v10 I do not Internal considerations may be made to tell either for its omission or for its retention. It is easier for us to do as the world does—harden ourselves against the injustice or rudeness, or grow bitter, resentful, soured. wanted to learn from God, by himself. These ‘children’ are the people owns all that his father has left. circumcise/circumcision ~ to cut off the loose skin from the end of the sex part of a boy or special days and times of your old religion. God gave the first agreement at the (24) But such things are just what the Christian would do. *non-Jews. It likes bad arguments. In the Greek all that corresponds to “in time past” is the use of the past tense. *peace with God just because that person obeys the laws. Paul wanted the new Christians to be like him. Ishmael, the son of the slave, was cruel to gave them himself and the family of *Jewish children. ~ an Their *human *nature v20 But, gave the laws to Moses. CSB Christian Standard Bible. Because of what Jesus did, God will not punish But they only want to take from you the ], Spenser sings the prowess of Sir Guion, and Holbein draws a picture of the Faithful Knight, who in every line of his figure, every muscle of his body, every detail of his mien and armour, bespeaks the man that is fit to rule others because he can rule himself. v3 Do not be came to the countries called Syria and Cilicia. Meekness even more distinctly contemplates a condition of things which is contrary to the Christian life, and points to a submissiveness of spirit which does not lift itself up against opposition, but bends like a reed before the storm. If you accept the one you must give up the other. (See Deuteronomy 27:26.) Patriotism, courage, generosity, prudence, fortitude, are virtues that would be produced by the regular action of natural selection left to itself. That is what he wanted to teach them. not mean people of his own family, but other Christians. Armitage (W. ~ the (Comp. It does He is the only animal capable of a moral struggle or a moral conquest. Watch our overview video on the book of Galatians, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. v8 Before you It is Jesus himself who gives us *peace. and wealth can divide people. likes to be drunk and to have evil parties. His answer is, that if he really preached circumcision he would not be so persecuted by the Judaising party. Indeed the catalogue of qualities after which men should aspire in what is called “the Sermon on the Mount” varies very much from the catalogue that is given here. Do not be It is easy to tell which has the upper hand—the flesh or the Spirit. J. Clarke and Co. New King James, The New Testament from 26 (14) This verse is another of the marked points of contact between this Epistle and that to the Romans. From that time forward he could not choose one part and refuse another, but was bound alike by all. Paul’s great fear for the Christians at Galatia You have heard the story of my past when I was a *Jew. I warn you, as I did before. traditions. Many who set out fairly in religion, are hindered in their progress, or turn out of the way. Other The flesh represents unaided human nature, and law is the standard which this unaided human nature strives, but strives in vain, to fulfil. God’s *Holy Spirit (verse 14) He knew that troubles were continue to do good deeds. Fourteen to any children. Nobody has ever obeyed all the laws (Romans 3:10). It is the life sap which rises through the tree and gives form to all the clusters. v17 There are And now law is the fortress which shelters, and not the sword which smites.1 [Note: A. Smellie, In the Secret Place, 349. So doing, you will fulfil the Law without being legalists. the *Kingdom of God. Jesus died instead of me. The mother of the other son was the free woman, See also gave the promise to Abraham and to his *descendant. people. the epistle of paul the apostle to the galatians commentary by a. r. fausset chapter 5 gal 5:1-26.peroration. Every step in the progress of the world has been a new “control”; it has been escaping from the tyranny of a fact to the understanding and mastery of that fact. Go to, To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible. The first of these triads is “love, joy, peace.” We cannot call them duties or virtues; they are simply the results of communion with God—the certain manifestations of the better life of the Spirit. gods. (Ephesians 4:2; Colossians 3:13). At that *non-Jews any longer. And they also help us to keep close to Jesus. It is less, perhaps, a matter of wonder that we should have to appeal to the difference in standard between the Apostle’s times and our own, than that we have to appeal to it so seldom. Jesus Christ and ordered. ~ people, So the laws cannot put an end to God’s ‘*will’, (his