God "winks" at my sins and covers them up. It occurred to him that the Law differs from the Gospel in another respect, in respect to authorship. And Paul writes: "And did all drink the spiritual drink; for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ." As a Gentile he did not observe the Law. All the prophets of old said that Christ should be the greatest transgressor, murderer, adulterer, thief, blasphemer that ever was or ever could be on earth. Paul's words contain the implication of contrast. 1939. He shall die on the Cross." May 1, 1983. Galatians 3 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary provides a free-flowing commentary on the entire text of each biblical book, along with background material. But because we have only the first- fruits of the Spirit and not the tenth-fruits, we do not observe the Law perfectly. Civil laws and ordinances have their place and purpose. The Law is not that kind of a schoolmaster. What would you think of a schoolmaster who could only torment and beat a child? The Pope quotes Christ's saying recorded in John 13:15, "I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you." (Galatians 3:8-9) Show answer 12. When the conscience has been thoroughly frightened by the Law it welcomes the Gospel of grace with its message of a Savior who came into the world, not to break the bruised reed, nor to quench the smoking flax, but to preach glad tidings to the poor, to heal the broken-hearted, and to grant forgiveness of sins to all the captives. But there is no glory in it for God, because by their exertions these workers pronounce God an unmerciful slave driver, an unfaithful and angry Judge. You may preach the Law ever so fervently; if the preaching of the Gospel does not accompany it, the Law will never produce true conversion and heartfelt repentance. They repented. Our opponents do us a great wrong, for we make a clear-cut distinction between civil and spiritual affairs. Naaman does not do a thing. Here is Christ. The fault lies not with Christ, but with us. He does not change the voice of the Law, nor does He hide the Law with a veil. How can the one statement prove the other? Let the scoffers slander us, let them spare us not. Every promise of God is a ratified promise.". "Let not God speak with us, lest we die," cried the children of Israel. Naaman confessed his faith: "Behold, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel." The apostasy of the Galatians is a fine indorsement of the Law, all right. Galatians 3 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by the leading authority in the Church of Christ, presents a verse level look at the Bible. But what does the Law accomplish for those who have been justified by Christ? We comfort the afflicted sinner in this manner: Brother, you can never be perfect in this life, but you can be holy. But God is one.God does not offend anybody, therefore He needs no mediator. How can the Law avail anything unto righteousness? But thanks be to God, who keeps us in His Word, in faith, and in prayer. The Law is an usher to lead the way to grace. I ask you, what good did their scrubbing, their snow-white clothes, and their continence do them? Let us study to be good timekeepers. He does not now address them as his brethren, as he usually does. However, Moses' mediation consisted only in changing the tone of the Law to make it more tolerable to the people. In separating Christ from us sinners and holding Him up as a holy exemplar, errorists rob us of our best comfort. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.The word testament is another name for the promise that God made unto Abraham concerning Christ. As far as the conscience is concerned it may cheerfully ignore the Law. Nowhere. There are exegetical commentaries, scholarly and technical commentaries, as well as commentaries that are easy to understand. This is a study guide commentary, which means that you are responsible for your own interpretation of the Bible. May 28, 2017. Long ago the prophets visualized the happy changes Christ would effect in all things. Each of us must walk in the light we have. Galatians 3. I fear that after our time the right handling of the Law will become a lost art. Galatians 3 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary is designed to give the results of Edwards' critical investigation using the KJV The Law found Him among sinners. Even now, although we continually explain the separate functions of the Law and the Gospel, we have those among us who do not understand how the Law should be used. The Law was handed down by a being even inferior to the angels, by a middleman named Moses. The wrath and the judgment of God displease me, my wrath and impatience displease Him. They are silly. The faith of the fathers in the Old Testament era, and our faith in the New Testament are one and the same faith in Christ Jesus, although times and conditions may differ. Unbelievers enjoy more temporal blessings than the Christians. When the Scriptures speak of faith in the absolute or abstract, faith refers to justification directly. God accordingly uses the Law for a hammer to break up the illusion of self- righteousness, that we should despair of our own strength and efforts at self-justification. Let the Law also serve its unique purpose. If you believe in Christ, then are you the children of Abraham indeed. The Scriptures speak of Abraham as he stands before God, a man justified by faith. You have suffered the loss of your possessions, you have borne reproaches, you have passed through many dangers of body and life. Read Galatians 3 commentary using People's New Testament. "See, God has respect to offerings. The faith of the fathers was directed at the Christ who was to come, while ours rests in the Christ who has come. These contradictions no person can harmonize who does not understand the true way of salvation. "From the days of John the Baptist," says