Galatians (A Mentor Commentary)
"Pastor-Theologian David McWilliams has produced a preacher’s commentary on Paul’s epistle to the Galatians, that momentous announcement of the good news of righteousness and freedom in Christ alone, by grace alone, through faith alone. Dr. McWilliams addresses interpretive issues with clarity and cogent discernment, and he engages recent misperceptions of Paul’s central concernwhich is not merely sociological or ecclesiastical, but soteriological (How may guilty sinners be reconciled to their holy Creator?)all the while keeping in view the aim of preaching this good news of sovereign grace. The author’s fresh translation of Galatians enables readers to experience the fervor of the apostle’s passionate alarm for his spiritual children in Galatia as they flirted with eternal ruin, and the comment that supports the translation demonstrates that the issues addressed in Galatians are not matters for aloof theological conversation, but matters of life and death. I highly recommend this resource to my fellow-preachers of the good news of God’s Son."See All
Dennis E. Johnson
Professor of Practical Theology, Westminster Seminary California
Galatians was probably the first letter ever written by the apostle Paul. The concern with which he deals - the relationship with which he deals - the relationship of Christian believers to the Mosaic law - was a major problem in the apostolic church, and remains so today. As then, the issue affects our understanding of the doctrines of justification (becoming right with God) and sanctification (developing a holy life). A misunderstanding and a wrong application of the relationship can result in several pastoral concerns such as the nature of assurance (basis of salvation) and the unity of the church (what is required for membership). David McWilliams brings us to an awareness of Paul's teaching on these doctrines that will help us understand and refute errors of the new perspective on Paul.
Practically you can see how to avoid the pitfalls of legalism (on one side) and license (on the other). By learning more about Galatians you will discover the role of the Holy Spirit in a Christian's life.
Mentor commentaries combine a high view of scripture with access to the latest academic theological research. This unique combination allows the reader to see what recent scholarly research has discovered without losing sight of the inerrancy of scripture.
Published May 2009
About the Author
David McWiliams has been the senior pastor at Covenant Presbyerian Church, Lakeland, Florida for 20 years. He has a passion for Christ-centred preaching and wished to apply the theology of the life of the church.