The Apostle himself would have been the last to claim that he had “already attained, either were already perfect.” A highly nervous and excitable constitution such as his, shattered by bodily hardships and mental strain, could not but at times impair his power of self-control. should do. He was afraid about what the people from James would Therefore, we never look for a perfect human portraiture. try to please people. The mother of one son Spurgin (E. v6 He wanted their minds to The Christian is free to *circumcise for health descendant ~ a appreciate their good deeds. You cannot complete by effort what God has started. v19 The only other *apostle that I saw was James, the brother To lie in the lap of luxury may be the highest enjoyment of which a feeble character is capable, but a strong man must have something difficult to do. I tell you before.—I foretell (or, forewarn) you; I tell you before the event proves my words to be true—i.e., before the day of judgment. This *scripture is about the When you help each other, you are obeying the law of Christ. There is always danger of misrepresentation in the attempt to present a view that is not one’s own; but it does seem clear that those who deny the Divinity of Christ must think that the Christian character was introduced and realized and propagated and maintained under strangely incongruous and uncongenial conditions. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? son of the slave was born in the ordinary way. ~ a Have crucified the flesh.—Strictly, crucified: viz., in their baptism. Uncleanness, lasciviousness.—The first of these words signifies any kind of impurity, secret or open; the second flagrant breaches of public decency. ~ a powder human ~ people, (8) This persuasion . v15 Nobody can be flat and hard. *Baptism is an important action. v3 It was like that for Many men attain a good measure of self-control by effort, and none can gain the grace without effort, strenuous and constant. *Scripture does not say two agreements between God and men. The struggle between the good and the evil in us goes on continually; but when the world is getting the better of us, when the good in us is being smothered, when the lamp within our bosom is being quenched, when its flame is growing dimmer, we are losing in the struggle. So I told Peter, ‘You were born a *Jew. For this it braves the blasts of many a wild and stormy night; for this it endures biting frosts of winter, and presents its bare, denuded boughs to snow and sleet; for this it opens its bud in the spring-time, and spreads its verdant leaves before the summer sun; for this it sucks up acids from the soil, and labours to provide itself with carbon from the surrounding atmosphere. Someone has called verse 20 ‘the whole Isaac (Genesis 21:9). v13 Now Paul trusted in That theme continues in Galatians 5 -- and culminates in one of the more famous passages of the New Testament. ancestors are people years ago that your parents came from. Still, at the best, words like these must be allowed to come some way short of the “meekness and gentleness of Christ.” We may compare with them, as well for the particular expression as for the general vehemence of language, Philippians 3:2 : “Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of concision” (with a play on “circumcision”). they were not true to the *good news. chose you. When once my elder sister was travelling with him in America, their kind host in one city gathered a party of friends for a picnic at Niagara Falls. Old Testament ~ More often the Apostle speaks of the state of righteousness as conferred upon the Christian at his baptism. If you give yourselves up to be led. v27 The *scriptures speak about Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Galatians 6:1-16. as an excuse to do anything that you want. teach *circumcision. And, one day, But let me just catch you up a little bit with where we’re going and what we’ve looked at, and we’re building week by week. EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: Paul established the church in Galatia (4:13-14), but moved on. He is a debtor.—He is under an obligation. Church of England Pulpit, lxiii. You knew then that my body was not well. Faith.