Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD,
who greatly delights in his commandments! Psalm 112:1
The wicked may have many comforts and still he is cursed. The godly may have many crosses, yet still he is blessed. If the wicked has success and his path is smooth, yet there is still a curse upon him. All the curses of the Bible are his portion, and at the day of his death this debt is sure to be paid. But a godly man in the midst of all his miseries is blessed. He may be under the cross, but not under a curse. This shows the privilege of a believer. Blessedness has begun in him (Psa. 115:15). Let the condition of the righteous be ever so sad, yet he is blessed: he is blessed in affliction (Psa. 94:12), blessed in poverty (James 2:5), and blessed in disgrace; ‘the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you’ (1 Pet. 4:14). This is strong medicine for the fainting Christian; he is blessed in life and death. May not this take away the murmuring and melancholy from a child of God? Will you repine and be sad when you are blessed? Esau wept because he wanted the blessing, ‘”Bless me, even me also, O my father.” And Esau lifted up his voice and wept’ (Gen. 27:38). But shall a child of God be immoderately cast down when he has the blessing? How evil it is to be blessed, and yet murmur! What an encouragement is this to godliness! Suppose a rich man would adopt another as his heir, and others reproached this heir. He wouldn’t care what others thought as long as he was heir. So also, others may reproach you for your faith; no matter, as long as it includes a blessing for you. The very day you become godly, you become blessed. This is a sacred paradox in our Saviour’s sermon; poverty begets riches, mourning begets joy, and persecution begets happiness: “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven’ (Matt. 5:10).
The Lectio Continua Expository Commentary on the New Testament is not meant to be an academic or highly technical series. There are many helpful exegetical commentaries written for that purpose. Rather, the aim is to provide Lectio continua sermons which clearly and faithfully communicate the context, meaning, gravity and application of God’s inerrant Word. Each volume of expositions aspires to be redemptive-historical, covenantal, Reformed and confessional, trinitarian, person-and-work-of-Christ-centered, and teeming with practical application. Therefore, the series will be a profound blessing to every Christian believer who longs to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (II Peter 3:18).
–from the Series Introduction by Dr. Jon D. Payne
“The book of Galatians is a crystal vial containing the sweet medicine of salvation in Christ alone. Fesko opens the vial and pours out the healing doctrines of justification by faith alone and sanctification by grace alone. His simple, expository style will connect with ordinary people. Yet he helps us to do biblical theology, uncovering the Old Testament roots of the gospel. He guides us in systematic theology, distilling clear doctrinal statements from the Scriptures with the insights of great theologians of the past. And his commentary is practical, leading the reader in this present evil age to live by faith in the Son of God, who loved us and gave Himself up for us. Read Galatians and read this book—and then walk by faith in Christ alone.”
–Dr. Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan
“There are so many fine commentaries available today. However, it’s great to have a reliable author you can turn to for solid Reformed reflection on Scripture. In this case, there are sixteen of them—friends and fellow shepherds who have given me great insight into God’s Word over the years. I’m looking forward eagerly to Fesko’s Galatians commentary—and to each one after that!”
– Dr. Michael S. Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Apologetics and Systematic Theology atWestminster Seminary California , Host of the White Horse Inn, Editor-in-Chief of Modern Reformation Magazine
“Those of us who have promoted and practiced Lectio Continua expository preaching through the years eagerly await the volumes Tolle Lege Press has announced in its Lectio Continua Expository Commentary on the New Testament. We are equally eager to read such a series written by pastors who have practiced the method in their churches. The international and interdenominational character of the series will only add to the richness of its insights.”
– Dr. T. David Gordon, Professor of Religion and Greek at Grove City College Author of “Why Johnny Can’t Preach” (P&R, 2009)
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