THE NATURE OF THE GOSPEL.

By the week’s end I hope to publish my review of J.V. Fesko’s commentary on Galatians.  Additionally, in the days ahead, I’ll be posting an interview with Dr. Fesko and Dr. Jon Payne, the series editor for the Lectio Continua commentary series.  Dr. Fesko and Dr. Payne have graciously agreed to discuss both the Letter to the Galatians and the distinctives of the Lectio Continua Expository Commentary on the New Testament.  We’ll be looking at the topics of redemptive history, new creation, and sanctification within Galatians, as well as the lectio continua method, just to name a few.

Overall, you should know that this commentary is soaked with gospel goodness.  It’s solid, simple, and straightforward.  Not only will it help you think more deeply about the gospel, but I believe those who read it will become better equipped at speaking more clearly and substantially about what God has done for us in Christ.  Please consider picking up a copy for yourself or your pastor.

Be sure to stay tuned!

In the meantime I thought I’d share a helpful section from the commentary on the nature of the gospel…

Dr. Fesko writes:

Notice the nature of the gospel. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the announcement of the good news. And what exactly is that good news? It begins with some bad news: man is sinful, and his sin not only separates him from God but also renders him liable to God’s wrath and judgment. Sin, whether great or small, separates us from God and makes us liable to his just judgment.

The good news is that God has sent his Son to deliver us from this present evil age. Jesus Christ has come and lived his life in perfect obedience to the demands of the law, which means he has fulfilled the requirements of the law on behalf of those who look to him by faith. Jesus has suffered and died on the cross to pay the penalty and debt that sinful people owe, on behalf of those who trust him by faith. Jesus was raised from the dead to signal his sinlessness and righteousness, to show that God had accepted his sacrifice on behalf of the people of God, and to prophetically declare that all who look to him by faith will be likewise raised. This is the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is our salvation— accomplished and applied.[1]

 

 


[1] Fesko, J. V.  (2012-03-15). Galatians (The Lectio Continua Expository Commentary on the New Testament) (Kindle Locations 582-592). Tolle Lege Press. Kindle Edition.

 

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