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Galatians 5:8

This persuasion did not come from Him who calls you.
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Adam Clarke Commentary

This persuasion - Of the necessity of your being circumcised and obeying the law of Moses, is not of him that calleth you. I never preached such a doctrine to you; I called you out of bondage to liberty, from a galling yoke to a cheerful service. Some translate πεισμονη, obedience or subjection. This subjection of yours to the Mosaic law is opposed to the will of God, and never was preached by me.

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Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

This persuasion - This belief that it is necessary to obey the laws of Moses, and to intermingle the observance of Jewish rites with the belief of the Christian doctrines in order to be saved.

Not of him that calleth you - That is, of God, who had called them into his kingdom. That it refers to God and not to Paul is plain. They knew well enough that Paul had not persuaded them to it, and it was important now to show them that it could not be traced to God, though they who taught it pretended to be commissioned by him.

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The Biblical Illustrator

Galatians 5:8

This persuasion cometh not of Him that calleth you.

This persuasion

“We learn--

I. That the cause of religious declension is unbelief in God’s Word, and surrender to plausible persuasions. Thus--

1. Eve, by the persuasion of the devil.

2. Papists, by persuasion that the Church cannot err.

3. Common people, by persuasion that God is all mercy.

4. Tradesmen, that they have a family to keep.

5. Moralists, that honesty and temperance are sufficient for salvation.

II. That our duty and safety lie in following absolutely the calling of God.

1. Thus Abraham.

2. Thus Paul.

III. That doctrines are to be tested by their conformity or nonconformity to the calling of God.

1. God calls us to liberty; hence the yoke of ordinances is wrong.

2. God calls us to justification by the merits of Christ; hence justification by works is wrong.

3. God calls us to self-denial and service; hence self-indulgence even in religious privileges is wrong.

4. God calls us absolutely to and for Himself; hence the sin of conformity to the world.

IV. That God calls even backsliders; which shows--

1. God’s patience.

2. The possibility of restoration.

V. That our life and conversation must be suitable to the high calling of God. (W. Perkins.)

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Exell, Joseph S. "Commentary on "Galatians 5:8". The Biblical Illustrator. https://beta.studylight.org/commentaries/tbi/galatians-5.html. 1905-1909. New York.

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

This persuasion came not of him that calleth you.

This simply has the meaning that "their disobedience of Christ's teachings, due to fooling around with Judaism, did not come of anything that Christ, who had called them through the gospel, had taught them."

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John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you. That is, the opinion they were persuaded to believe; and which the Syriac version renders, פיסכון, "your persuasion"; this is not of God, who had called them into the grace of Christ; nor of Christ, who had called them to the knowledge of himself, and communion with him; nor of the Spirit of Christ, who had called them with an holy calling, and who still continued to call them to repentance; nor of any faithful minister of the Gospel, who had been concerned as an instrument in their effectual calling; meaning the notion they were persuaded to give into, that circumcision and the works of the law were necessary to salvation, and that these were to be joined with the righteousness of Christ for justification; such a conceit as this could never be of God, nor any evangelical minister, but must be of Satan or his emissaries, the false apostles.

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Geneva Study Bible

7 This persuasion [cometh] not of f him that calleth you.

(7) He plays the part of an apostle with them, and uses his authority, denying that any doctrine can come from God which is contrary to his.

(f) Of God.

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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Galatians 5:8". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://beta.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/galatians-5.html. 1599-1645.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

This persuasionGreek,The persuasion,” namely, to which you are yielding. There is a play on words in the original, the Greek for persuasion being akin to “obey” (Galatians 5:7). This persuasion which ye have obeyed.

cometh not of — that is “from.” Does not emanate from Him, but from an enemy.

that calleth you — (Galatians 5:13; Galatians 1:6; Philemon 3:14; 1 Thessalonians 5:24). The calling is the rule of the whole race [Bengel].

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Martin Luther's Commentary on Galatians

This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you.
Paul explains how those who had been deceived by false teachers may be restored to spiritual health. The false apostles were amiable fellows. Apparently they surpassed Paul in learning and godliness. The Galatians were easily deceived by outward appearances. They supposed they were being taught by Christ Himself. Paul proved to them that their new doctrine was not of Christ, but of the devil. In this way he succeeded in regaining many. We also are able to win back many from the errors into which they were seduced by showing that their beliefs are imaginary, wicked, and contrary to the Word of God.

