Trent Casto’s “2 Corinthians” stands as a valuable addition to the Reformed Expository Commentary series, providing readers with a theologically rich and pastorally insightful guide through this complex New Testament epistle. From the perspective of a confessionally reformed pastor, Casto’s work offers a meticulous and practical examination of 2 Corinthians, delving into its historical context, theological nuances, and the application of its teachings to contemporary Christian living.

One of the commendable aspects of Casto’s commentary is his commitment to exegetical depth without sacrificing accessibility. The commentary demonstrates a thorough engagement with the Greek text, yet Casto skillfully communicates his insights in a manner that both scholars and lay readers can appreciate. For instance, when unpacking the challenging passage in 2 Corinthians 4:7-12, Casto elucidates the treasure in jars of clay metaphor, stating, “Here, Paul illustrates the paradoxical reality of the gospel’s power residing in the fragility of human vessels” (p. 87). This balance between scholarly rigor and pastoral clarity makes the commentary a valuable resource for a diverse audience.

Casto’s treatment of key theological themes within 2 Corinthians showcases his commitment to the Reformed tradition. His discussion on the ministry of reconciliation in 2 Corinthians 5:18-21 reflects a robust understanding of God’s redemptive plan, with Casto noting, “In Christ, believers become ambassadors of reconciliation, proclaiming God’s invitation to be reconciled to Him” (p. 156). This theological precision aligns with the expectations of a confessionally reformed perspective and strengthens the commentary’s contribution to the broader body of biblical scholarship.

The practical application sections throughout the commentary further highlight its pastoral utility. In addressing the challenges faced by the Corinthian church, Casto draws parallels to contemporary issues, fostering a connection between the biblical text and the struggles of present-day believers. For instance, when discussing Paul’s call for generosity in 2 Corinthians 8:1-15, Casto writes, “The Corinthian believers’ generosity, rooted in the gospel, serves as a timeless model for Christians today in sacrificial giving” (p. 212). Such practical insights make this commentary a valuable resource for sermon preparation and personal study.

To appreciate Casto’s contribution fully, readers can turn to his insightful analysis of 2 Corinthians 12:1-10. Here, he navigates the contentious issue of the “thorn in the flesh,” offering a nuanced interpretation that aligns with Reformed theological perspectives. Casto emphasizes the transformative power of God’s grace in weakness, stating, “Paul’s thorn highlights the paradoxical nature of divine strength manifesting through human frailty” (p. 309). This nuanced approach exemplifies Casto’s commitment to handling complex theological issues with care and precision.

In conclusion, Trent Casto’s “2 Corinthians (Reformed Expository Commentary)” emerges as a valuable resource for pastors, scholars, and lay readers seeking a thoughtful exploration of this New Testament epistle. The commentary’s theological depth, pastoral insight, and practical application make it a worthwhile addition to any library.

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Title: 2 Corinthians (Reformed Expository Commentary)

Author: Trent Casto

Publisher: P&R