Galatians 5:7-10 - Joseph Benson’s Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Bible Comments

Ye did run well In the race of faith, love, and obedience; in true, genuine Christianity; believing its truths, experiencing its graces, enjoying its privileges, performing its duties. The exercises of faith and holiness, enjoined in the gospel, are often in Scripture compared to the ancient athletic exercises of the Greeks, especially to the race; because in that exercise the greatest exertions of activity and strength were necessary to obtain the prize, Hebrews 12:1. Who did hinder you Who hath interrupted you in that good course; that ye should not continue to obey the truth? In this question the apostle does not ask who the person was that had put a stop to them; but he expresses his surprise and grief at their being stopped. This persuasion Concerning the Mosaic law, and the necessity of observing it in order to your justification and salvation; cometh not of God, who calleth you To his kingdom and glory. A little leaven If it be suffered to continue; leaveneth the whole lump Operates unseen, till it diffuses itself on every side: that is, a little false doctrine may soon corrupt the judgment in other points, and a small number of seduced persons may soon infect the whole church. It is a proverbial expression, in which the pernicious and infectious nature of erroneous doctrine and vicious example is set forth. Hence our Lord gave the name of leaven to the doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees, Matthew 16:11-12. The same name the apostle gives to the doctrine of the Judaizing teachers in this passage, and to the incestuous person, 1 Corinthians 5:7. Yet I have confidence in you That, on reading this, and being thus warned of your danger; you will be no otherwise minded Than I am, and ye were, concerning the doctrine of justification by faith; but he that troubleth you And would pervert your minds from the purity of the faith; shall bear his judgment A heavy burden, already hanging over his head. The apostle seems to refer to one person chiefly, as endeavouring to seduce them.

Galatians 5:7-10

7 Ye did run well; who did hinder youa that ye should not obey the truth?

8 This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you.

9 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.

10 I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be.