7 You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? 8 This persuasion does not come from Him who calls you. 9 A little leaven leavens the whole lump. 10 I have confidence in you, in the Lord, that you will have no other mind; but he who troubles you shall bear his judgment, whoever he is.
11 And I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why do I still suffer persecution? Then the offense of the cross has ceased. 12 I could wish that those who trouble you would even cut themselves off!
13 For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”[b] 15 But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another! Galatians 5:7-15.
The apostle Paul asks the question who hindered you. The Galatians were abandoning the truth they had first received which was salvation and freedom through faith alone. They were being influenced by the false teacher of the day and were turning to keeping the law. They were trying to earn from God what God had already paid for by giving His own life. The apostle Paul says that a little leaven leavens the whole lump. He is referring here to the false teaching going forth that was infecting the church in Galatia.
Knowing God’s truth is vital for guarding our hearts and minds. If we know the depths of God’s word we will easily recognize when we are being lied to. The greatest deceptions of the enemy are the hardest to discern. But the truth is that when we make the ambition of our lives simply to know God’s word we will recognize the lies of the enemy easily because we will be led and guided by the Holy Spirit.
Paul says that if indeed he himself preached circumcision then why is he still persecuted. It is the cross of Jesus Christ that sets us free and not the demands of the law. The demands of the law show us that in our humanity we are broken and unable to keep God’s law. But through the cross of Jesus Christ we have been set free from the curse of sin and death.
Paul shows his intensity in the statement that he wishes those who troubled them would cut themselves off. Paul here is referring to their sexual organs because when circumcision takes place it is when the foreskin of the penis is cut off and Paul demonstrates his intensity for God’s truth by stating that he wished the false teachers would go the entire way and cut themselves off.
Paul states that we have been called to liberty and freedom. But the freedom we have in Christ is not meant that we would indulge in the flesh. On the contrary the freedom we have in Christ enables us to walk in holiness with the Lord because it allows us to draw near to God with confidence. Every hindrance has been removed by the precious blood of Jesus. It is through faith alone that we are declared righteous and we are declared free. When we truly examine the book of Galatians we see the foolishness of believers desiring to abandon faith and turn instead to the demands and requirements of the law.