The Gospel according to God: Rediscovering the Most Remarkable Chapter in the Old Testament

The Gospel according to God: Rediscovering the Most Remarkable Chapter in the Old Testament

by John MacArthur

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ISBN-13: 9781433549571
Publisher: Crossway
Publication date: 02/28/2018
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 264,168
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

John MacArthuris thepastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, where he has served since 1969. He is known around the world for his verse-by-verse expository preaching and his pulpit ministry via his daily radio program, Grace to You.He has also written or edited nearly four hundred books and study guides. MacArthur serves as thechancellor of the Master’s Universityand president of the Master's Seminary. He and his wife, Patricia, live in Southern California and have four grown children.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Whole Story of Salvation in Prophecy 11

Part I The Suffering Servant

1 The Most Remarkable Chapter in the Old Testament 21

2 About Whom Does the Prophet Say This? 35

3 Astonishing! 51

4 What If Some Did Not Believe? 67

5 The Substituted Servant 91

6 The Silent Servant 109

7 The Suffering and Exalted Servant 129

8 The Sin-Bearing Servant 145

Part 2 The Life and Times of Isaiah the Prophet

9 Here I Am! Send Me 161

10 Judah's Demise 177

Acknowledgments 191

Appendix: "The Man of Sorrows": A Sermon by Charles Spurgeon 193

General Index 209

Scripture Index 217

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The Gospel according to God is a beautifully written exposition of the gospel of Jesus Christ as it is revealed through the prophet Isaiah. Like Philip in the chariot of the Ethiopian court official, MacArthur takes up his pen and, beginning from Isaiah, preaches Jesus to us! The work is scholarly yet devotional––a resource for teaching the gospel to the church and a tool for the evangelization of both Jew and Gentile.”
Paul David Washer, Director, HeartCry Missionary Society; author, Recovering the Gospel series; Knowing the Living God; Discovering the Glorious Gospel; and Discerning the Plight of Man

“John MacArthur’s skillful exposition of Isaiah 53 brings us face-to-face with the gospel of Christ crucified. In the death of our divine substitute, we behold the height of God’s love and the depth of our iniquity. The clarity of this prophecy is all the more astonishing when we realize that God revealed it to Israel seven centuries before Jesus came. Though Christians hold to different understandings of God’s covenant and the end of the age, we find ourselves drawn together as we bow at the foot of the cross in adoration and humble joy.”
Joel R. Beeke, President and Professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary; Pastor, Heritage Reformed Congregation, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“MacArthur gets better and better. The Gospel according to God is sure to become the definitive treatment of Isaiah 53 for years to come. An outstanding achievement by one of our leading pastor-theologians.”
Derek W. H. Thomas, Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina; Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic and Pastoral Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries

“This master expositor and skilled theologian has spent his entire ministry defining and defending the gospel of Jesus Christ. In these pages you will discover the biblical basis for the good news of salvation found in the person and work of the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Your heart will be thrilled as you behold the glory of God in the image of him who is the only Savior of sinners, the Lord of heaven and earth. Here is yet another doctrinally profound yet easily accessible book by this best-selling author. Whatever MacArthur writes, read it for the good of your soul. This book is no exception.”
Steven J. Lawson, President, OnePassion Ministries

The Gospel according to God is John MacArthur’s powerful, clear, scriptural exposition of Isaiah 52:13–53:12. It is a particular delight to ‘listen’ in these pages to MacArthur preach the gospel from the Old Testament. Linger here awhile and learn of Christ from the passage God used to transform the life of the Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8:27–38).”
J. Ligon Duncan III, Chancellor, CEO, and John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary

“Isaiah 52:13–53:12 shows the height, depth, and width of the wisdom of God and even the infallibility of his Word. And all that richness is made clear in this book by one of the most gifted and Bible-saturated teachers of our times. MacArthur has done it again; this is the result of searching, believing, and exposing the Scriptures for almost half a century. As you read this profound study, our Redeemer looks more gracious, merciful, desirable, and worthy. This is a must-read!”
Miguel Núñez, Senior Pastor, International Baptist Church, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; President and Founder, Wisdom and Integrity Ministries

“As an eight-year-old boy in a Scottish state school I was ‘forced’ to learn Isaiah 53 by heart. The teacher said it was about Jesus. She was right. But I wish she had been able to read The Gospel according to God. Then she could have shown me how Isaiah’s prophecy would be fulfilled in detail. And she could have helped me to understand the meaning of the terrible loneliness, violence, shame, and rejection the Savior endured for me. That’s what The Gospel according to God does. And it does it with all the Bible-saturated boldness we have come to expect from its author, John MacArthur.”
Sinclair B. Ferguson, Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries

