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Galatians 3:1-5 - Martin Luther's Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians

It simple does not look like Paul has a problem with obedience to God's law as a prerequisite for salvation. The questions are thus: What kind of obedience to what kind of law for what kind of salvation? Paul has a problem with "works righteousness" but it does not seems like Paul has any problem saying baptism is a necessary action to know one is saved 6: It was not, as Reformed theology states, that circumcision was the "ceremonial law" that is null and void, since baptism has its root in ceremonial washing i.

From his confrontation with Peter, we see that Paul actual has no problem with Jewish believers still practicing circumcision 2: It seem like "works righteousness" is not obedience to the law for knowledge of salvation, but rather arrogant, self-justifying confidence in one's own righteousness that the conservative Jewish believers had. These conservative Jewish Christians tried to oppress the new Gentile Christians, making them second-rate disciples unless they underwent circumcision.


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Circumcision became status quo and oppressive. Paul, using an Christo-centric "Love Hermeneutic" 5: It is not that Paul has something against rituals or laws, but rather he has a critical lens Christ's example and interpretive summary of the law for interpreting and apply the law in a new context. If a law is not loving, function to bring people to Christ, than the letter must be transgressed for the sake of the spirit 2 Cor. Jesus did so regarding divorce, oaths, sabbath law, purity law, and even, more radically, his claims as a human to be one with God.

Why is Paul justified abolishing circumcision? He is merely following Jesus' example. How can non-circumcised believers know they are apart of God's people without undergoing the rite? Their inclusion into the people of God and into knowledge of salvation is based on their trust in Jesus's work and teaching which has to be obeyed as an act of trust , thus, justification by faith.

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Some have pointed out that there is a kind of "justification by love" theme in the fruit of the Spirit 5: Paul offers the works of the flesh and fruit of the Spirit as criteria of discernment for understanding whether love is virtuous and life giving or vice-ridden and destructive: This view of the law-gospel relationship, I think take a stronger view of the OT law. God's law, as E. Sanders has shown, was not understood as cumbersome, but fundamentally a new possibility of grace: The OT covenant does factor in the fact of radical failure of God's people to live their obligations and so Christ is merely an extension of how the Law and Prophets understand themselves: I should point out that, as a baptist, this relationship between the law and gospel, grace and obedience is actually nothing new.

The New Perspective is actually not all that different from the Anabaptist thinkers that saw obedience as part of the grace to take up new life in Christ.

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The law in Hans Denck was interpreted through Christ's law of love, so the Anabaptists, by their close reading of the literal text, actually concluded things way before the historians did. Feb 02, Zak Metz rated it it was amazing. I know not everyone reads commentaries cover-to-cover, but I do. I just completed a close study of Galatians, with this commentary coming on the tail end of that. While there's a lot of repetition, it's impossible to come away from the volume with any question about what Paul is saying about justification by faith, the adoption to sonship, reception of the Spirit, and the beginning of a new life The breakdown of the fruit of the spirit with d I know not everyone reads commentaries cover-to-cover, but I do.

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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Written to combat early legalism in the Church, the insights and scholarship of this commentary are excellent and indispensable to my study of the Holy Scriptures. And this work brings out the important facts of Paul's case against the Judaizers of his day, and very appropriate to the day we live in when such Judaizers are still busy trying to present "another gospel".

I really enjoyed this commentary. One person found this helpful. I have about 30 to 35 commentaries on Galatians in my office this year as I am working through the book for a sermon series I'm a pastor. I was pleasantly surprised at the basic verse by verse exegesis of this commentary and find myself looking at it more closely than the other commentaries I have. I find a lot of scholarship has been clearly packed into each sentence he writes with clear statements he communicates crucial concepts line after line.