2. These few … Faith is this great lady, and charity her handmaid; through all the actions of goodness she attends on her mistress; when faith sets down the objects of her beneficence, love is her secretary; when she disposeth her good deeds, love is her almoner; when she treats a league of peace, love is her ambassador; what work soever she undertaketh, charity is her instrument. For in Jesus Christ - In the religion which Christ came to establish. So that the rule is good in the heavenly code, every good action, done for Christ’s sake, increases spiritual affection, and enhances the desire to love--just as the dropping of the fruit strengthens the roots for the next autumn’s harvest. Galatians 5:6. Beecher. Let them then seek "faith" to fulfill the law. Let us consider the order in which holy exercises take place in a renewed sinner. :—in Christ, and that Christ, Jesus of Nazareth. But this has nothing to do with obtaining righteousness, as the Papists themselves allow; and neither must it be supposed that love possesses any such influence. [2.] But faith that worketh] Iustificamur tribus modis, Effective a Deo, apprehensive a fide, declarative ab operibus. Old word to have strength (ισχς — ischūs). But "in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but faith which worketh by love.". ἐνεργεῖται πόλεμος, Polyb. 3. ), Faith is one of the mightiest powers that the world contains. Faith is the Christian’s hand, and can without help receive God’s given grace into the heart; but to produce the fruits of obedience, and to work the actual duties required, it must have an instrument: add love to it, and it worketh by love. It is only when we know and believe the love that God has to us, that we come to cherish any corresponding emotion to Him. And as these high achievements of science and of philosophy are held up before us, we are filled with astonishment and pride. Man is prone to trust in outward rites and ceremonies—, [The Jews confided in the ordinance of circumcision: the Judaizing teachers also among the Christians inculcated the observance of that rite as a ground of hope: amongst ourselves also, many think it sufficient that they have been baptized, or expect to find admission into heaven because they have attended regularly at the Lord’s table. We hear the eulogy pronounced every day upon the achievements of intellect. (American Homiletic Review.). KJ21. (Canon Liddon. Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Look: I, Paul, say to you that if you accept circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you. If religion be the loving devotion of the soul to God, resting upon reasonable faith, then all besides is, at the most, a means which may further it. 5: 6 » All the Books in the Bible ... Galatians 5 (King James Version) 1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. When you are engaged in discussing the question of justification, beware of allowing any mention to be made of love or of works, but resolutely adhere to the exclusive particle. For, my hearer--God help you to understand it! Though the creed be true, it may not be true to you, if you just repeat it and put it away like a paper in a pigeon-hole. This is an idea immediately present to the apostle's mind, and the one which pervades the previous verse, nay, is the very text of the epistle. If we ask faith, as Christ did His disciples, What do ye more than others? The point round which the strife was waged was not whether Gentiles might come into the Church. 22:37-40), которая далее сверхъестественным образом имеет результатом благоговейное поклонение, истинное послушание и жертвенную любовь к другим. By proving that the things which are equal to the same thing are equal to one another. I testify again to every man who accepts circumcision that he is obligated to keep the whole law. That if faith be right and true it worketh by love. Neither rejection of forms nor formalism, neither negations nor affirmations, make a Christian. But there was love too. (See James 2:14-26.). ), Faith and love are the brain and heart of the soul, so knit together in a mutual harmony and correspondence, that without their perfect union the whole Christian man cannot move with power, nor feel with tenderness, nor breathe with true life. III. position by which justifying grace can flow from God upon him, (see notes. But faith — Alone; even that faith which worketh by love - All inward and outward holiness. Or think you not that, when God “opened the heart of Lydia, to attend unto the things spoken by Paul,” He poured into her heart which He had opened, love with faith? No matter what our parents or the government decided when we were born about circumcision - none of it relates to our spiritual salvation. Bengel well says: “Cum fide conjunxit Galatians 5:5, spem, nunc amorem; in his stat totus Christianismus.” How very necessary it was for the Galatians that prominence should be given to the activity of faith in love, may be seen from Galatians 5:15; Galatians 5:20; Galatians 5:26. Leaving his kindred and country to follow God, he knew not where. Paul not only paid due respect to the Law himself, but even circumcised Timothy, when he desired to take him with him as his minister in Christ amidst Jews, that he might avoid needless offence. In God’s great scheme, every Christian is working under constraint of the most powerful impulse that ever animates the breast of man. That strong tide is meant to drive the busy wheels of life, and to bear precious freightage on its bosom; not to flow away in profitless foam. II. