For those whom heforeknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. Romans 8:29
It is a very high privilege to be conformed to Christ. What can make us conform more to Christ than a cross? Provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him’ (Rom. 8:17). We should be thankful for the cross because it shows the special favour of the Lord. ‘If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and God rests upon you’ (1 Pet. 4:14). The good we receive from our crosses flows from God’s goodness and not from the nature of the cross itself. When the doctor performs a cure, the medicine is not thanked, but the physician for his application. How can we bring our hearts to the holy and heavenly frame to give thanks in affliction? (1.) Pray earnestly for the Spirit of God. (2.) Labour for an awareness of sin. This will make you thankful for every mercy. A humble, broken heart is a very thankful heart. He that knows he has forfeited all and deserves nothing, thanks God for the least drop and crumb. (3.) Behold every mercy that comes to you, and know that all that passes through his hands is for your benefit. Affliction is sweetened through the mercies of God. (4.) Bless God for mercy in answer to your prayers. These are double mercies: we ask by the Spirit of adoption in us, and then we receive the answer that shows our acceptance in Christ. Thank him also for many unasked blessings. (5.) Consider being driven nearer to God as a special mercy. Mercies are cords that draw us to God, and so thank him. If the Chief Shepherd keeps us from straying, and brings us under his command, this is a mercy. If the Lord hedges up our way with thorns that we cannot sin, this is a mercy. The storm that sinks and splits some ships drives others faster to the harbour.
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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