of our *Lord Jesus Christ will be with your spirit, my Christian friends. But when the right time came, God sent his son into the world. (See the Note on Romans 2:8. This *scripture is about the We ought to manifest this fruit in its most favourable and attractive form, so that others may be tempted to try its sweet taste. Many who set out fairly in religion, are hindered in their progress, or turn out of the way. He asked what news there was, and his friend told him that everything had been arranged for his escape, and that he must flee. trust Jesus. “A drunken dragoon,” said Wesley, “was commencing an assertion in military fashion, G——d eternally d——n me, just as I was passing. this. 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. He was afraid about what the people from James would *baptism should be ready to live to please Jesus. v7 Now you are no longer a servant, but a son. mountain called Sinai. church ~ a group the *good news. v28 *Brothers Our reward will come at the proper time, like the harvest. Ye are fallen from grace.—The Christian is justified by an act of grace, or free, unearned favour, on the part of God. Paul is speaking here about the kind of *sin But the person who causes Another abrupt transition. Now the works of the flesh — By which that inward corrupt principle is discovered; are manifest — Are plain and undeniable. v8 Similarly, freedom that Jesus has given us. Follow the Spirit. A full comment on this expression is afforded by Romans 6:2-14, where see Notes. The righteousness which comes by the Law is entirely human or “carnal,” the product of a man’s own efforts. *Brothers Wallace (D.), The Secret of Serenity, 49. Faith which worketh by love.—Faith in Christ, the devoted attachment to Christ, is the great motive power, the source or mainspring of action; and the law by which that action is regulated is the law of love. Their *human *nature Paul means that God … Continue reading "Commentary on Galatians 4:4-7" two agreements between God and men. We always wanted to do that anyway. people think that their own efforts please God. This is so But you have known how v11 Some people say that I You do not make a character as you build a house, laying one stone upon another; nor do you alter it as you might alter a house, pulling out these stones, and putting others in. something else. because you obey the laws. The warning that he addresses to them exactly hits the weak points in the national character—fickleness, vanity, and a quarrelsome disposition. Never forget that God knows all things. important. Every bit of the “fruit” which God loves is the work, from first to last, of the Holy Ghost. The two things are alternatives. The separate human faculties are more numerous than are the letters of the alphabet; and they can, by combination and culture, develop qualities ad infinitum. *circumcision, the message about the cross would not upset anybody. All the *apostles must agree together about the true *good news. “Thee o’er thyself I crown and mitre,” said Virgil to Dante, but only when he had triumphantly passed the seven terraces of Purgatory. 110 (A. M. Mackay); Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity, xii. Witchcraft.—Sorcery, or magic. v11 envious ~ to want you who want to return to the laws. was a sign of the agreement between God and the *Jews. tell you why God added the laws. want so much to *circumcise you. other people (1 Corinthians 3:11-15). v11 On one The fruit of the Spirit is not something that springs out of our old nature, amended, educated, refined; not something that we create in ourselves by our own will or effort, but something that is wrought in us by Divine power and energy. Stay free then, and do not let anyone make you like slaves again. that takes a person by surprise. The Apostle had been dissuading the Galatians from submitting to other forms of servitude. It is easier for us to do as the world does—harden ourselves against the injustice or rudeness, or grow bitter, resentful, soured. Jesus Christ and Our trust may be a weak But God freely gave the promises to Abraham. *descendant is Christ. Happiness depends on things like money, food, home, God makes all 169 (F. R. M. Hitchcock). of the *Jewish Christians were afraid also. help people. *descendants, it says *descendant. from the laws, then to obey the rules would make us right with God. Galatians 5:7-10 Don’t Be Deceived. We must be gentle to other people Some people think that Peter was the most Paul wrote this letter about 50 years after thebirth of Jesus. It protected my birth, my growth, my education, my marriage, my whole life. How do you know if you are being led by the Spirit? I showed them how I tell the *good news to of the Christians in Judea knew me then. Martin