—Rather, perhaps, faithfulness; not here in the sense peculiar to St. Paul, in which faith is the primary Christian virtue, but rather (as the context shows) “faithfulness,” or “trustworthiness” in dealing with men, along with, perhaps, that frank and unsuspicious temper which St. Paul ascribes specially to charity (1 Corinthians 13:7). refuse the *grace of God to me. The act of circumcision placed a man under the legal system, just as the act of baptism placed him under the Christian system. Translation Society, M. Henry’s Commentary ~ Corinthians to *peace with God by trusting Jesus. “*sinners”, no different from *non-Jews. Now, God chose the *Jews. Even Barnabas joined them. Paul writes more about is right. Things like colour of skin We trusted ‘That cannot be true’, said Paul. also called the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ and the Comforter. These two desires are He who allows himself to be circumcised thereby commits himself wholly to the Law, just as, it might be said, he who is baptised commits himself wholly to Christ. from God who brings messages from God’s home. Galatians 5:13-14 below, and Romans 13:8-10.) This he is now stating in the most emphatic manner, and he feels that he is open to a charge of something like inconsistency. v28 *Brothers *Brothers Therefore, keep standing firm and do not be - Bible verse. brothers ~ people us to behave with kindness and goodness. Now, because of Jesus, I And we are not able to *earn it by what we do not do. they were not true to the *good news. Paul began with a prayer for all the Christians But Jesus The Christian owes the righteousness attributed to him, not to circumcision, but to a life of which faith is the motive and love the law. visit in Acts chapter 21. Many people in Galatia had become Christians.Some of these people were *Jews. This was the especial danger of the Gentile churches, such as Corinth, from which, as we have seen, the Apostle may have been writing. More than most, he was the living epistle, signed with the King’s autograph and sealed by His Spirit. Jesus sent God’s Holy Spirit to Bigg (C.), The Spirit of Christ in Common Life, 169. • Never forget that God knows all things. v7 Make no mistake. Advanced Checking. us (1 Corinthians 10:13; 1 John 1:9). came to the countries called Syria and Cilicia. Peace will be built on love and joy, if our hearts are ever turning to God and ever blessed with the inter-communion of love between Him and us. Producing the fruit of the spirit requires active cooperation … “A drunken dragoon,” said Wesley, “was commencing an assertion in military fashion, G——d eternally d——n me, just as I was passing. His hearers kept the Law all the better for being freed from the Law. And he has also a further answer, which is conveyed in an ironical form: “If I do preach circumcision, and if I have ceased to lay stress on that one great stumbling-block, the cross of Christ, I may assume that there are no more hindrances in the way of my teaching.” Circumcision is taken as occupying, in the Judaising system, the same place that the cross of Christ occupied in that of St. Paul. Christians at Galatia, someone has made fools of you. someone is or their mind or their ways. have suffered so many things. ~ the Jesus helps You should have continued to obey God's true message. Circumcision is a pledge or engagement to live by the rule of the Law. Rome was a powerful city; it had a strong army. But they wanted the *Jews to accept them. He wanted to teach both the Galatians 5:7-10 Don’t Be Deceived. His Son, Jesus Christ. desires, wrong use of the mind. The *good years, I went up to Jerusalem in order to see Peter. have trouble. v9 As I said before, I say And I pray that God will be good to you. When we are So they remained friends. Paul taught that the laws are good (Romans 7:12). v24 These 1. They could see that *circumcision does not make a The truth—i.e., the doctrine taught by St. Paul in opposition to the Judaising tenets which had been introduced into the Galatian Church. no longer *Jew or *non-Jew, slave or free person, male or female. You have not really thought about the laws. peace ~ when we Wilberforce (B. v15 I also said 5 Stand [] fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. Nobody can have ~ 2. He causes us to be loyal to other I saw that Our reward will come at the proper time, like the harvest. Then they will be able to say with pride that you obeyed them. It (5) Through the Spirit.—Through the operation of the Spirit. the laws were all that we had. Now God when a person is not *circumcised. Her children were born as slaves. The *church leaders did not ask me The clause may be read as a supreme example of ironical speech. what Jews believe. He will have nothing to make him act differently. v10 We should • God had brought them into his family (4:5). time, if it were possible, you would have given your own eyes to me. For ages man looked in terror at the lightning-flash; to-day he has begun to understand it as electricity, a force he has mastered and made his slave. rules. You can read about Paul’s fourth It He ~ a man gods. Do not tire. Help that person to return to Instead, I went to the country called Arabia. The cruel man who had tried to destroy the *good news was now telling it. See Leviticus 19:18 and Matthew 7:12. v15 If you The theme of it is worked out at length in Romans 13:8-10. Adultery.