The devil is a cunning persuader. He knows how to enlarge the smallest sin into a mountain until we think we have committed the worst crime ever committed on earth. Such stricken consciences must be comforted and set straight as Paul corrected the Galatians by showing them that their opinion is not of Christ because it runs counter to the Gospel, which describes Christ as a meek and merciful Savior.

Satan will circumvent the Gospel and explain Christ in this his own diabolical way: "Indeed Christ is meek, gentle, and merciful, but only to those who are holy and righteous. If you are a sinner you stand no chance. Did not Christ say that unbelievers are already damned? And did not Christ perform many good deeds, and suffer many evils patiently, bidding us to follow His example? You do not mean to say that your life is in accord with Christ's precepts or example? You are a sinner. You are no good at all."

Satan is to be answered in this way: The Scriptures present Christ in a twofold aspect. First, as a gift. "He of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification and redemption." (I Cor. 1:30.) Hence my many and grievous sins are nullified if I believe in Him. Secondly, the Scriptures present Christ for our example. As an exemplar He is to be placed before me only at certain times. In times of joy and gladness that l may have Him as a mirror to reflect upon my shortcomings. But in the day of trouble I will have Christ only as a gift. I will not listen to anything else, except that Christ died for my sins.

To those that are cast down on account of their sins Christ must be introduced as a Savior and Gift, and not as an example. But to sinners who live in a false assurance, Christ must be introduced as an example. The hard sayings of Scripture and the awful judgments of God upon sin must be impressed upon them. Defy Satan in times of despair. Say: "O cursed Satan, you choose a nice time to talk to me about doing and working when you know very well that I am in trouble over my sins. I will not listen to you. I will listen to Christ, who says that He came into the world to save sinners. This is the true Christ and there is none other. I can find plenty of examples for a holy life in Abraham, Isaiah, John the Baptist, Paul, and other saints. But they cannot forgive my sins. They cannot save me. They cannot procure for me everlasting life. Therefore I will not have you for my teacher, O Satan."

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Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament

This persuasion (η πεισμονηhē peismonē). “The art of persuasion,” the effort of the Judaizers to persuade you. Only here and in ecclesiastical writers.

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Vincent's Word Studies

This persuasion ( ἡ πεισμονὴ )

Or, the persuasion. N.T.oolxx, oClass. It occurs in Ignatius, Rom. iii.: and Just. Mart. Ap. i. 53. The sense is not passive, your being persuaded, but active, the persuasion which the Judaising teachers exert over you. Comp. 1 Corinthians 1:4, πιθοῖς λόγοις persuasivewords. There may be a slight word play on πείθεσθαι and πεισμονὴ . Obedience to the truth is the result of the persuasive power of the truth.

Him that calleth ( τοῦ καλοῦντος )

Very often applied to God by Paul. See Romans 8:30; Romans 9:11; 1 Corinthians 1:9; 1 Corinthians 7:15; Galatians 1:15; 1 Thessalonians 2:121 Thessalonians 4:7; 1 Thessalonians 5:24; 2 Thessalonians 2:14. The persuasion to subject yourselves to the Jewish law does not proceed from him who called you to freedom in Christ.

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Wesley's Explanatory Notes

This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you.

This your present persuasion cometh not from God, who called you - to his kingdom and glory.

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Abbott's Illustrated New Testament

This persuasion; this idea that you must come under obligation to the Mosaic law.

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Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

Такое убеждение. До сей поры апостол сражался с помощью аргументов. Теперь же, провозглашая, что убеждение сие пришло не от Бога, а откуда-то еще, он прямо упирает на свой авторитет. Ибо данное увещевание не имело бы силы, если бы не было основано на авторитете говорящего. Однако Павел по праву мог столь уверенно обращаться к галатам, будучи для них глашатаем божественного призвания. Поэтому он говорит о Боге не прямо, а с помощью перифраза. Как бы так: Бог не воюет с Самим Собой. Он есть Тот, Кто призвал вас ко спасению через мою проповедь. Значит это новое учение пришло откуда-то еще. Поэтому, если хотите, чтобы призвание Божие оставалось действительным, остерегайтесь и не слушайте тех, кто внушает вам новые домыслы. Я признаю, что греческое причастие «Призывающий» стоит в настоящем времени, однако, поскольку оно употребляется здесь обобщенно, я предпочел перевести его, как «Призывавший», для устранения двусмысленности.

