The Gospel According to God by John MacArthur

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The Gospel According to God: Rediscovering the Most Remarkable Chapter in the Old Testament by John MacArthur

The Gospel According to God by John MacArthurStars: *****

Crossway (2018)
Bible Study & Reference/Old Testament
224 pages

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Crossway in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.


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.

The Gospel According to God

I jumped at the chance to review 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.

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