|Overview - Galatians 6|
|1||He moves them to deal mildly with a brother that has slipped,|
|2||and to bear one another's burden;|
|6||to be liberal to their teachers,|
|9||and not weary of well-doing.|
|12||He shows what they intend that preach circumcision.|
|14||He glories in nothing, save in the cross of Christ.|
Galatians 6:18 (King James Version)
Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.
- the grace
- Romans 16:20 Romans 16:24 ; 2 Corinthians 13:14 ; 2 Timothy 4:22 ; Philemon 1:25 ; Revelation 22:21 The Galatians, or Gallograecians, were the descendants of Gauls,who migrated from their own country, and after a series ofdisasters, got possession of a large district in Asia Minor,from them called Galatia
- (Pausanias, Attic. c. iv.) They are mentioned by historians as a tall and valiant people, who wentnearly naked, and used for arms only a buckler and sword; andthe impetuosity of their attack is said to have beenirresistible. Their religion, before their conversion wasextremely corrupt and superstitious; they are said to haveworshipped the mother of the gods, under the name of Adgistis;and to have offered human sacrifices of the prisoners they tookin war. Though they spoke the Greek language in common withalmost all the inhabitants of Asia Minor, yet it appears fromJerome that they retained their original Gaulish language evenas late as the fifth century. Christianity appears to have beenfirst planted in these regions by St
- Paul himself, (ch. 1:6 ; 4:13;) who visited the churches at least twice in that country,(Ac 16:6; 18:23.) It is evident that this epistle was writtensoon after their reception of the gospel, as he complains oftheir speedy apostasy from his doctrine, (ch
- 1. 6;) and as there is no notice of his second journey into that country, ithas been supposed, with much probability, that it was writtensoon after his first, and consequently about A
- D. 52 or 53. It appears that soon after the Apostle had left them, someJudaizing teachers intruded themselves into the churches;drawing them off from the true gospel, to depend on ceremonialobservances, and to the vain endeavour of "establishing theirown righteousness." It was in order to oppose this false gospelthat St. Paul addressed the Galatians, and after saluting thechurches of Galatia, and establishing his apostolic commissionagainst the attacks of the false teachers, he reproves them fordeparting from that gospel which he had preached to them, andconfirmed by the gift of the Holy Ghost;--proves thatjustification is by faith alone, and not by the deeds of thelaw, from the example of Abraham, the testimony of Scripture,the curse of the law, the redemption of Christ, and theAbrahamic covenant, which the law could not disannul;--shows theuse of the law in connection with the covenant of grace;concludes that all believers are delivered from the law, andmade the spiritual seed of Abraham by faith in Christ;illustrates his inference by God's treatment of the Jewishchurch, which he put under the law, as a father puts a minorunder a guardian; shows the weakness and folly of the Galatiansin subjecting themselves to the law, and that by submittingthemselves to circumcision they become subject to the whole law,and would forfeit the benefits of the covenant of grace; givesthem various instructions and exhortations for their Christianconduct, and particularly concerning the right use of theirChristian freedom; and concludes with a brief summary of thetopics discussed, and by commending them to the grace of Christ.