Magna Carta of Spiritual Emancipation
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Charts from Jensen's Survey of the NT - used by permission
Another Overview Chart - Galatians - Charles Swindoll
Explanation - The following list includes not only commentaries but other Christian works by well known evangelical writers. Most of the resources below are newer works (written after 1970) which previously were available only for purchase in book form or in a Bible computer program. The resources are made freely available by archive.org but have several caveats - (1) they do not allow copy and paste, (2) they can only be checked out for one hour (but can be checked out immediately when your hour expires giving you time to read or take notes on a lengthy section) and (3) they require creating an account which allows you to check out the books free of charge. To set up an account click archive.org and then click the picture of the person in right upper corner and enter email and a password. That's all you have to do. Then you can read these more modern resources free of charge! I have read or used many of these resources but not all of them so ultimately you will need to be a Berean (Acts 17:11+) as you use them. I have also selected works that are conservative and Biblically sound. If you find one that you think does not meet those criteria please send an email at https://www.preceptaustin.org/
The Bible Exposition Commentary - Ephesians through Revelation - Warren Wiersbe
Rosscup - One of America’s most appreciated staunchly evangelical Bible conference teachers gives diligent, refreshing expositions. These are all of his 23 separate, earlier books in the “Be” series on the New Testament. He strikes a particular appeal with lay people as he crystallizes sections, deals with some of the verses, handles certain problems and backgrounds and applies principles. He is premillennial.
Be free : an expository study of Galatians by Wiersbe, Warren W
The Preacher's Outline & Sermon Bible : New Testament, King James Version - Acts, Romans, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians - This is a very useful resource which always includes numerous related cross-references. It will be of aid to you preaching and teaching.
Galatians by Moo, Douglas J.,
Galatians : Paul's charter of Christian freedom by Morris, Leon,
James Rosscup - This concise product often says a lot that shoots to the crux in a well-organized form. Morris has readable print and flowing style. Teachers, preachers, students and laity will profit by following through verses and getting some careful help on some of the problems, though at times space does not allow posing considerations (3:17; 6:16), contributing to some generality. It is a rather good survey by a discerning scholar, it simply vies with many works that provide far more, at least for teachers and diligent studying pastors.
Keith Mathison says Morris' work is among "a number of other helpful commentaries on the book of Galatians."
Cyril Barber - Galatians: Paul’s Charter of Christian Freedom. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1996. With his usual acumen Morris explains the theme of Galatians, deftly wending his way through the interpretative difficulties. He explores Paul’s bold affirmations, and in applying the text to our generation ably bridges the gap between the 1st century and the closing years of this century. The bottom line of his explanation of Paul’s emphasis on Christian freedom is a challenge to his readers to live life in light of the purity of the gospel. Recommended.
The message of Galatians by Stott, John R. W
The message of Galatians by Stott, John R. W
Tim Challies - John Stott – Message of Galatians: Only One Way (The Bible Speaks Today). John Stott is a powerful commentator who inevitably has fascinating insights; he is also strong in distilling important points down to pithy phrases. I always benefit from reading his commentaries. This one is highly regarded and apparently makes an excellent choice for the pastor or devotional reader alike.
James Rosscup - Here is a short but provocative expository treatment of the text. It is well-suited for the preacher/teacher or the interested layman and highly readable. It is in The Bible Speaks Today series.
Tim Mathison - Herman Ridderbos — The Epistle of Paul to the Churches of Galatia (1953). Herman Ridderbos’ commentary on Galatians was one of the first in the NICNT series. It has since been replaced first by Fung and then by DeSilva (See Runners-Up below). Although his commentary does not interact with contemporary scholarship and issues such as the New Perspective on Paul, this remains an outstanding commentary. It is worth noting that his large work Paul: An Outline of His Theology remains relevant and important to this day. Now that Eerdmans has re-released his commentary as a stand-alone work, I have no hesitation about including it in the top 5.
Galatians and Ephesians by Lehman Strauss - I like his devotional and bibliocentric style
Stay the course and stick with the true Gospel : a study in Galatians and call to sound doctrine by Stauffer, Claude T - 2009 - 334 pages
NOTE: Stauffer is a pastor so this will be written from that perspective and therefore might be very useful in preaching and teaching this great Pauline Epistle. Stauffer is conservative and evangelical. I did not read the entire work but read enough to feel comfortable that it is "sound doctrine"
Flesh and spirit in conflict : practical studies in Galatians by Epp, Theodore H
Galatians : from Biblical text-- to contemporary life by McKnight, Scot 58 ratings
Liberated for life : Galatians by MacArthur, John
Galatians : the wondrous grace of God by MacArthur, John
Galatians by Hansen, G. Walter,
Keith Mathison says this work is among "a number of other helpful commentaries on the book of Galatians,"
James Rosscup - Fung, Ronald Y. K. The Epistle to the Galatians (New International Commentary on the New Testament). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1988. 342 pp. This takes the place of Hermann Ridderbos’s work. It is thorough, usually with traditional conservative views and with many satisfactory explanations, some even excellent. On verses he is lucid, frequently with some detail, though he skips past some real problems such as having fallen from grace (Gal 5:4), not really explaining. The same thing happens on “crucified with Christ”. He holds the South Galatia theory, takes an A. D. 48 date, has a fairly good introduction overall in which he updates scholarly discussion, and relates 2:1–10 to the famine visit in Acts 11:27–30.
Cyril Barber - The Epistle to the Galatians. New International Commentary on the New Testament. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1988. "This expert and lucid commentary . . . will be a very valuable resource to all students grappling with the interpretation of Galatians and with recent scholarly discussion of Paul and Pauline theology."--Gordon D. Fee.
