And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Matthew 6:13
Because of our great infirmities, and the great deception of the enemy, God has appointed this petition for his children as a remedy. It is a plea for grace to guide us, so that we are not led into temptation, and might be delivered from all evil. We need to remember our infirmity and weakness, and the dangerous state we are in, in respect to our flesh, and the world. Satan seeks to sift us, and as a roaring lion to destroy us. We are taught in this petition to consider God’s goodness toward us in desiring our victory from evil and temptation. We lament because of our corruption, but we rejoice because of his goodness. Consider the joys he has prepared for us in heaven. O think of those joys, and pray that when the tide of death comes, we might go forth from this haven of flesh and this world joyfully! We can have full assurance of obtaining all things necessary for our warfare. In our prayers, we should in no way doubt our being heard, for God is pleased to hear our prayers, who has commanded us to pray, and has promised to hear us and save us forever. He most graciously hears our petitions according to his good will, and for his mercy and truth’s sake through his dear Son, our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. ‘O, from your goodness grant me your Holy Spirit to reveal to me my blindness, and reveal your power, glory, and eternity. O blessed Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, three persons yet one God, to whom be all honour and glory world without end!’ What an honour to be his children! With the power of our heavenly Father, of whom should we be afraid? The devil is subject to his power and kingdom. Satan has no power even over the swine, without his providence and permission. Therefore, it is well that we should pray, ‘Lead us not into temptation.’
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
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– 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
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– 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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