 

 

 

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John Trapp Complete Commentary

8 This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you.

Ver. 8. This persuasion] Sectarians and seducers have a strange art in persuading, πιθανολογια, Colossians 2:4. And although we think ourselves able enough to answer and withstand their arguments, yet it is dangerous dealing with them. The Valentinian heretics had a trick to persuade before they taught. (Tertullian.) Arius could cog {a} a dice, and deceive the simple and heedless hearer.

{a} (Dicing.) To practise certain tricks in throwing dice. From contextual evidence it would seem that ‘cogging’ generally designated some sleight of hand, made use of to control the falling of a die; occasionally it may mean the substitution of a false die for the true one. ŒD

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Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

Galatians 5:8. Of him that calleth you. He used this expression before, ch. Galatians 1:6 and in both places means himself; and here declares that this πεισμονη, whether taken for persuasion, or for subjection (as it may well be in St. Paul's style, considering the word πειθεσθαι, at the end of the foregoing verse) came not from him; for he called them to liberty from the law, and not subjection to it. See Galatians 5:13. His argument runs thus: "You were going on well in the liberty of the gospel; who stopped you?—I, you may be sure, had no concern in it; for you know that I called you to liberty, and not to subjection to the law; and therefore you can, by no means, suppose that I should preach up circumcision." From the two followingverses, it looks as if all the disorders here complained of arose from one man.

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Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

As if the apostle had said, "this judaizing opinion and practice of yours, this persuasion of the necessity of your being circumcised, and obeying the law of Moses; this new doctrine, so contrary to the spirit of the gospel, and the design of Christianity; was never taught you either by God or myself, or any other faithful minister of Jesus Christ, who first converted you to the faith; but it is a mere delusion of Satan, and his emissaries the false apostles: and do not think this a small matter: let not circumcision seem a little thing to you; and let not these judaizing teachers be disregarded by you as inconsiderable, because they are few in number, for they are like to leaven; and ye know very well that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump; intimating, that a few false teachers, and a little of error and false doctrine, crept into the congregation and church of Christ, may do unspeakable mischief by speedily infecting the whole church, as a little leaven (to error is compared) leaveneth the whole lump.

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Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary

8.] The persuasion (to which you are yielding—active; not your persuasion, passive. πεισμονή may mean either. Ellic. says: “As the similar form πλησμονή means both satietas (the state) and also expletio (the act), Colossians 2:23; Plato, Sympos. 186 c. πλ. καὶ κένωσις,—so πεισμονή may mean the state of being persuaded, i.e. conviction, or the act of persuading, ‘persuadendi sollertia’ (Schött.): cf. Chrys. on 1 Thessalonians 1:3, οὐ πεισμονὴ ἀνθρωπίνηἦν ἡ πείθουσα.” But here, ἡ πεισμ. being connected with ὁ καλῶν ὑμᾶς, and answering to the act of ἐγκόπτειν in the last verse, is better taken actively) is not from (does not come from, is not originated by) Him who calleth you (i.e. God: see ch. Galatians 1:6 and note).

9] ζύμη may allude either to men (Jer., Aug., Grot., Est., Beng., De W., al.), or to doctrine. In the parallel place in 1 Corinthians 5:6, it is moral influence; so also where our Lord uses the same figure, Matthew 16:12, where ζύμη = διδαχή. Nor can there be any objection to taking it as abstract, and φύραμα concrete:—a little false doctrine corrupts the whole mass (of Christians). So Chrys. ( οὕτω καὶ ὑμᾶς ἰσχύει τὸ μικρὸν τοῦτο κακόν, μὴ διορθωθέν, καὶ εἰς τέλειον ἰουδαϊσμὸν ἀγαγεῖν), Thl., Luth., Calv., all.

