Alexander Nisbet, Altogether Necessary

For some time I have had my eye on Alexander Nisbet’s commentary on 1&2 Peter, so I went ahead and bought a used copy through amazon, with curiosity getting the better of me. I haven’t been able to find much information about him or even find any scanned images of his writings. In fact, I not sure he wrote anything beyond this commentary. But, from what I have read of it so far, I highly recommend this treatment of the Petrine epistles. For writing that is over 350 years old, it is very readable and the content obviates the passion of a preacher of Christ.  Commenting on 1 Peter 1:11 about the incarnation of Christ as predicted by the prophets (searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when He testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow.) :

It is the way which the Lord usually keeps with the dearest of His servants to let out His mind to them by little and little, to make plain some things to them and keep up other things from them that He may humble them, quicken them to diligence, and keep up correspondence between Himself and them;…..yet they were kept dark concerning the particular time when He should come, and the distinct quality of His times, what form of worship and way of administration of Gospel ordinances there should be then.

God keeps His own counsel and timing. I’ll be quoting from Nisbet more in the future.


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