Galatians 4 Commentary

Please choose a passage:

Galatians 4:1-7

Bondage under the law is like slavery, which keeps us from maturing in faith. At the right time, God sent Christ to bring us back to God and adopt us as spiritual children.

Galatians 4:8-11

Before believing in Christ, the Galatians were slaves to sin and tried to please false gods. But now that they are in right relationship with the true God, they’re still choosing to live in slavery to rules and rituals.

Galatians 4:12-16

Paul urges the Galatians to return to his teaching. He reminds them that they were loving and respectful to him when he met them. Paul was ill when he first met them, but they welcomed him as God’s messenger.

Galatians 4:17-20

Paul tells the Galatians that the false teachers are leading them astray. These teachers are excluding them in order to get them to want to belong to their “club.” Paul considers the Galatians as his children who he is trying to mature in their faith to God.

Galatians 4:21-27

Paul makes a comparison to the Old Testament. Ishmael represents slavery to rule-following, Isaac represents spiritual freedom and sonship to God.

Galatians 4:28-31

Believers should look to Isaac as a symbol of our spiritual state; we are children of God’s promises. Living like a slave to rule-following will harm our spiritual maturity and relationship with God.