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Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament

Galatians 5:8. πεισμονὴ) Most commentators interpret it persuasion, also with the addition of this, that, or your [hæc, ista, vestra], according to the testimony of Lubinus on this passage. Comp. Chrysost. This word very rarely occurs, and Eustathius alone, as I can find, has it at Odyss. χ., where he shows that “ πεῖσμα and πεισμονὴ are said respecting those that start difficulties and set themselves in the way [ ἐπὶ τῶν ἐνστατικῶν—stubborn, obstinate persons], and are figuratively taken from the cables [ πεισμάτων], that is, the hawsers used in ships.” But a pertinacious and obstinate man is given to starting difficulties [is ἐνστατικὸς]; and therefore that man has πεισμονὴν, self-confidence, who, having left off running, ἐνέχεται, holds fast to [the law] obstinately, and who persuades and trusts to himself alone, and does not obey [ πείθεται] another, Galatians 5:1; Galatians 5:7; and in this way μὴ πείθεσθαι, and πεισμονὴ, and πέποιθα, form an Antanaclasis,(46) a figure, which is frequently used both by Paul, as many constantly observe, and by the other sacred writers, as Glassius well demonstrates. Whether it be a metaphor or not, at least this verbal noun, like other nouns in- ονὴ, is intransitive(47) [not a persuading of others, but a persuasion in one’s self].— οὐκ, not) supply is; is not of (God), who called you, but from a power truly hostile; and there is subjoined a metonymy of the abstract for the concrete, as appears from the previous word, who, not what.— καλοῦντος) who called you; comp. Galatians 5:13, you have been called. So 1 Thessalonians 5:24; comp. Philippians 3:14. The calling is the rule of the whole race.

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Matthew Poole's English Annotations
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This persuasion; this new opinion into which seducers have misled you, which, by embracing it, you have made yours.

Cometh not of him that calleth you; is not from God, who hath called you out of darkness into marvellous light, unto fellowship with himself, into a state of grace and favour with him, and to the hopes of eternal life; and who yet calleth you by his gospel: it must therefore be from the devil and his instruments, who go about to seduce and pervert you.

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Alexander MacLaren's Expositions of Holy Scripture

Такое убеждение Т.е. спасение по делам. Бог не приемлет законничества. Любое учение, которое считает дела Его благодати недостаточным для спасения, ложно (см. пояснения к 1:6, 7).

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Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament

This persuasion; that it was needful to be circumcised and observe Jewish rites in order to be saved.

Of him that calleth you; of God.

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John Eadie's Commentary on Galatians, Ephesians, Colossians and Philippians

Galatians 5:8. ῾η πεισμονὴ οὐκ ἐκ τοῦ καλοῦντος ὑμᾶς—“The persuasion is not from Him who calleth you.” The change of into by Vömel is needless, though Tyndale's version is not unlike—“even that counsel that is not of Him,” etc.-an answer to the previous question, “who was a let unto you, that ye should not obey the truth?” The verse is also regarded by Erasmus and Beza as the answer to the previous question, Who hindered you?-the persuasion not of Him that calleth you. But, as De Wette remarks, the article would in that case be repeated after πεισμονή. The word πεισμονή, suggested by the paronomasia, presents a difficulty; it occurs very rarely, being found neither in classic Greek nor in the Septuagint. It is found in the commentary of Eustathius on Homer several times, and in Justin Martyr, Apol. 1.53, Chrysostom on 1 Thessalonians 1:4, and Epiphanius, Haeres. 30.21. The citation from Ignatius is more than doubtful, as the Codex Colb., instead of οὐ πεισμονῆς τὸ ἔργον, reads οὐ σιωπῆς μόνον τὸ ἔργον, and the reading is adopted by Dressel. The question is, whether the word should be taken in an active or a passive sense-whether it signify Ueberredung or Folgsamkeit, assentiendi facilitas aut persuadendi sollertia, persuading or persuadedness. The signification of credulitas given by Estius, of obstinacy by Bengel, of Eigensinn by De Wette, may not be admitted. The noun, as far as its form is concerned, may have either meaning. 1. The Greek fathers give it the passive sense. Theophylact explains it by τὸ πείθεσθαι, and OEcumenius by τὸ πεισθῆναι. This interpretation is adopted by many-as Winer, Rückert, Matthies, Olshausen, Reiche, and Prof. Lightfoot. The meaning then would be-this conviction or state of mind you are in, cometh not of Him that calls you. But this would be a truism, and the active sense of καλοῦντος is in that way overlooked. 2. But secondly, the πεισμονή and καλοῦντος are in contrast: it comes from a source opposed to the divine call. It is not the state of being persuaded, but the art or process of persuading, which comes into direct conflict with divine call. The Judaistic arts and arguments were not in harmony with the effectual calling of God. The one is πεισμονή-persuasion- ἐν πειθοῖς σοφίας λόγοις-art and arguments-on merely human and specious principles; the other is κλῆσις, the summons of God to life and truth in Christ. The apostle goes back in idea to τίς ὑμᾶς ἐνέκοψεν; the Judaizers are present to his mind from this question on through several verses and to the end of the twelfth verse. It is their work which he thus pictures; their πεισμονή was the preaching of another gospel, the bewitching of the Galatians. Were the apostle repeating the idea in μὴ πείθεσθαι, he would probably have expressed it in its negative form, and with the addition of a pronoun, as indeed is supplied by Jerome who gives both views, and by Augustine and Ambrosiaster. The active meaning is abundantly warranted. Justin Martyr, Apolog. 1.53; Epiphanius, Haeres. 30.21. This is the meaning given by Beza, Piscator, Borger, a Lapide, Usteri, Schott, Hilgenfeld, Meyer, Wieseler, and Trana. Reiche, adopting the passive sense, proposes to read the verse interrogatively, and wonders that nobody has thought of it: Is not persuasion-obedience-from God who calls you? This is not very different from omitting οὐκ altogether: Persuasion is of Him that calleth you; and so οὐκ is omitted in D1 and some Latin codices referred to by Jerome who, however, after saying that in some Latin codices the reading ex Deo was a corruption from ex eo, assigns a theological reason for the omission of the negative οὐ: verum simpliciores quique putantes se deferre Deo ut persuasio quoque nostra in ejus sit potestate, abstulerunt partem orationis non. In the phrase ἐκ τοῦ καλοῦντος ὑμᾶς, the present participle, as Meyer suggests, may be taken substantively (Madvig, § 180), or it may bear its usual meaning-who is calling you still. Winer, § 45, 7. The reference is to God, as in Galatians 1:6; Galatians 1:15, not to the apostle (Locke, Paulus, Doddridge, and Macknight), nor to Christ (Theophylact). Because of the use of the uncommon word πεισμονή, and the various readings of this and the previous verse, Schott says that he conjectures, haud temere, the whole verse to be a gloss; it is wanting, he adds also in proof, in the AEthiopic version.