The letter of Paul to the Galatians : an introduction and commentary by Cole, R. A. (Tyndale series)
James Rosscup comments on a revision in 1989 with additional pages (240 pages). This is a revision of a work of twenty years before, interacting with scholarly studies since then. It is a good evangelical commentary, well-informed, solid, clear with good help at times on problem verses.
Cyril Barber (also commenting on the 1989 revision) - Cole's first edition has served the Christian community well since 1965. This revision will benefit the next generation of Bible students. The handling of the text is exemplary. Cole is neither tedious nor does he blithely sidestep important issues. His exposition of the theme is also "made to order" and boldlychampions the cause of grace. Highly recommended.
Galatians - Merrill C Tenney
Galatians : gospel of freedom by Hubbard, David Allan
Exposition of Galatians by Hendriksen, William, 1900-1982, author
New Testament commentary : exposition of Galatians [and] exposition of Ephesians by Hendriksen, William (1989)
James Rosscup - Staunch reformed commentary is competent in the Greek and the background, offering rich detail on verses, documented views, reasons, and a warmth of practical comment, all of this helpful to expositors. Hendriksen’s many New Testament commentaries are well-respected and widely-used by pastors, Bible class teachers and many lay people. Often his discussions are quite full and illuminating. Due to the date the work cannot be current in discussing scholarly contributions, but it does carry quite a weight of explaining the verses up to its day.
Galatians : Pentecostal commentary by Fee, Gordon D
Galatians by Guthrie, Donald
Galatians : a call to Christian liberty by Vos, Howard Frederic,
Cyril Barber - Vos, Howard E Galatians: A Call to Christian Liberty. Everyman's Bible Commentary. Chicago: Moody Press, 1971. Emphasizing the need for biblical "freedom," the writer expounds Paul's teaching in an understandable manner
The letters to the Galatians and Ephesians - William Barclay
Galatians : letter of liberation, Bible study guide by Swindoll, Charles R
Explorations in exegetical method : Galatians as a test case by Silva, Moisés
Ephesians and Colossians in the Greek New Testament for the English reader by Wuest, Kenneth Samuel, - good word studies
Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, 2 Thessalonians by Lane, William L - Only 98 pages.
Galatians by Dana Gould - Shepherd's Notes.
A historical commentary on St. Paul's Epistle to the Galatians by Ramsay, William Mitchell
Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon by Patzia, Arthur G (New International Biblical Commentary)
Cyril Barber - Colossians was the first Pauline epistle on which Bruce wrote a commentary. Now, thirty years later, he has rewritten this work and added to it entirely new studies on Philemon and Ephesians. He believes that Ephesians follows Colossians in thought and that Philemon, with its close association to Colossians, is appropriately included in this group of Paul's writings. Provocative
Ephesians, Colossians, and Philemon by Martin, Ralph P (Interpretation A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching - not my favorite series of commentaries)
The Flesh and the Spirit - An Examination of Galatians 5:19-23 - William Barclay
Note: This is not the more widely known series Daily Bible Studies, but is in essence a detailed word study of each of the words in the works of the flesh and the fruit of the Spirit. While some of these word studies are in his Daily Bible Studies series, this work is more complete. To quote Barclay "I have dealt with certain of these words in previous book which I have written on words, but the treatment here is new and very much fuller." One final word is a note of caution for while William Barclay often has very insightful Greek word studies, the Berean-like reader (Acts 17:11+) needs to be aware that he does hold some very unorthodox beliefs. See on site comments and also article on The Enigmatic William Barclay
Galatians by Cousar, Charles B
Cyril Barber - Of particular value to preachers, this section-by-section commentary is important for its exegetical insights. The hermeneutical approach and literary-historical details need to be read with caution
Jesus, Paul, and the law : studies in Mark and Galatians by Dunn, James D. G.
Discovering II corinthias / galatians by Lloyd J. Ogilvie, David A. Hubbard, Charles L
Exploring God's word : Bible guide to Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians by Guthrie, Donald
Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians - Ancient Christian Commentaries (early church fathers comments)
A NavPress Bible study on the books of Galatians by Navigators
Galatians by Robert Govett
Cyril Barber - First published in 1872. This work provides a verse-by-verse study of this important epistle. Insightful and enlightening. Recommended. 2
An exposition of Galatians by Brown, John, 1784-1858
Cyril Barber- A refreshing treatment of Paul's letter that has been called the Charter of Christian Liberty. By all means buy it. First published in 1853. A thorough, comprehensive exposition. Explains Paul’s concern for the converts in Galatia and desire to see them established in the faith. Notes at the end of the book clarify issues not treated extensively in the text. Recommended.
The Epistle to the Galatians by Findlay, George G. (George Gillanders),
Saint Paul's Epistle to the Galatians by Lightfoot, Joseph Barber,
Commentaries on the Epistles of Paul to the Galatians and Ephesians by Calvin, Jean,
Note: The first 4 resources have no time restriction and allow copy and paste function:
(1) KJV Bible Commentary - Hindson, Edward E; Kroll, Woodrow Michael. Over 3000 pages of the entire OT/NT. Well done conservative commentary that interprets Scripture from a literal perspective. Pre-millennial. User reviews - it generally gets 4/5 stars from users. - 372 ratings
Very well done conservative commentary that interprets Scripture from a literal perspective user reviews
The King James Version Bible Commentary is a complete verse-by-verse commentary. It is comprehensive in scope, reliable in scholarship, and easy to use. Its authors are leading evangelical theologians who provide practical truths and biblical principles. Any Bible student will gain new insights through this one-volume commentary based on the timeless King James Version of the Bible.
