The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. Revelation 21:7
O the sweet enjoyment of love and joy in heaven! What a high favour that God allows us to love him and embrace him with arms that have embraced lust and sin before him! But this is not all – he returns love for love and a thousand times more. Christian, believe this and think on it; you will be eternally embraced in the arms of everlasting love. The love that brought the Son from heaven to earth, from the earth to the cross, from the cross to the grave, from the grave to glory; the love which was weary, hungry, tempted, scorned, scourged, buffeted, spit upon, crucified; that love will eternally embrace you. What shall we say to these things? No wonder the angels desire to peer into this mystery. All of Christ’s ways of mercy end in the saints’ joy; he wept, sorrowed, suffered that we might rejoice; he sent the Spirit to be our Comforter; he multiplied his promises that our joy might be full. It is not our joy only, but mutual joy and mutual love. If there is joy in heaven at your salvation, will there not be joy at your glorification? Will not the angels welcome you there and congratulate your safe arrival? Christ Jesus rejoices at the outcome of his suffering, and is admired by all that believe. We are the fruit of his soul’s travail. The Father himself rejoices as we enter our rest and joy. How quickly did the father see the returning prodigal afar off! With what compassion he fell on his neck and kissed him! He put on him the best robe, a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. He killed the fatted calf that they might eat and be merry. This is nothing compared to the embraces and the joys of our great meeting in heaven. The Lord rejoices and takes pleasure in his people. He is now preparing a place for you and will come again and receive you to himself, that where he is there you may be also.
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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