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The Scofield Bible Commentary, by Cyrus Ingerson Scofield, [1917], at

Galatians Chapter 5

Galatians 5:4

gal 5:4

no effect

That is, of no experimental effect: the sense of liberty is lost. (Gal 2:21); (Col 1:23).


Grace (in salvation). (Eph 1:6); (Eph 1:7); (Rom 3:24).

(See Scofield) - (Gal 1:6).

(See Scofield) - (Joh 1:17).

Galatians 5:5

gal 5:5


(See Scofield) - (Rom 10:10).

Galatians 5:18

gal 5:18

under the law

That is, not under bondage of effort to please God by law-works. (Co2 3:17).

Galatians 5:22

gal 5:22

But the fruit

Christian character is not mere moral or legal correctness, but the possession and manifestation of nine graces:

love, joy, peace -- character as an inward state;

longsuffering, gentleness, goodness -- character in expression toward man;

faith, meekness, temperance -- character in expression toward God.

Taken together, they present a moral portrait of Christ, and may be taken as the apostle's explanation of (Gal 2:20). "Not I, but Christ," and as a definition of "fruit" in (Joh 15:1-8). This character is possible because of the believer's vital union to Christ; (Joh 15:5); (Co1 12:12); (Co1 12:13); and is wholly the fruit of the Spirit in those believers who are yielded to Him. (Gal 5:22); (Gal 5:23).

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