Galatians 5

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Galatians 5

"The yoke of bondage" was not just about being circumcised just as religion is not just about what you think about God. The liberty is not just freedom from circumcision but separated Christians from a system that had made the word of God to none effect. The Corban of the Pharisees was a part of a welfare system set up by Herod which was modeled after what Rome had been doing extensively under Caesar.
The Baptism of John and Jesus showed The Way of faith by charity instead of by force.
Nimrod brought the people into bondage of Babylon the same way The same way Pharaoh brought Israel into the bondage of Egypt and Caesar subdued the populous with free bread provided by the Imperial Cult of Rome. The civil law was used to make the people merchandise and as surety for debt they cursed their children.
Plutarch and Polybius had warned the people that covetous practice of loving the wages of unrighteousness weakens the people. David warned that what should have been for your welfare was a snare and Paul repeated that warning as well.[1]
The daily ministration of the early Church was supported by faith through charity, not force.
Why would socialism appeal to people who were not "envying one another".
What did the Temples of Rome have to do with government welfare?
What was the function of the [Imperial Cult of Rome]]?
How did Cain, Nimrod, Pharaoh, Herod, and Caesar , decrease the liberty of the people?
How did Corban of the Pharisees differ from the [[Daily ministration of the early Church?

Stand fast

1 ¶ Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. 2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. 3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. 4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. 5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. 6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love. 7 Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth? 8 This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you. 9 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. 10 I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be. 11 And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased. 12 I would they were even cut off which trouble you.

Called unto liberty

13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. 14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Not inherit the kingdom of God

15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. 16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. 18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft[2], hatred[3], variance[4], emulations[5], wrath[6], strife[7], seditions[8], heresies[9], 21 Envyings[10], murders[11], drunkenness[12], revellings[13], and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love[14], joy[15], peace [16], longsuffering[17], gentleness[18], goodness[19], faith[20], 23 Meekness [21], temperance[22]: against such there is no law.

