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





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 under gird our lives today.


“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, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary

“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


John is president of The Master's University and Seminary and has written hundreds of books and study guides, each one biblical and practical. Best-selling titles include The Gospel According to Jesus, Truth War, The Murder of Jesus, Twelve Ordinary Men, Twelve Extraordinary Women, and The MacArthur Study Bible, a 1998 ECPA Gold Medallion recipient.