Dr. Colin Kruse

Senior Lecturer in New Testament
ThL – BDiv – MPhil – PhD

Colin, originally from Sydney, NSW, was ordained as an Anglican minister in the Diocese of Sydney, and after parish experience served as a missionary lecturer at Satya Wacana Christian University in Central Java, Indonesia, for five years.

Following postgraduate study at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, he lectured in New testament at Ridley College, Melbourne, for sixteen years before his appointment at MST in 1995. He is a member of the Fellowship of Biblical Studies (Melbourne) and the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas.

Area of Study

  • New Testament (NT)
  • Research Interests

    My MPhil and PhD dissertations focused upon the theology of ministry, including the themes of apostleship, servanthood, and the Spirit in the teaching of Jesus, and in the writings of Paul also suffering, the charismata, the body metaphor, and the involvement of the risen Christ.

    Within Pauline theology, I have had a special focus upon the role of the Mosaic Law and justification, noting the objections of Jewish scholars to the way Protestant exegesis in the past proceeded upon the assumption that Judaism was essentially legalistic, and more recently upon the influence of the ‘new perspective’ on Paul, in particular its influence in the works of E. P. Sanders, J. D. G. Dunn and N. T. Wright. My work was carried out inductively by an examination of the relevant passages in the Pauline Letters considering their individual provenances, before drawing comprehensive conclusions.

    In addition, I have spent much time researching and writing commentaries on Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians, his Letter to the Romans, and on the Gospel and Letters of John.

    Recent Publications


      2 Corinthians, EGGNT (Nashville: B & H Academic).

      ‘Paul as Pastor in Romans: Theological Foundations’.

      ‘Paul’s Use of Scripture in Romans’, in Paul and Scripture, Pauline Studies, 8, ed. Stanley E. Porter (E. J. Brill).

      The Gospel according to John (revised and expanded edition, TNTC 4, (IVP)

      Translation of The Gospel according to John (IVP, 2003) into Japanese.


      2 Corinthians: An Introduction and Commentary, TNTC 8 (Nottingham/Downers Grove: IVP, 2015).

      ‘Notes of 1, 2, 3 John’ for the NIV Zondervan Study Bible. Gen. ed. D. A. Carson, Zondervan: Grand Rapids, 2015.


      ‘Paul, the Law and the Spirit’, Paradosis 1 (2014) 28-48.


      ‘Notes on John10:1-18’ in Jan-Feb 2013 issue of Bible Study Magazine (Logos Research Systems: Bellingham, WA).

      Translation of 2 Corinthians (IVP, 1987) into Korean, 2013.

      Translation of The Gospel according to John (IVP, 2003) into Korean, 2013.


      Paul’s Letter to the Romans (PNTC, Eerdmans/Apollos: Grand Rapids/Nottingham, 2012).