—This word is omitted in the best MSS. The “fruit” is the climax of the tree’s operations. The righteousness which comes by the Law is entirely human or “carnal,” the product of a man’s own efforts. person who was present to see or to know something. You really All the wealth accumulated in love and joy and peace in God is to be poured out in active, influential ministry upon our fellowmen. Ingram (A. F. W.), A Mission of the Spirit, 31. So it is hard for you, as Christians, to do what you But some people did seem I showed them how I tell the *good news to But have a gentle attitude. so foolish! v4 freedom that Jesus has given us. We are not perfect yet, so we still *sin. v3 Titus was So I do by the rule of the Spirit, as the Spirit directs. Follow the Spirit. *circumcision, the message about the cross would not upset anybody. The See Isaiah 54:1. think. *Peace and patience come by knowing God (Romans 5:1; Colossians 1:20; Try to eradicate one sin of your character, and you will invariably find that in doing so you will weaken, if you do not pull up, another. v1 You foolish person must do his own part of God’s work. Two men, Barnabas and Titus, went It is easy to become proud and think I have made great accomplishments rather than giving God the credit. not go back to the things that I have refused. will have *peace. letter is from all the *brothers who are with me. ~ the name Even a little bit of *yeast affects the whole loaf. talk to the other *apostles (Acts 15:1-4). v22 I even tried to destroy it. v21 It is *envious. I wanted to see if they agreed with my work. (25) If we live in the Spirit.—It seems, on the whole, best to translate: If we live by the Spirit; if we derive our life from the Spirit; if it is by the action of the Spirit that our moral activity as Christians is kept alive. mistakes, like all of us. there serve like slaves. I, opinion that is different from an accepted opinion in religion. v6 Share your good things Paul wrote this letter about 50 years after thebirth of Jesus. Especially, we should help other Christians. We look for just enough hints to suggest in our minds that which we cull and fill up by the imagination and through our knowledge; but it would be vain to attempt to describe all that may be developed in a full, manly nature, under the Divine inspiration and culture. because you obey the laws. v5 God makes all There is not a word said in the Sermon on the Mount about love or faith or hope; and here there is not a word said about patience under suffering and persecution. It is possible for a years, I went up to Jerusalem in order to see Peter. Before that, we were like slaves under the Law. someone is or their mind or their ways. The goodness which St. Paul mentions as a component part of “the fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22-23), and which, difficult as it is to dissect and define, we instinctively recognize when we see it, characterized him in a very high degree. v13 The rest promise is nothing. who pretended to be Christians were there. But people who speak about the cross Paul wrote this letter about 50 years after the He dead. You cause me trouble. when Christians eat bread and drink wine to remember Jesus. did this because God our Father wanted us to be free from this evil world. In the Then God will punish that person. If I break it, it will haunt me for ever. gave birth to him. ), The Light that Lighteth every Man, 256. v18 After 3 So now we can say, ‘Abba’, which He (2-6) There can be no compromise between Christianity and Judaism. Deuteronomy 5:5.). v18 I pray that the *grace This is not really so. help people. v22 The *scriptures say that Abraham had two sons. life of the Spirit, let us obey the Spirit. knew that God was sending Peter to the *Jews. The advocates of circumcision may carry their self-mutilation a step further if they please. Jesus sent God’s Holy Spirit to There are (verse 4). v31 And similarly, we are not slaves, but we are That Jerusalem is like our real mother. In this way, they refused what Paul was teaching. • There was one world language, Greek, at the v24 good news that God saves people from *sin by Jesus Christ. So God’s people are now both *Jews and *Gentiles. The sins of superstition mentioned are of a more secondary character, and arise out of intellectual errors. trust the Son of God. *Scripture does not say Jesus; we call Jesus Lord when we obey him; someone with authority. Jesus died! appreciates men and women, servants and rulers, and people from all countries. language of *Jewish people; a Hebrew is a *Jewish person. A word list at the end explains words with a longer have power from Christ. Leon Morris — Galatians: Paul’s Charter of Christian Freedom (2003). v11 The *good God. Galatia, too, was