Matthew Poole Commentary - Galatians 3:1 - 3:1

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Matthew Poole Commentary - Galatians 3:1 - 3:1

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Gal_3:1-5 Paul asketh what had moved the Galatians to depend on the

law, having already received the Spirit through faith.

Gal_3:6-9 As Abraham was justified by faith, so they who are of

faith inherit his blessing.

Gal_3:10-12 The law brought men under a curse, and could not justify.

Gal_3:13,14 Christ hath freed us from the curse, and laid open the

blessing to all believers.

Gal_3:15-18 Supposing that the law justified, God’s covenant with

Abraham would be void.

Gal_3:19-22 But the law was only a temporary provision against sin till

Christ’s coming, and in no wise contrary to God’s promises.

Gal_3:23,24 Serving as a schoolmaster to prepare men for Christ.

Gal_3:25-29 But faith being come the law is at an end, and all

believers are, without distinction, become children of

God, and heirs of the promise.

O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you? The apostle beginneth the further pursuit of the argument he was upon, with a smart reprehension of them, as men of no understanding, and bewitched. The word translated

bewitched, signifies vitiating the eyes, or spoiling the sight, so as that men cannot discern an obvious object in a due position. The meaning is: Who hath seduced you, who hath so corrupted your understanding that your actions are as unaccountable as the effects of witchcraft?

That ye should not obey the truth: the word translated obey, signifies also to believe: in general it signifies to be persuaded; which may refer either to an assent to the truth, or obedience to the precepts of the gospel.

Before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you; whenas Christ hath been plainly preached before you, and his death, with the blessed end and effects of it, hath been so made known amongst you, as if you had seen him crucified. Or else Christ may be said to be crucified amongst them, because it was in their time, so as they could not but hear of it, and there was no more reason for them to doubt of the truth of the thing, than if he had been crucified in their country.