Jesus, "until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force. Because God saw that we could not fulfill the Law, He provided a way of salvation long before the Law was ever given, a salvation that He promised to Abraham, saying, "In thee shall all nations be blessed.". "I have brought you the true Gospel, and you received it with eagerness and gratitude. This tyrant pounces on Christ. Schoolmasters are indispensable. Commentary on Galatians 3:1-9, 23-29. Paul has already explained that the laws themselves are not bad. (I Samuel 17:37,45, 46.) Sometimes he entreats them, then again he reproaches them, in accordance with his own advice to Timothy: "Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort. First in the promises concerning Christ in Genesis 3:15 and in Genesis 22:18, which speak of the seed of the woman and the seed of Abraham. Paul says: "How can the Law justify when that whole sanctified people of Israel and even mediator Moses trembled at the voice of God? How is God going to humble such a person except by the Law? As for everlasting life, temporal blessings are not good enough. This He continues to do in the hearts of the believers. Abraham was justified because he believed. This passage clearly submits all men to the curse, not only those who sin openly against the Law, but also those who sincerely endeavor to perform the Law, inclusive of monks, friars, hermits, etc. Our first consideration must be the comfort of troubled consciences, that they may not perish with the multitudes. It would have happened to me, if Christ had not mercifully delivered me from this error. They say charity creates and adorns their faith. There is not one among us who is not at times seduced by Satan into false beliefs. Secondly, by the gift of the Holy Ghost, who engenders new life and activity in us. If the Law could justify, people would love the Law. Never will the conscience trust in God unless it can be sure of God's mercy and promises in Christ. The spiritual witchery of the devil creates in the heart a wrong idea of Christ. But when the Scripture speaks of rewards and works it speaks of compound or relative faith. How, then, can anyone be justified by the Law when everybody hates the Law and its divine author? In the sight of God, Abraham was a condemned sinner. What does Galatians 3:17 mean? We obey the Law because if we don't we will be punished. “Suffered”: The Greek word has the … 2-5) and that of Abraham (vv. But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. Moses declares, "Whosoever shall not do the works of the Law, is accursed." When he saw that some were offended at his doctrine, while others found in it encouragement to live after the flesh, Paul comforted himself with the thought that it was his duty to preach the Gospel to the elect of God, and that for their sake he must endure all things. Mark what Rome answers, "Judas was a reprobate. But this it should only be until faith be revealed. This Spirit of many blessings is received by faith alone. If the Law cannot be fulfilled by the believers, if sin continues to cling to them despite their love for God, what can you expect of people who are not yet justified by faith, who are still enemies of God and His Word, like the unbelieving law-workers? If he could he would smash the prison and find his freedom at all cost. And the Law kills Christ. I save myself and others." Galatians 6:3 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Galatians 6:3, NIV: "If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves." But if Christ is innocent of our sins and does not bear them, we must bear them, and we shall die in our sins. But when the Law comes, sin, death, and hell are revealed to me. According to Paul everything that is not of faith is sin. When we hear that Christ was made a curse for us, let us believe it with joy and assurance. In the 1929 Rose Bowl, Georgia Tech was playing the University of California when the ball popped out of the hands of a Georgia Tech back. (Deut. Such confidence is accounted righteousness for Christ's sake. And because of his faith in the Christ to come, Peter was delegated to preach unto Cornelius faith in the Christ who had already come. The discipline is to last until the boy has been trained to be his father's worthy successor. They just sit and do nothing. Galatians 3:6, KJV: "Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness." But if you want to believe your eyes you will find many shortcomings and offenses in the members of the holy Church. Satan is clever. If this were the only argument to prove that salvation is not by the Law, this one Bible history would do the work. "Martin Luther's Commentary on Galatians". "He was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors." Although the Law kills, God brings good out of evil. The Christian has a body in whose members, as Paul says, sin dwells and wars. Only the confinement in the prison of the Law must not be unduly prolonged. When a sinner gets wise to himself he does not only feel miserable, he feels like misery personified; he does not only feel like a sinner, he feels like sin itself. There is nothing wrong with the fact. A person becomes a Christian not by working, but by hearing. Bible > Bible Commentary; Wesley’s Explanatory Notes; Galatians; Galatians 3; John Wesley’s Explanatory Notes << Galatians 2 | Galatians 3 | Galatians 4 >> (Read all of Galatians 3) Verse 1  O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? Otherwise they would not emphasize free will, natural strength, the works of supererogation, etc. We are all exposed to the influence of the devil, because he is the prince and god of the world in which we live. They help us in the trials of our faith. Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. We may live in joy and safety under Christ. The world was promised to Abraham because he believed. You cannot show me that this ever happened. It says that a transgressor should be hanged.