But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
Consider who is knocking at the door of hearts: he who is the mighty God, Lord of lords, and King of kings (Rev. 3:20). There is not the least merit in us to engage him to knock. Here is an amazement, he does this when man is so far from deserving it. He is found by those who are not seeking him. He condescends and stoops so low when there is no necessity to do so. His sovereignty makes this a wonder. Christ could annihilate all mankind if they had continued innocent upon the mere account of his sovereignty. After the fall, he might have executed the sentence of death upon the sons of men almost the very moment they received life. What a wonder that Christ should choose rather to offer salvation! Consider also to whom Christ condescends. It is to contemptible man, and not angels. Behold and wonder, consider and be astonished! He stoops to dust and ashes, to man who is a worm. Will Christ wait upon dust and ashes? Will he stand and knock at the door of a worm? O what a wonder is this, that infinite glory, the mighty God of hosts should stoop so low! Man is but dust, and this is contemptible enough; but he became polluted dust. Is it a wonder that he will stand and knock at the door of such a leper, so deformed, so loathsome, and so infectious? Not only this, but we were enemies in heart and mind. He comes, knocks, stands, entreats, importunately, compassionately, and again and again. O the winder of Christ’s patience! When he does not prevail by knocking, waiting, beseeching, why this is his grief, his sorrow, and he vents his sorrow in tears. Behold it, and wonder! Behold as sinners provoke him to depart – the wonderful compassion of a dear Saviour, as he stands, knocks, and waits.
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
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– 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
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– 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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