Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5
We may build our trust in God, through the consideration of his precious promises. This is the bottle that faith keeps by her side to revive her in a day of swooning. The Greek in the above passage has five negatives: ‘I will not – never leave you; neither will I not – never forsake you.’ Five times we observe this precious promise, so repeated that we may fill our hearts with its consolation, and delight in the abundance of its glory. One might consider himself in this danger, but God does not, nor ever will forsake us. If he leaves us for a small moment, he will not forsake us utterly. Desert he may, but not disinherit. Forsaking us, it may be, in regard of vision, but not of union. In charge of dispensation, yes, but not a change of his disposition. Do you pass through waters and walk through fire? God has promised to be with you. As warm as you may be, the flame will not touch you (Isa. 43:2). God’s promises are bonds and obligations by which he is firmly bound to believers. Faith boldly pleads the security of them: ‘Lord, here is the bill you promised to pay, it is engraved with your hand and seal!’ Our trust is also strengthened by God’s inviolable, steadfast, never-failing faithfulness. God’s goodness inclines him to make his promises, and his faithfulness engages him to keep them. If the word has once gone out of his mouth, heaven and earth shall sooner pass away, than one iota of it will fail (Luke 21:33). God in faithfulness will make good his promises. He never has and never will fail the man who puts his trust in him (Psa. 9:10). God has never broken his word by deceiving, not cracked his credit by paying less than was due. God is so faithful and true to his word – let him promise a victory, and the trumpet of victory can be sounded even before the battle. O trust in the Lord his saints!
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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