(2) The King James Study Bible Second Edition 2240 pages (2013) (Thomas Nelson) General Editor - Edward Hindson with multiple contributing editors. . 3,194 ratings. Pre-millennial. See introduction on How to Use this Study Bible.
(3) NKJV Study Bible: New King James Version Study Bible (formerly "The Nelson Study Bible - NKJV") by Earl D Radmacher; Ronald Barclay Allen; Wayne H House. 2345 pages. (1997, 2007). Very helpful notes. Conservative. Pre-millennial. 917 ratings
(4) The Wycliffe Bible Commentary - only the New Testament (for OT see below to borrow) - 1126 pages. (1971) Everett F Harrison - Editor of New Testament. Uses the KJV. Strictly speaking not a study Bible, but short notes are similar. KJV text in left column, commentary notes in right column. The comments are generally verse by verse, short, conservative and to the point. Pre-millennial.
Galatians in Wycliffe Bible Commentary, ed. C. F. Pfeiffer and E. F. Harrison. Chicago: Moody, 1962. James Rosscup - The author, a famous New Testament scholar at Fuller Theological Seminary for many years and a leading evangelical in his field, offers a concise, well-pondered work explaining many issues satisfactorily. His thoughts are carefully weighed, and he often provides good though brief reasons for views.
Quote from Henry Alford (1810-1871 - not a dispensationalist!) on Revelation 20 - "It will have been long ago anticipated by the readers of this Commentary, that I cannot consent to distort words from their plain sense and chronological place in the prophecy, on account of any considerations of difficulty, or any risk of abuses which the doctrine of the millennium may bring with it. Those who lived next to the Apostles, and the whole Church for 300 years, understood them in the plain literal sense: and it is a strange sight in these days to see expositors who are among the first in reverence of antiquity, complacently casting aside the most cogent instance of consensus which primitive antiquity presents. As regards the text itself, no legitimate treatment of it will extort what is known as the spiritual interpretation now in fashion.”
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery - free for use online with no restrictions (i.e., you do not need to borrow this book). Editors Leland Ryken, J C Wilhoit, Tremper Longman III - This is a potential treasure chest to aid your preaching and teaching as it analyzes the meaning of a host of Biblical figures of speech. Clue - use the "One-page view" which then allows you to copy and paste text. One downside is there is no index, so you need to search 3291 pages for entries which are alphabetical.
Zondervan NIV Study Bible - (2011) 2570 pages - Use this one if available as it has more notes than edition below. One hour limit
NIV Study Bible by Barker, Kenneth L; Burdick, Donald W (1995) 2250 pages. This is the first edition. This resource has been fully revised in 2020. One hour limit
Believer's Bible Commentary - OT and NT - MacDonald, William (1995) 2480 pages. Conservative. Literal. Often has very insightful comments. John MacArthur, says "Concise yet comprehensive - the most complete single-volume commentary I have seen." Warren Wiersbe adds "For the student who is serious about seeing Christ in the Word." One hour limit.
Rosscup - This work, originally issued in 1983, is conservative and premillennial, written to help teachers, preachers and people in every walk of life with different views, explanation and application. The 2-column format runs verse by verse for the most part, usually in a helpfully knowledgeable manner, and there are several special sections such as “Prayer” in Acts and “Legalism” in Galatians. The premillennial view is evident on Acts 1:6, 3:20, Romans 11:26, Galatians 6:16, Revelation 20, etc.
HCSB Study Bible : Holman Christian Standard Bible - General Editor Jeremy Royal Howard (2010) 2360 pages. Conservative. Good notes. Include Holmans excellent maps. One hour limit
Life Application Study Bible: Old Testament and New Testament: New Living Translation. Has some very helpful notes especially with application of texts. 4,445 ratings One hour limit
The David Jeremiah Study Bible - (2013) 2208 pages. 2,272 ratings Logos.com - "Drawing on more than 40 years of study, Dr. David Jeremiah has compiled a legacy resource that will make an eternal impact on generations to come. 8,000 study notes. Hundreds of enriching word studies"50+ Essentials of the Christian Faith" articles."
Rosscup - Conservative and premillennial scholars here have been experts in their fields. The work contains brief introductions and attempts to give a verse-by-verse exposition, though it does skip over some verses. The treatments vary with the authors, but as a whole it is a fine one-volume commentary for pastors and students to use or give to a layman. Outstanding sections include, for example: Whitcomb on Ezra-Nehemiah-Esther; Culver on Daniel; Ladd on Acts; Harrison on Galatians; Johnson on I Corinthians; and Ryrie on the Johannine Epistles.
Compact Bible commentary by Radmacher, Earl D; Allen, Ronald Barclay; House, H Wayne, et al - 954 pages. 424 ratings Multiple contributors to the comments which are often verse by verse. The comments are brief but meaty and can really help your study through a given book. A sleeper in my opinion.
The Experiencing God Study Bible: the Bible for knowing and doing the will of God - Blackaby, Henry (1996) 1968 pages - CHECK THIS ONE! Each chapter begins with several questions under the title "PREPARE TO MEET GOD." Then you will interesting symbols before many of the passages. The chapter ends with a "DID YOU NOTICE?" question. This might make a "dry chapter" jump off the page! Read some of the 48 ratings
NLT Study Bible (Illustration Version)
Disciple's Study Bible: New international version 54 ratings Not that helpful for verse by verse study. Focuses on application of Christian doctrines. 10,000 annotations; doctrinal summaries, "Life Helps" section relate doctrine to everyday discipleship.
The Living Insights Study Bible : New International Version - Charles Swindoll. Notes are good but somewhat sparse and not verse by verse.