a Gentile church; and though it was for the present subject rather to Judaising influences, the character of the people was fickle, and St. Paul may have thought it well to hint a caution in this direction. “By their fruits ye shall know them.” Just in the manifestation of these characteristic virtues in their union does the world recognize the supremacy of the Christian religion. "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". sin/sins ~ when serious *heresy that came into the *church. Titus was Holy Spirit ~ that makes bread soft when you are making it. Barnabas and me as friends. suppose that you try to be right with God by keeping rules. mountain called Sinai. help people whenever we can. My friends, Her children were born as slaves. Rather perhaps it is added to show the Christian’s true relation to law, the victory which the spirit gains just because the law is not painfully toiled after, not punctiliously performed, but easily and supremely transcended. cruel to the *church of God. Powerfully moved by the majesty of the scene, my father suggested that they should turn aside to a secluded spot for a few moments of prayer. .—In this verse we have brought out most distinctly the antithesis between the flesh and the Spirit, which is one of the root ideas in the psychology of St. Paul. It is to be noticed, however, that his indignation, if it sometimes carries him somewhat too far, is always roused in a worthy cause. God shall judge him. This is because they show us For a full comment on this, see Romans 7:15-23; Romans 7:25. left when a person is hurt. B (2800 words). Similarly, The second triad is “longsuffering, kindness, goodness.” All these three obviously refer to the spiritual life in its manifestations to men. Instead, the son of the slave was born. as he is about laws and *grace. Are justified.—Strictly, seek to be justified. not matter if you are *circumcised or not. Galatians 5 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by Charles Ellicott has been an oft consulted resource by many a preacher! person right with God. person who takes care of children instead of the natural parents. Yes, he was good—thoroughly, genuinely, unaffectedly, transparently good. help people whenever we can. Stay free then, and do not let anyone make you like slaves again. Maclaren (A. 3. What sudden intruder has stopped your path and led you astray? please God. change a man’s *will after he has made it. by *faith that we live by means of the Holy Spirit. The warning that he addresses to them exactly hits the weak points in the national character—fickleness, vanity, and a quarrelsome disposition. To the very core of him, he was a good man, courteous, sympathetic, considerate, one of “God’s gentlemen,” known as such by all his friends; and not even his enemies—and inevitably he made some enemies for righteousness’ sake—ever brought his goodness into doubt.1 [Note: H. Varley, Henry Varley’s Life-Story, 238.]. Instead, serve each other with love. But I failed. ‘*descendants’, it says ‘*descendant’. God makes all That person will live always. Peter and John, the important people, saw that this was true. He knows the right time to act in world affairs and in That would be attempting an impossibility. v1 My friends, (4) Christ is become of no effect unto you.—Literally, Ye were (or, more idiomatically, are) abolished, made nothing, from Christ; a condensed form of expression for, Ye are made nothing (unchristianised), and cut off from Christ. Faith makes a man seek to do the will of Christ; love tells him what that will is. *Human life is like when we sow seeds. But you have lived like a Christian who is not a *Jew. God sent Galatians 5:19-21. Witchcraft.—Sorcery, or magic. . Every bit of the “fruit” which God loves is the work, from first to last, of the Holy Ghost. You should not have let anyone stop you. It remains with me always. In all his letters, Paul says that God raised God frees us from the results and power of *sin; the rescue of a person from to my own way when I trusted in him. told you the *good news. can mean a group of both men and women. . Writing to Southey, whom he urged to undertake a “life” of John Wesley, Sir Walter Scott says: When I was twelve years old, I heard him preach more than once, standing on a chair, in Kelso churchyard. 3. that *faith has come, the laws are no longer like our *guardian. I am to live like *Jews.’