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“This persuasion does not come from Him who calls you.”


Paul asserts that the Judaizing influence on the Galatian church of works-righteousness did not come from God. Verse 8 describes the method of false teachers, and verse 9 the result of their teaching. 

This persuasion

“This persuasion” is the legalism of the Judaizers. Legalism did not come from God.

does not come from Him who calls you

God is not the author of legalism, for He is the author of grace. Salvation is God’s work, and it is a work of grace. God called the Galatians to grace and grace alone.

“I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ” (Galatians 1:6-7).


God always calls us by grace.


Any time we add anything to the work of Christ, we invade the genius of the gospel of grace. Grace means Christ’s death alone is sufficient to pay for salvation. It is not Christ plus baptism or church membership or good works. Human nature wants to share in the work of God, but this belief is the devil’s lie. We do not want God to get all the credit for our salvation or sanctification.