Review of Ryken’s Galatians

I just finished reading Philip Ryken’s Galatians.  What a wonderfully uplifting book.  It is a series of sermons through Paul’s great letter.  Ryken is a wonderful exegete and very easy to read.  Here is my favorite quote from the book:

Referring to Galatians 2:19-20 he writes,

At least four things were nailed to the cross of calvary.  The most obvious, of course, was Jesus himself, through his hands and feet…Also fastened to the cross with a hammer and a nail was the public pronouncement that read: “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews”(John 19:19).  The third thing that was nailed to the cross was the debt of our sin. Paul explained this to the Colossians: God forgave “all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands.  This he set aside, nailing it to the cross”(Col. 2:13-14)…But here is the surprise: if you are a follower of Christ, then you were nailed to the cross too!  The crucifixion is not just a fact about the life of Christ and a momentous event in human history, but is also part of every Christian’s personal life story…This is not a subjective experience in the life of the believer, but an objective reality that is based on the believer’s relationship to Christ…The reason union with Christ [in the cross as well as all things] that everything Christ has ever done becomes something we have done.  It is as if we had lived his perfect life and died his painful death.  It is as if we were buried in his tomb and then raised up to his glorious heaven (Rom. 6:3-5).  God attaches us tot he events of Christ’s life so that they become part of our lives.  His story – the story of the cross and the empty tomb – becomes our story.”(page 73-74).

If this inspired you, so will the rest of the book.  I hope you find it as wonderful to read as I did.


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