Galatians Chapter 4 – John Karmelich . 3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: 4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent … . i. The third contrast Paul draws between Christianity and legalism is the contrast between heaven and earth. But when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, Jump to: Clarke Commentary • Barne's Notes • Coffman Commentaries • Gill's Exposition • Geneva Study Bible • Commentary … iii. Do you not hear the law? He explains his point from the story of Abraham, Hagar, and Sarah in Genesis 16 without a lot of detail from the story. InPaul’s days, it was a very important event. We fully respect if you want to refuse cookies but to avoid asking you again and again kindly allow us to store a cookie for that. For it is written that Abraham had two sons: the one by a bondwoman, the other by a freewoman. THE DAYS OF CHILDHOOD (Galatians 4:1-7) 4:1-7 This is what I mean--so long as the heir is an infant there is no difference between him and a slave, although he is owner of everything, but he is under the control of stewards and overseers until the day which his father has fixed arrives. All our knowledge of God begins on his part; we know him because we are known of him. Keith Simons. Let those professors look to it, who have a violent, harsh, imposing spirit, towards the people of God. So then, brethren, we are not children of the bond-woman, but of the free. ii. Verses 19-20 The Galatians were ready to account the apostle their enemy, but he assures them he was their friend; he had the feelings of a parent toward them. Chapter Contents. • Wesley's Explanatory Notes Chapter 4 The apostle shows that, as an heir in nonage is under tutors and guardians, so were the Galatians while under the law; and, as the heir when he comes of age is no longer under guardians, so they, when the Gospel came, arrived at full maturity, and were redeemed from the law, 1-3. My one word title for this lesson is "adoption". They could not fully understand the meaning of the law as given by Moses. We need 2 cookies to store this setting. It is possible for those who have made great professions of religion, to be afterwards drawn aside from purity and simplicity. Paul may be referring to this mocking, he may be recalling a Jewish tradition, or he may be adding something by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit that we didn’t know before. Galatians 4:8-20. The following cookies are also needed - You can choose if you want to allow them: You can read about our cookies and privacy settings in detail on our Privacy Policy Page. But now that it has been made clear, there is nothing to do but to cast out the bondwoman and her son. May the temper and conduct of sons ever show our adoption; and may the Holy Spirit witness with our spirits that we are children and heirs of God. Yet Paul will show that they were not handling the Old Testament Scriptures correctly, and he will show that a true understanding of the Law of Moses will support the true gospel he preaches. “Legalism does not mean the setting of spiritual standards; it means worshipping these standards and thinking we are spiritual because we obey them. Click to enable/disable _gid - Google Analytics Cookie. As we walk in the glory, in the freedom, in the miraculous power of this New Covenant, we should expect to be mistreated by those who don’t. It is good to be zealous always in a good thing; not for a time only, or now and then, but always. If the privileges of all believers were so great, according to the new covenant, how absurd for the Gentile converts to be under that law, which could not deliver the unbelieving Jews from bondage or condemnation! For the desolate has many more children ii. You who are not in labor! Click to enable/disable _ga - Google Analytics Cookie. “Tutors and governors” or “Guardians and managers”. It is therefore (if used wrongly) a covenant according to the flesh (Galatians 4:23). Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are children of promise. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary 4:8-11 The happy change whereby the Galatians were turned from idols to the living God, and through Christ had received the adoption of sons, was the effect of his free and rich grace; they were laid under the greater obligation to keep to the liberty wherewith he had made them free. Check to enable permanent hiding of message bar and refuse all cookies if you do not opt in. There is no specific mention of Ishmael persecuting Isaac, though Genesis 21:9 says that Ishmael did mock Isaac. g. The desolate has many more children: The quotation from Isaiah 54:1 also suggests that there will soon be more Christians than Jews – a promise that was fulfilled. From these verses see the wonders of Divine love and mercy; particularly of God the Father, in sending his Son into the world to redeem and save us; of the Son of God, in submitting so low, and suffering so much for us; and of the Holy Spirit, in condescending to dwell in the hearts of believers, for such gracious purposes. Verses 28-31 The history thus explained is applied. The first covenant spirit is of bondage unto sin and death. a. We learn the happier state of Christians under the gospel dispensation. i. Hagar and Sarah could not live together in the same house (Genesis 21:8-14). We must cast out the bondwoman and her son. The persecution Christians face “will not always be by the world but also and indeed more often by their half-brothers – the unbelieving but religious people in the nominal church. a. This is living like a descendant of Abraham – but it is living like Ishmael. Although by nature children of wrath and disobedience, they become by grace children of love, and partake of the nature of the children of God; for he will have all his children resemble him. Keyword: Filter: Page 1 | First: 2,000 sermons: SORT. c. The one from Mount Sinai: One covenant is associated with Mount Sinai, the place where Moses received the Law (Exodus 19-20). The Paperback Bible. 