We can think of a child of God finally walking in the Spirit – then Satan tempts him to be conceited about it. Poetical Books The things that ye would must mean, not our natural inclinations, but the holy affections which God bestows upon us by This speaks of those who continue on in these sins, ignoring the voice of the Holy Spirit telling them to “stop.”, iii. The Whole Bible i. And they that are Christ’s. the Jews, puffed up with an ill-founded confidence in their righteousness, and the Greeks, with a foolish belief of their wisdom, despised the meanness of the gospel. “The mistake that is made so often is that the Mosaic law is substituted for the restraint of the Holy Spirit, and with disastrous results... A policeman on the street corner is a far more efficient deterrent of law-breaking than any number of city ordinances placarded for public notice.” (Wuest). b. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select a Beginning Point In that place, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything – neither one matters at all. When the devil finds that he cannot overcome certain persons by force he tries to overcome them in the long run... To withstand his continued assaults we must be longsuffering and patiently wait for the devil to get tired of his game.” (Luther). I wish we could always remember, when the devil tempts us to disputes, that the disagreement of members within the church Paul cannot be accused of cruelty, as if he were opposed to the law of love. If you were to get into trouble or danger, you would be glad to have the love and help of all men. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point But in this way, we shall be told, all are cut off from the hope of salvation; for who is there that is not chargeable with some of those sins? Again, the legalists among the Galatians wanted them to think they could observe some aspects of the law without coming under the entire law. “But I am so far from inculcating on you the necessity of circumcision, I would even wish that all those, without exception, who endeavour thus to subvert your faith, were wholly cut off from the communion of the Christian church. In those verses we are told that by faith-union with Christ ‘we have been crucified with him’. At the root of it all, the Galatians were leaving Jesus to pursue the false and empty teachings of man, in this case legalism. From anger and hatred arise variance, strife, seditions; and he even traces the consequences so far as to mention murders and witchcraft By Faith, or by Works of the Law? To obey the spirit and to oppose the flesh, are two great objects which have been set before Christians, and for the attainment of which they have been urged to make the most strenuous exertions. Every man who becomes circumcised... is a debtor to keep the whole law: When we embrace the law as our rule of walking with God, we must embrace the whole law. But there is no dispute that murder is a work of the flesh, and that the Holy Spirit never led anyone into murders. Legalism can’t handle the offense of the cross. It means to lose your temper, being unable to control your anger. free promise of salvation. which this is accomplished, is, when the Spirit of God obtains dominion, from which we are led to conclude that they had no proper regard to spiritual righteousness. Those who promote it will face certain judgment, no matter who they are. Lists of good and bad behavior would be a familiar form to many of Paul’s readers. It is a life of faith and love that is above all of these false ways.” (Boice). i. Idolatry is the worship of any god except the Lord God revealed to us by the Bible and in the person of Jesus Christ. While he declares that they no longer possess any influence, he does not admit that they were always useless; for he does not maintain that they were repealed till after the revelation of Christ. Bloomfield. We become debtors to keep the whole law, and that is a heavy debt. Works are works, and fruit is fruit. justified, but attempted to mix Christ with the law. Despising, as we naturally do, a. A final appeal to walk in the liberty of Jesus. permission. This refers, unquestionably, to the regenerate. Porneia started out meaning “the use of a prostitute,” but by Paul’s day it was “used for a wide variety of sexual sin.” (Morris) Therefore, fornication covers “Illicit connection between single or unmarried persons; yet often signifying adultery also.” (Clarke) Webster’s dictionary defines fornication as “Voluntary sexual intercourse between two unmarried persons or two persons not married to each other.” Sex before and outside of marriage – which Paul calls here fornication – “was so widespread that it was apparently accepted as a normal part of life... Paul cannot accept any such view of the practice; he sees it as totally wrong.” (Morris) The Holy Spirit never led anyone into fornication. He But Paul, to whom themselves, they would not need this inspired declaration, for they are nothing but flesh; but such is the hypocrisy belonging to our natural state, we never perceive our depravity till the tree has been fully made known by its fruits. c. Will not inherit the kingdom of God: The strength and certainty of Paul in this verse is striking. ©2013 David Guzik – No distribution beyond personal use without permission It’s as if Paul addressed the legalists again, and said: “You want to keep the law? We think today of heresies in terms of wrong ideas and teachings; but the emphasis in the word is actually the wrongful dividing over opinions. When he continues on and wrote I testify, Paul remembered his former training as a lawyer – and was deadly serious. is spiritual. With such a dramatic conclusion to this point, Paul has made one thing clear: legalism is no little thing. Historical Books If you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing: When we embrace the law as our rule of walking with God, we must let go of Jesus. i. (Gal 5:16-18) Using liberty to walk in holy living. It is a love more of decision than of the spontaneous heart; as much a matter of the mind than the heart, because it chooses to love the undeserving. [A previous revision of this page can be found here]. Laws can be passed to punish the evil that men do against each other; but no law can answer the problem of hatred, which motivates those acts. Stand fast therefore. b. I must again refer the reader, for a more extended view of my sentiments on this subject, to the Exposition of the Epistle to the Romans, (See Calvin on Romans 7:15.). This, he tells them, is an evidence that they do not walk according to the Spirit. To fulfill it therefore he is bound, and he cannot plead the grace of Christ; for he has entered on another mode of justification.” (Lightfoot). But here it is we who have taken action.” (Stott), iii. Paul is saying that the legalistic commitment they have right now may be small, but it is so dangerous that it can corrupt everything. “The tense of the verb (present) indicates a habitual continuation in fleshly sins rather than an isolated lapse, and the point is that those who continually practice such sins give evidence of having never received God’s Spirit.” (Boice), iv. Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. De Sacramentis in genere, Canon viii. Stand fast means that it takes effort to stay in this place of liberty. Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing. “They tear the church for the sake of circumcision: I wish they were entirely cut (See less do they comprehend our statements. The New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures is published by Jehovah’s Witnesses. I answer, they do not comprehend their own silly talk; still i. Adultery is violating the marriage covenant by sexual immorality. h. The fruit of the Spirit is... faithfulness: The idea is that the Spirit of God works faithfulness in us, both to God and to people. 1. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point It was not and is not the sovereign, “unilateral” work of God. #christianyoutuberIf you are new here….WELCOME TO THE #happysoultribe !! But here it … Galatians . Paul may sound rigid or even harsh here, but he is consistent with the Biblical idea of conversion. “The verb stoicheo means ‘to be in line with, stand beside a person or a thing, hold to, agree with, follow‘. 26. But Paul makes express mention of love to our neighbor, and therefore a more satisfactory solution must be sought. In that case the offense of the cross has been removed. Now follows the remedy. Significantly, it is Christ who has made us free. We often think that our problems and difficulties are all outside of ourselves. “Whoever wants to have a half-Christ loses the whole.” (Calvin), ii. Long-suffering is gentleness of mind, which disposes us to take everything in good part, and not to be easily offended. No amount of obedience makes up for one act of disobedience; if you are pulled over for speeding, it will do no good to protest that you are a faithful husband, a good taxpayer, and have obeyed the speed limit many times. I reply, as all the works of the flesh do not appear openly in a carnal man, but his carnaltry is discovered by one or another vice, so a single virtue will not entitle us to conclude that a man If they do not repent, but obstinately continue to fulfill the desires of the flesh, it is a sure sign that they are not sincere.” (Luther). The phrase, whosoever he be, is emphatic; for the high sounding language of the false apostles had terrified the ignorant multitude. This is another word (like adultery earlier) that is not in every ancient Greek text, and isn’t included in translations such as the NIV. Their joy comes not from what they have, but from what they are; not from where they are, but from whose they are; not from what they enjoy, but from that which was suffered for them by their Lord.” (Spurgeon). Luke-Acts Paul does not here treat of justification, or assign any part of the praise of it to love. Johannine Writings for what avails it to deny that the flesh reigns in us, if the fruit betrays the quality of the tree? Well does Paul, then, warn the Galatians, not to be entangled again with the yoke of bondage, — that is, not to allow a snare to be laid for their consciences. Some avoid this difficulty by d. Hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envies... murders: These are each “people” sins. Hence it follows, that the members of Christ have cause to complain, if they are still held to be in bondage to the law, from which all who have been regenerated by his Spirit are set free. b. All of them, as Scripture testifies, (Hebrews 11:5,) “pleased God;” but their faith was concealed by the veil of ceremonies, and therefore he distinguishes us from them by the word Spirit, which is contrasted with outward shadows. iii. It is easy to assume that because we are Christ’s we will always say and do the right thing. “This word was habitually used to describe the practice of mutilation which was so prevalent in the Phrygian worship of Cybele. I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all. The death of the flesh is the life of the Spirit. says that these works are manifest, so that no man may think that he will gain anything by evading the question; v. Selfish ambitions translates the ancient Greek word eritheia, and the word has an interesting history. Pauline Epistles For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. b. And where he here expresses his wish, that the troublers of the Galatians were cut off, it is only putting them in mind what would have been both their prudence and their duty to have done; not to have hearkened to them, but to have disowned, and refused society with them as Christians. It doesn’t so much want what someone else has (as in jealousies), but it is bitter just because someone else has something and we don’t. This may be concluded from what frequently happens in the divine dispensations, as well as from an express declaration by the hand of Moses. Let all who introduce confusion into churches, who break the unity of faith, who destroy their harmony, lend an ear to this; and if they have any right feeling, Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh, And you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh, For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh, But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law, you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law, Adultery, fornication, uncleanness... lewdness, Hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envies... murders, Of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, Those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God, The fruit of the Spirit is... longsuffering, The fruit of the Spirit is... kindness, goodness, The fruit of the Spirit is... faithfulness, The fruit of the Spirit is... self-control. 4 You people who are trying to be made righteous by the Law have been estranged from Christ. have often appeared in unrenewed men remarkable instances of gentleness, integrity, temperance, and generosity; but it is certain that all were but specious disguises. Morris defines it as “a disregard of accepted rules... conduct that knows no restraint.” Lewdness can be thought of as public and open uncleanness. I could wish that those who trouble you would even cut themselves off! God is not quickly irritated with us (Romans 2:4, 9:22), so we should not be quickly irritated with others. A. Again, the fear of the legalist – that walking in the Spirit gives license to sin, and that only legalism can keep us holy – is just plain wrong. Someone who is legally made free in Jesus can still live in bondage; they can be deceived into placing themselves back into slavery. All that is required is, that no obstacle shall be opposed to the reception of grace, and the only obstacle is mortal sin.” — Lectares on Theology, volume 4. But the fruit of the Spirit: The works of the flesh seem overwhelming – both in us and around us. They who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 1For freedom Christ has set us free. 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