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8/30/2016 3:45:36 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 8/30/2016 3:35:14 AM, harrytruman wrote:
Galatians 5:1-6
Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free,[a] and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. 2 Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing. 3 And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law. 4 You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. 5 For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.
7 You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? 8 This persuasion does not come from Him who calls you.

Paul apparently received news that various people in the church were making trouble, causing confusion,34 and agitating35 others by stipulating that the Gentile converts strictly observe the Jewish Laws and practices, including circumcision and the observance of special days (4:10, 5:2-3). This teaching is denounced by Paul as a perversion of the gospel (1:7, 5:2-6). These trouble-makers probably tried to gain support by disparaging Paul, which resulted in hostility toward him.36
The identity of Paul"s opponents is crucial to the interpretation of Galatians.37 Historically, most conservative scholars have assumed that Paul"s opponents were Judaizers. However, this view does not explain the presence of verses like 5:13. This has prompted a number of alternative views which have arisen in the last seventy years.38 Some hold that both Judaizers and Antinomians opposed Paul. Others see the opponents as gnostic/syncretistic Jewish Christians.39 However, Walter Russell has concluded that the traditional view is indeed the correct one.40 Indeed, the situation in Galatia appears to be very similar to the situation recorded in Acts 15:1. In one sense the trouble-makers were probably motivated by religious zeal, but also possibly to avoid persecution (cf. 6:12).41