Vincent Word Studies - Galatians 5:13 - 5:13

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Vincent Word Studies - Galatians 5:13 - 5:13

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For (γὰρ)

Well may I speak thus strongly of those who thus overthrow your whole polity and enslave you, for ye are called for freedom.

Unto liberty (ἐπ' ἐλευθερίᾳ)

Better, for freedom. See on unto uncleanness, 1Th 4:7. Ἑπὶ marks the intention.

Only (μόνον)

For a similar use of the word, qualifying or limiting a general statement, comp. 1Co 7:39; Gal 2:10; Phi 1:27; 2Th 2:7.

Use not liberty (τὴν ἐλευθερίαν)

Use is not in the Greek. We may supply hold or make or turn.

Occasion (ἀφορμὴν)

See on Rom 7:8. Almost exclusively in Paul.

To the flesh (τῃ σαρκί)

See on Rom 7:5. The flesh here represents lovelessness and selfishness. Christian freedom is not to be abused for selfish ends. Paul treats this subject at length in 1Co 8:1-13; 1Co 12:25, 1Co 12:26. Individual liberty is subject to the law of love and mutual service. Comp. 1Pe 2:16.

By love (διὰ τῆς ἀγάπης)

Or through love, through which faith works (Gal 5:6).