Nobody wants to fulfill his duties. Let everybody perform the duties of his station and vocation diligently and help his neighbor to the limit of his capacity. And if at any time he felt angry or impatient, he resisted these feelings by the Spirit. Here it means that tranquillity of heart which derives from the all-pervading consciousness that our times are in the hands of God. If you live according to the rules of Saint Francis, Saint Dominick, Saint Benedict, you will obtain the peace and mercy of God. Exodus 20:12-17 gives the six of the ten commandments that pertain to this subject. Chrysostom said that it is the grace of the man who could revenge himself and does not, the man who is slow to wrath. "Ye did run well," means that everything went along smoothly and happily with the Galatians. This is real liberty, compared with which every other kind of liberty is not worth mentioning. Who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?The Galatians were hindered in the Christian life when they turned from faith and grace to the Law. The general meaning of peace is a state of harmony between individuals, but whether that condition is pleasing to God depends on the terms of the agreement. "He of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification and redemption." Therefore as long as the Gospel holds sway persecution plays the accompaniment, or else there is something the matter with the devil. Unless the ministers of Christ are wise in handling the mysteries of God and rightly divide the word, faith and good works may easily be confused. He trusts them "through the Lord," insofar as they were in Christ and Christ in them. Hence those that seek to be justified by the Law are much further away from the righteousness of life than the publicans, sinners, and harlots. This unity is not disturbed by outward differences of station or of occupation. From the beginning Hagar had been inclined to triumph over Sarah, because barrenness was a sore shame to a woman; there was an atmosphere charged with trouble. Fifthly, they differ in regard to their effects. But now, misled by the false apostles, they no longer run. I would they were even cut off which trouble you. "I have taught, admonished, and reproved you enough. When the devil finds that he cannot overcome certain persons by force he tries to overcome them in the long run. True believers are not under the Law. They danced and laughed and sang his praises. The first letters of these four words--P-R-D-S--are the consonants of the word Paradise--and when a man had succeeded in penetrating into these four different meanings he reached the joy of paradise! What kind of life would ours be if nobody could trust anybody else? As if he had forgotten that he had already berated them, the Apostle once more reproves those who provoke and envy others. We also know that God is no respecter of persons. The apostle urges that all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Makrothumia (Greek #3115); this is a great word. Long-suffering is from MAKROTHUMIA, and Thayer defines it at this place as well as at a number of other places, “patience, forebearance, long-suffering, slowness in avenging wrongs.” It does not apply to cases pertaining to principles of right and wrong, for in such matters it is not expected that Christians will agree to any compromise. The importance of this teaching is seen in the words that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. (i) One he does not mention here but it is implicit in all his thinking. Sentence is pronounced upon them that they shall not inherit the kingdom of heaven. It is for freedom that Christ has set us free! It therefore often happened that the Rabbis would take a simple bit of historical narrative from the Old Testament and read into it inner meanings which often appear to us fantastic but which were very convincing to the people of their day. For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but faith which worketh by love. The essence of it is that it does not describe the spirit which desires, nobly or ignobly, to have what someone else has: it describes the spirit which grudges the fact that the other person has these things at all. Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free. View the entire commentary, Christian freedom is the freedom to serve one another in love (v... They were even cut of all comes from the Greek word APOKOPTO, which Thayer defines, “to cut off, amputate,” and he explains it to mean, “I would that they (who urge the necessity of circumcision would not only circumcise themselves, but) would even mutilate themselves (or cut off their privy parts).” Robinson defines the word as does Thayer, and also gives the following explanation: “Would that for themselves they would (not only circumcise but) even cut off the parts usually circumcised, i. e. make themselves eunuchs.” Strong defines and explains the word virtually the same as Thayer and Robinson. Click to Enlarge See Also: Paul's First Missionary Journey Paul's Second Missionary Journey Paul's Third Missionary Journey. (a) Eros (compare Greek #2037) means the love of a man for a maid; it is the love which has passion in it. What Paul is saying is, "This legalistic movement may not have gone very far yet, but you must root it out before it destroys your whole religion.". The sure way of determining the question is to observe the kind of lives they are showing. In the New Testament it has three main meanings. And be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.Because reason prefers the righteousness of the Law to the righteousness of faith, Paul calls the Law a yoke, a yoke of bondage. Inwardly it consists in faith towards God, outwardly in love towards our fellow-men. Commentaries for Galatians Chapter 5 Authoritative Appeal. I am doing this in order that you may understand that the silly ceremonies of which the false apostles make so much are far inferior to the works of Christian love." The Gospel is to aggrandize Christ and the mercy of God. You always can block or delete cookies by changing your browser settings and force blocking all cookies on this website. Therefore reason looks down upon the doctrine of faith and its truly good works. This thought is treated at length at Romans 7:15-21, in the first volume of the New Testament Commentary. Ye are fallen from grace.That means you are no longer in the kingdom or condition of grace. Unity with them would be an unmistakable sign that we have lost the true doctrine. Your righteousness rests on something much better than feelings. (See Romans 10:4.) The best religion, the most fervent devotion without Christ is plain idolatry. As the soldier in Studdert Kennedy's poem said; For Paul it was essential that Christian freedom should mean not freedom to indulge the lower side of human nature, but freedom to walk in the life of the Spirit. Therefore law, sin, and death may not hurt you or drive you to despair. Neither are works injurious provided a person does not attach any saving value to them. It must be a faith that performs good works through love. For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but faith which worketh by love.Faith must of course be sincere. Hope comes later and is born of tribulation. In the very nature of the case, if a man loves his neighbor as himself, he will observe all things required by these six commandments. But many were now being induced by the Judaizers to take up` that system, and thus entangle themselves with that yoke, which would be as severe a bondage as was that of idolatry from which they as Gentiles had been delivered. Let us take heed to the warnings and persuasions of the apostle to stedfastness in the doctrine and liberty of the gospel. They put us down as contentious, ill-tempered faultfinders. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad; for great is your reward in heaven." Go to, To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient. This is indeed a marvelous liberty, to have the sovereign God for our Friend and Father who will defend, maintain, and save us in this life and in the life to come. But they drank it in the proportion of three parts of water to two of wine. My neighbor is every person, especially those who need my help, as Christ explained in the tenth chapter of Luke. The Spirit here has direct reference to the Holy Spirit, since He was the instrument by which the New Testament system of religion was given to take the place of the Mosaic law. He obeys the Law without compulsion. And assuredly those who persist in disturbing the church of Christ must bear their judgment. Robinson gives a somewhat :fuller definition, “strong drinking, drunkenness, a drunken-frolic.” Revelings is from Kouros. I cannot say it often enough, that we must carefully differentiate between doctrine and life. The flesh reasons: "If we are without the law, we may as well indulge ourselves. ", For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh.When Paul declares that "the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh," he means to say that we are not to think, speak or do the things to which the flesh incites us. That liberty exempts the clergy from certain public charges. That is just another way of saying that the essence of Christianity is not law but a personal relationship to Jesus Christ. Christian charity and unity have nothing to do with the Word of God. In this passage Paul again disparages the pernicious notion that the Law is able to make men righteous before God, a notion deeply rooted in man's reason. The Apostle does not say that works are objectionable, but to build one's hopes for righteousness on works is disastrous, for that makes Christ good for nothing. Secondly, the Scriptures present Christ for our example. Verse 3. This carnal liberty the people want in our day. This is civil liberty. Already the Apostle Jude complained in his day: "There are certain men crept in unawares. Paul never denied that he felt the lust of the flesh. In the first chapter of the Epistle to the Colossians we have an instance of its first use: "For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven," i.e., the thing hoped for.

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