1 Think of it this way. Instead, it is associated with the Jerusalem above – God’s own New Jerusalem in heaven. Every Christian through the centuries belongs to this new covenant, the covenant of the heavenly Jerusalem. i. Let us rest our souls on the Scriptures, and by a gospel hope and cheerful obedience, show that our conversation and treasure are indeed in heaven. This covenant is associated with Hagar, the “surrogate mother” who gave birth to Ishmael. He expresses his earnest concern for them. Works and fruits brought forth in a man's own strength, are legal. For what a man loves most, and cares most for, that is his god: some have their riches for their god, some their pleasures, and some their lusts. Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the website, refuseing them will have impact how our site functions. The first is a spirit of persecution; the second is a spirit of love. Law and grace cannot live together as principles for our Christian life. Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary Galatians 4:4. Galatians 4:13 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Galatians 4:13, NIV: "As you know, it was because of an illness that I first preached the gospel to you," Galatians 4:13, ESV: "You know it was because of a bodily ailment that I preached the gospel to you at first," Galatians 4:13, KJV: "Ye know … Once Isaac was born, then Hagar and Ishmael had to go. (8-11) The apostle reasons against following false teachers. But I deny that its fertility consists in the various meanings which anyone may fasten to it at his pleasure. Home > Commentaries > Coffman Commentaries > Galatians > Chapter 4. Search this site ... Chapter 4 > ‎Chapter 5 ... Having previously shown that the Galatians were sons of Abraham, now, in that the Patriarch's sons were not of equal dignity, one being by a bondwoman, the other by a free-woman, … This every man must remember in his place and calling. Nothing is so sure a proof that a sinner has passed into a state of justification, as Christ being formed in him by the renewal of the Holy Spirit; but this cannot be hoped for, while men depend on the law for acceptance with God. Chapter 4. Open your Bibles to Genesis chapter 16.”. By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. You can check these in your browser security settings. You can also change some of your preferences. Paul's Doubts about the Galatians… And as that was a dispensation of darkness, so of bondage; they were tied to many burdensome rites and observances, by which they were taught and kept subject like a child under tutors and governors. Click to enable/disable _gat_* - Google Analytics Cookie. (8-11) The apostle reasons against following false teachers. But when the fulness of the time — Appointed by the Father, Galatians 4:2. a. You are free to opt out any time or opt in for other cookies to get a better experience. Yet as Abraham turned aside to Hagar, so it is possible a believer may turn aside in some things to the covenant of works, when through unbelief and neglect of the promise he acts according to the law, in his own strength; or in a way of violence, not of love, towards the brethren. His reference to Hagar and Ishmael were pictures, meant to illustrate his point. Second, you can compliment yourself because you keep the rules better than others do. Galatians 4:2 "But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father." Yet it is not his way, not his spirit to do so; hence he is never at rest, till he returns to his dependence on Christ again. Proud member It puts us on a perpetual treadmill of having to prove ourselves and earn our way before God. 7 and so you are no longer a slave, but a son; … This week our daughter Beth graduates from high school, an event which marks the conclusion of a long and wearying process of education, both for our daughter and for us as parents. Friday evening we will attend what has been traditionally called “commencement exercises.” The term “commencement” focuses on the fact of beginning, not of conclusion, and indicates that a whole new world lays ahead for th… It is important that Paul refer back to the Scriptures again and again. Under the law the focus is on my performance. Click to enable/disable Google reCaptcha. chapter 4. galatians 4:1-31.the same subject continued: illustration of our subjection to the law only till christ came, from the subjection … d. For the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman: Ishmael was not necessarily a bad man or a cursed man. b. The one by a bondwoman, the other by a freewoman: Abraham’s first son was named Ishmael. Which things are symbolic: Paul wanted it understood that he used pictures from the Old Testament. For they persuade themselves that there is mercy for them with God, though they repent not, but go on in their sins. While the “Isaacs” of this world may be persecuted, they also have a glorious inheritance that the “Ishmaels” of this world will never know. Some men hold God’s law like a rod in terrorem, over Christians, and say, ‘If you sin you will be punished with it.’ It is not so. These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our website is being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customize our website and application for you in order to enhance your experience. Compiled & Edited by BibleStudyTools Staff, Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise), California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. (21-31). “Cast out the bondwoman and her son, for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.” So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman but of the free. For these are the two covenants: the one from Mount Sinai which gives birth to bondage, which is Hagar; for this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and corresponds to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children; but the Jerusalem above is free, which is the mother of us all. ii. Commentary on Galatians chapter 4. The apostle reminds the Galatians of the difficulty under which he laboured when he first came among them. In the same way, a person could relate to the law one way before the promise of the gospel was made clear in Jesus Christ. Under the law it is what you do for God that makes you right before Him. b. JOHN STEVENSON. Changes will take effect once you reload the page. 4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. Salem Media Group. i. i. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. The false teachers who drew the Galatians from the truth of the gospel were designing men. We seeand know only a little. To begin, understand that in the Hebrew, Greek and Roman culture that dominated the world in which Galatians was written, the word adoption had a different meaning than as we think of it today. KJV Galatians 4:2 But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. Isaac was Abraham’s son, and he was the son of God’s promise and faith and God’s miracle for Abraham. Paul makes his appeal personal, asking why the Galatians moved from blessing him to rejecting the message of Christ. of We provide you with a list of stored cookies on your computer in our domain so you can check what we stored. In verse 8-11 he refers to the previous pagan existence of the Galatians. He was born not from his wife, but from his wife’s servant (the bondwoman), from a misguided surrogate mother scheme to “help God” when Abraham’s wife Sarah couldn’t become pregnant. But when grace is central, the person ‘has made love his dominant principle… it will be the power of love and not the constraint of law that keeps us right; and love is always more powerful than law.’” (Morris), ©2018 David Guzik – No distribution beyond personal use without permission. For those who may have missed Mary’s feast day or any who are inclined to take this lesson as an opportunity for a meditation on Mary, feel free. Let us know, then, that the true meaning of Scripture is the natural and simple one, and let us embrace and hold it resolutely.” (Calvin). 5 questions for chapter 4 (to answer before you study chapter 4) According to verse 4, it is possible to be “adopted as sons.” Do you know someone who was adopted by parents? Galatians 4:3: Galatians 4: Galatians 4:5. The point is that God told Abraham to send Hagar away. Galatians 4:4-5 {R.V.}. The two covenants of works and grace, and legal and evangelical professors, are shadowed forth. The second covenant spirit is of liberty and freedom; not liberty to sin, but in and unto duty. Also, the advantages Christians enjoy under the gospel. (21-31) Commentary on Galatians 4… But, as he who was born according to the flesh then persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, even so it is now. Verses 8-11 The happy change whereby the Galatians were turned from idols to the living God, and through Christ had received the adoption of sons, was the effect of his free and rich grace; they were laid under the greater obligation to keep to the liberty wherewith he had made them free. The heavenly Jerusalem, the true church from above, represented by Sarah, is in a state of freedom, and is the mother of all believers, who are born of the Holy Spirit. And many ignorantly worship a god of their own making; a god made all of mercy and no justice. You always can block or delete cookies by changing your browser settings and force blocking all cookies on this website. He knows the right time to act in world affairs and inpersonal affairs. First, you always have the outward certainty of a list of rules to keep. It denies God’s promise and tries to make your own way to God through the law. So language was not a problem. An excellent rule is given. He assumes that they knew the story. “The better legalist a man is, the more sure