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Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible

‘This persuasion is not of him who calls you.’

Whoever it is who is speaking to persuade them, who is hindering them, is not doing it at God’s command. For the One Who is calling them longs for them to be truly free in Christ.

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Pett, Peter. "Commentary on Galatians 5:8". "Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible ". https://beta.studylight.org/commentaries/pet/galatians-5.html. 2013.

Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament

Galatians 5:8. Of him that calleth you, God; comp. note on Galatians 1:6; and Philippians 3:13, ‘the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.’ The Father draws to the Son by the Spirit through the gospel.

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Schaff, Philip. "Commentary on Galatians 5:8". "Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament". https://beta.studylight.org/commentaries/scn/galatians-5.html. 1879-90.

The Expositor's Greek Testament

Galatians 5:8. It was God who called Abraham, Moses, Samuel and the prophets of old and was now calling the Galatians through the Gospel of which Paul was minister, but this new persuasion was no true gospel, and did not come forth from Him.

 

 

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Nicol, W. Robertson, M.A., L.L.D. "Commentary on Galatians 5:8". The Expositor's Greek Testament. https://beta.studylight.org/commentaries/egt/galatians-5.html. 1897-1910.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

This persuasion of yours is not from him who calleth you; is not from God: and I hope you will be shortly again of no other mind than what I taught you. (Witham) --- This was a Jewish proverb, and alluded to the time of the Pasch, when it was not permitted to eat of any but unleavened bread; during which time the least leaven made the whole mass unclean to a Jew....Some Greek copies read, Greek: mikra zume olon to phurama zumoi, when the sense will be, "a little leaven causes the whole mass to rise." (Calmet) --- Hence the introduction of any, however small, share of the ceremonial and Jewish rites, will greatly disfigure the purity and simplicity of the Christian institute. --- As for me, my adversaries misrepresent me, when they say I preach circumcision; which if I did, I should not be persecuted as I am by the Jews. I never preach it necessary for Gentile converts, though I have not condemned the use of it for the Jewish converts, provided they do not oblige other converts to it. --- The scandal of the cross is therefore made void. The sense is, according to St. Jerome, that the Jews' greatest objection against St. Paul used to be, because he preached that circumcision and the law of Moses need not be observed: another objection against him was, that he preached Jesus, who was crucified on an infamous cross, to be their great Messias. He reasons then in this manner, that if the Jews think he again preacheth the necessity of circumcision and the precepts of the old law, they will no longer be offended that he preacheth Christ crucified, because they were not so much offended with the latter as with the first. Thus also St. John Chrysostom on this verse. Others expound it thus: If I preach circumcision and the ceremonies of the law, therefore according to my doctrine, the cross of Christ, and justification by the merits of Christ crucified, is abolished, because justification is still to be sought for by the works of the law. --- I would they were even cut off: separated from your communion by excommunication. This seems the true sense; so that I need not mention any other exposition. See Corn. a Lapide. (Witham)