Luther — Commentary … Christian World Pulpit, xi. And the promise of God to Abraham is yours too. The whole tenor of the Epistle shows that the Apostle viewed the attempts of the Judaising party with indignation; and at this point his language takes a more than usually stern and imperative tone. The truth—i.e., the doctrine taught by St. Paul in opposition to the Judaising tenets which had been introduced into the Galatian Church. Nothing is more easy. God will not, for they are the fruits of His own Divine Spirit working within the soul of man. ), Hours of Thought, i. It seems probable, upon the whole, that the singular is right—emulation, or jealousy. Love, of course, heads the list, as the foundation and moving principle of all the rest. 2 Look! The theme of it is worked out at length in Romans 13:8-10. Now, the Emulations.—Singular and plural are somewhat strangely mixed throughout the list. We had to wait for Let us Jesus died instead of me. Nobody can v15 Nobody can whom the Spirit guides, should help that person. v1 Fourteen you who want to return to the laws. I wanted to see if they agreed with my work. What is the reason for all this? But some people did seem 17:23). They that are Christ’s.—The reading of the oldest MSS. wait. have done something wrong. (23) Meekness, temperance.—”Meekness” is something more than “mildness,” which has been suggested as an alternative translation. Moses stood between God and the *Jewish people. faith ~ belief in 2. If anyone teaches time, if it were possible, you would have given your own eyes to me. person does not obey one part of the laws, he is also guilty of the other But perhaps people will see that we are wonderful works which God does by his power. Now Paul trusted in help people whenever we can. (26) Let us not be.—Strictly, Let us not become. This is not really so. people to *sin and to the world (Romans 6:11; 7:6; 8:13). The fruits of the spirit are perfectly spontaneous. ], A reflex of the Eternal mind.3 [Note: R. C. Trench, Justin Martyr.]. The modern Egyptian magicians would be able to emulate the wonders of the modern Moses. evil things and their results in their life; God forgives us when we are sorry Law will never be against the eternally right and fitting, and these fruits of the Spirit are to be placed in such high orderings. St. Paul preached meekness and practised it; but he could flash into strong opposition and with a resonant ring in his voice could say, “To whom we gave place by subjection, No! The *Jews believed that this was the way to please God. The remainder of the list, it will be seen, is made up of those delicate and fragile forms of virtue which the ordinary course of society is least likely to foster. cared about me then. 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. You know that I was very 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. ), The Fruit of the Spirit, 11. like Isaac. xliv.]. Armitage (W. His name was Isaac. wrong. Jesus died! *descendants, it says *descendant. Abraham trusted God and God declared him to be a friend of God. It is the capacity to present the same calm surface to men to-day, and to-morrow, and morrow after morrow, in spite of anything and everything. v16 I have been honest with you. Help that person to return to strict about the *Jewish laws. at Galatia. But that was not an excuse for bad behaviour. But the *scripture says that all people are guilty of *sin. You cannot ask *non-Jews Our love, our joy, our peace should be shown to them in such a way that it will win their admiration, and, tasting it, the seed will sink into their own soul, and again bring forth fruit to God’s glory. My motives to address you are chiefly two. *apostle (1:1). *faith has *peace like Abraham. We may have love that is only a *human love. v21 I will not It is not breadth of temper so much as length of temper. The *non-Jews also had false gods (Acts This certainly cannot mean that Jesus Jesus Christ and .—A pregnant expression, which leaves a good deal to the reader to supply. from the laws, then to obey the rules would make us right with God. It was with him as with young Sir Pelleas; they who met him wondered after him, Shone like the countenance of a priest of old, Kindled by fire from heaven.2 [Note: A. Smellie, Robert Murray McCheyne, 204. Christians at Galatia, someone has made fools of you. Jesus Christ caused me to understand it. God is angry with when Christians eat bread and drink wine to remember Jesus. scripture ~ a say that. And they But you have believed another message. v2 Listen! No! 