New International Version
Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?
King James Bible
Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
Darby Bible Translation
Are ye so senseless? having begun in Spirit, are ye going to be made perfect in flesh?
World English Bible
Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now completed in the flesh?
Young's Literal Translation
so thoughtless are ye! having begun in the Spirit, now in the flesh do ye end?
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Having begun in the Spirit - Having received a spiritual religion, which refined and purified your hearts; and having received the Holy Spirit of God, by which ye were endued with various miraculous influences; and the spirit of adoption, by which he were assured of the remission of sins, and incorporation with the family of God:
Are ye now made perfect by the flesh? - Are ye seeking to complete that spiritual religion, and to perfect these spiritual gifts, by the carnal rite of circumcision? It appears that by the Spirit, here, not only the Holy Spirit, but his gifts, are to be understood; and by the flesh, illud membrum in quo circumcisio peragitur; and, by a metonymy, circumcision itself.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryJuly 8. "Having Begun in the Spirit, are Ye Now Made Perfect by the Flesh" (Gal. Iii. 3).
"Having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh" (Gal. iii. 3). Grace literally means that which we do not have to earn. It has two great senses always; it comes for nothing and it comes when we are helpless; it doesn't merely help the man that helps himself--that is not the Gospel; the Gospel is that God helps the man who can't help himself. And then there is another thing; God helps the man to help himself, for everything the man does comes from God. Grace is given to the man …
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth
Lessons of Experience
A Case of Conscience Resolved
The Substance of Some Discourse had Between the Clerk of the Peace and Myself; when He came to Admonish Me, According to the Tenor of that Law, by which I was in Prison.
"But if a righteous person turns from their righteousness and commits sin and does the same detestable things the wicked person does, will they live? None of the righteous things that person has done will be remembered. Because of the unfaithfulness they are guilty of and because of the sins they have committed, they will die.
I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard?
Have you experienced so much in vain--if it really was in vain?
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