Martin Luther, Commentary on Galatians
Dr. Rod Rosenbladt
Lesson 13 Notes
Vss. 13-14 – You know that it was because of weakness of the flesh that I preached the Gospel to you at first; and though my condition was a trial to you, you did not scorn or despise me, but received me as an angel of God, as Christ Jesus.
- Paul explains the favors he had received from the Galatians.
- 1st (& greatest): I preached Christ to you in great trials & you were not offended by my condition, message of cross did not offend you (AE 26: 417)
- . . . everyone who was powerful, wise, learned, or religious hated, persecuted, & spat upon Paul, stepped all over him & slandered him; Galatians were not offended by this. (AE 26: 418)
Vs. 16 – Have I, then, become your enemy by telling you the truth?
- Paul says why he is speaking so soothingly: suspects they regard him as hostile to thembecause he has rebuked them so harshly. (AE 26: 423)
Vs. 17 – They make much of you, but for no good purpose.
- Paul attacks flattery of the false apostles. (Rom. 16:18)
- Satan uses tricks & wiles; false apostles swear all they are interested in is advancing the glory of God
- claim they are prompted by the Spirit to teach the pure truth, to deliver the elect from errors, etc.
- promise sure salvation to those who accept their teaching
- pretext of piety; but false apostles are wolves in sheep’s clothing. (Matt. 7:15)
If faced with a fork in the road between unity and Truth, Luther will always take Truth
Vs. 24 – Now this is an allegory.
- Luther: Allegories do not provide solid proofs in theology. (AE 26: 435-436)
- Paul had to prove justification by faith in Christ alone via better arguments than “allegory.”