“We have all gained immensely from the pen and preaching of John MacArthur for almost half a century due to his unflinching fidelity to the Scriptures. In The Gospel according to God he is again in his element as he deals with a matter at the very heart of the Christian gospel—Christ’s atoning sacrifice. Isaiah 53 is a rare but amazingly rich vein of gospel truth, and Dr. MacArthur mines it with his usual precision and evangelical warmth. If you want to gain a fresh view of Calvary’s love to enlarge your mind and heart, this is the book to buy and read!”
Conrad Mbewe, Pastor, Kabwata Baptist Church; Chancellor, The African Christian University, Lusaka, Zambia

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EmberMoon 4 months ago
I jumped at the chance to read this book because I haven’t read the book of Isaiah yet but I knew it was a powerful and important chapter and I knew I’d need help understanding it. I’m glad I did so. The book mostly covers Isaiah 53 (including the last few lines of 52) but it does talk about other parts of Isaiah and other parts of the Bible as well as necessary. I was so helped by some of this information that I took out my bible journaling bible and started writing things down. So it functions as a Bible Study. It also inspired me to make a post about sin on my Christian blog which I haven’t been inspired to write in for a while. The first part of the book goes over Isaiah 53 bit by bit, making sure you really understand what you are reading and the significance. It shows you what Isaiah said and what came to pass. After reading, how can anyone doubt the Bible after reading this? Everything Isaiah said came to pass hundreds of years later, EXACTLY. The second part tells the story of Isaiah and what was going on around him. It includes stories from 2 Kings, 2 Chronicles and Isaiah. I’m currently reading from 2 Chronicles in my daily reading and I found the stories in THIS book easier to follow with who is who. Now I can go back to reading the Bible and understand and be able to follow better. In the Appendix you will find “A Man of Sorrows” which is a sermon by Charles Spurgeon. Overall I found the information very important and moving but easy to read and accessible. NOTE: I received a copy of this book to review from Crossway
BPenceofCoramDeotheBlog More than 1 year ago
This is respected pastor and Bible teacher John MacArthur’s fourth book in his The Gospel According to series. This book looks primarily at Isaiah 53, which he tells us includes the whole story of salvation in prophesy. He states that this is the most remarkable chapter in the Old Testament. Augustine called it the “Fifth Gospel”, and Luther thought that every Christian should memorize Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12. The author tells us that Isaiah is the most quoted Old Testament prophet in the New Testament. His prophesies, written more than seven centuries before the birth of Jesus, were so accurate, that critics have claimed that multiple people had to have written the book. There is a significant amount of doctrine included in Isaiah 53, including the penal, or substitutionary atonement of Jesus, the sovereign initiative of God and the justification of many. The author tells us that this is the doctrine of the Protestant Reformers, the Puritans and their heirs, but is challenged by some within the church today. For example, one writer has called the substitutionary atonement of Jesus “child abuse”. The Ethiopian eunuch was reading from this chapter when Philip came upon him in Acts 8: 26-39. The chapter is a magnetic description of Christ’s sacrifice for sins. The author believes Isaiah 53 is the most important text in the Old Testament but tells us that many Jews are not familiar with it, as the passage is never read in their worship. The author provides a brief overview of the entire book of Isaiah, the life, times and politics (kings) of Isaiah the prophet, a mysterious figure, and a detailed exposition of Isaiah 53. The book explains the prophetic words of Isaiah 53 verse by verse, highlighting connections to the history of Israel and to the New Testament. This book is a wonderful, clear exposition of the prophesies of the suffering and glory of Jesus, the Suffering Servant, the Servant of God, who was slaughtered by God for us. A sermon of Charles Spurgeon “The Man of Sorrows” is included as an appendix. The author has been a faithful expositor of God’s Word for fifty years. I highly recommend this book for not only believers, but also skeptics and those of the Jewish faith.
GThompson More than 1 year ago
Centuries before the birth of Jesus, the prophet Isaiah foretold of the coming of the suffering servant, the future Messiah. In an easy to read, 224 page book, The Gospel According to God, by John MacArthur unpacks one of the most beautiful, but most misunderstood chapters in Old Testament Scripture, Isaiah 53. Arguably one of the most scrutinized chapters by textual critics as to its authenticity as prophesy, MacArthur’s exposition of verses 52:13 through 53:12 accomplishes exactly what the title suggests: it reveals the full gospel of Christ as prophesied by Isaiah and lived out by Christ and recorded in the New Testament. Complete in sound doctrine, this book will enhance your love for the book of Isaiah, expand your understanding of this particular passage, and increase your future hope as you see the reality of Isaiah 53 lived out in the life, crucifixion, resuurrection, and ultimate victory of Christ.