The Gospel according to God: Rediscovering the Most Remarkable Chapter in the Old Testament
Winner of the ECPA Book of the Year Award for Bible Study
“He was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)
Often hailed as one of the greatest chapters in the Bible, the prophecy of the suffering servant in Isaiah 53 foretells the crucifixion of Jesus, the central event in God’s ultimate plan to redeem the world.
This book explains the prophetic words of Isaiah 53 verse by verse, highlighting important connections to the history of Israel and to the New Testament—ultimately showing us how this ancient prophecy illuminates essential truths that undergird our lives today.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Whole Story of Salvation in Prophecy
Part 1: The Suffering Servant
1. The Most Remarkable Chapter in the Old Testament
2. About Whom Does the Prophet Say This?
4. What If Some Did Not Believe?
5. The Substituted Servant
6. The Silent Servant
7. The Suffering and Exalted Servant
8. The Sin-Bearing Servant
Part 2: The Life and Times of Isaiah the Prophet
9. Here I Am! Send Me
10. Judah's Demise
Acknowledgments Appendix: “The Man of Sorrows”: A Sermon by Charles Spurgeon General Index Scripture Index
“The Gospel according to Godis 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; andDiscerning 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; author,Reformed Preaching; coauthor,Reformed Systematic Theology
“MacArthur gets better and better.The Gospel according to Godis 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; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries; Chancellor’s Professor, Reformed Theological Seminary
“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; Professor of Preaching, The Master’s Seminary; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries
“The Gospel according to Godis 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).” Ligon Duncan,Chancellor and CEO, Reformed Theological Seminary