I personally believe that The Expositor’s Study Bible is the most comprehensive study Bible and mission’s effort in the world today. As far as I know, it is the only study Bible that has been given out freely to pastors all over the world.
Even though it costs more money, we’ve done our best to make this Bible as comprehensive and as durable as is humanly possible because we want it to last a long, long time
Developing This Bible
The Lord began to deal with me some twenty years ago about this project. At first, I felt that it could not be the Lord because, in my opinion, I was woefully incapable to do such a thing. Writing notes on a Bible is extremely important—we’re talking about the Word of God, which is the most important thing in the world today. So I dismissed it from my mind, but the Holy Spirit kept moving upon my heart, and He can get quite heavy. Ultimately, He told me the following:
• I have told you to do it.
• I will show you how to do it.
• And I will help you to do it.
And that He has.
When developing this Bible, not one time did it ever enter my mind that the Lord would use it on a worldwide basis. But the Lord certainly had that in mind.
First, He told me, “Put this Bible into the hands of every third-world pastor,” and that is what we have tried to do. And, I might quickly add, we have done it with your help, without which we could not have done anything. But that’s the way the Lord works. He calls someone to do something, then He calls others to help get it done. So many of you have helped to get it done, and you are special in my eyes, and, I believe, in the eyes of our Lord as well.
I want to thank you for helping us to put The Expositor’s Study Bible into the hands of untold numbers of third-world pastors. Actually, many hundreds of thousands of these pastors could not get a Bible like this, but for your help.
The other day, Dave was in my office and said to me, “Brother Swaggart, God has opened the door for me in Vietnam, and we are able to get in New Testaments, but we desperately need study tools for the tremendous harvest of souls that is now taking place in that country. And when I saw The Expositor’s Study Bible, I knew that this was exactly what we needed. Can you help us?”
I immediately answered in the affirmative and the work began to translate the New Testament into the Vietnamese language. When the New Testament is finished, translation of the Old Testament begins.
The Word of God is the single most important material on the face of the entire earth. In fact, there is nothing like it. That’s the reason the Holy Spirit instructed me to get The Expositor’s Study Bible into the hands of third-world pastors everywhere and, by the grace of God and with your help, we are getting it done.
When we come to you for your help with these projects, you become, I believe, part of the greatest missions work in the world today. And we give the Lord all the praise and all the glory.
Once again, I urge you to make certain that you include The Expositor’s Study Bible in your Christmas giving this year. And the same goes for our commentaries, music CDs, and books—in fact, everything that we have to offer. All of these will make the greatest Christmas gifts in the world.
One more thing, which I cannot stress enough, we are so thankful for all of you. We feel your love and your prayers not only for us, but also for the work of God. Again, Frances and I wish you and those you love a happy Thanksgiving. May the Lord’s richest blessings be yours.
In the Master’s service, yours,