The Apologetics Study Bible Understand Why You Believe by Norman Geisler
"Readers who desire a more intimate knowledge of the historical context of the Bible will appreciate the NIV Archaeological Study Bible. Full of informative articles and full-color photographs of places and objects from biblical times, this Bible examines the archaeological record surrounding God’s Word and brings the biblical world to life. Readers’ personal studies will be enriched as they become more informed about the empires, places, and peoples of the ancient world. Features include: • Four-color interior throughout • Bottom-of-page study notes exploring passages that speak on archaeological and cultural facts • Articles (520) covering five main categories: Archaeological Sites, Cultural and Historical Notes, Ancient Peoples and Lands, the Reliability of the Bible, and Ancient Texts and Artifacts • Approximately 500 4-color photographs interspersed throughout • Detailed book introductions that provide basic, at-a-glance information • Detailed charts on pertinent topics • In-text color maps that assist the reader in placing the action "
NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible. Bringing to Life the Ancient World of Scripture Keener, Craig and Walton, John. Editors (2017)
Zondervan King James Version Commentary - New Testament
Ryrie Study Bible Expanded Edition (1994) 2232 pages
The Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible : New American standard study by Strong, James, 1822-1894; Zodhiates, Spiros
The New Inductive Study Bible : updated New American Standard Bible - Introductions of each book give suggestions how to perform an inductive study on that specific book. Not strictly speaking a "study Bible" with notes but a Bible to help you study inductively. Has wide margins for making notes. This is one that works best in "paper," not digitally.
Evangelical Commentary on the Bible - Judges by Andrew Boling (20 pages); editor Walter Elwell (1989) 1239 pages. User reviews. (See also Boling's 380 page commentary on Judges the Anchor Bible Series)
Halley's Bible Handbook Henry H. Halley - (2000) 2720 pages (much larger than original edition in 1965 and no time limit on use). (Halley's Bible handbook : an abbreviated Bible commentary - one hour limit 1965 872 pages)
Rosscup - A much-used older evangelical handbook bringing together a brief commentary on Bible books, some key archaeological findings, historical background, maps, quotes, etc. It is helpful to a lay Bible teacher, Sunday School leader, or pastor looking for quick, pertinent information on a Bible book. This is the 72nd printing somewhat revised. Halley packed in much information. Unger’s is better overall, but that is not to say that Halley’s will not provide much help on basic information.
The Shaw Pocket Bible Handbook - Editor - Walter Elwell (1984) 408 pages.
"This hardback is small in size but packed full of content: Brief summaries of every book of the bible, cultural, archaeological and historical info, word definitions, pictures, maps and charts." Worth checking!
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- Galatians 3:1 Commentary
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- Galatians 3:11 Commentary
- Galatians 3:12 Commentary
- Galatians 3:13 Commentary
- Galatians 3:14 Commentary
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- Galatians 3:17 Commentary
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- Galatians 3:27 Commentary
- Galatians 3:28 Commentary
- Galatians 3:29 Commentary
DON ANDERSON TEACHING NOTES GALATIANS
A Practical Verse-by-Verse Study of GALATIANS "You Were Running Well: “Freedom vs. Legalism: The Truth Shall Set You Free” A hard-hitting treatise on Christian liberty for those who want to grow and progress in the Christian life. Learn the burden of legalism and the freedom of grace-living. (12 studies)
Howard G Hendricks (read the tributes to Dr Hendricks) - “Few have been more helpful to so many over the years than Don Anderson as he has translated the Bible into practical rules for living… with heart and a head of solid advice.”
- Galatians - You Were Running Well - Practical Study with Questions - this is the main page and has Don's 12 audio lectures.
- Galatians Study Guide - Study 1-12 - 36 page guide with questions on each of the 12 studies
- Galatians 1-6 Bible Text Marked Up with color coding - interesting
Below are Teaching Notes - these are not your typical notes. These studies average about 40 pages each
Below are more Study Notes - each study has about 150 pages
LInk to the Mp3 audios Listen or Download (To download Mp3 open study and note the three stacked dots to the right of the volume control - click this and then you can download to your computer to transfer to you favorite Mp3 listening device.)
- Galatians – Study 5 - 59:05 Galatians 3:1-14
- Galatians – Study 6 - 59:01 Galatians 3:15-29
MICHAEL ANDRUS - Recommended. Pithy and Practical. Transcripts about 9 pages. Audio available.
- Galatians 3 - But Isn't Grace Dangerous?
- Galatians 3 - How to Turn Legalistic Homes and Churches into Havens of Grace
- Galatians 3:1-5- The Sin Religious People are Proud Of
- Galatians 3:6-14 Who is a True Jew?
- Galatians 3:14-25 Why, Then the Law?
- Galatians 3:26-4:11 Why Should a Son (or Daughter) Act Like a Slave?
"When I go to heaven..." were Jack Arnold's last words before dying instantly in the pulpit from a heart attack!
- Galatians 3:1-9 Faith from Start to Finish
- Galatians 3:10-14 The Two Alternatives
- Galatians 3:15-18 The History and Theology of Justification
- Galatians 3:19-22 The Purpose of the law
- Galatians 3:23-29 Under Law of In Christ
E. H. ASKWITH (1899)
- Galatians 3:1 Commentary - Abide with Me
- Galatians 3:1 Commentary - The Foolishness of Denying Christ
- Galatians 3:2-7 Commentary - The Means of Our Salvation
- Galatians 3:6-11 Commentary - The Means of Our Sanctification
- Galatians 3:12-18 Commentary - Free to Be What God Wants Me to Be
- Galatians 3:19-25 Commentary - The Purpose of the Law
- Galatians 3:26-29 Commentary - Sons of God
- Galatians 3:26-29, 5:19-21 Commentary - What Garment Are You Wearing?
