There will always be many persons daring enough to make a false boast of living in the Spirit, but the apostle Nay, it was in order that Christ might profit him that he received circumcision. Drunkenness is clearly described as one of the works of the flesh. When the flesh is winning the inside battle, you do not do the things that you wish. This being the plain and natural sense of the apostle’s words, they cannot be charged with any ill-natured or unfriendly wish.” — Chandler. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select an Ending Point Barclay on chara, the ancient Greek word used here for joy: “It is not the joy that comes from earthly things, still less from triumphing over someone else in competition. There is no law against such things. It is related to slavery, not liberty. If we say that it was in force till the coming of Christ, what reply shall we make to the case of Timothy? Good hopes are expressed regarding the Galatians, that they will quickly and readily return to a sincere belief. The things that ye would must mean, not our natural inclinations, but the holy affections which God bestows upon us by False (Gal 5:1) A summary statement: in light of all that Paul has previously said, he now challenges the Galatians to walk in the truth he has presented. The fact that he is persecuted by the legalists is evidence enough of this. Jesus came to set the captives free, not to keep them in bondage or put them in bondage all over again. As Paul writes, these are contrary to one another – they don’t get along at all. Certain Jewish teachers of that day spoke of the Law of Moses as a yoke, but they used the term in a favorable light. The Gospels But to bring back the Galatians to the pure doctrine of faith, from which they had turned aside, was the work of God. The Holy Spirit never led anyone into outbursts of wrath. doing what you want. anxiety about her interests carry me away into a sort of ecstasy, so that I can think of nothing else.” With such zeal as this, every true pastor of the church will burn. Precisely speaking, our flesh isn’t even that fallen nature, the “old man” that we inherited from Adam, because the old man was crucified with Jesus, and is now dead and gone (Romans 6:6). Then is the offense of the cross ceased. Herod had faith that John the Baptist was a true prophet, but there was no faith working through love, and he had John the Baptist murdered. The Gospels c. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: Walking in the Spirit is the key, but it doesn’t always come easily. The old man, the self inherited from Adam, is crucified with Jesus as the sovereign work of God when we are born again. i. yielded. But it takes in more. c. Yoke of bondage: This phrase reminds us of what Peter said in Acts 15:10 about those who would bring the Gentiles under the law: Now therefore, why do you test God by putting a yoke on the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? -------------------- The men who have employed it are not moved by his spirit. i. If such men as Calvin, Beza, Melanchthon, and Luther, were prepared by talents and acquirements of the first order to brave the terrors of that name, they must have frequently lamented its influence on many of their hearers. Pauline Epistles The danger of falling from grace is real, but it is often misunderstood. iii. This word isn’t included in the list of many ancient manuscripts, so many translations (such as the NIV) don’t include it. Let us always remember that the present question is not, in what manner we are free before God, but in what manner we may use our liberty in our intercourse with men. )” — Bishop Sanderson. We are here informed of the nature of the difficulty, which arises from our natural inclinations being opposed to the Spirit. When he continues on and wrote I testify, Paul remembered his former training as a lawyer – and was deadly serious. Under this cloak, our adversaries raise a prejudice against us among ignorant people, as if the whole object of our pursuit were licentiousness, which is the relaxation of all discipline. This point was so important to Paul that he mustered all the strength he could in a personal appeal: he began with Indeed I, Paul. It knows the self-disciple and denial someone will go through for themselves, but the self-control of the Spirit will also work on behalf of others. he means a dissolute life, and every kind of intemperance in the gratification of the palate. You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. 2 Ἴδε ἐγὼ Παῦλος λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι ἐὰν περιτέμνησθε Χριστὸς ὑμᾶς οὐδὲν ὠφελήσ 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. This verse also tells us what does matter in this place: faith working through love. 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. denotes the nature of man; for the limited application of it, which the sophists make to the lower senses, as they are called, is refuted by various passages; and the contrast between the two words puts an end to all doubt. The Spirit is elsewhere (Romans 8:15) denominated by him, “the Spirit of adoption;” and when the Spirit makes men free, he emancipates them from the yoke of the law. But what is the meaning of this, that Christ will profit nothing to all who are circumcised? You aren’t worse if you are circumcised or uncircumcised. Sometimes it signifies incantations or magic arts, or witchcraft, by which impostors and cheats endeavoured to impose on ignorant and credulous people, and which were carried on by poisonous intoxicating draughts and ointments, by which they did great mischief to the bodies of men. Pentateuch To be consumed, while the tendency of brotherly love is to produce mutual protection and kindness. For we through the Spirit. is spiritual. Luke-Acts It isn’t as if one could find a work of the flesh that is not described in this list, then one would be free to do it. But here he contrasts it with Christ, and faith, and the gospel, and grace, — viewing it simply as a legal covenant, founded on the merit of works. I answer, proper feelings and pure conscience, when manifested by a teacher, have no small share in obtaining confidence. doctrine was probably a judgment from heaven upon their ambition, pride, and other offenses. i. Wuest on eagerly wait: “The word speaks of an attitude of intense yearning and an eager waiting for something. corresponding warmth and energy, and not to spare any one who dared to raise his voice against it, however eminent or however distinguished. 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