G A L A T I A N S.
The apostle in this chapter, I. Reproves the
Galatians for their folly, in suffering themselves to be drawn away
from the faith of the gospel, and endeavours, from several
considerations, to impress them with a sense of it. II. He proves
the doctrine which he had reproved them for departing from—that of
justification by faith without the works of the law, 1. From the
example of Abraham's justification. 2. From the nature and tenour
of the law. 3. From the express testimony of the Old Testament;
and, 4. From the stability of the covenant of God with Abraham.
Lest any should hereupon say, "Wherefore then serveth the law?" he
answers, (1.) It was added because of transgressions. (2.) It was
given to convince the world of the necessity of a Saviour. (3.) It
was designed as a schoolmaster, to bring us to Christ. And then he
concludes the chapter by acquainting us with the privilege of
Christians under the gospel state.