D Edmond Hiebert - Uses author's own translation. Especially valuable for the historical background material presented. Good word studies and various illustrations. (from Hiebert's critique of Barclay on Peter's epistles - "Barclay holds that Christ's descent into Hades gave those who there heard Him a second chance.")
Comment: I appreciate Barclay's unique insights on Greek words, but clearly his teaching about a "second chance" is NOT sound doctrine! Be an Acts 17:11 Berean with Barclay. See discussion of his orthodoxy especially the article "The Enigmatic William Barclay".
BENJAMIN W. BACON
James Rosscup writes that Barnes "includes 16 volumes on the Old Testament, 11 on the New Testament. The New Testament part of this old work was first published in 1832–1851. Various authors contributed. It is evangelical and amillennial...Often the explanations of verses are very worthwhile." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works)
C H Spurgeon "Albert Barnes is a learned and able divine, but his productions are unequal in value, the gospels are of comparatively little worth, but his other comments are extremely useful for Sunday-school teachers and persons with a narrow range of reading, endowed with enough good sense to discriminate between good and evil....Placed by the side of the great masters, Barnes is a lesser light, but taking his work for what it is and professes to be, no minister can afford to be without it, and this is no small praise for works which were only intended for Sunday-school teachers." (Spurgeon, C. H. Lectures to my Students, Vol. 4: Commenting and Commentaries; Lectures Addressed to the students of the Pastors' College, Metropolitan Tabernacle)
C NORMAN BARTLETT
- Galatians 3:1-5
- Galatians 3:6-9
- Sermon notes are different than study notes - click for sermon notes
James Rosscup writes "This work (Gnomon), originally issued in 1742, has considerable comment on the Greek, flavoring the effort with judicious details about the spiritual life. It has much that helps, but has been surpassed by many other commentaries since its day." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works)
Charles Haddon Spurgeon -- "'A Critical New Testament, so compiled as to enable a reader, unacquainted with Greek, to ascertain the exact English force and meaning of the language of the New Testament, and to appreciate the latest results of modern criticism.' Such is the professed aim of this commentary, and the compilers have very fairly carried out their intentions. The whole of Bengel’s Gnomon is bodily transferred into the work, and as one hundred and twenty years have elapsed since the first issue of that book, it may be supposed that much has since been added to the wealth of Scripture exposition; the substance of this has been incorporated in brackets, so as to bring it down to the present advanced state of knowledge. We strongly advise the purchase of this book, as it is multum in parvo, and will well repay an attentive perusal. Tischendorf and Alford have contributed largely, with other German and English critics, to make this one of the most lucid and concise commentaries on the text and teachings of the New Testament" (Spurgeon, C. H. Lectures to my Students, Vol. 4: Commenting and Commentaries; Lectures Addressed to the students of the Pastors' College, Metropolitan Tabernacle)
BETHANY BIBLE - Greg Allen
- Galatians 3:1-5 The Bewitching Lure of 'Something More'
- Galatians 3:6-14 Blessed with Believing Abraham
- Galatians 3:19-25 Made Guilty Enough for Grace
- Galatians 3:23-29 Forced by Moses to Jesus
Note: Each link below opens to a page with multiple sermon links to individual verses (taken from Biblical Illustrator but divided by chapter and verse - click chap/verse to go to next listing) - Interesting concept.
JAMES ROBINSON BOISE (1885)
- Notes Critical and Explanatory on Paul's Epistle to the Galatians for the Use of Students and Pastors
A E BOUTER
- The Doctrinal Argument: The Failure of Legalism - 3:1-4:31
- From Personal Experience - 3:1-5
- From Old Testament Teaching - 3:6-14
- From Priority of Promise - 3:15-22
- From Superiority of Mature Faith - 3:23-4:7
ERNEST DE WITT BURTON
CAMBRIDGE GREEK TESTAMENT
RICH CATHERS - frequent use of illustrations
GEORGE W CLARK
W A CRISWELL
- Galatians 3:1-14 The Bewitched Galatians
- Galatians 3:10-14 Christ Our Redeemer -1956
- Galatians 3:1-4 The Bewitched Galatians
- Galatians 3:10-14 Christ Our Redeemer -1972
- Galatians 3:13 The Curse and the Tree - 1972
- Galatians 3:24 Declared Righteous
- Galatians 3:19 The Broken Law: Why the Law
- Galatians 3:24 The Paidagogos - 1972
- Galatians 3:13 The Curse and the Tree - 1956
- Galatians 3:24 The Paidagogos - 1956
- Galatians 3:19 Wherefore Then The Law?
- Galatians 3:15-22 Why the Law
- Galatians 3:24-29 Justification: Declared Righteous
- Galatians 3:1-9 The Cost of Changing Course
- Galatians 3:10-18 What the Law Cannot Do
- Galatians 3:19-29 The Contribution of the Mosaic Covenant
Recommended: One has to "sift" through his prolific comments but there is "gold in those hills" as the prospectors say!
Rosscup - Based on the Greek text, this commentary grapples with problems in an energetic fashion, presenting various views and coming to conclusions. It is voluminous (480 pages).
Spurgeon - This is a most careful attempt to ascertain the meaning of the Apostle by a painstaking analysis of his words. The author is not warped by any system of theology, but yet he does not deviate from recognized evangelical truth. As a piece of honest grammatical exegesis the value of this commentary is very great, though there is room to differ from it here and there. (Lectures to my Students, Vol. 4: Commenting and Commentaries)
D Edmond Hiebert - Eadie, John, Commentary on the Epistle of Paul to the Galatians. (1869). - Greek text. A thorough, very helpful exposition for those knowing Greek, but due to its age lacks the insights of more recent investigation. Supports the North-Galatian theory; has an extended note on the identity of James, the Lord's brother (pp. 57-100). (An Introduction to the NT)
JOHN EDMUNDS (1874)
CYRIL W. EMMET
THEODORE EPP - Devotionals
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EXPOSITOR'S BIBLE COMMENTARY - G G FINDLAY
D Edmond Hiebert - Findlay, G. G., "The Epistle to the Galatians," The Expositor's Bible. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., Vol. V (1943 reprint). An exhaustive exposition by a conservative scholar of the past century. Contains much relevant material in spite of its age.
