The Berean Expositor
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GALATIANS 2: 15 - 4: 14.
A | 2: 15-20. | a | Phusis. "By nature." Jews.
b | Build again things destroyed. Palin.
c | Personal. "I am dead to the Law."
B | 2: 21 - 3: 7. | d | Atheteo. Frustrate.
e | Ei gar. For if righteousness come by Law.
C | 3: 8-12. |
f | The SCRIPTURE preached beforehand.
g | Justification by faith. Ek pisteos.
h | Hupo. Under a curse.
D | 3: 13-20. |
i | Exagorazo. Redeemed. Heirs.
j | Covenant prior to Law.
B | 3: 15-21. |
d | Atheteo. Disannul.
e | Ei gar. For if law could give life.
C | 3: 22, 23. |
f | The SCRIPTURE concluded.
g | Promise by faith. Ek pisteos.
h | Hupo. Under sin. Under Law.
D | 3: 24 - 4: 7. |
j | Schoolmaster before Christ.
i | Exagorazo. Redeemed. Adoption.
A | 4: 8-12. | a | Phusis. "By nature" gods.
b | Turn again to elements. Palin.
c | Personal. "Be as I am."
The opening member of this section (2: 15-20), is the account of Paul's personal
testimony which he made when withstanding Peter, a testimony which he made "before
them all" (Gal. 2: 14). In it he challenges all who had made a profession of faith, and
entered into the free grace of the gospel. In it he defines his terms, and is so careful that
justification by faith should be understood as "not by works of law" but by "faith of Jesus
Christ", that verse sixteen upon its first reading seems to contain a great deal of
repetition. He condemns both Peter's defection and withdrawal at Antioch and denies by
implication that during his gospel witness he himself had ever "built again the things
which he destroyed". Then with characteristic directness he leaves all lesser argument,
and meets all objectors with the one glorious fact, that Salvation is not merely a change
of opinion, it is a matter of death and newness of life. So far as Paul was concerned
the law was dead to him, and he to the law. The crucifixion of Christ, explained later
in 3: 13, to have accomplished redemption from the curse of the law, was his one
all-sufficient answer "I have been crucified with Christ". What place can legal works,
ceremonial rites, holy days and other observances of the flesh have with one so cut off,
so completely buried, so gloriously translated? We feel it will be unwise to add to this
article a further structure, and so, commending this analysis to all readers, we prepare to
take up the apostle's defence (2: 15-20) in our next article.