Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free : The fact is that Jesus has made us free. God pleads with us to take His strength and walk in that freedom, and to not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. Significantly, it is Christ who has made us free. Freedom is a gift of Jesus, given to us and received by faith. When we struggle to free ourselves, we just become more entangled again with a yoke of bondange.
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Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Galatians 5 5. I, Paul, tell you this: If you are counting on circumcision to make you right with God, then Christ will be of no benefit to you. If you are trying to find favor with God by being circumcised, you must obey every regulation in the whole law of Moses. What is important is faith expressing itself in love. Who has held you back from following the truth? God will judge that person, whoever he is, who has been confusing you.
Commentary for Galatians 5
An earnest exhortation to stand fast in the liberty of the gospel. Let us take heed to the warnings and persuasions of the apostle to stedfastness in the doctrine and liberty of the gospel. All true Christians, being taught by the Holy Spirit, wait for eternal life, the reward of righteousness, and the object of their hope, as the gift of God by faith in Christ; and not for the sake of their own works. The Jewish convert might observe the ceremonies or assert his liberty, the Gentile might disregard them or might attend to them, provided he did not depend upon them. No outward privileges or profession will avail to acceptance with God, without sincere faith in our Lord Jesus. True faith is a working grace; it works by love to God, and to our brethren. May we be of the number of those who, through the Spirit, wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. The danger of old was not in things of no consequence in themselves, as many forms and observances now are. But without faith working by love, all else is worthless, and compared with it other things are of small value. It is not enough that we profess Christianity, but we must run well, by living up to that profession.
The original text was written in Koine Greek. This chapter is divided into 26 verses. New Revised Standard Version. The Greek of the verse's first part is considered awkward, that among many possibilities, it is suggested to be a conclusion of the Hagar - Sarah allegory or a short independent bridging paragraph between the allegory and the new themes in the chapters 5 and 6. These verses bring up the central theme which is mentioned in chapter 2 about the chasm between "being justified by the law" and "living by faith through the Spirit", in this case a theme that is related to circumcision.