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Galatians - Reformed Expository Commentary (Ryken)

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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 Commentary 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.

Table of Contents:

  1. Dear Recovering Pharisee (1:1-5)
  2. No Other Gospel (1:6-10)
  3. The Origin of Paul’s Religion (1:11-24)
  4. Gospel Freedom Fighter (2:1-10)
  5. The Battle for the Gospel (2:11-16)
  6. Dying to Live (2:17-21)
  7. By Faith Alone (3:1-5)
  8. Father Abraham Has Many Sons (3:6-9)
  9. The Old Cursed Cross (3:10-14)
  10. The Promise before the Law (3:15-18)
  11. The Law Leading to Christ (3:19-25)
  12. All God’s Children (3:16-29)
  13. From Slavery to Sonship (4:1-7)
  14. A Plea from a Perplexed Pastor (4:8-20)
  15. Two Mothers, Two Sons, Two Covenants (4:21-31)
  16. The Only Thing That Matters (5:1-6)
  17. Why Christianity Is So Offensive (5:7-12)
  18. Liberty without License (5:13-18)
  19. How to Grow Good Spiritual Fruit (5:19-26)
  20. The Spiritual Life (6:1-6)
  21. You Reap What You Sow (6:7-10)
  22. Glory in the Cross (6:11-18)



Philip Graham Ryken is president of Wheaton College. He is Bible teacher for the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, speaking nationally on the radio program Every Last Word. Dr. Ryken was educated at Wheaton College, Westminster Theological Seminary, and the University of Oxford, where he received his doctorate in historical theology. He and his wife, Lisa, have five children.