The book of Galatians was written for recovering Pharisees. By trying to base their standing with God on their spiritual performance, the Galatians were in danger of denying the gospel. They needed to hear again the liberating message that we are justified not by observing the law, but by faith in jesus Christ
The church today needs to embrace that same gospel message. “We are legalists by nature,” Philip Ryken writes, and Galatians ”challenges many of our preconceptions about what it means to have a right relationship with God.”
This first commentary in the Reformed Expository Series is for people who want to experience the gospel in all its power, especially teachers and preachers who are looking for a clear, thorough, relevant exposition of Paul’s letter to the Galatians. Ryken exemplifies the objectives of the series by providing exposition that is biblical, doctrinally sound, redemptive–historical (centering on Christ), and practical.
About the Author
Philip Graham Ryken (PhD, Oxford) is President of Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He is Bible teacher for the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, and can be heard weekly on the radio broadcast Every Last Word. He has written or edited more than thirty books including The Message of Salvation, The Doctrines of Grace (with James Montgomery Boice) and Ryken's Bible Handbook.
About the Series
The Reformed Expository Commentary is biblical (committed to comprehensive exposition of the text), doctrinal (committed to the Westminster Standards), redemptive-historical (committed to a Christ-centered view of the Old Testament), and practical (committed to applying the text to people today). Coeditors are Philip Ryken and Richard Phillips; biblical editors are Iain Duguid and Dan Doriani.
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Publisher: P&R Publishing Company
Publication Date: June 2005
ISBN 10: 0875527825
ISBN 13: 9780875527826
" In an age when scholars write commentaries the size of encyclopedias so that exposition is often drowned in an ocean of background and technical details, Dr. Ryken's Galatians—the first volume in this series—appears as a welcome sign of springtime and the first fruits of the harvest to come."
— Sinclair B. Ferguson, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Systematic Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary.
“I have often expressed my love for the Reformed Expository series of commentaries. Ryken’s volume on Galatians is said to be among the best in the series and among the best of all the options available for Galatians. Derek Thomas describes it as ‘a model commentary: expositional, pastoral, confessional, and Christological.’ Because it is based on sermons, it is equally helpful for pastors preparing sermons or the general reader who wishes to study the book or to simply supplement Scripture reading with commentary.”
— Tim Challies, Author and blogger at www.challies.com.
"When I read Philip Ryken on Galatians I can hear echoes of Luther—and behind that the thunder of Paul—on every page. A clear exposition of the triumph of grace against all its foes, then and now
— Timothy George, Beeson Divinity School
"Phil Ryken is a living refutation of the argument that great expository preaching just can't be found today. He brings to his pulpit a rare combination of biblical insight, theological substance, and pastoral application. In Galatians, Ryken takes us right into the mind of the apostle Paul and into the heart of this great letter. A richly rewarding and faithful commentary."
— R. Albert Mohler Jr.
Those of us who regularly preach need commentaries that provide the best biblical scholarship and understand the challenges of today's pastorate. The Reformed Expository Commentary series speaks to both needs. This volume in particular is a sermon preparation tool of exceptional value."
— Bryan Chapell, President Emeritus, Covenant Theological Seminary
"Marvelously exhibits the model of the pastor-scholar. Laypeople will discover a wealth of sound teaching. Even pastors who want to stay abreast of more academic trends in biblical scholarship will appreciate Ryken's godly common sense and theological wisdom. I warmly recommend this work to pastors and to those who hear them preach."
— Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California
"It is uniquely appropriate that this commentary series commences with an exposition of a Pauline letter at the center of recent discussions. Because Ryken rightly understands that Galatians is about justification, and that the problem vexing the Galatians was no mere exclusivism but legalism, his exposition will help many a preacher set forth the gospel of grace.
— J. Ligon Duncan III