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A 2002 Logos Association Best Book award winnerEveryone has something to say about JesusSorting through the numerous books of recent years you may find yourself lost in a thicket of viewpoints some troubling to faith some puzzling to the intellect But John Stott one of the outstanding evangelical voices of the last half century offers in


10 thoughts on “The Incomparable Christ

  1. says:

    This book is based around a series of lectures and inherits as a result a logical structure The book is divided into four parts and within each part broken down into between 10 and 14 sub parts Parts I and IV look at the New Testament and what it teaches us about Jesus Part I starts with the gospels and Acts as part of Luke drawing out what the author sees as the main representation in each The strength of this opening lies in its ability to summarise with brevity but comprehensiveness the essential picture of Jesus presented in each gospel The book then goes on to consider groupings of other letters again providing a summary of their major themes in so far as they relate to Jesus This section concludes we have no liberty to manipulate biblical texts into an artificial harmony but the four gospels complement each other they do not contradict each other Nor do Jesus and Paul Not are Paul’s thirteen letters self contradictory Nor do the distinctively Jewish books strike a discordant note Even Paul and James do not preach a different gospel All the New Testament writers find their unity in devotion to the person of Jesus Christ the acknowledged as continuous with the one now acknowledged as the transcendent Lord Part IV focuses exclusively on Revelation and within Revelation on “ten Christalogical visions in the book” for example Christ supervising his churches on earth an excellent survey of the letters in Revelation 2 3; Christ controlled Gaza the course of history Revelation 6 7; Christ coming as bridegroom to claim his bride Revelation 21 22 This part serves as an excellent summary of Revelation focusing on its essential purpose Parts II and III are less conventional but certainly add to the interest in the book Both look at the witness of the church to Christ but in different ways and with a very different emphasis Part II looks out how he church has portrayed and presented Christ to the world over her centuries with 12 examples ranging from the 2nd century to the 20th The examples include the early Church councils; St Benedict and the monastic movement; Thomas a Kempis and asceticism; Martin Luther and justification by faith; Thomas Jefferson and Christ as a human teacher; Christ as either infant or victim in a Latin American tradition with a brief review of Pentecostalism; Liberation theology This section is and acknowledged to be fairly opinionated In particular Stott views each presentation critically to see if it reflects anything like the fullness of the New Testament Christ and in many cases finds the presentation to fall some way short even when well intentioned Part III then looks instead at how the life of Christ as presented in the New Testament has inspired people and so influenced the world for good Twelve different stages of Jesus life are considered in light of a figure they inspired for example The Bethlehem stable and St Francis of Assisi; the ministry of compassion and those who worked with lepers; a love for children and Thomas Bernardo; the resurrection of the body and Joni Eareckson Tada; the second coming and Lord Shaftsbury and his social reform; the final judgement and The Clapham Sect and their role in abolishing the slave trade and slavery Interestingly at the conclusion of the book Stott says Church history’s extraordinary variety of Jesuses some of them bearing little resemblance to the authentic Jesus of the apostolic witness constitutes a healthy warning to us today By all means let us add to Part III for there is no limit to the ways in which the New Testament Jesus can inspire and influence us But let us not add to Part II yet Jesuses unless we are confident that they can be justified by reference to the New Testament Jesus himself Overall an excellent varied and readable book


  2. says:

    So good Best book I've read in awhile Second favorite Stott book


  3. says:

    Of the hundreds if not thousands of books I have read this has got to be one of the finest I first chanced upon a daily devotional written by a certain John Stott that was donated to my school library As the part time librarian I skimmed through a few pages to size up if the book should be put into circulation or sold The result? I was so mightily impressed by the overall biblical theological format and the theological richness in the individual pages that I ordered one copy for my personal use The book? Through the Bible Through the Year Daily Reflections from Genesis to Revelation Stott and his editorial team have married brevity with brilliant scholarship The Incomparable Christ is made up of 4 sections all of which pack so much substance into so very little number of pages Stott somehow managed to keep me intellectually engaged and emotionally excited to continue reading when three uarters of the book contain topics that I naturally do not find much interest in In sections 2 church history and 3 fathers of the faith I was continually reflecting about and even inspired by the content While not one of my favourite books of the bible I have had to study parts of the book of Revelation extensively for the purposes of completing course reuirements and have also twice listened to D A Carson's 26 lectures on Revelation I have found that most of the top scholars who have written commentaries on Revelation to be extremely difficult to understand; I often found myself wondering why did they have to make the commentary so complicated and cryptic In section 4 Stott on the other hand has taken a lifetime of research and study conveying just the the cream of probably after years of painful deliberation on the many conflicting views his positions in a concise highly accessible formatWhile easily comprehensible such a wide breadth ed book on the incomparable Christ calls us to read it many times over It would be a pity to just leave it on our shelves Thank you Pastor John for leaving this most wonderful labour of love for generations to be challenged with and blessed by I'd imagine that laypeople scholars and pastors all should find something from the book that they would be able to take away For me it was the majesty of the matchless Christ who lovingly calls me to come and die and follow himI received this book from InterVarsity Press for the purposes of providing an unbiased review All views are my own


  4. says:

    From one of my favorite authors comes one my favorite books A book in four parts that allows the New Testament to literally bookend the middle two parts of church history A great read for a uick overview of how the church has looked toward Jesus throughout the ages Part 1 shows Jesus from the vantage points of the early letters that make up the New Testament except John's Revelation Wait for it Part 2 takes the long look of theologians and what they highlight about Jesus Part 3 takes the portraits of Jesus's life death resurrection ascension and return and how one of these informed the life and work of a particular believer Part 4 deals exclusively with John's Revelation of Jesus Christ It is so worth the waitI'd probably recommend it for part 4 alone If your interest in the book of Revelation revolves around scary visions and prophetic date setting Stott's approach will be a challenging and in the end comforting read If on the other hand you lack interest in John's Revelation because of the mishandling it has received you need not fear Stott's breakdown is simple enough and correctly revolves around what it reveals about Jesus I know that's shocking since in the original Greek as Stott explains the first three words translate to The apocalypse or revelation of Jesus Christ Interpretation has gone very wrong indeed if what we see first and foremost from John's Revelation is not the incomparable Christ


  5. says:

    Not what I was expecting but still an enjoyable read The book is broken into 4 sections 1 portrait of Jesus from the NT 2 how the church has presented Jesus throughout history 3 how Jesus has inspired people and 4 a portrait of Jesus in RevelationFor me section 1 was information overload section 2 was fascinating section 3 and 4 I really enjoyed Section 4 especially gave me a greater appreciation of the person Jesus Christ John Stott does a great job at explaining metaphors and themesWorth a read I think especially for sections 3 4


  6. says:

    Very fine; PTL A Study of Jesus in 4 parts I NT witnesses II Various presentations of Jesus by church leaders in history III Jesus’ inspiration to people IV Jesus’ revelation


  7. says:

    Thought the first chapter was great with to different views of the gospel After that however he didn't keep the momentum going


  8. says:

    PART I The Original Jesus I find it helpful to detect in the four Evangelists four dimensions of the saving purpose of God its length depth breadth and height Matthew reveals its length for he depicts the Christ of Scripture who looks back over long centuries of expectation Mark emphasizes its depth for he depicts the Suffering Servant who looks down to the depths of the humiliation he endured In Luke it is the breadth of God's purpose that emerges for he depicts the Savior of the world who looks round in mercy to the broadest possible spectrum of human beings Then John reveals its height for he depicts the Word made flesh who looks up to the heights from which he came and to which he intesnds to raise us Galatians A polemical letter Presents Christ as the liberator 1 2 Thessalonians The early letters Presents Christ as the coming judge 1 2 Corinthians Romans The major letters Presents Christ as the savior Ephesians Philippians Colossians Philemon The prison letters Presents Christ as the supreme Lord 1 2 Timothy Titus A polemical letter Presents Christ as the head of the church James Presents Christ as the moral teacher Hebrews Presents Christ as our great high priest 1 2 Peter Presents Christ as the exemplary suffererPART II The Ecclesiastical Jesus What I am concerned with in this second part is rather the ways in which the church has presented him down the ages and with the sad face that it has often imprisoned him in its own prejudices and traditionsRE Councils of Nicaea Constantinople Ephesus Chalcedon It was a complex development often marred by unseemly displays of anger jealousy malice and political intrigue Yet at the same time one can detect the patient work of the Holy Spirit who was enabling the church to get its mind clear on its Christology How can we present Jesus Christ to the world in a way that is simultaneously authentic and relevant? A double discipline seems to be needed negative and positive The negative is to rid our minds of all preconceptions and prejudices and resolutely to renounce any attempt to force Jesus into our predetermined mold The positive counterpart follows We have to open our minds and hearts to whatever the biblical text gives us and to listen to the witness of the whole Bible to ChristPART III The Influential JesusStott shares a personal statement of Toyohiko Kagawa one of the Christian leaders of Japan in the early 20th century An advocate for the solidarity of workers and abolishing the slums a prisoner for promoting peace instead of war during WWII and an evangelism zealot I am grateful for Shinto for Buddhism and for Confucianism I owe much to these faiths Yet these three faith utterly failed to minister to my heart's deepest need Buddhism teaches great compassion But since the beginning of time who has declared this is my blood of the covenant which is poured out for many unto remission of sins? Jesus' act of washing the feet of his apostles during his last evening with them was rich in symbolism and significance So he got up from the meal as he had risen from his throne He took off his outer clothing as he had laid aside his glory Hewrapped a towel around his waist as he had taken the nature of a servant Hepoured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples' feet as he had humbled himself and became obedient to death even death on a cross Thenwhen he had finished washing their feet he put on his clothes and returned to his place as he was about to return to the FatherPART IV The Eternal Jesus


  9. says:

    I was surprisingly disappointed with this Part 1 is a useful condensing of Christology in the various New Testament books but the rest is just mediocre The main problem for me is that Stott in trying to cover the vast diversity of perspectives on and responses to Christ has tried to cover too much ground without any real depth To use a cliche it's a mile wide and an inch deep Perhaps removing several chapters from parts 2 and 3 and expanding others Stott could have provided a lot meat


  10. says:

    I truly loved this book Scripture is cited for every point made in this book and it creates an amazing picture of Christ and His influence on society and what is yet to come It also gives a brief primer on the book of Revelation which may be helpful to those who struggle with it but don't have much time to really dig deep although you'll want to after you read it