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” Yet this does not mean that Christians should do whatever they please, gratifying their own sinful desires and neglecting those around them. It is not a mere creed-holding. The peculiar character of the gospel is, that it shows how a sinner may be justified before God. It puts us into a new relation. ... For in Messiah Yeshua, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any meaning—but only trust and faithfulness expressing itself through love. Galatians 5:1 completes the crescendo of the first four chapters with a roaring call to freedom. ), The relation of faith and love to spiritual life, We may compare the infusion of spiritual life by God to His importation of vegetable life to a tree; faith and love, considered as organs of the inner life, we may compare to the roots of the tree which cleave to the soil for nourishment and support, and to the sap which is propelled through the trunk to every branch and fibre; and finally, we may compare good works, which are the products and manifestations of the vital energies, to the leaves and blossoms with which the tree is adorned, and to its fruits, which are pleasant to the eye and grateful to the palate. 2. For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but faith which worketh by love. Nay, "all the law is fulfilled in ... love," the principle on which "faith worketh" (Galatians 5:14). We are joined to God by faith. Have faith that God is always with you, in all circumstances and that He answers prayers that are in alignment with His sovereign wisdom. (6) In Jesus Christ.—When the Christian has entered into those close relations with Christ which his Christianity assumes. “For reproof,” that is, for the refuting of false doctrines—, [Some have argued from the text, that faith saves us as an operative principle. The order of gracious exercises in the renewed heart. The walking, the knocking, the asking, would be the conditions of bestowment; but certainly the conditions, when fulfilled, would leave untouched the gratuitousness; and no one who walked, knocked, and asked, and obtained the purse would regard it as wages due for what had been done. xv. STUDY. Circumcision and uncircumcision are circumstances of no effect or avail in Christianity. Secondly.--Faith works by love. Love is opposed to the enmities which prevailed (Galatians 5:15; Galatians 5:20). All evangelical writers and preachers maintain that none can be real Christians without exercising faith, repentance, and love; but they differ widely in respect to the proper order of these gracious affections. The reason why believers now wait for the hope of righteousness through the Spirit is, that in Christ, that is, in the kingdom of Christ, or in the Christian church, circumcision with its appendages is abolished; for, by a figure of speech in which a part is taken for the whole, the word Circumcision is put for ceremonies. In these the whole of Christianity [the being in Christ] consists; ἐνεργουμένη is not passive, but middle, 1 Thessalonians 2:13; nor does Paul put love as a form of faith, but shows that, along with faith, nothing else than love remains, Galatians 5:13-14; in which very truth, however, he teaches the same thing as James 2:22. The future is bright; and the bright future brightens the passing hour. 1. Galatians 5:6. ), Faith when once it lives in the soul is all Christian practice in the germ. ἐνεργουμένη, not passive, but middle, as always in N. T. See reff. It sets the things of the other world before us. (1) Comp. As parallels to our passage, see Romans 14:17; 1 Corinthians 7:19. Galatians 5:6, NASB: "For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love." II. II. Faith which worketh by love; that confidence in him which has love for its foundation, and which leads to obedience. But as both sin and holiness consist in free, voluntary exercises, so the Divine Spirit, in converting sinner, only turns him from sinful to holy exercises. Under this aspect of it, then, I ask you to look at faith--as the great collective act of the soul, in which a man embarks all the constituent faculties of his being. ], 2. We all wish to please where we feel affection. The middle voice is here employed to describe the inner working of the spirit of man, the active is used for recording God’s work for man in Galatians 2:8. availeth. Enthusiasm subjectively considered. vii. Can He ever be known except through revelation? Let’s take a look at the verb first. Faith, Love, and What Matters in Galatians 5:6. and must there not be a Divine virtue in the principle which enables you to