THE PROLOG UPON THE EPISTLE OF S. PAUL TO THE GALATIANS

As you read Acts fifteen how certain came from Jerusalem to Antioch and vexed the disciples there, affirming that they could not be saved except they were circumcised.

And diminished Paul’s authority —and mynisshed Pauls auctorite (Orig.)

Even so after Paul had converted the Galatians and coupled them to Christ, to trust in him only for the remission of sin, and hope of grace and salvation, and was departed: there came false apostles unto them (as unto the Corinthians, and unto all places where Paul had preached) and that in the name of Peter, James and John, whom they called the high apostles, and preached circumcision and the keeping of the law, to be saved by and diminished Paul’s authority.

To the confounding of those, Paul magnifies his office and apostleship in the two first chapters and makes himself equal unto the high apostles, and concludes that every man must be justified without deservings, without works, and without help of the law: but alone by Christ.

And in the third and fourth, he proves the same with scripture, examples and similitudes, and shews that the law is cause of more sin and brings the curse of God upon us, and justifies us not: but that justifying comes by grace promised us of God through the deserving of Christ, by whom (if we believe) we are justified without help of the works of the law.

And in the fifth and sixth he exhorts unto the works of love which follow faith and justifying. So that in all his epistles he observes this order. First he preaches the damnation of the law: then the justifying of faith, and thirdly the works of love. For on that condition that we love and work, is the mercy given us.

 

 

THE PROLOGE VPON THE EPISTLE OF S. PAUL TO THE GALATHYANS

As ye reade. Act. xv. how certen came from Ierusalem to Antioche and vexed the disciples there, affirmynge that they coulde not be saued except they were circumcised.

Euen so after Paule had conuerted the Galathyans and coupled them to Christ, to trust in him onlye for the remission of synne, and hope of grace and saluacion, and was departed: there came false apostles vnto them (as vnto the Corinthians, and vnto all places where Paule had preached) and that in the name of Peter, Iames and Ihon, whome they called the hie apostles, and preached circumcision and the kepinge of the lawe, to be saued by and mynisshed Pauls auctorite.

To the confoundynge of those, Paule magnifieth his office and apostleshipe in the two fyrst chapters and maketh himselfe equall vnto the hye apostles, and concludeth that euery man must be iustified withoute deseruynges, withoute workes, and without helpe of the lawe: but alone by Christ.

And in the thyrde and fourth, he proueth the same with scripture, examples and symylitudes, and sheweth that the lawe is cause of more synne and bringeth the cursse of God vpon vs, and iustifieth vs not: but that iustifyinge cometh by grace promysed vs of God thorow the deseruinge of Christ, by whome (if we beleue) we are iustifyed withoute helpe of the workes of the lawe.

And in the. v. and. vj. he exhorteth vnto the workes of loue which folowe fayth and iustifyinge. So that in all his epistle he obserueth this order. Fyrst he preacheth the dampnacion of the lawe: then the iustifyinge of fayth, and thyrdly the workes of loue. For on that condycion that we loue and worke, is the mercie geuen vs.