By Grace Through Faith
Pub. Date: Jun. 10, 2009
WHAT IS THE REAL MESSAGE OF THE GOSPEL?
WHAT IS THE REAL GOSPEL of salvation by Jesus Christ? How does it relate to works and the Law? And what difference that make in my life or yours? You will find the answers to those questions and more in this commentary on Galatians and Ephesians by Mal Couch and the late John Witmer.
GALATIANS is a book all about God and His gospel. There were those who the Galatians that keeping the Law would make them righteous. There still those today who say that the work of Christ is insufficient, that we must add something to His sacrifice-our own merits or the merits of others. The reader will discover afresh that salvation is by Christ alone, through grace along, and by faith alone.
EPHESIANS is a book about the church and believers. It echoes the teaching of Galatians in stating, "For by grace have you been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves it is a gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast." But Ephesians lays on this foundation an understanding of the purpose of the church and the responsibility of the believer. Believers are to live in unity and imitate God by good works. the reader will learn what difference the gospel makes in our daily lives.
In Galatians and Ephesians the reader will discern both the heart of the apostle Paul and the heart of the New Testament gospel. In both epistle, the reader is enveloped in the truth that salvation is by Christ alone, through grace alone, by faith alone.
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Meet the Authors
JOHN WITMER was a professor of systematic theology at Dallas Theological Seminary, Head Librarian for an extended period and held the position of Library Archivist. He was also appointed as Assistant Professor Systematic Theology Emeritus. Dr.Witmer was regular contributor to numerous Christian periodicals and one of the major contributors to the volume The Theological Wordbook and authored Immanuel. Dr. Witmer passed away in January 2007. Mal Couch completed his initial work in this commentary.
MAL COUCH is founder and the former president of Tyndale Theological Seminary and Biblical Institute in Fort Worth, Texas. He previously taught at Philadelphia College of the Bible, Moody Bible Institute, and Dallas Theological Seminary. Dr.Couch's others publications include a A Bible handbook to Revelation and Dictionary of Premillennial Theology.