The greatest need of the Church today is the recovery of sound biblical preaching that faithfully explains and applies the text, courageously confronts sin, and boldly trumpets forth sovereign majesty, law, and the promises of God. It is for this reason that the Lectio Continua Expository Commentary on the New Testament is being written. It is authored by an array of seasoned pastor-scholars from various Reformed denominations on both sides of the Atlantic. The Lectio Continua series Testament is not meant to be an academic or highly technical series. 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). To this end, J. V. Fesko’s commentary, Galatians clearly elucidates the doctrines of justification by faith and sanctification by grace alone. Fesko’s simple expository style will connect with all readers yet also instruct us in the systematic doctrines of grace and in the Old Testament context of Galatians. His commentary is practical in orientation and teaches the reader how to live faithfully in the midst of fallen world.
“By faith, the believer is united to Christ; everything that belongs to Christ is transferred to the believer, and everything that belonged to the believer is transferred to Christ. In this regard, the death of Christ, his crucifixion, becomes the death of the believer. Therefore, through the death of Christ, the believer is freed from the demands and curse of the law. This is why Paul says that he was crucified with Christ. However, notice how Paul goes on to say that Christ now lives in him. In other words, it was the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit that enabled Paul to live by faith in Christ, not his own efforts to merit justification by obedience.” (Page 37)
“In other words, love and rebuke are in no way antithetical.” (Page 2)
“What was the message of the gospel? The bottom line is that a person is justified before God, not on account of his obedience to the law, but by believing in Jesus Christ. Justification, therefore, is by faith, not by works.” (Page 31)
“Christ did not come to give people the possibility or the chance at salvation; he came to save his people from the wrath of God: actually, finally, completely, eternally, and immutably.” (Page 37)
“First, to receive circumcision in addition to faith in Christ was a rejection of the perfect sufficiency of Christ’s work as the ground for a person’s salvation.” (Page 15)