But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. Romans 13:14
Avoid tempting and deceiving objects, which entice your hearts away from obedience. Avoid company or worldly business that drowns out the voice of God’s commands. If God calls you into a life of great temptations, he may bring you safely through, but if you rush in willfully you may soon find it difficult to resist. It is dangerous to be under the influence of strong and importunate temptations, lest their stream should bear you down. It is especially dangerous when you find yourself under temptation for a long time. You might become weary of resisting and yield at last. It is hard to be always at hand. If the thief comes when you are asleep, you may be robbed before you can awake. Constant temptation hinders the habit of obedience, and diminishes our hatred of sin and holy resolution. In this way, by slow unnoticeable degrees, we yield to commit the act. The mind that desires full obedience must avoid such distracting company or business. Removing the fuel puts out the fire. If you are unavoidably cast upon a strong temptation, take the alarm, and put on the full armour of God. Resist as if your life depended upon it. Consider each temptation as an effort of the devil to lead to your damnation. Suppose you heard Satan say; ‘Take this, in exchange for your salvation; sell me this, for your God, soul, and everlasting hope; commit this sin, that you may be tormented in hell for ever. Do this, to please your flesh, displease your God, and grieve your Saviour.’ This is the truth behind every temptation. Would it not cause you to detest the temptation and reject it? With what horror would you fly from the most enticing bait! Watch, and resolve obedience since you know the design of the devil.
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 at Westminster 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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