A Picture of Our Progress

Here is a snapshot of the progress we’ve made on the Grace Commentary in the past two and a half years…

Depending on how you look at it, this graph is either pleasing (look how much we’ve done) or disappointing (look how much remains to be done).

I have both feelings, but mostly I am encouraged by our progress through the New Testament epistles. Writing a verse-by-verse commentary is slow work, but we’re getting there. And I’m getting faster with practice.

You may be wondering about the books not listed in the graph.

“Paul, what about the four Gospels?”

Ah, yes. About that.

A little known fact: The Gospels are big books. Did you know there’s more than 1,000 verses in Matthew? There are even more verses in Luke!

In fact, Luke is bigger than Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, and Philemon combined.

Paul may have written the most books in the New Testament, but Luke wrote the most words.

Since my weekly goal is to write stellar commentary for 25–30 verses, or 100+ commentary entries, it’s going to take a while before I make a dent in the Gospels.

But next year will be a big year. As you may have heard, I’m working on the parables of Jesus and they account for a large chunk of the Gospels. I am also working hard to complete Ephesians and a couple of other things.

I’ll let you know more about those in my next update.

Grace and peace,

PS: As always, I am grateful to those of you who are supporting this unprecedented project. We have a common cause – to see the church growing strong in the grace and knowledge of Jesus. Thank you for your partnership in this message.

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By Paul Ellis

Author of award-winning Bible commentaries


  1. That’s awesome Paul! Just like you cannot write it fast, we cannot read it fast so I see more than enough to keep me busy too. Thank you brother.

  2. Wow! I didn’t realize you had accomplished so much already! So appreciate your work, Paul! Praying the Lord give you the ability to focus more on the gain rather than the gap!

  3. Paul, I echo Keith and Kevin. It’s amazing to me how much you have completed! And at the same time keeping Patreon and E2R thriving. I can’t thank you enough !

  4. Wow, Paul, just wow! Every entry in the Grace commentary is a chain-breaker, a freedom-maker! Be encouraged. This is a first! You are blazing a trail. your progress is whatever it is :).

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