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Chapter 5

Chapter 5
Law of the Spirit of Life has set us free from the Law of Sin and Death


Rav Sha’ul’s Commentary:

To understand the book of Galatians we must also know what Sha’ul believed and taught the churches he established. When we get into Chapter 5, Sha’ul’s letter to the Called Out Ones in Rome is pre-reading because without a doubt, Sha’ul had already taught the Assembly in Galatia many times in person and probably other letters we no long have 2000 years later. But we do have letters he wrote to other assemblies he established. Sha’ul teaching would have been consistent, so we need the context of all his writings to shed light on his letter to the Galatians.


Romans 8

There is therefore now no condemnation (to the Death Decrees in The Law) to those who are in The Yahushaic Covenant (because Yahusha has freed us from the fear of death by defeating death, Hebrews 2:15), who do not walk according to the flesh (in bondage to the death decree, Hebrews 2:15), but according to the Spirit (of Comfort i.e. The Comforter, John 16:7  being set free from the fear of death, Hebrews 2:15). For The Law of the Spirit of (Loving Obedience that leads to Eternal Ezekiel 36:26-27) life in The Yahushaic Covenant (Jeremiah 31:31), has made me free from The Law of sin and death (the Mosaic Covenant with active Death Decrees John 14:7-26). For what The Law could not do (deliver Eternal life Deuteronomy 12:28 and Jeremiah 7:23 and Joshua 1:6) in that it was weak through the flesh (because we sinned against The Law making us accountable to the Death Decrees which amount to a ‘certificate of debt’ demanding our death Colossians 2:14), Yahuah did (covered the Death Decrees making whole The Law) by sending His own Son as a human being, on account of sin (to show by example ‘The Way’ a human can be perfected in Righteous Obedience before Yahuah, Hebrews 2:10): Yahusha condemned sin in the flesh (by living The Way of Mikveh, Circumcision, and Offering… being perfected and dying innocent in the eyes of The Law, Philippians 2:8), that the Righteous requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us (as the Death Decrees are nailed to the stake, and our sin is Passed Over by the blood of the Passover Lamb; restoring us to perfect Obedience in the eyes of The Law for those who walked as Yahusha walked, 1 John 2:6, The Way of Mikveh, Circumcision, and Offering John 13:15) who do not walk according to the flesh (fear of death, Hebrews 2:15 ,which breeds enmity toward Yahuah, Romans 8:7 below) but according to the Spirit (of Comfort , in which we Lovingly Obey the Law, Ezekiel 36:26-27). For those who live according to the flesh (in fear of death) set their minds on the things of the flesh (because they have no comfort they will live beyond this life), but those who live according to the Spirit (of Comfort), the things of the Spirit (because Yahuah has demonstrated through Yahusha that death can be defeated and set their eyes on Eternal life not this fleshly life). For to be carnally minded (enmity toward The Law of Yahuah) is death (you’ll be held to account to the Death Decrees in the Law), but to be Spiritually minded (Obey the Law out of Love Ezekiel 36:26-27) is (Eternal) life and peace (there is no fear of death, we have the comforter). Because the carnal mind is hostility toward Yahuah (because you fear death) for it is not subject to The Law of Yahuah (because you hate The Law, not having Faith in Yahusha, for outside of Faith, the Law is “sin and you die by Decree” i.e. The Law of Sin and Death), nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please Yahuah.

With this understanding of Sha’ul actually taught the assemblies he established, we can now read and understand his letter to the Galatians. It is only when we sound bite his letter to the Galatians and do not understand it in context of all his teachings, that we see false doctrines arise. Putting everything into context removes the “guessing” and “interpretations” and also allows us to properly render the letter.



Galatians 5:1-6
The Law of Circumcision-- One's Promise to Keep the Whole Law

1 Therefore, stand fast in the Liberty by which Messiah has made us free (from the “letter” as we now Obey the “intent” of The Law), and do not be entangled again with the yoke of bondage (to Obey The Law out of the fear of death. The Yoke of Bondage is The Yoke of Sin. Romans 6: 22-23)

2 Behold, I Sha’ul, testify to you; that if you let yourself be (physically) circumcised, will this not (Greek ‘ouden’. Traditionally translated ‘nothing’. A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament by Gingrich and Danker, Page 590, shows this word is correctly translated not, but is showing that the sentence in which it is placed is a question being asked) benefit you as a saint? (Hebrew mashiach. Traditionally translated Messiah. Word #4899, Hebrew Dictionary, Strong's Exhaustive Concordance, shows this word is correctly translated saint).

3 And I testify again to every man who lets himself be (physically or Spiritually) Circumcised: this is your Promise to keep the whole Law (out of Loving Intent, not out of fear of death).

4 You, who by Law, were once justified by the undeserved pardon by Messiah (as the Promise of the Passover Lamb covers only those who keep The Law, not the Lawless), but if you have abolished this pardon yourselves (by abolishing The Law in your heart) --you are fallen! (Grace applies only in light of The Law, outside of The Law “Grace” has no meaning, as it is defined as “covering the Death Decrees in The Law by the blood of the Lamb Promise” so if you abolish The Law, you abolish the Promise which justifies you along with it)

5 For we, in the Spirit, have eagerly awaited this Hope of Righteousness (fulfilled in Yahusha the Passover Lamb in which the Righteous Requirements of The Law fulfilled in us Romans 8:4) through the Faith (which establishes The Law in our heart, and through The Passover Lamb we are forgiven).

