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

By John MacArthur

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

By John MacArthur

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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.

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John MacArthur

John MacArthur is the pastor-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 is chancellor emeritus of the Master’s Seminary and Master’s University. He and his wife, Patricia, live in Southern California and have four grown children.

Product Details

Category: Biblical Studies
Format: Hardcover w/ Jacket
Page Count: 224
Size: 6.0 in x 9.0 in
Weight: 15.22 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-4957-3
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-4957-1
ISBN-UPC: 9781433549571
Case Quantity: 27
Published: March 31, 2018

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?

3. Astonishing!

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

Appendix: “The Man of Sorrows”: A Sermon by Charles Spurgeon
General Index
Scripture Index


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, Chancellor and Professor of Homiletics and Systematic Theology, 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, 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; Professor of Preaching, The Master’s Seminary; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier 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).”
Ligon Duncan, Chancellor and CEO, 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 of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

“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, Lusaka, Zambia; Founding Chancellor, African Christian University