One Perfect Life: The Complete Story of the Lord Jesus by John MacArthur, is as the name suggests, about the second member of the Trinity. One Perfect Life is what I would call an extended harmony of the Gospels – extended because MacArthur reaches back into the Old Testament, which anticipates the coming of Christ as the God-man, thus setting the stage for what follows. It also an extended harmony because MacArthur takes the time to reflect on the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the final section; a section which reflects on the treasure trove that is the gospel. Here MacArthur utilizes a wide range of New Testament passages which alert the reader to the centrality of Christ’s death, the victory of his resurrection, the wonder of his ascension, the certainty of his return, and salvation which is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. Each page includes references and footnotes much like one would find in a solid study Bible.
Other harmonies have been written throughout church history and MacArthur notes as such in the Introduction. So while the idea behind this book is not new or novel, it is a refreshing look at Scripture which presents the narrative of Jesus in a sweeping story of epic proportions. Readers will be drawn in immediately and their attention will be riveted and engaged as they consider the person and work of Jesus Christ. One Perfect Life is perfect for devotional reading, personal study, and personal evangelism – all compiled by a first-rate pastor, theologian, and man of God.
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