24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

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  1. Psalms 69:22 Let their table become a snare before them: and that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap.
    Romans 11:9 And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them:
  2. 5331 ~φαρμακεία~ pharmakeia \@far-mak-i’-ah\@ from 5332 from pharmakon (a drug; n f AV-sorcery 2, witchcraft 1; 3
    1) the use or the administering of drugs
    2) poisoning
    3) sorcery, magical arts, often found in connection with idolatry and fostered by it
    4) metaph. the deceptions and seductions of idolatry
  3. 2189 ~ἔχθρα~ echthra \@ekh’-thrah\@ from 2190; TDNT-2:815,285; {See TDNT 279} n f AV-enmity 5, hatred 1; 6
    1) enmity
    2) cause of enmity
  4. 2054 ~ἔρις~ eris \@er’-is\@ of uncertain affinity; ; n f AV-strife 4, debate 2, contention 2, variance 1; 9
    1) contention, strife, wrangling
  5. 2205 ~ζῆλος~ zelos \@dzay’-los\@ from 2204 be fervent; TDNT-2:877,297; {See TDNT 284} n m/n AV-zeal 6, envying 5, indignation 2, envy 1, fervent mind 1, jealousy 1, emulation 1; 17
    1) excitement of mind, ardour, fervour of spirit
    1a) zeal, ardour in embracing, pursuing, defending anything
    1a1) zeal in behalf of, for a person or thing
    1a2) the fierceness of indignation, punitive zeal
    1b) an envious and contentious rivalry, jealousy
  6. 2372 ~θυμός~ thumos \@thoo-mos’\@ from 2380; TDNT-3:167,339; {See TDNT 316} n m AV-wrath 15, fierceness 2, indignation 1; 18
    1) passion, angry, heat, anger forthwith boiling up and soon subsiding again
    2) glow, ardour, the wine of passion, inflaming wine (which either drives the drinker mad or kills him with its strength)
  7. 2052 ~ἐριθεία~ eritheia \@er-ith-i’-ah\@ perhaps as the same as 2042; n f AV-strife 5, contention 1, contentious + 1537 1; 7
    1) electioneering or intriguing for office
    1a) apparently, in the NT a courting distinction, a desire to put one’s self forward, a partisan and fractious spirit which does not disdain low arts
    1b) partisanship, fractiousness
  8. 1370 ~διχοστασία~ dichostasia \@dee-khos-tas-ee’-ah\@ from a derivative of 1364 and 4714; n f AV-division 2, sedition 1; 3 1) dissension, division
  9. 139 ~αἵρεσις~ hairesis \@hah’-ee-res-is\@ from 138; n f AV-sect 5, heresy 4; 9
    1) act of taking, capture: e.g. storming a city
    2) choosing, choice
    3) that which is chosen
    4) a body of men following their own tenets (sect or party)
    4a) of the Sadducees
    4b) of the Pharisees
    4c) of the Christians
    5) dissensions arising from diversity of opinions and aims For Synonyms see entry 5916
  10. 5355 ~φθόνος~ phthonos \@fthon’-os\@ probably akin to the base of 5351; ; n m AV-envy 8, envying 1; 9
    1) envy
    2) for envy, i.e. prompted by envy
  11. 5408 ~φόνος~ phonos \@fon’-os\@ from an obsolete primary pheno (to murder); ; n m AV-murder 8, slaughter 1, be slain + 599 1; 10
    1) murder, slaughter
  12. 3178 ~μέθη~ methe \@meth’-ay\@ apparently a root word; TDNT-4:545,576; {See TDNT 475} n f AV-drunkenness 3; 3
    1) intoxication
    2) drunkenness
    For Synonyms see entry 5937
  13. 2970 ~κῶμος~ komos \@ko’-mos\@ from 2749; ; n m AV-revelling 2, rioting 1; 3
    1) a revel, carousal
    1a) a nocturnal and riotous procession of half drunken and frolicsome fellows who after supper parade through the streets with torches and music in honour of Bacchus or some other deity, and sing and play before houses of male and female friends; hence used generally of feasts and drinking parties that are protracted till late at night and indulge in revelry
    • For Synonyms see entry 5937
  14. 26 ~ἀγάπη~ agape \@ag-ah’-pay\@ from 25; n f AV-love 86, charity 27, dear 1, charitably+ 2596 1, feast of charity 1; 116
    1) {Singular} brotherly love, affection, good will, love, benevolence {#Joh 15:13 Ro 13:10 1Jo 4:18}
    1a) Of the love of men to men; esp. Christians towards Christians which is enjoined and prompted by their religion, whether the love be viewed as in the soul or expressed {#Mt 14:12 1Co 13:1-4,8 14:1 2Co 2:4 Ga 5:6 Phm 5,7 1Ti 1:5 Heb 6:10 10:24 1Jo 4:7 Re 2:4,19} &c
    1b) Of the love of men towards God {#Lu 11:42 Joh 5:42 1Jo 2:15 3:17 4:12 5:3}