EXPOSITOR'S DICTIONARY OF TEXTS
ARNO C GAEBELEIN
Garlington wrote the Galatians commentary portion for the respected multi-authored commentary, the Expositor's Bible Commentary (EBC) edited by Gaebelein - this "shorter commentary" is actually longer than his EBC work, and actually represents a "summary" of his 440 page commentary
- A Shorter Commentary on Galatians - 193 pages
GENE GETZ - short videos on principles
- Galatians 2:17-3:9; The Abrahamic Covenant: To communicate the gospel comprehensively, we must understand God's unconditional promise to Abraham. Video
- Galatians 3:10-26; Justification by Faith: When explaining that salvation is a free gift, we must also clarify that this gift can only be received by faith in Jesus Christ Video
- Galatians 3:27-4:7; Unity in Christ: Regardless of our ethnic background, cultural upbringing, or gender, when we are saved we are to function as one unified family in Christ. Video
J MORGAN GIBBON
JOHN H. GODWIN (1871)
A helpful translation, with good textual notes.— Spurgeon
Conscientious labor and long pondering are very evident throughout the entire work. The notes and the apothegmatic statements of doctrinal truth are charged with significance, and are models of lucid condensation.—British Quarterly Review
- Sermons on Galatians- most are mp3's
- Galatians 3:13 What is the curse of the law?
- Galatians 3:16 Who are the seed of Abraham?
- Galatians 3:27 Does this teach that baptism is necessary for salvation?
L M GRANT
OLIVER GREENE - Epistle of Paul to the Galatians (1962) - 180 pages
- The Gift of the Spirit Comes by Faith Not by Law or by Works - Galatians 3:1-12
- CHRIST Has Borne for Us the Curse of the Law That We Might Have the Blessing of Faith - Galatians 3:13-14
- The Abrahamic and the Mosaic Covenants - Galatians 3:15-29
GEORGE JOHN GWYNNE
In-depth, verse-by-verse commentary focuses on the Greek text giving English translation and then notes and explanation.
J A HALDANE
J. L. HARRIS (1873)
- Galatians 3:2-3 Faith versus Works
- Galatians 3:13-14 Blessing versus Cursing
- Galatians 3:324 Justification by Faith plus Nothing
F B HOLE
- Galatians 3:1-5 Because of Your Experience
- Galatians 3:6-9 Because of Scriptures About Abraham's Faith
- Galatians 3:10-14 Because of Scriptures about the Curse of the Law
- Galatians 3:15-18 Because of Scriptures about the Covenant
- Galatians 3:19-20 Why Then the Law?
- Galatians 3:21-29 Does the Law Contradict God's Promises?
INTERNATIONAL CRITICAL COMMENTARY - ERNEST DE WITT BURTON (1921)
D Edmond Hiebert - An exhaustive study of the Greek text by a noted liberal scholar. Offers summaries of previous views and gives special attention to grammatical and linguistic matters. Makes important word studies. Favors the South-Galatian theory and equates Acts 15 with Galatians 2 but holds that Acts is "inaccurate."
H A IRONSIDE
INTERVARSITY PRESS COMMENTARY
- Understanding the Presence of the Spirit (3:1-5)
- Identifying the Children of Abraham (3:6-9)
- The Alternatives: The Curse and the Blessing (3:10-14)
- Understanding the Promise (3:15-18)
- Understanding the Law (3:19-25)
- The Unity of All Recipients of the Promise (3:26-29)
JAMIESON, FAUSSET, BROWN
S LEWIS JOHNSON
- Galatians 3:1-14 O Foolish Galatians
- Galatians 3:15-22 Moses and Abraham, Law v. Promise
- Galatians 3:23-29 Once in Custody, Now in Christ
- Galatians 3:28 Role Distinctions in the Church
- Galatians 3:1-3 Life Of Grace Not Law
- Galatians 3:3; 5:16 Life Empowered By The Spirit
- Galatians 3-4 The Magna Carta Of Christian Freedom
- Galatians 3:1-5 How Do You Answer Paul's Five Questions?
- Galatians 3:6-9 Paul's Prime Example of Justification by Faith
- Galatians 3:10-14 Are You Living a Cursed or Redeemed Life?
- Galatians 3:15-18 Is There Such a Thing as a Gift you Must Earn?
- Galatians 3:19-22 What is the Purpose of the Law? (Part 1)
- Galatians 3 23-29 What is the Purpose of the Law? (Part 2)
J B LIGHTFOOT
James Rosscup writes that "Lightfoot is highly-regarded for his work on the Greek text, top notch exegesis verse by verse, special notes on key problems, giving of views and reasons, etc. He was rarely gifted, and his commentaries rich with assistance to pastors and students." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works)
D Edmond Hiebert - Lightfoot, J. B., Saint Paul's Epistle to the Galatians, A Revised Text with Introduction, Notes and Dissertations. (1865). A classic commentary on the Greek text of Galatians with valuable linguistic insights. Thoroughly grounded in classical Greek, some of Lightfoot's views need some modification in the light of recent Koine studies. Presents a strong defense of the North-Galatian view (Ed: In contrast many such as John MacArthur favor Paul was addressing the churchs in southern Galatia - See MacArthur's note under Background and Setting). Three important dissertations comprise a third of the volume.