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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

This = The.

persuasion = obedience. Greek. peisomone. Only here.

not. Greek. ou. App-105.

of. Gk. ek. App-104,

Him. God. See Galatians 1:6, Galatians 1:15.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Galatians 5:8". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://beta.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/galatians-5.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you.

This persuasion - `The persuasion;' a play on words akin in sound and in root [ peismonee (Greek #3988), persuasion: peithesthai (Greek #3982), "obey," Galatians 5:7]. The readiness to obey those who oppose truth.

Cometh not of - from Him, but from the Father of lies. Ye obey not truth; ye are ready to obey its hinderers. Ellicott takes persuasion as 'the act of persuading.' Rather (as the Greek commentators), it is the state of being persuaded. The paronomasia favours this.

That calleth you (Galatians 5:13; Galatians 1:6; Philippians 3:14; 1 Thessalonians 5:24). The calling is the rule of the whole race (Bengel).

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Galatians 5:8". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://beta.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/galatians-5.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(8) This persuasion . . .—He who calls the Galatians is here, as elsewhere, God; and certainly, the Apostle says, it can have been by no intimation or guidance from Him that they were led to accept such perverted teaching.

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on Galatians 5:8". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://beta.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/galatians-5.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you.
him
1:6
Reciprocal: Galatians 3:1 - who

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Galatians 5:8". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://beta.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/galatians-5.html.

Stanley Derickson - Notes on Selected Books

This persuasion [cometh] not of him that calleth you.

No, matter where it came from Paul guarantees that it did not come from Christ. This would be to combat anyone suggesting that accepting Christ might bring them to understand the need of the law. Christ frees, He does not bind.

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Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

8.This persuasion—The Greek for persuasion is another form of the word faith, and is here used as an antithesis to the true faith named above. It may, like the English persuasion, be taken in an active or passive meaning; that is, it may mean this proselyting you by Judaists, or this credulity in believing Judaism. Very clearly it here means the former of the two, as referring to the who, and the did hinder of the last verse. The who is the same as the he that troubleth in Galatians 5:10. The did hinder is the present persuasion to become circumcised, coming from the who. And this who is the little leaven of the next verse.

Him’ calleth you—God, or Christ. Note, Galatians 1:6. The present term implies that God is in permanent act of calling the Christian. The whole passage implies, that such calling neither secures the necessary first obedience of the called nor his perseverance. In that sense, no calling of God is an “effectual calling.”

 

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Galatians 5:8". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://beta.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/galatians-5.html. 1874-1909.

The Bible Study New Testament

8. It was not done byGod. “God calls people to be saved (John 6:44-45), but I have already showed you from The Law itself that God’s promise does not come through The Law! Certainly God himself would not now be calling you to obey The Law!!!”

 

 

 

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Calvin's Commentary on the Bible

8.This persuasion cometh not. Having formerly combated them by arguments, he at length pronounces, with a voice of authority, that their persuasion came not from God. Such an admonition would not be entitled to much regard, were it not supported by the authority of the speaker. But Paul, to whom the Galatians had been indebted for the announcement of their Divine calling, was well entitled to address them in this confident language. This is the reason why he does not directly say, from God, but expresses it by a circumlocution, him that hath called you (85) As if he had said, “God is never inconsistent with himself, and he it is who by my preaching called you to salvation. This new persuasion then has come from some other quarter; and if you wish to have it thought that your calling is from God, beware of lending an ear to those who thrust upon you their new inventions.” Though the Greek participle καλοῦντος, I acknowledge, is in the present tense, I have preferred translating, who hath called you, in order to remove the ambiguity.

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Calvin, John. "Commentary on Galatians 5:8". "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". https://beta.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/galatians-5.html. 1840-57.