    1c) Of the love of God towards man {#Ro 5:8 8:39 2Co 13:14}
    1d) Of the love of God towards Christ {#Joh 15:10 17:26}
    1e) Of the love of Christ towards men {#Joh 15:8-13 2Co 5:14 Ro 8:35 Eph 3:19}
    2) {plural} love feasts expressing and fostering mutual love which used to be held by Christians before the celebration of the Lord’s supper, and at which the poorer Christians mingled with the wealthier and partook in common with the rest of the food provided at the expense of the wealthy. {#Jude 12 2Pe 2:13 Ac 2:42,46 1Co 11:17-34}
    • Syn.: ~φιλία~ 5373 ~ἀγάπη~, signifying properly (v. s. ~αγαραω~ 25) love which chooses its object, is taken from the LXX, where its connotation is more general, into the NT, and there used exclusively to express that spiritual bond of love between God and man and between man and man, in Christ which is characteristic of Christianity. It is thus distinct from ~φιλία~, \@friendship\@ (#Jas 4:4 only), ~στοργη~, \@natural affection\@ (in the NT only in its compounds, v. s. ~ἄστοργος~ 794) and ~ερως~ \@sexual love,\@ which is not used in the NT, in its place being taken by ~επιηυμια~ 1939.
  15. 5479 ~χαρά~ chara \@khar-ah’\@ from 5463; TDNT-9:359,1298; {See TDNT 840} n f AV-joy 51, gladness 3, joyful 1, joyous 1, joyfulness 1, joyfully + 3326 1, greatly 1; 59
    1) joy, gladness
    1a) the joy received from you
    1b) the cause or occasion of joy
    1b1) of persons who are one’s joy
  16. 1515 ~εἰρήνη~ eirene \@i-ray’-nay\@ probably from a primary verb eiro (to join); TDNT-2:400,207; {See TDNT 219} n f AV-peace 89, one 1, rest 1, quietness 1; 92
    1) a state of national tranquillity
    1a) exemption from the rage and havoc of war
    2) peace between individuals, i.e. harmony, concord
    3) security, safety, prosperity, felicity, (because peace and harmony make and keep things safe and prosperous)
    4) of the Messiah’s peace
    4a) the way that leads to peace (salvation)
    5) of Christianity, the tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and content with its earthly lot, of whatsoever sort that is
    6) the blessed state of devout and upright men after death
  17. 3115 ~μακροθυμία~ makrothumia \@mak-roth-oo-mee’-ah\@ from the same as 3116; TDNT-4:374,550; {See TDNT 462} n f AV-longsuffering 12, patience 2; 14
    1) patience, endurance, constancy, steadfastness, perseverance
    2) patience, forbearance, longsuffering, slowness in avenging wrongs
    For Synonyms see entry 5861
  18. 5544 ~χρηστότης~ chrestotes \@khray-stot’-ace\@ from 5543; TDNT-9:489,1320; {See TDNT 849} n f AV-goodness 4, kindness 4, good 1, gentleness 1; 10
    1) moral goodness, integrity
    2) benignity, kindness
  19. 19 ~ἀγαθωσύνη~ agathosune \@ag-ath-o-soo’-nay\@ from 18; TDNT-1:18,3; {See TDNT 8} n f AV-goodness 4; 4
    1) uprightness of heart and life, goodness, kindness {#2Th 1:11 Ga 5:22 Ro 15:14 Eph 5:9}
  20. 4102 ~πίστις~ pistis \@pis’-tis\@ from 3982; TDNT-6:174,849; {See TDNT 634} n f AV-faith 239, assurance 1, believe + 1537 1, belief 1, them that believe 1, fidelity 1; 244
    1) conviction of the truth of anything, belief; in the NT of a conviction or belief respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, generally with the included idea of trust and holy fervour born of faith and joined with it
    1a) relating to God
    1a1) the conviction that God exists and is the creator and ruler of all things, the provider and bestower of eternal salvation through Christ
    1b) relating to Christ
    1b1) a strong and welcome conviction or belief that Jesus is the Messiah, through whom we obtain eternal salvation in the kingdom of God
    1c) the religious beliefs of Christians
    1d) belief with the predominate idea of trust (or confidence) whether in God or in Christ, springing from faith in the same
    2) fidelity, faithfulness
    2a) the character of one who can be relied on
  21. 4236 ~πρᾳότης~ praotes \@prah-ot’-ace\@ see ~πραΰτης~ from 4235; TDNT- *, 798; {See TDNT 606} n f AV-meekness 9; 9
    1) gentleness, mildness, meekness
    For Synonyms see entry 5898 & 5899
  22. 1466 ~ἐγκράτεια~ egkrateia \@eng-krat’-i-ah\@ from 1468; TDNT-2:339,196; {See TDNT 208} n f AV-temperance 4; 4
    1) self-control (the virtue of one who masters his desires and passions, esp. his sensual appetites)