But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. Galatians 6:14
The grace of God makes the soul like a weaned child to all worldly things. This does not mean we are without earthly comforts and contentments. You may have much of the world, and yet still be weaned from it. Others have little of the world, and are not. To be weaned from the world does not mean we undervalue our enjoyments either. There are real mercies to us. They are gifts from above, and the bounty of God’s providence. But to be weaned means that we are content in every condition and providence of life. When the Lord designs to work grace in a heart, and redeem a soul to himself, he first weans it from the world. This is how God dealt with the prodigal son. God is never better to us than when the earthly is most bitter. To forsake God to live upon earthly pleasures is a great loss; it is to forsake a living fountain for a broken cistern, and leads us out of God’s blessing. An excess in creature-enjoyments drowns our reason in sense, and our judgment is extinguished by our appetites. When God weans a soul from the world he makes the earthly bitter by some affliction or disappointment. Thus he leads the soul to look out for a more pure and lasting satisfaction in Christ. In times of outward prosperity we are full of the world, and the Lord can find no room in our hearts. Present comforts have taken possession and thrust him out. When Christ was born, there was no room for him in the inn. Thus it fares with the Lord Jesus Christ in the world yet. Most of us lay him in the manger out of the way. How do you treat the blessed Jesus? Do you receive him into your hearts and affections? Please deal plainly with God and your own souls and tell me; what entertainment do you give to the Lord Jesus? Please let him into your hearts and affections!
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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