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CH A P. V.
two foregsing Chapters. Then the Apostle, in more ex-
Virtues of the Gospel Religion.
F then the Christian Religion A. D.58.
pensation. 2 Behold, I Paul
2. And, for an absolute Confusay unto you, that if tation of that false Suggestion of ye be circuincised, some of your new Teachers ||, that Chrift shall profit you I have given any countenance to nothing.
the Necessity of that Law upon Christian Converts : Take notice, I now myself expresly again tell you, That whatever Christian depends upon Circumcifion, and the Observance of the fewilh Ceremonies, for his Justification, loses all the Benefits of his Christian Profession.
* Intangled again. See cap. iv. 9. the Note there,
1. D.58. 3 For I testify a 3 & 4. Nay, to show you how
gain to every man much in earnest I am, I repeat it that is circumcised, again * ; Whatever Christian is Cirthat he is a debtor to
cumcised becomes a perfect Jew, do the whole law.
and must keep the whole Ceremo4 Christ is become of no effect unto you,
nial Law: and whoever does that whosoever of you are
as a necessary Means of his Pardon justified by the law; and Salvation, renounces the Salye are fallen from vation of the Gospel, and forfeits grace.
all Claim to it. 5 For we through 5. For a Christian's Hope of Salthe Spirit I wait for vation is founded wholly in his the hope of righte- embracing the Christian Religion ; ousness by faith,
which Hope he has fully confirmed to him by the extraordinary Gifts and Graces of the Holy Spirit #bestowed upon the Christian Church.
6 For in Jesus Christ 6. And in this Gospel Dispensation, neither circumcifion Circumcision or Uncircumcision figniavaileth any thing, fy nothing: The only Thing that nor uncircumcision, faves either Jew or Gentile
is but faith which work
such a Faith in Christ's Religion as eth by love.
produces the true Love of God and
our Neighbour. 7 Ye did run well, 7. When you Galatians were first
who did hinder you ll. Converted by me, you were in a i
that you should not good Way, and went on well ; what obey the truth?
People are they that stopt and drew you off from the true Christian Doctrine ?
8 This perswafion 8. Be assured, this Notion of the cometh not of him Necessity of the Jewish Law to that calleth you.
Christians comes not from God, the Author of your Religion, nor from me that first preached
it to you.
cap. i. 8, 9, 10.
|| Who did hinder you? ávíxols, juftled you out of the way. It refers to impézets, and seems to me to be a Term proper to the Games, wherein the Racers endeavour’d to justle and retard one another.
9 A little leaven 9. Have a care of it then. This A. D.58. leaveneth the whole one Doctrine, like Leaven, will lump.
sowre and spoil all your Christian Principles ; and a few such * Teachers may soon corrupt your whole Church.
10 I have confi 10. But, I hope in Chrift, what dence in you through I have said to you will bring you the Lord, that you off from it ; and that the Preachers * will be none other
of it shall be censured and conwise minded; but he that troubleth you,
demned as they deserve. shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be.
11 And I, brethren, 11. How irrational is it for them if I yet preach cir. to suggest that I should favour their cumcision, why do I Notions ? Were la Favourer of that yet suffer persecution? Doctrine, how come the Jews to then is the offence of the cross ceased.
persecute me as they still do. 'Tis
plain, would l but give up this one Principle, of Mens being saved only by the Death of a Crucified Jesus, (the very Principle that gives them so much Distafte) they would soon be Friends with me.
12 I would they 12. Verily, I have such an Averwere even + cut off fion to the Teachers that spread this which trouble you. Doctrine, that I could even wish they were expelled + the Christian Church, for troubling and perverting you with it.
9, 10. A little Leaven
and He that troubletb you Note, Some Learned Men would conjecture, from the two Expressions, that it was one single Teacher, or false Apostle, that gave St. Paul this Trouble and opposition. It might be fo ; yet, I think, the twelfth Verse renders it very uncertain There it is They which trouble you.
* Cut off. The Apostle's Meaning in this Phrase may, perhaps, run higher than bare Excommunication, according to the Conjecture of the Judicious Dr. Jackson, Tom. III. p. 182. who fupposes him here to with the same Sentence upon those that unreasonably preffed Circumcifion, which was denounced upon such as omitted it. Now that was Gen. xvii. 14. To be cut off or deAtroyed from among the People. Which the Jewish Doctors, and many of our best Divines understand of immediate Death, or at least foortning of Life, by the Divine Hand. Sce Exod. iv. 24.
4. D. 58. 13 For, brethren, 13. For 'tis evident beyond Con
ye have been called tradition, the Christian Religion
let me advise you that maintain
this Freedom, not to abi:se it into
a Liberty of uncharitable Censures,
14. Remembring that a just
hazard to end in the one of another.
Ruin of you all, and the Discredit and Bane of your common Profession.
16 This I say then, 16. To prevent which direful Ef-
of the Gospel, and worthy of those
17. For the corrupt Inclinations,
18. The Religion of Christ is truly
under the Conduct and Influence of the Holy Ghoft; which both enables and obliges them to
a higher degree of Purity and Holiness than could be ex- A. D.58.
19, 20 & 21. And the better to
point out to you some of the chief
crafts, Enmities, Quarrels, Animofi-
Practicer of them can ever be a true
22 But the fruit of 22 & 23. On the contrary, the
to all Mankind, a chearful and con-
haviour, Patience under Injuries,
Sweetness of Disposition, Gentleness and Beneficence, Fidelity to our Words and Promises, Meekness and Temperance in the Use of worldly Pleasures. These are agreeable to the divine Will, and will skreen us from all Guilt and Punishment.
24 And they that 24, And every true Christian en-
bitual Practice of all these Virtues.
Witchcrafts. Duppanila, i.e. The Art of Poisoning,