Vinson Synan, Ph.D., Interim Dean, Oral Roberts University School of Theology and Mission.
This is surely the best book I have read on the passion of Jesus Christ.
I have known Frank Tunstall for many years. As a student at Emmanuel College he showed unmistakable marks of future leadership. He is also a member of the ORU seminary graduating Class of 1969, earning his M. Div. degree. He went on to be a leading churchman and scholar as well as an able writer. This book, Jesus Son of God, A Study of Passion Week is another example of his ministry of writing. It will be a blessing to read it during lent and the Easter season each year.
Bishop James Leggett, President of Holmes Bible College; Presiding Bishop of IPHC, (retired).
I am so proud for our church that one of its sons has produced such an excellent book. I especially liked the section on the Farewell Discourses of Jesus. All of our conferences and churches should welcome Dr. Tunstall’s final volume in the outstanding series on Jesus Son of God. From His experience as pastor, church planter, professor, college president, conference bishop, and camp meeting speaker, he has written three volumes of excellent exposition of John’s Gospel focusing on John’s own statement: “that you may believe Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and by believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:31).
His years of study and teaching along with his deep love and understanding of the Scriptures are evident throughout the book. This third volume covers some of the richest truths in the Gospel. It begins with John 12:12 and goes through 21:25. One senses that he is in the Holy Place as Dr. Tunstall opens up these glorious truths.
Dr. Tunstall presents not only a scholarly approach to this marvelous section of Scripture, but he provides devotional and practical lessons from the text. In this volume as in the first two, it is clear that the writer loves Jesus Christ our Savior and is intent on exalting Him.
Bishop D. Chris Thompson, IPHC Vice-Chairman and Executive Director of Evangelism USA.
I will ask students and young pastors to read and study Dr. Frank Tunstall’s three book series, and especially this Volume Three. Bible students and those on the journey to heaven must see Jesus as the Son of God and understand His ultimate sacrifice for each of us to be saved. This book “seals the deal.” Jesus was and is the Son of God.
Thank you, Dr. Tunstall, for your expertise and sacrifice in giving to the body of Christ this capstone of Biblical writing. May the Lord bless each reader and may this volume, as the others, be quickly translated in order that all men may see Jesus as the Son of God.
Ron White, Ed.D., President, Emmanuel College.
No matter the number of volumes written, man will never be able to plumb the depths of Holy Scripture. But there are those among us who are gifted in exposition who help us understand what is hidden, and they see what is not obviously visible. Dr. Frank Tunstall is one of them. This third part in his three-part series, Jesus Son of God, illuminates the events of Passion Week in the life of Christ. He writes with great clarity and insight, and along the way, inspires the reader to a deeper walk of faith. I especially enjoyed the discourse on the High Priestly prayer of Jesus in Chapter 17 where Dr. Tunstall delineates ten principles of prayer and intercession for spiritual leaders. He is a 1963 graduate of Emmanuel College. We are proud to claim him as our own and to commend him for producing yet another great book.
Bishop Jimmy Whitfield, North Carolina Conference, IPHC, (retired).
There is so much excellent material in this book. I will refer to it often in my teaching and preaching. A few of the many highlights that leaped out at me follow:
“He (Jesus) will come to the thing in your life that reeks with stench and is beyond your ability to change, and will say to you, ‘Roll away the stone.’”
“Anything Jesus says carries with it the spirit of prophecy.”
The eight things “Jesus knew” that gave Him strength to face Calvary is a powerful teaching.
The insight on the person and job description of the Holy Spirit should become main line teaching points to our people.
The treatment of the doctrine of the Trinity is so very insightful.
I can identify with Peter in a new way as he tried to get Jesus to do it his way rather than following Jesus as the leader.
I applaud the explanation of the sovereignty of God, the free will of man and the foreknowledge of God. It should be very helpful to readers.
Thanks for tying together the four greatest miracles of all time. That is some great teaching material.
The treatment of the resurrection event is profound. My gratitude for the suffering of Jesus has reached a new high.
How Dr. Tunstall handled the way John closed his book with Thomas’ confession of Jesus’ as “God,” coupled with showing Jesus character in forgiving and restoring Peter was very meaningful to me.
The Epilogue in my opinion is one of the best summary statements I have ever read of the plan of redemption, the uniqueness of the Kingdom of God from all other kingdoms, and the role of the church in God's Kingdom. In my view, it is the “hallelujah” at the end of “Handel's Messiah."
I trust this book will receive a large readership by believers and unbelievers. It should become a required text in our ministerial training process and in our colleges.
Harold Dalton, D. Min., Assistant World Missions Ministries Director (retired).
This is a work of scholarship and worship. While the reader will certainly gain new understanding of the Scriptures, he will also develop a greater sense of awe and a humble acknowledgement of the greatness of our Lord Jesus Christ. Very few authors can match Frank Tunstall at combining these two elements.
Terry Tramel, D. Min. Director of Global Outreach and Leadership Development, World Missions Ministries
Frank Tunstall has done it again. After completing this third and final volume of his work Jesus Son of God, readers will be able to echo the sentiments of the Master of the feast at Cana of Galilee when He said, “You have saved the best for now.”
This commentary is not a tired echo of previous voices. Rather, it is a fresh sound from the mind and heart of one of the Lord’s choice servants who has dedicated well over half a century to the study and ministry of God’s Word. For one example, readers will be challenged anew to consider what “Jesus knew” facing the final hours of His life that gave Him added strength for the challenge, and how that relates to our date with destiny both in this life and the one to come.
The author has made several trips to the Holy Land and throughout this work his pen serves as a most trusted guide. He enables the reader to easily imagine being present as these most important scenes of human history unfold.
Dr. Tunstall could easily have written as a theologian directly to other academicians; however, his pastoral heart shines through from page to page as he gently conveys his concern for his readers. Clearly, it is more than information that he seeks to dispense; his goal is the transformation of himself and his readers as they walk together where Jesus walked during His final days.
After taking this journey through Dr. Tunstall’s description of the week of our Lord’s passion, including the Triumphal Entry, the Upper Room, Gethsemane, Calvary, the resurrection, the confession of Thomas and the restoration of Peter, I will never see them the same way again.
Bishop T. Elwood Long, North Carolina Conference, IPHC (Retired); Pastor, Shiloh Pentecostal Holiness Church, Wilson, NC.
Dr. Frank Tunstall, a prolific writer, has excelled beyond my ability to express adequately the appreciation I have for the privilege of reading and studying this third volume of Jesus Son of God. The profoundly spiritual depth of this study, albeit with simple language, has immensely enhanced my appreciation for the Holy Spirit's anointing on the author that will carry over to his readers. As for me, my relationship with my Lord has graciously been enhanced as I have spent much of the past month in this study.
I was also greatly blessed with Dr. Tunstall’s inclusion of hymns, Gospel songs, stories and poetry as he fittingly applied them to touch both the heart and the intellect.
I will continue to cherish these eternal truths.
Rev. Jay Jones, Pastor of Redeemer Community Church of Cache, OK
Dr. Frank Tunstall has written a moving commentary that also reads like a personal pastoral challenge. I found this refreshing and a blessing.
Writing from the Arminian and Wesleyan tradition, he has produced a book that will be a great blessing for those of that theological stream. For those of us of the Calvinist perspective, this book will challenge any of my fellow readers to grow in your faith as you gain insight from a brother who has a different perspective from your own. Everyone will find something in Jesus Son of God, A Study of Passion Week that will motivate them and grow them in their love of the Lord Jesus Christ.