perform it--when you can thus cut the connection with all preceding sin, and with him who by his fall precipitated you beneath the curse, disavowing all the transactions of the past, and giving yourselves over in an everlasting covenant to Him who is your Redeemer? [8] E. Huxtable, Pulpit Commentary (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. which worketh = working. The reason of our being justified by faith is, that faith unites us unto Christ, which is a property not common to any other grace. For when we have true faith, God’s approving Spirit pours love into the heart, predisposing to works of all good. (A. Maclaren, D. D.), The two graces are inseparable. ], That which alone can avail for our acceptance with God, is “faith”—, [All the promises of God are made to faith [Note: Mark 16:16. I. Значит, не следует так думать и о любви. (1) Religion is the harmony of the soul with God, and the conformity of the life to His law. Во Христе, то есть в царстве Христовом, или в Христианской Церкви упразднено обрезание со всем, что ему сопутствовало. The same word occurs, Matthew 5:13; James 5:16.— οὔτε ἀκροβυστία, nor uncircumcision) This refers to those who, if they regard themselves as free from the law, think that they are Christians on that account alone.— πίστις διʼ ἀγάπης ἐνεργουμένη, faith working by love) This is the new creature; Galatians 6:15. Gravity. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, but faith working through love. IV. The importance of representing these first exercises of the renewed heart in the order i have mentioned. Then the faith which accepts the Lord Jesus Christ, accepts Him in all of His offices. If the human reason starts from what it is obliged to accept; if, in all the after process, it is obliged to remand its conclusions to that elementary trust from which it in the first instance departed, in order to verify them--if you are obliged, for example, to believe in the principle of causality; if you are obliged to believe in the fact of your personal indentity; if you are obliged, by the necessity of your mental constitution, to believe in the reality of the external world, and to rely upon the evidence and the testimony of sense which underlies all the demonstrations of our proud physical science; if you are compelled, by the same necessity, to rely upon memory, which hangs together all the links of every chain of reasoning through which you are carried--I say, just in proportion as you reason with power to conclusions that are satisfactory, the verification of those conclusions is found in the elementary beliefs which you accept simply and alone with the trust of faith; and I interdict you, by this known fact, from undertaking to despise or contemn it. IV. Calovius: “Formatam(225) etiam fidem apostolus refellit, cum non per caritatem formam suam accipere vel formari, sed per caritatem operosam vel efficacem esse docet. When a man tramples upon this principle of faith, which demands the acceptance of the Saviour, I debar him from the possibility of reasoning on any subject under the sun. Circumcision conveyed no spiritual blessing in return for its binding pledge of obedience to the Law. Those who said “yes” were mostly Gentiles, headed and inspired by St. Paul, a Hebrew of the Hebrews. 1. (1) Paul unites here the three cardinal virtues, faith, hope (Galatians 5:5), and love. Answer--It is that which nothing else can do. Nothing can be more decisive than the declaration before us. I. 15.5, 3. Живущий по вере имеет внутри себя любовь к Богу и Христу (ср. Does not the very name of Jesus make the heart beat, and tremble, and thrill with love? Faith doth all things well. Test. (T. MacNeece, D. D.), You cannot love by mere trying. We are not justified by faith as an operative principle, but simply as uniting us with Christ. p. 18. By its enjoyment of mercy, leading the heart to a grateful acknowledgment of the source of mercy. Итак, ведя речь об оправдании, остерегайся даже упоминать о любви и добрых делах, но яростно настаивай на исключающей частице «только». Match. One other suggestion, and then I am done with this point; which is, that if we start from faith, and if all the time we are going back to faith to verify every course of reasoning, it would seem that when we have accomplished the grand circuit, and know all things that are knowable, and have proved all things that are demonstrable--it seems to me in perfect analogy with man’s mental constitution and with God’s high prerogatives, that He should open to us the infinite beyond the finite; that we should rise at last beyond nature up to God; that we should ascend, at last, above these mortal shores to the immortal; that we should have power, by this principle of faith, to take possession of another world, grander, larger, more glorious than all these myriads of worlds which dot the immensity of space; and that, by and by, when we shall have illustrated all the triumphs of science, we shall be able to put the climax upon all this by the higher triumphs of a grander faith. 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