Spurgeon- The Spectator says: “There is no commentator at once of sounder judgment, and more liberal, than Dr. Lightfoot.”
James Rosscup writes that "Much of the heart-pulse of Luther’s stand for justification by faith appears here, as he distinguishes between the rigors of keeping the law in a false bid to gain standing and the freedom God gives through grace, leading to a new life-style of fruit in grace." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works)
John Bunyan (Pilgrim's Progress) wrote "I prefer this book of Martin Luther’s (except the Bible) before all the books that I have ever seen, as most fit for a wounded conscience."
C H Spurgeon wrote that "This is a great historic work, and is beyond criticism, on account of its great usefulness. As a comment its accuracy might be questioned; but for emphatic utterances and clear statements of the great doctrine of the Epistle it remains altogether by itself, and must be judged per se. (Spurgeon, C. H. Lectures to my Students, Vol. 4: Commenting and Commentaries; Lectures Addressed to the students of the Pastors' College, Metropolitan Tabernacle)
Cyril Barber - A theologically precise exposition which adequately expounds the theme of this epistle. In it MacArthur advances some of his ideas that later became identified with the debate over "Lordship Salvation." Pastors will find this commentary to be of real value in explaining the text.
- Galatians 3: The Purpose of the Law
- Galatians 3:1-5 Bewitched by False Doctrine
- Galatians 3:1-3: Whatever Happened to Holy Spirit?
- Galatians 3:1-3: Whatever Happened to the Holy Spirit - Study Guide (only part 1)
- Galatians 3:1-5: Ministries of the Holy Spirit- 1
- Galatians 3:1-5: Ministries of the Holy Spirit- 2
- Galatians 3:1-5: Ministries of the Holy Spirit- 3
- Galatians 3:6-14 Works or Grace?, Part 1
- Galatians 3:10-14 Works or Grace?, Part 2
- Galatians 3:10-14 Works or Grace?, Part 3
- Galatians 3:6-14 Salvation Is by Faith Alone
- Galatians 3:10-13 The Hopelessness of Sin
- Galatians 3:10-14 Redeemed from the Curse of Law
- Galatians 3:13 The Curse of God
- Galatians 3:13 The Curse of the Law
- Galatians 3:13 Considering the Curse Christ Carried
- Galatians 3:15-18 The Big Picture of Salvation
- Galatians 3:15-18 God’s Eternal Covenant of Promise
- Galatians 3:1522 The Inferiority of the Law
- Galatians 3:23-29 Deliverance from Bondage to the Law
JAMES MACGREGOR (1881)
W DOUGLAS MACKENZIE- Westminster New Testament (1912) - fairly simple
- Galatians 3:1 The Evil Eye and the Charm
- Galatians 3:4 Lessons of Experience
- Galatians 3:22 The Universal Prison
- Galatians Commentary - Thesis - interesting
J VERNON MCGEE
- Galatians 3 - Mp3's
F B MEYER
HENRY MORRIS - Defender's Study Bible notes - conservative, well done
- Galatians 3:1 foolish Galatians
- Galatians 3:6 righteousness
- Galatians 3:7 children of Abraham
- Galatians 3:8 scripture justify the heathen
- Galatians 3:10 it is written
- Galatians 3:11 just shall live by faith
- Galatians 3:12 that doeth them
- Galatians 3:13 a curse for us
- Galatians 3:16 to thy seed
- Galatians 3:17 four hundred and thirty years
- Galatians 3:19 till the seed should come ordained by angels
- Galatians 3:22 all under sin
- Galatians 3:24 schoolmaster
- Galatians 3:27 baptized into Christ
- Galatians 3:28 all one in Christ
H A W MEYER
J MIKE MINNIX
NET BIBLE NOTES
PHIL NEWTON - well done
- Galatians 3:1-5 Bewitched: An Argument from Experience
- Galatians 3:6-9 Abraham's True Children
- Galatians 3:10-14 Christ: A Curse for Us
- Galatians 3:15-22 Why the Law?
- Galatians 3:23-29 The Tutor and the Sons
W. A. O'CONNOR (1876)
OUR DAILY BREAD
- Galatians 3:1ff
- Galatians 3:1
- Galatians 3:3
- Galatians 3:3
- Galatians 3:3
- Galatians 3:3 The Galatia Church
- Galatians 3:11ff
- Galatians 3:13
- Galatians 3:13
- Galatians 3:19-29
- Galatians 3:24
- Galatians 3:26
- Galatians 3:26-29
- Galatians 3:26-29
- Galatians 3:26-4:7 Joining the Family
- Galatians 3:26-4:7 What Time Is It?
- Galatians 3:28
- Galatians 3:28
E H PEROWNE - Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges
- Galatians 3:1-5: Can You Begin By Spirit & Be Completed By Flesh?
- Galatians 3:5: By Treasuring All That God Is, All Whom He Love
- Galatians 3:6-9: Those Who Have Faith Are the Sons of Abraham
- Galatians 3:10-14: Christ Redeemed Us From the Curse of the Law
- Galatians 3:15-18: The Law Does Not Annul the Promise
- Galatians 3:19-22: Why Then the Law?
- Galatians 3:23-29: If You Are Christ's, You Are Heirs of the Promise
ARTHUR PRIDHAM (1872)
- Galatians 3:1-14 Two Ways to Go to Heaven: Make Sure You Choose the Right One
- Galatians 3:15-4:11 Born Free: Seven Promises You Can Count On
WILLIAM MITCHELL RAMSAY (bio) - 478 pages
Rosscup - "Here is a helpful commentary on the historical background of this epistle. Ramsay has been called an outstanding authority on the background of Paul's travels."