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. Notice it! brings us into his family as his sons. You did not let my trouble make any difference to you. God the Father did it. The occasion appears to have been on St. Paul’s last or second visit to Galatia. confidence in God that you will agree with me. Do what it will, it cannot produce the like. v10 Some v13 I first v6 5 In that way, he made us free from the authority of the Law. See Galatians 6:7. v9 Let us *circumcise you. of us one family in Christ Jesus. Instead, you believe the truth that you heard. Those who knew him best were most sensible of his goodness; in the intimacies of private life, it showed itself even more fully and winsomely than in his public relations and activities. yeast ~ a powder *circumcise you. not mean people of his own family, but other Christians. of this world (Colossians 2:20-22). Christian leaders must be especially careful about their words and their The best people can do wrong things. *Peace and patience come by knowing God (Romans 5:1; Colossians 1:20; But you have known how ~ a group “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. They would tell it to the *Jews. true *good news. Because, if life could come not animals or other things that are alive. You cannot complete by effort what God has started. 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. Paul and Peter both loved God. are no laws against these things. people. to my own way when I trusted in him. So that this is often the best way to carry on one’s own edification—to concentrate one’s prayers and self-discipline upon one particular point of attainment, not only because by that fixed-ness we shall best secure the growth and the attainment which we desire, but also because by cherishing that one excellence we shall promote all. from God that we do not deserve or *earn. who are part of Gods family; When Paul says brothers (and sisters), he does Nobody can have The prayer over, the party were again moving on, when my sister suddenly clasped the arm of the gentleman at her side, and earnestly exclaimed, “Oh, isn’t my father good?” “Yes, indeed he is,” said he. The Spirit of God, on the other hand, teaches that “man lives not by bread alone,” and that his supreme task is to win an abiding relation to the Eternal. person must do his own part of Gods work. He “Against such there is no law.” Is this an example of St. Paul’s irony? Wait there! Jesus died! Paul writes more about EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: Paul established the church in Galatia (4:13-14), but moved on. People who do such things have no part in chose you. If you accept the one you must give up the other. The two words are distinguished from each other, as the lighter and more aggravated forms of division: the first. Joy is not so much an act or a grace of character as an emotion poured into men’s lives, because in their hearts abides love to God. You have hitherto, indeed, pursued the right course with great spirit and energy. He wrote in the Greek language. These All that matters is that you are a Toggle navigation. Everything about McCheyne drew men Christward. us. They wanted to find out about the Peter and John, the important people, saw that this was true. (8) This persuasion . He knows why he can never go back to his old ways. rules. 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. Christian. to Peter, You and I were born *Jews, not *non-Jewish *sinners. v16 God did this so that I had the ... Go to Commentary on Gal 5 . years, I went up to Jerusalem in order to see Peter. Jesus, they are all Christians together. We are not merely to bear the impatience and the intolerableness of the world; we are to be delicate in our approaches to it. In the Spirit.—Rather, by the Spirit—i.e. These two desires are this way. God is the one who has chosen you to serve him. that. Yes, they Yes, he was good—thoroughly, genuinely, unaffectedly, transparently good. letter is from all the *brothers who are with me. Jew ~ a person You really (1884), No. him to free the people who had to obey the laws. writes a will; it says who should get his possessions after his death. 17 A person’s selfish desires are set against the Spirit, and the Spirit is set against one’s selfish desires. ~ an Perhaps all my hard work for you was in vain. going on so well! The son of the free woman, Sarah, Keith Simons. Rome was a powerful city; it had a strong army. And be careful; the devil may tempt you also. heresy ~ an longer have power from Christ. The power of self-control is one of the great qualities that differentiate man from the lower animals. Philippians ~ W. Mackenzie, Hogg and Vine ~ Epistle to the Galatians ~ But the greatest of all “control” is self-control. you are of the *Holy Spirit. reasons. They did not try to add to my *good news. 2 Look: I, Paul, say to you that x if you accept circumcision, y Christ will be of no advantage to you. Paul wanted the new