one morning in Dalton, Georgia, conversing with a banker, he made a remark which was a challenge to my ministry. He statement was, “All that a person needs to make a success in any endeavor, is an idea and the determination to through with it until it is finished.” I immediately thought within myself. “That statement is correct. I need an idea---the right kind of an idea that would glorify God and be a benefit to those who have a real hunger for a knowledge of the English Bible.
I had studied some forty years and had become acquainted with books that gave me a good grasp of the fundamentals of the Bible. I had taken notes profusely and jotted them down in several Bibles that I had used over the years. I had intended to use these notes for publication that would satisfy the hunger of a beginner in the study of the Bible, plus helps that would greatly facilitate both the Teacher and the Preacher. The idea that fruitioned in my mind was the publication of a Bible with notes, comments, homiletical outlines, doctrines, etc., which are so vital to a knowledge of the Scriptures and the Christians’ daily walk and communion with the Lord. I had actively taught the Bible in churches that I had pastored, by having a Bible class on Monday evenings, as well as teaching other classes, on invitation by other churches. The IDEA that resulted from the meeting with the banker in Dalton, Georgia, resulted in the present work being sent out---THE GRACE THEOLOGICAL BIBLE.
This present project is a work of many hours of getting up from 3 A.M. to 5 A.M. over the years from April of 1991 until its consummation in July of 1997. It is the result of thousands of hours of research. The material that is contained in this project are from noted theologians and standard works, which have stood the test of time in both College and University class rooms, Bible Institutes, and from the studies of many noted Pastors and Teachers. I CLAIM NO ORIGINALITY IN THIS WORK. I have only compiled and assimilated the material. There are a few comments and essays by me which are added, but a vast majority of the work is from Puritan and Separatists Pastors, who either have written a work on certain books of the Bible, or have preached sermons which long ago were printed. I have used the Biblical Illustrator, The Preachers Homiletical Commentary, The Biblical Museum, The Pulpit Commentary, Matthew Henry Commentary, Lange’s Commentary, the works and sermons of C. H. Spurgeon, John Calvin, John Knox, John Bunyan, Thomas Kempis, Richard Baxter, Thomas Goodwin, Richard Sibbes, John Trapp’s Commentary, Jonathan Edwards, David Brainard, John G. Payton, David Livingston, plus many quotes from early church fathers all the way from Justin Martyr, Tertullian, Augustine, and many others, who lived in the second, third, fourth, and fifth centuries, B. H. Carroll’s Interpretation of the English Bible (published by Fleming H. Revell, 1916) Charles Hodge Systematic Theology, Dabney’s Systematic Theology, Augustus Strong’s Systematic Theology, William Shedd’s Dogmatic Theology, A. A. Hodge Theology; J. P. Boyce, Abstracts of Systematic Theology, The Expositors Greek Testament, W. Robertson Nicoll, Linguistic Key to the Greek N.T.; Rienecker---Rogers, Life and Letters of Paul, Conybeare and Howson, John Owens’ Works, Thomas Manton’s Works, Thomas Watson; Thomas Boston, Thomas Brooks, Peter Connolly’s Christian Theology, Christian Salvation Its Doctrine and Experience, Webb; Kuyper, The Holy Spirit, Buswell, Systematic Theology, Bancroft, Christian Theology, William Cunningham, Historical Theology (2 Vols.), Shedd, History of Christian Doctrine, Orr, Christian Dogma, and numerous other works. I have also used notes from my Bible that I have no record as to their author. I have had to use the word “Anonymous” concerning these. I apologize to those authors to whom I am unable to give proper credit.
I have consulted authorities on Church History such as: Philip Schaff, History of The Christian Church, (7 Vols.); Newman, History of The Christian Church (2 Vols.), Lautourette, History of Christianity, Baker, Summary of Church History, McGiffert, History of Christianity in the Apostolic Age, Farrar, History of Early Christianity, Eusebius, Ecclesiastical History (written in the fourth century) D’Aubigne, History of the Reformation, (5 Vols.) as well as other historians.\
Most of the quotes given in the commentaries only gave the names of the author. The comments from the commentaries can easily be found in the volume which contains the book in the Bible under discussion. I have used very few modern day authors. Those I have used are given credit for their work. Any subject I have used can be found under the chapter in their work discussing the same subject. I would like to emphasize that the notes I have used from Dr. B. H. Carroll’s, Interpretation of The English Bible are copied from the copyright published by Fleming H. Revell Co., 1916.
In order to give the best possible notes and outlines, I have mostly consulted the works and commentaries of Puritans, Separatists, and other writers of long ago. I find that their study habits ranging all the way from eight to fourteen hours per day, and their productions far excel in quality those of most present day authors. I make no apology for copying their words and phrases exactly as they were printed. The quaint phrases and comments they make are written in a style that would lose some of the impact and pungency if tampered with in modern day usage.
I realize that the work is not perfect. I am aware that many could have done better. I beg the reader to use it for spiritual benefit rather than for criticism, as I am sure much critic would be deserved. I send this work forth trusting that the Lord will be pleased to bless it. If the student receives one half the blessing that I have in compiling it over the last number of years, I will consider my time well spent.