G A L A T I A N S.
The apostle, in this chapter, is still carrying on
the same general design as in the former—to recover these
Christians from the impressions made upon them by the judaizing
teachers, and to represent their weakness and folly in suffering
themselves to be drawn away from the gospel doctrine of
justification, and to be deprived of their freedom from the bondage
of the law of Moses. For this purpose he makes use of various
considerations; such as, I. The great excellence of the gospel
state above the legal, ver.
1-7. II. The happy change that was made in them at their
conversion, ver. 8-11.
III. The affection they had had for him and his ministry, ver. 12-16. IV. The character of
the false teachers by whom they had been perverted, ver. 17, 18. V. The very tender
affection he had for them, ver. 19,
20. VI. The history of Isaac and Ishmael, by a
comparison taken from which he illustrates the difference between
such as rested in Christ and such as trusted in the law. And in all
these, as he uses great plainness and faithfulness with them, so he
expresses the tenderest concern for them.