Circumcision makes no difference to a man’s inner life. God has chosen the way of faith, that salvation might be by grace. which worketh = working. It is by faith that all the saints of old obtained salvation [Note: Romans 4:3; Romans 4:6-7.]. Tyndale renders this, “faith, which by love is mighty in operation.”. Well might he doubt such love. ), Faith works by love, and therefore its strength or weakness may be discovered by the strength or weakness of the love it puts forth in the Christian’s actings. It is like the central fire of the earth, it is like the fountain of the great deep. It is morally impossible that he should feel his need of a Saviour, until he sees and feels that God would be righteous and amiable in sending men to destruction. —The freedom from, or avoidance of, circumcision will not justify us, nor the performance of circumcision as a mere bodily act condemn us. Но вера, действующая любовью. Who is the object of faith? He is not saved because he is circumcised, nor is he condemned because he is not. See on 2 Thessalonians 1:9. To make happiness there must be a happy to-day, and a happier to-morrow; without a happier to-morrow, no day will be perfectly happy. For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but faith which worketh by love. Обрядам апостол противопоставляет иной вид религиозной деятельности, а именно – служение любви. It should be noted here that all this does not mean that rules are necessarily a bad thing, nor indeed that the Law was a bad thing. Let us then renounce all confidence in our own works, and rely wholly on the blood and righteousness of Christ. This shows that the heart is affected by the faith that is held; and this is the nature and design of all genuine religion. 6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love. It is not a dead faith, but it is that which is operative, and which is seen in Christian kindness and affection. The dominion of love to God in our hearts arises from faith. As love is the life of faith, so with the increase of love, faith increaseth. If our faith be genuine, we shall discover it to God by a simple dependence upon Christ, and to man by the practice of good works. (Galatians 5:13) Show answer 8. In the early church, those who taught a combination of God’s grace and human effort were called “Judaizers.” A Judaizer taught that, in order for a Christian to truly be right with God, he must conform to the Mosaic Law. Use this table to … A correct ideal. speaks of Abraham as being justified before God: St. James (2:21–23.) Faith which worketh by love; that confidence in him which has love for its foundation, and which leads to obedience. ‘For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision avails anything, nor uncircumcision, but faith working through (or ‘by’) love.’. If the faith which justifies us be that “which worketh by love,” then faith alone does not justify. First. Test. Antt. 4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. Φορτίον, a burden) either heavy or light. Ибо, желая опровергнуть наше положение, что оправдываемся мы только верой, они прибегают к следующему приему: Если оправдывает лишь та вера, которая действует через любовь, значит, оправдывает не она одна. Do not you know how, by doing something for any person, you may make yourself, at last, begin to “love” that person? 3. Faith and love are as inseparable as light and heat in the sun. Those who place faith before love and repentance, suppose that men are justified before they are renewed or sanctified. ten myriads of times, in sins of desire and of thought and of deed, you have, with your own signature, endorsed the original apostasy in the garden of Eden and underwritten it for yourself. In conclusion, do not be tied to religious outwardly acts any longer, for Christ has freed you from this. position by which justifying grace can flow from God upon him, (see notes. For in Jesus Christ - By the dispensation of the Gospel all legal observances, as essential to salvation, are done away; and uncircumcision, or the Gentile state, contributes as much to salvation as circumcision or the Jewish state; they are both equally ineffectual; and nothing now avails in the sight of God but that faith δι 'αγαπης ενεργουμενη, which is made active, or energetic, by love. Availeth anything — Toward present justification or eternal salvation. But, then, how do I demonstrate it? Compare faith to an artificer in metals. And it is only when we look with true trust to that great unveiling of the heart of God which is in Jesus Christ, that our hearts are melted, and all their snows are dissolved into sweet waters, which, freed from their icy chains, can flow with music in their ripple, and fruitfulness along their course, through our otherwise silent and barren lives. The future, the antithesis to which is in the present [Bear ye] in Galatians 6:2. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament, Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. Love to God is no idle emotion or lazy rapture, no vague sentiment, but the root of all practical goodness, of all strenuous effort, of all virtue, of all praise. Adams. ‘For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision.’ May we not add in the very spirit of Paul? Paul positively condemned circumcision as a term of justification and salvation; now he qualifies the condemnation, viewing circumcision as a mere outward form and accidental distinction. In God’s great scheme, every Christian is working under constraint of the most powerful impulse that ever animates the breast of man. (b) to establish a righteousness of our own; It cannot, therefore, of itself characterize the true Christian. If the Holy Spirit, in converting sinners, always produces love to God before faith in Christ, then it is extremely erroneous to represent faith as previous to love in the renewed heart. (H. W. It is true, indeed, the Holy Spirit commonly awakens and convinces a sinner, before He converts him. Gravity. I cannot afford to disparage that faith which thus, in its excursions, travels over the atonement of the adorable Redeemer; which is itself the measure of the infinite justice of God, and takes the dimensions of the boundless glory of Jehovah. ]; and St. Paul himself was practically persuaded of this doctrine [Note: Philippians 3:9.]. II. Galatians 5:2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. III. A mere intellectual assent to the truth may leave the heart cold and unaffected; mere orthodoxy, however bold and self-confident, and “sound,” may not be inconsistent with contentions, and strifes, and logomachies, and divisions. Мф. Faith, and faith only makes strength. The middle voice is here employed to describe the inner working of the spirit of man, the active is used for recording God’s work for man in Galatians 2:8. availeth. See him at his prayers. The next fruit of the Spirit is repentance. Faith casts the knot, and love draws it fast. The importance of representing these first exercises of the renewed heart in the order i have mentioned. It is of perennial use, as the tendencies against which it is directed are constant in human nature. All true religion essentially consists in pure, holy, disinterested love; and all false religion essentially consists in interested, mercenary, selfish love. 13. If religion be the loving devotion of the soul to God, resting upon reasonable faith, then all besides is, at the most, a means which may further it. g.], Under the new testament established in Christ, and confirmed by the death of Christ, there is no difference between Jew and Gentile; there is but one way of justification, one of salvation, for them both; and that is, by believing in Christ Jesus; which faith is not an idle, inactive, inoperative faith, but such a. faith as worketh by love, both towards God and towards men, in an obedience to all the commandments of God: yet is not the soul justified, nor shall it stand righteous before God, in and for this obedience, which neither is faith, nor goeth before it, but followeth it, as the true, proper, and necessary effect of it. It is not mere belief of the truth, or mere orthodoxy, but it is that which produces trite attachment to others. But faith that worketh] Iustificamur tribus modis, Effective a Deo, apprehensive a fide, declarative ab operibus. (See James 2:14-26.). Love should operate uniformly, and respect both the bodies and souls of men. But if we place supreme love to God, for what He is in Himself, before faith, then all the gracious exercises which flow from it will be holy and disinterested affections. ", Galatians 5:6 “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.”. 1750; vol. And why? ii., p. 1. But love liveth by good works. There is a constant tendency to exalt these unimportant externals into the place of faith. The case is precisely the same when the proposed benefit is salvation, and the prescribed conditions repentance, faith, and works. Secondly.--Faith works by love. [1.] However necessary, however valuable, our obedience may be if performed aright, it ceases to be valuable the moment we depend upon it. Faith works.It works through—meaning "by means of"—love.In other words, if a person really has faith in the right things and the right Person, what will he will produce? 2:25-29). Those seeking justification by works are at a very great distance from love. Faith which worketh by love justifies, sanctifies, elevates, strengthens, purifies Faith which worketh not by love, condemns, hardens, weakens, destroys. It is not our doctrine that the faith which justifies is alone; we maintain that it is invariably accompanied by good works; only we contend that faith alone is sufficient for justification. xxi., p. 251; Clergyman's Magazine, vol. It is a very wrong and perilous thing to be circumcised in order to righteousness, as he has so strenuously insisted; but he is not to be misunderstood, for the mere fact of uncircumcision has in itself no merit, and helps not to a deeper interest or fellowship in Christ. We may to some extent be right about the importance of such things to us, but we are wrong if we make them determining factors about somebody’s Christian status. The order of gracious exercises in the renewed heart. It is quite evident that such a man is, and must be, at peace, for he possesses every element of peace. It may be rendered either which operates, and works by love; or, which is wrought, inspired and perfected by love. II. Love reacts on faith and perfects it. When you have reached that condition, then you may call yourself an expert Christian. 1. Faith takes hold of Him, and love helps to keep the grip. They are but fuel; the flame is loving faith. It must be a faith that performs good works through love. If indeed it proceed from faith and love, it will be rewarded; but if it be made the ground of our hope, it will prevent, rather than procure, our acceptance with God [Note: Galatians 5:2.]. 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