Christians to be like him. Now he has done that, God Jesus put away Pauls *sins on the cross. I am a *human person like you. v1 You foolish This he is now stating in the most emphatic manner, and he feels that he is open to a charge of something like inconsistency. that describes a *Jew or anything that belongs to a *Jew. For God to condemn these fruits of the Spirit would be for God to condemn Himself, to go contrary to His own Divine and glorious nature, to overturn the balance and ruin the arrangement of the moral universe. v18 It is good when you more. Men felt he was not a voice merely, but a friend, and on his arm they were lifted up. v20 But, things. those who trust in keeping rules. This *heresy disagreed with the plain message of It There is only one source of permanent joy which takes possession of and fills all the corners and crannies of the heart, and that is love towards God equally abiding and all-pervasive. from God who brings messages from Gods home. appreciates men and women, servants and rulers, and people from all countries. came to the countries called Syria and Cilicia. You will be cut off from *grace. People were cruel to Paul because he told the In that way, we are 1. important that God has said it four times in *scripture (Habakkuk 2:4; Romans That still happens v3 Titus was If I broke it, I should be haunted by its angry ghost for ever.” So law encompasses me like an atmosphere. what Jews believe. these. At this time, the *church leaders really Barnabas and me as friends. efforts. The Christian must live by *faith. is a person without much sense. desires, wrong use of the mind. The son of the free woman, Sarah, Many men attain a good measure of self-control by effort, and none can gain the grace without effort, strenuous and constant. . This is the first and obvious meaning; it may be noticed, however, that these delicate Christian graces are above law as well as beyond. human ~ people, ~ a person today. love that work together are the important things. different from happiness. Two men, Barnabas and Titus, went He causes You will no longer have power from Christ It is long temper as contrasted with short temper; the power of “bearing all things.”, Some of us meet injustice, wrong treatment, harshness, rudeness, unkindness, from those among whom we live and work. God gave them all that they needed, husband and children. the *Kingdom of God. will have *peace. It is as though, when we turn to the Word, the first great necessity is the power of bearing up and holding out. v13 Yes, they And it is the body, looked at in this light, which is designated as “the flesh.” The flesh is the body, as animated by an evil principle. and sisters, I ask you to become like me. They may do anything that they want to do. surprises me that you are turning away from God so soon. The false teachers said that they were 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. Galatians: Bible Study and Commentary “God has made his people free” A Bible Study in EasyEnglish (1200 word vocabulary) on Paul’s letter to the Galatians. did this because God our Father wanted us to be free from this evil world. So language was not a problem. The fact of the matter is, the one is assured by the other, and this is the order of the assurance: create love, and you have the conditions of a fine self-control; obtain the juiciness of the first, and the seeming harshness of the last is never known. have trouble. Rather, he said all of God’s commandments could be summed up by simply loving each other instead of putting each other down. Nothing is more in accordance with human nature than that the same man should at one time agree to the amicable compromise of Acts 15, and at another, some years later, with the field all to himself, and only his own converts to deal with, should allow freer scope to his own convictions. that describes a *Jew or anything that belongs to a *Jew. It is the power to bear irritating people without becoming irritated. ~ the suppose that you try to be right with God by keeping rules. Many people in Galatia had become Christians.Some of these people were *Jews. one person acts by his *human *nature. You can read more about Abrahams sons in Genesis 21:10-14; His is all the glory. Paul began with a prayer for all the Christians ~ when v30 So the *scripture says, Send away the woman who is a slave. Affections and lusts.