“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. Exodus 20:2
What is implied in God being our God? It is comprehensive of all good things. He is our strong tower, our fountain of living water, and our salvation. It implies the sweetest of relations. He is our Father who tenderly cares for us, and never dies. God says ‘You are mine’, and the soul answers; ‘Lord, I am yours; all I have is yours!’ Consider the misery of those without God as their Father. What a sad condition in the hour of distress! A sinner without God will get by while his health and estate lasts, but when these crutches are broken, his heart must sink. During the flood the waters came to the valleys, and the people went to the hills. The waters came to the mountains, and they climbed the trees. Aye, but the waters rose above the trees, and all hope was gone. So it is with those who do not have God as their Father. What a privilege to have God as our God! What a happy condition when nothing can hurt you! If one loses his name, it is written in the book of life. If he loses his liberty, his conscience is free. If he loses his estate, he owns the pearl of great price. If he meets a storm, he has a harbor; God is his God, and heaven is his heaven. If God is our God, our soul is safe. It is hidden in the promises, in the wounds of Christ, and in the decrees of God. If God is our God, then all that is in God is ours. How happy is he who does not only inherits the gifts of God, but inherits God himself! In his wisdom, he is ours to teach us, his power shall support us, and his mercy shall save us. God is an infinite ocean of blessedness, and there is enough in him to fill us. He gives us peace in trouble, and when there is a storm without, he will make music within. The world gives trouble in peace, but God gives peace in trouble. He loves us, and we are the ‘beloved of his soul’ (Jer. 12:7).
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 at Westminster 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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