For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one. Hebrews 10:34
What a comfort it is to have God as your portion! This portion is not in toys and trifles, but in the blessed, and boundless God. It is a portion so precious that none of the greatest mathematicians ever undertook to compute its worth. It is a portion so permanent that nothing can part you from it (Rom. 8:38-39). Winter may freeze a pond, but not the ocean. You may receive comfort from this portion in the most afflicted condition. If men plunder your estate you may suffer the spoiling of your goods joyfully, knowing you have a more enduring substance and are rich towards God (Heb. 10:34). Do they cast you into prison? Though your body is in fetters, your soul enjoys freedom. No chain can so fasten you to the earth but you may mount up to heaven upon the wings of meditation and prayer. Do they take away your food? You have meat to eat they do not know about. Is your body sick? Your soul is sound, and so all is well. If your enemies kill you, they cannot hurt you, they do you the greatest courtesy. They free you from your corruptions, and send you to your heavenly home. The Christian can be happy under the greatest outward misery. What weight can sink him who has everlasting arms to support him? What can sadden him who has infinite bounty and mercy to supply him? Nothing can make him miserable who has God for his happiness. O Christian, may you walk so that the world may know you are above their fears, and that all their allurements are below your hopes! If God is our portion, we are comfortable against the death of our Christian friends and our own deaths. Blessed are they who die in the Lord. God our portion – O think of it, and take comfort in it!
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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