Galatians 5:7 You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth?

cropped-blog-header2.jpg                                                                                                                                                                                             When I was in track in High School our relay team, practice hard, we spent hours working on proper hand offs of the Paton.  The one thing I remember the couch saying was when you are in the heat of the race never look back, always set you eyes on the finish line, it was good advise. If you looked back it would throw off your stride. The christians Paul has been dealing with were disciplined in their walk  they first set out in a profession of religion, they embraced and held fast, and were zealously attached to the truths of the Gospel; they were in the lively exercise of grace on its proper object, and very diligent in the discharge of duty; they made great skill in the knowledge of divine things, and ran with cheerfulness and without weariness in the ways of Christ, and in the paths of truth and holiness. Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. (1 Corinthians 9:24,25)  Who hindered you from obeying the truth? Not the apostle, or any of his brethren; no, they encouraged them to go on, and gave them all the help they could, to help them forward; but it was the false apostles that hindered them, who did all they could to remove them to another Gospel, and turn them aside out of the right way the word hindered means “to beat back”  these false believers  tried to distract them with circumcision, and other adherence to the law.

That you should not obey the truth? of the Gospel, particularly the truth of justification by faith in the righteousness of Christ; which they did not so cheerfully embrace, and show such a respect unto, as they had formerly done; see (Galatians 3:1), and which Paul says not by way of insult, but of complaint and concern; and with some indignation against the persons who had been the means of hindering their Christian progress, and sought to reclaim the Galatians if possible. Paul knew that the one’s  called of God were secure, but the called do not have a green check make on their foreheads. So Paul preached like an Arminian during the day and rested in peace like a Calvinist at night.

Gregory Lane