6 Truly, when it comes to being a saint (Later Greek manuscripts of this verse insert the name Yahusha at this point in this verse. This name does not appear in this verse as it is written in the Codex Vaticanus manuscript. Concordant Version of the Sacred Scriptures by A. E. Knoch, Galatians 5: 6. 7. Hebrew ‘mashiach’. Traditionally translated ‘Messiah’. Word #4899, Hebrew Dictionary, Strong's Exhaustive Concordance, shows this word is correctly translated ‘saint’) neither being a Yahdai (Greek ‘peritome’. Traditionally translated ‘circumcision’. A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament by Gingrich and Danker, Page 653, shows this word is correctly translated ‘Yahdai’) nor being a Gentile (Greek ‘akrobustos’. Traditionally translated ‘uncircumcision’. A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament by Gingrich and Danker, Page 33, shows this word is correctly translated ‘Gentile’) prevails--only the Faith (which establishes The Law) which is effective through Love (as we keep The Law out of Love not obligation Ezekiel 36:26-27); the keeping of Yahuah's Laws, will prevail in us (who have The Spirit of Truth within us).


Galatians 5:7-12
All Should Obey The Truth

7 You were running well (in Obedience to The Torah). Who persuaded you not to Obey the Truth (of The Torah)? 

8 This persuasion (to deny The Law) did not come from Him; Yahuah, Who called you (because His Spirit teaches you to keep His Law and Obey His Commandments Ezekiel 36:25-26).

9 A little leaven; sin, leavens the whole batch of dough. (we are to keep the whole Law not just pick and choose)

10 I have confidence in you through Yahuah, that you will consider nothing else (but that we are to Obey The Law); but the ones causing you trouble (teaching the Spirit of Error that The Law was abolished) would come into covenant with Yahusha, and not bring you back again to be entangled with the yoke of bondage (to the Death Decrees, put your Faith in Yahusha to cover your sin)

11 But though I still preach circumcision, brothers, how is it that I am still being persecuted? It (my preaching Circumcision) is the stumbling block of the sacrifice of the Messiah that they (who want to bear false witness) want stopped!

12 Oh, that the ones causing you trouble (teaching against The Law) would circumcise themselves (have a Loving heart toward His Law and stop bringing others into bondage to sin and death)!



Galatians 5:13-26
Walking in The Spirit

13 For you were called into Liberty (liberated from the “letter” and no longer Obey out of feat of death), brothers, but not Liberty to be instruments of carnality (Liberty is not abolishing The Law, it is Obedience to the “intent of The Law”); but through the Love of Yahuah (The Love of Yahuah: I John 5: 3 is that we keep His Commandment out of Love and) serve one another (in Love).

14 For truly, everything in The Law through the Plan of Yahuah, has been accomplished through this: (Lev 19:18) You will love your neighbor as yourself.

15 But if you bite and devour one another (forcing others to Obey your self-righteous standards), be careful that you are not consumed by one another (self-righteous judges are like lions seeking about for those to whom they can devour. Using The Law as a baseball bat to beat everyone else over the head with, when The Law is a PERSONAL guide to Righteousness within a personal relationship with our Father, guided by the Ruach and our conscience)!

16 I say then: Walk (Walk in the Spirit. The Law is Spiritual, Romans 7: 12-14) in the Spirit (ual Law), and you will not perform the lust of the flesh; carnal passions.

17 For the lusts of the flesh (The Flesh, The Carnal Mind, and the Spirit of Yahuah oppose each other. The Spirit of Yahuah is shown forth by The Laws of Yahuah. Romans 8: 7) is contrary to The Spirit (of Loving Obedience to the Law, Ezekiel 36:26-27) and the Spirit (Loving Obedience) is against the lusts of the flesh (which are enmity toward The Law, Ephesians 2:14-16); for the one opposes the other (those who are of the flesh cannot please Yahuah, they are not subject to The Law, Romans 8:6-7). So, be mindful, and do not do just anything you desire to do (do not be Lawless… The Law defined what to do and not to do).

18 For if you are led by the Spirit (of Loving Obedience), are you not under The Law? (because that Spirit teaches you to Obey the Law Ezekiel 36:26-27 and Eternal life is a Promise within The Law)

19 For the works of the flesh (which are opposed to The Law) are obvious, which are these (now Sha’ul lists specific violations of The Law, as he teaches The Law): adultery, fornication, uncleanness, licentiousness,

20 godworship (the worship of elohim/angles/zodiac signs), sorcery (abuse of the Zodiac), hatred (wrath), contentions, evil jealousies, rage (anger), selfish ambitions, dissensions; disagreements with quarreling, heresies; sects or factions of division,

21 Envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries (wild out of control parties), and the like; of which I warn you beforehand, just as I did in times past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the Kingdom of Yahuah (Galatians 6: 7-9).

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering; patience, kindness, Righteousness (keeping the Law Romans 2:13), The Faith (in the Promises contained in The Law i.e. Passover Lamb, Messiah, Eternal Life, etc.);

23 Meekness; gentleness, humility, temperance; self-control--such things are not against any human or Divine Law (but are manifested in those who keep The Law of Yahuah).

24 And those who are the Messiah's have sacrificed the flesh (symbolized by physical circumcision); and the carnal mind (renewed their mind i.e. Spiritual Circumcision), with its passions and lusts.

25 If we live in the Spirit (of Yahuah in The Yahushaic Covenant), let us also walk in the Spirit (of Loving Obedience to The Law, Ezekiel 36:25-26).

26 Let us not become full of empty pride and ambition (as the Pharisees have, For the praise or esteem of men) not challenging nor defying one another, not being jealous of one another.


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