The apostle again expostulates with the Galatians for falling into legality, and points out to them the true path of the believer, namely, holiness produced by the Spirit of God.
Galatians 5:7, 8
It is not of God, or it would be consistent with what you have been taught by his Spirit before.
One man’s influence may mislead thousands; one piece of false doctrine may taint our whole creed.
Galatians 5:10, 11
Some even said that Paul himself had preached ceremonialism, but he denies it, and backs up his declaration by the fact that men had not left off persecuting him, as they would have done had he diluted the gospel.
It were better that they were cut off from the church than remain to sow false doctrine. As lepers must be put out of the camp, so must evil teachers be cast out of the church.
Galatians 5:13, 14
This is more important than symbolic rites: to destroy love to preserve a ceremony is to kill a child in order to preserve its clothes.
Every new man is two men: there is a warfare within.
No matter what they profess, or what sacraments they may partake of, those who live in these sins are not alive unto God. What a list we have here! Surely sin is a prolific mother.
Galatians 5:22, 23
For the works of the flesh there is no gospel, and against the works of the Spirit there is no law. Both God and man agree to commend such actions as those which are here mentioned; let us abound in them.
Our evil desires are nailed to the cross, but they are not yet dead; we have need therefore to abide under the influence of the ever-blessed Spirit, and we certainly have no ground for boasting or despising others. Be it ours under the divine guidance to cultivate love and peace, and flee from all pride and envy.
Jesus, take me for thine own;
To thy will my spirit frame;
Thou shalt reign, and thou alone,
Over all I have and am.
Making thus the Lord my choice,
I have nothing more to choose,
But to listen to thy voice,
And my will in thine to lose.
Then whatever may betide,
I shall safe and happy be;
Still content and satisfied,
Having all in having thee.