he is of being damned; the more holy a man is, if he trust to his works, the more he may rest assured of his own final rejection and eternal portion with Pharisees.” (Spurgeon). Was come, God sent forth— From his own bosom. MINISTRY OF SERMONAUDIO. In reproving others, we should take care to convince them that our reproofs are from sincere regard to the honour of God and religion and their welfare. Compiled by Eric Johnson. Yet how very uncertain are the favour and respect of men! We identify with Isaac, as children of a promise that was received by faith. The legalists wanted them to relate to God under one set of rules, and Paul wanted them to relate to God under the “rules” presented by the gospel. Verse 4 says ‘the right time came…’ • Never forget that God knows all things. The*Roman rulers had good roads to all places. iii. But he notices, that he was a welcome messenger to them. The apostle reasons against following false teachers. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Galatians 4:4-7 EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: Whereas many of Paul’s letters were written to churches in a particular city, such as Rome or Corinth, this letter was written to “the assemblies of Galatia”—a region in the central part of what we know today as Turkey. (1-7) The happy change made in the Gentile believers. But this will always prompt you to accept/refuse cookies when revisiting our site. Highlighted parts are key quotes that may have been used on the radio shows. There are many advantages to being under the law as your principle of relating to God. The folly of returning to legal observances for justification. Paul brought it right down to the issues confronting the Galatian Christians. We are heirs of God through the principle of grace, not works. The real Christian life is connected to God’s promised miracle and not the flesh. Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law? The sixth contrast Paul draws between Christianity and legalism is the contrast between inheriting all and inheriting nothing. Under the grace of God we receive the covering won through sacrifice that God provides. Click to enable/disable Google Analytics tracking. “Cast out the bondwoman and her son”: The answer to this problem is clear, though not easy. We could argue all day long whose fault it was, but that isn’t the point. So we should not be surprised that the modern day people who follow God in the flesh persecute those who follow God in faith through the promise. Chapter 4. Please be aware that this might heavily reduce the functionality and appearance of our site. “What is God’s law now? He was born, miraculously, through Abraham’s wife Sarah (the freewoman). > Chapter 4 > Verse 13. Among men the eldest son is heir; but all God's children shall have the inheritance of eldest sons. … Continue reading "Commentary on Galatians 4:4 … Galatians 4:2 but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by the father. Besides being the second reading for the first Sunday of Christmas, this passage is assigned for “The Feast of Mary, Mother of Our Lord” on August 15th. It is just the same with … He was in doubt as to their state, and was anxious to know the result of their present delusions. All Videos PDFs. But neither was he blessed with the promise of inheriting the glorious covenant of God given to Abraham and his descendants. Note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our websites and the services we are able to offer. PULPIT COMMENTARY. It is free because it recognizes that Jesus paid the price, and we don’t have to pay it ourselves. You once thought yourselves happy in receiving the gospel; have you now reason to think otherwise? Cities in Galatia included … It also means judging other believers on the basis of these standards.” (Wiersbe), iii. One son of Abraham was born by a freewoman, and one was born by a bondwoman. (1-7) The happy change made in the Gentile believers. Real Christianity comes from heaven and not earth. When we think of an adoption, we … 1. Now he knew the freedom of living as a son of God, free in Jesus Christ. May 9, 2016 In this passage Paul’s emotions become more sorrowful, and his pleas more personal. Tell me, you who desire to be under the law: Now Paul writes directly, both to those who promoted legalism and to those who succumbed to legalism. They pretended affection, but they were not sincere and upright. c. Born according to the flesh: Ishmael was Abraham’s son, but he was the son according to the flesh and unbelief and trying to make your own way before God. 5 to redeem the subjects of the Law, so that we could receive adoption as sons.. 6 As you are sons, God has sent into our hearts the Spirit of his Son crying, 'Abba, Father';. 4 but when the completion of the time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born a subject of the Law,. Hence all who are members of the outward church should learn to fear and to suspect themselves. Chapter. Galatians 4 Resources - Multiple Sermons and Commentaries; Galatians 4:1-11 - Don Anderson Galatians Study 7; More Notes on Galatians Study 7; Galatians … Otherwise you will be prompted again when opening a new browser window or new a tab. Read.  