Vincent Word Studies - Galatians 5:4 - 5:4

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Christ is become of no effect unto you (κατηργήθητε ἀπὸ Χριστοῦ)

Incorrect. Lit. ye were brought to nought from Christ. Comp. Rom 7:2, Rom 7:6. Your union with Christ is dissolved. The statement is compressed and requires to be filled out. “Ye were brought to nought and so separated from Christ.” For similar instances see Rom 9:3; Rom 11:3. The ἀπὸ from properly belongs to the supplied verb of separation. For the verb καταργεῖν see on Rom 3:3.

Ye are fallen from grace (τῆς χἁριτος ἐξεπέσατε)

For a similar phrase see 2Pe 3:17. Having put yourselves under the economy of salvation by law, you have fallen out of the economy of salvation by the grace of Christ. Paul's declarations are aimed at the Judaisers, who taught that the Christian economy was to be joined with the legal. His point is that the two are mutually exclusive. Comp. Rom 4:4, Rom 4:5, Rom 4:14, Rom 4:16. The verb ἐκπίπτειν to fall out, in the literal sense, Act 12:7; Jam 1:11. In Class. of seamen thrown ashore, banishment, deprivation of an office, degeneration, of actors being hissed off the stage.