Final Word, Why We Need the Bible by John MacArthur

This short work is vintage MacArthur, as he expounds on his favorite subject: truth as found in Scripture. There is nothing new here if you have read MacArthur previously. As a matter of fact, I had the distinct impression throughout that I had read all of this before, especially his excellent exposition of Psalm 19. Still, even if that is the case it is valuable to organize these thoughts in a central, easily accessible location.

The six chapters each deal with a topic relevant to the Scriptures: they are under attack, they are truth, they are authoritative, they are the catalyst of spiritual growth, they are central to faithful ministry, and they are food for the soul. Besides the section explaining Psalm 19 (pp. 49-61), there is a deeply appreciated exegesis on 1 John 2:12-14 (pp. 70-81), and 1 Peter 2:2-9 (pp. 113-127).

The book serves as a reminder of the value and importance of the Bible for salvation and sanctification. The Bible scholar will be refreshed, and the novice Christian will be energized to read and live Scripture.

by John MacArthur (Orlando, FL: PR Reformation Trust, 2019) 136 pp., hard $14.49

Reviewed by Gary E. Gilley, Pastor-teacher at Southern View Chapel