He must desire to form Jesus in them, not himself in them. And the more mercy God has shown, in bringing any to know the gospel, and the liberties and privileges of it, the greater their sin and folly in suffering themselves to be deprived of them. Resources » Matthew Henry's Commentary » Galatians. It is generally supposed that by the ‘fulness of time’ Paul means to indicate that Christ came at the moment when the world was especially prepared to receive Him, and no doubt that is a true thought. Chapter 1; Verses 1–5; Verses 6–9; Verses 10–24 ; Chapter 2; Verses 1–10; Verses 11–21; Chapter 3; Verses 1–5; Verses 6–18; Verses 19–92; Chapter 4; Verses 1–7; Verses 8–11; Verses 12–16; Verses 17–18; Verses 19–20; Verses 21–31; Chapter … While Paul’s letters do not relate any narrative traditions about Jesus’ birth, he does speak profoundly about the meaning of the incarnation. The legalists among the Galatians presented themselves as the “back to the Bible” bunch. Verses 1-7 The apostle deals plainly with those who urged the law of Moses together with the gospel of Christ, and endeavoured to bring believers under its bondage. a. Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament. But he who was of the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and he of the freewoman through promise. Paul fears lest his labour is in vain, yet he still labours; and thus to do, whatever follows, is true wisdom and the fear of God. d. He of the freewoman through promise: Abraham’s second son was named Isaac. • There was one world language, Greek, at thetime of Jesus and his followers. Galatians 4:3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: Galatians 4:4 But … It was easy to go from … Paul made this distinction to demonstrate how sacred … If you do not want that we track your visit to our site you can disable tracking in your browser here: We also use different external services like Google Webfonts, Google Maps, and external Video providers. i. ii. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. The happy change made in the Gentile believers. The legalists – represented by Ishmael – have always persecuted true Christianity, represented by Isaac. Verses 1-2 Each society has a time for a young boy to become a man. The fifth contrast Paul draws between Christianity and legalism is the contrast between persecuted and persecuting. iii. Due to security reasons we are not able to show or modify cookies from other domains. Finally, you can take the credit for your own salvation, because you earned it by keeping the list of rules. Under the grace of God, it is what God has done for us in Jesus Christ that makes us right before Him. It is not above a Christian – it is under a Christian. You who do not bear! d. But the Jerusalem above: The other covenant is associated with Jerusalem, with Mount Zion – but not the Mount Zion of this earth. “Scripture, they say, is fertile and thus bears multiple meanings. (19,20) And then explains the difference between what is to be expected from the law, and from the gospel. ii. ii. What … Nevertheless what does the Scripture say? i. Commentaries for Galatians Chapter 4 Moving from Slavery to Freedom. i. “Barclay makes the point that anyone who makes law central is ‘in the position of a slave; all his life he is seeking to satisfy his master the law’. He described them as one from a bondmaid while the other one was of a free woman. He knew the bondage of trying to earn his own way before God, because he lived that way for decades. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. (19,20) And then explains the difference between what is to be expected from the law, and from the gospel. Happy would it be for the church of Christ, if this zeal was better maintained. The second contrast Paul draws between Christianity and legalism is the contrast between a work done by God’s promised miracle and a work done by the flesh. And every birth under this covenant is a miracle, like the fulfillment of the prophecy from Isaiah 54:1, Rejoice, O barren, you who do not bear! But, as he who was born according to the flesh then persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, even so it is now: Ishmael and his descendants persecuted Isaac and his descendants. Hagar and Sarah were apt emblems of the two different dispensations of the covenant. The fourth contrast Paul draws between Christianity and legalism is the contrast between many more and many. Since it is all about what we must do for God to be accepted by Him, it doesn’t set us free. Under the law we find fig leaves to cover our nakedness. The first contrast Paul draws between real Christianity and legalism is the contrast between freedom and slavery. Bible Commentary Early Church Fathers Medieval Patristic. Paul will admit they are children of Abraham, but they forget that Abraham had two sons. We should not have found out this allegory in the history of Sarah and Hagar, if it had not been shown to us, yet we cannot doubt it was intended by the Holy Spirit. This covenant brings freedom – it is free. Though our religion forbids idolatry, yet many practise spiritual idolatry in their hearts. All rights reserved. Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are children of promise: As Christians, we don’t identify with Ishmael. 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