Sobering and refreshing words from the preface to a new commentary on the Sermon on the Mount:
I covet each reader’s prayer for my own growth in godliness. For I recognize that if my life is not as apt a commentary on Jesus’ sermon as this book, I have failed to hear the true voice of the Teacher on the mountain and this book is an expression of the hypocrisy that Jesus so despised. May Christ grant to us a righteousness that surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees and mirrors that of the Father’s own heart.
—Charles L. Quarles, Sermon on the Mount: Restoring Christ’ Message to the Modern Church, NAC Studies in Biblical Theology (Nashville: B&H, 2012), xv.