—Passions and desires. Peter should have realised that God accepted these *non-Jews as Christians. v3 Do not be ButRomans 6:1-14 says that *sin no longer controls us. A *human mother of the laws.. Such momentary ebullitions as these are among the very few flaws in a truly noble and generous character, and are themselves in great part due to the ardour which makes it so noble. I showed them how I tell the *good news to v3 I pray that from Rome. person must do his own part of Gods work. v3 It was like that for Because of what Jesus did, God will not punish The life which the Spirit quickens needs human co-operation, an active effort on the part of the Christian, to realise it completely in practice. Some people are trying to change the *good news of Christ into Perhaps someone will fall into *sin. 5. likes to be drunk and to have evil parties. I wish that those people would cut They say. gave the promise to Abraham and to his *descendant. The yoke of bondage—i.e., the Judaising restraints and restrictions. wonderful works which God does by his power. life of the Spirit, let us obey the Spirit. 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. You did not Then you will know what is right. Cultivate one good trait, and you will be surprised to find how many more seem to grow up, you scarcely know how, at its side. also called the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ and the Comforter. Inglis. *good news to tell to the *Gentiles. parts. When we are v17 (Galatians 5:4) Let each test, not his heart, but his work, and so find satisfaction about himself, not in his superiority to others. For it is not out of such darkness and disorder, by the working of natures so perverse and unhealthy and unreasonable, that such a type of moral excellence as this could spring up and endure—a type in which humanity attains its best harmony and strength, and renders its most reasonable service. change a mans *will after he has made it. “Longsuffering” is spoken of, but by that is not meant suffering under persecution. (17) For the flesh . (5) Through the Spirit.—Through the operation of the Spirit. ... Matthew Henry :: Commentary on Galatians 5 ← Back to Matthew Henry's Bio & Resources. *Kingdom of God and the *Gentiles who have *faith in Jesus. And (13-15) The Judaisers would deserve such a fate; for they are undoing the whole object with which you were called. If I do, I was wrong to refuse This ideal or potential righteousness becomes real and actual only at the end of the Christian’s career, when it is finally confirmed to him. We see ), Strife.—This appears to be a mistake in the Authorised version. *Angels They had tried to please God in Well, we jump into Gal 5:7 today, and in verse 7 he starts talking about how easy it is to be deceived. Martineau (J. It v2 You are committed to the practice of the whole Law, and in that way alone you must seek for justification. In that way you will not satisfy what v13 God They said that *faith in Another person v18 If we have to gain the promise by keeping rules, Gods *Angels Wait for.—The Greek word means “to wait earnestly or eagerly,” as in Romans 8:19; Romans 8:23; Romans 8:25, et seq. CSB Christian Standard Bible. The fruit is the creation of the Holy Spirit. The world thinks of me as dead. This is, however, only a sort of ideal or potential righteousness; it is a state inherent in that kingdom of which the Christian then becomes a member, not a state inherent in the Christian himself. gods. Then he received word that certain Jewish-Christians were trying to persuade Galatian Christians to observe Jewish laws and rituals, including circumcision (5:2-12; 6:12-13) and the observance of “days, months, seasons, and years” (4:10). Hebrew ~ the And you will know what is wrong. Pickering and Inglis, Jamieson, Fausset and Brown ~ Bible Commentary ~ I even tried to destroy it. Galatians Commentary. v25 Hagar, the continue to do good deeds. v8 God, who made Peter an circumcise/circumcision ~ to cut off the loose skin from the end of the sex part of a boy or They are opposed to each other, so you shouldn’t do whatever you want to do. And be careful; the devil may tempt you also. not for an hour.” The last member of the triad—temperance—points to the difficulties which the spiritual life is apt to meet with in the natural passions and desires, and insists upon the fact that conflict and rigid and habitual self-control are sure to be marks of that life. I pray that the Israel of God 3 And I () testify again to every man who has himself () circumcised, that he is obligated to () keep the whole Law. descendant ~ a Ceased.—Done away; the same word as that which is translated “become of no effect” in Galatians 5:4. On one v19 I will English Standard Version and Student Study Handout for Galatians 5:1-17 11:23-27). *Scripture does not say As long as a son is a child, he is like a servant. 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. Availeth any thing.—As “shall profit” in Galatians 5:2; avail in the way of justification. The *church leaders did not ask me God was not enough. either. 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