Cyril Barber - One of the great commentaries on this portion of Scripture. Deserving of a place in every expository preacher's library.
D Edmond Hiebert - Ramsay, William M., A Historical Commentary on St. Paul's Epistle to the Galatians. (1899). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House (1965). The major emphasis is on the background for the epistle. The author used his vast knowledge of the historical and archaeological backgrounds of Asia Minor to support his strong defense of the South-Galatian view. Identifies Galatians 2 with Acts 11 and thinks that Paul's thorn in the flesh was malaria.
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- Galatians 3:1
- Galatians 3:1b
- Galatians 3:2
- Galatians 3:3
- Galatians 3:4
- Galatians 3:5
- Galatians 3:6
- Galatians 3:7
- Galatians 3:8
- Galatians 3:8b
- Galatians 3:9
- Galatians 3:10
- Galatians 3:10b
- Galatians 3:10c
- Galatians 3:10d
- Galatians 3:11
- Galatians 3:12
- Galatians 3:13
- Galatians 3:14
- Galatians 3:15
- Galatians 3:16
- Galatians 3:17
- Galatians 3:18
- Galatians 3:19
- Galatians 3:20
- Galatians 3:21
- Galatians 3:22
- Galatians 3:23
- Galatians 3:24
- Galatians 3:25
- Galatians 3:26
- Galatians 3:27
- Galatians 3:28
- Galatians 3:28b
- Galatians 3:29
A T ROBERTSON
A W ROBINSON
- Galatians 3:1Shifting Gears
- Galatians 3:1 Living By Faith
- Galatians 3:15 Abraham, Moses And Christ
- Galatians 3:26 The Blessings Of Being In Christ
PHILIP SCHAFF (1881) The Epistle of Paul to the Galatians
THOMAS R SCHREINER
- Galatians 3:10: Is Perfect Obedience to the Law Possible? A Re-Examination
- See Also - Works of Law in Paul
SERMON BIBLE COMMENTARY
SERMON CENTRAL - over 400 sermons but of variable quality. Be a Berean.
- Galatians 3 Sermons Listed Below - all on one pagel
- Galatians 3:1 Departing From the Simple Gospel
- Galatians 3:8,9 The Gospel Preached to Abraham
- Galatians 3:10 Spirituality and Sanctions of the Law
- Galatians 3:13 Redemption by Christ
- Galatians 3:19 The Uses of the Law
- Galatians 3:19 The Spirituality of the Law
- Galatians 3:19 The First Use of the Law
- Galatians 3:19 The Law, A Schoolmaster to Bring us to Christ
- Galatians 3:19 The Third Use of the Law, as a Rule of Life
- Galatians 3:21-26 The True Use of the Law
- Galatians 3:27-29 Benefits and Obligations of Baptism
JAMES SMITH - Handfuls of Purpose
C H SPURGEON
- Galatians 3:1: Men Bewitched
- Galatians 3:2: The Hearing of Faith
- Galatians 3:3: The Work of the Holy Spirit
- Galatians 3:10: A Call to the Unconverted
- Galatians 3:10-14: The Curse; and the Curse for Us
- Galatians 3:11: Life by Faith
- Galatians 3:13 Christ Made A Curse for Us
- Galatians 3:13: The Curse Removed
- Galatians 3:19: The Uses of the Law
- Galatians 3:20: A Mediator
- Galatians 3:22 The Great Jail, and How to Get Out of It
- Galatians 3:23: Under Arrest
- Galatians 3:23: Under Arrest - SERMON NOTES
- Galatians 3:24-25: The Stern Pedagogue
- Galatians 3 Exposition
- Galatians 3:26 Children of God by Faith in Christ - devotional
GEORGE B. STEVENS
Each chapter is in the first place analyzed and paraphrased, and then commented upon verse by verse, with constant reference to the original Greek, and with sufficient introduction of Greek words to serve as a help to those who only have a moderate acquaintance with the language. The paraphrases are excellent, and are in themselves valuable commentaries upon the separate chapters.—Bibliotheca Sacra
THIRD MILLENNIUM - These are the older notes
- Historical Evidence - Galatians 3:1-4:31
- Personal Experiences: Grace Alone - Galatians 3:1-5
- Clearly portrayed - Galatians 3:1
- Spirit - Galatians 3:2
- By human effort? - Galatians 3:3-5
- Grace Alone: Old Testament Gospel - Galatians 3:6-4:11
- Consider Abraham ... he believed - Galatians 3:6-7
- Old/New Testament Gospel - Galatians 3:8-9
- A curse - Galatians 3:10-11
- The law is not based on faith - Galatians 3:12
- A curse for us - Galatians 3:13
- The blessing given to Abraham - Galatians 3:14
- The everlasting covenant - Galatians 3:15-18
- Seed - Galatians 3:16
- 430 years later - Galatians 3:17
- The promise - Galatians 3:18
- Because of transgressions - Galatians 3:19
- Mediator - Galatians 3:20
- Against the promises ... Absolutely not! - Galatians 3:21
- Prison of the law- Galatians 3:22-23
- Was put in charge to lead us - Galatians 3:24
- No longer under the supervision of the law - Galatians 3:25
- You are all sons of God - Galatians 3:26-27
- You are all one in Christ Jesus - Galatians 3:28-29
TODAY IN THE WORD
- Galatians 3 - Devotionals
- Galatians Commentary - Verse by Verse - recommended resource
- Galatians 3:1-14 The Cross And The Spirit
- Galatians 3:1-14: The Real Thing
- Galatians 3:15-22: Precious and Magnificent Promise
- Galatians 3:15-29 Children of God
- Galatians 3:23-4:11: Spiritual Graduation