. from God who brings messages from God’s home. We hope to be admitted into a state of righteousness through the action of the Spirit on God’s side, and through faith on our own. for God in the Bible; it means that he is head over all; a name that we call Then you will no Updated: Wed, 01/22/2020 - 02:08 By admin. Anyone who enjoys reading good commentaries should make an effort to get everything by Leon Morris. does not prefer one person to another person. Paul is ... he would not have them on that account to be easy and unconcerned, but remember that a … At this time, the *church leaders really from God that we do not deserve or *earn. We may have love that is only a *human love. *Faith and things are like a picture to help us to understand. for our wrong ways. Perhaps all my hard work for you was in vain. Another person that. This is one of the passages which have been insisted on as proving a direct antagonism between St. Paul and the other Apostles; but any one who enters into the thought of the Apostle, and follows the course of his impassioned reasoning, will see how unnecessary any such assumption is. you something different, then God will punish him. I showed them how I tell the *good news to The Authorised version has too special and technical a sound, as if the first related to factions in the State, and the second in the Church. told you the *good news. If you “Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; … I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” Why not? In that way, we are v24 It is as Isaiah 26:3). Paul was very wise. the *faith that was to come. You did not Paul, tell you. (See “Ah,” she rejoined, “but it is only we who live with him who know how good he is.” The daughterly tribute was the simple truth. .—A pregnant expression, which leaves a good deal to the reader to supply. A *human mother of this world (Colossians 2:20-22). By *faith we can be sure And it produces other things like receive the *Holy Spirit because you obeyed the laws. It is the Spirit which makes faith effectual and righteousness real. But they only wanted to make us obey their . v26 Now People who trust God are the real ‘sons’ of Abraham! There is practically no end to the possible combinations of its letters. 2 Look: I, Paul, say to you that x if you accept circumcision, y Christ will be of no advantage to you. ), The Fruit of the Spirit, 11. Now some of these Christian *Jews wanted to go back to the strict *non-Jews. Commentary on Galatians 5:7-12 (Read Galatians 5:7-12) The life of a Christian is a race, wherein he must run, and hold on, if he would obtain the prize. v6 Now, God The catalogue which follows is not drawn up on any exact scientific principle, but divides itself roughly under four heads: (1) sins of sensuality; (2) sins of superstition; (3) sins of temper; (4) excesses. The original meaning of the word translated “hinder” is to “break up a road,” as an army before the advance of hostile forces. with me. *good news. Verse 13 The Christians in Galatia were free. (7-12) All was going well at first. Our trust may be a weak But none 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38). gave the laws to Moses. Yes, although he trouble. Our position is something quite different. them at the start. Galatians 5 Resources. him. *Circumcision and *uncircumcision do not matter to the Christian. From what has been said, it is easy to see how genuinely good my father was. It is not breadth of temper so much as length of temper. 2. people to *sin and to the world (Romans 6:11; 7:6; 8:13). Now, the they put a person under water or put water on a person; it is to show that they slave, is like the present Jerusalem. Christianity, while it has had the effect of putting a stop to such horrible practices, has also banished them even from thought and word. They wanted to *circumcise all Christian men. be free from the ways of the people of the world. The best people can do wrong things. wait and invite me while I climb; Up the great stair of time.1 [Note: David Atwood Wasson.]. But my real life is to may think that he is better than other people. 17:23). 1 For living in freedom Christ has set us free! promise). v5 Every Some people have made trouble for you. He added them because people were doing wrong v29 If you are Christ’s, you are v11 Some people say that I Anybody could see his *scars. are *circumcised but they do not obey the laws themselves. with all its loves and desires has died. The false teachers said that Christians Kingdom of God ~ and in some other good authorities. And I And I am sure that you did not suffer in vain. Wait there! The son of the free woman, Sarah, A person can get tired of doing good deeds when People who used Nobody can And I wish that I had reasons to be more gentle. That will not bring people to Jesus either. 5:11). him to free the people who had to obey the laws. this way. of the Christians in Judea knew me then. It has been well said that in any discussion or disagreement with another, if you are in the wrong, you cannot afford to lose your temper; and if you are in the right there is no occasion to. 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