For he spoke, and it came to be;
he commanded, and it stood firm. Psalm 33:9
God’s saying, is doing. His promises are one with his performance of them. He is just as willing to perform as to promise. There is no distance between his saying and doing, as among men. This consideration removes at once the chief discouragement of faith. Is it not this that weakens our confidence in God’s promises? Do we not view the fulfillment of God’s promises as uncertain and difficult, or future afar off? If we consider the fulfilment as sure as the promise, faith can conclude that the performances of God’s promises are certain, easy, and present. The root of all certainty is God’s will. If he is willing to promise, he is willing to perform. They are the same to him. Believers have an unquestionable title to all things promised. They are bequeathed to believers by the eternal will of the Father, and purchased by the precious blood of Christ. The whole glorious essence of God is engaged for the performance of every promise. For he ceases to be God when he ceases to be most perfect. If he does not perform his promises, this divests him of all perfection. If he does not perform his promises it is either that he will not, or cannot. He would lack either in power, or wisdom. If he never intended to perform, then how is he upright? If he intended, but now has changed his mind, how is he unchangeable? If he is not unchangeable, he is not eternal. As sure as he is God he will perform his promises. You may well say there is no God as to doubt his performance. The glory of his being is concerned. He loses nothing if he performs, and all, if he does not. He engages himself when he engages his word. Men can be men, though unfaithful, but God cannot be God; he cannot deny himself.
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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