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Galatians 6:11-18 Boast In The Cross

I will boast; not because of who I am but because of what HE did.

Paul concludes his letter to the Galatian believers by summing up his point. Circumcision is NOT the way to Jesus! He puts that in capital letters so they don’t miss it.

This whole letter has been explaining to the Gentile believers in Galatia why they do not need circumcision. In fact, if they accept circumcision they will be required to follow the whole law. Paul now points to why the false teachers were trying to get the believers to adopt the practice in the first place.

We already discovered it was out of jealousy. Paul tells us that it was so “that they may boast in your flesh” (verse 13b). If the Gentile believers bought into this doctrine the false teachers could claim they brought the gospel to them. They wanted to “pad their numbers.” To make themselves look good to the other groups. Read more »

Galatians 6:1-10 Don’t Grow Weary

Harvest up ahead! Keep walking with Him

Paul is continuing his concluding “marching orders” for those who have received his message. You are not under the law but you are to still continue to do good. Not because it will save you but because of your love for Jesus and one another.

We are to look out for one another. “Bear one another’s burdens” (verse 2) and “restore him in a spirit of gentleness” who has sinned (verse 1). Our brother’s troubles are our opportunities to model the Spirit of God; Jesus’ words of love. Read more »

Galatians 5:16-26 Selfish or Selfless

Works with all of life’s responsibilities. Jesus set this model in action; Servant King.

Paul is now setting out the “marching orders” for his readers. They are NOT under the law but they are also not free to do whatever they want. They are to bear fruit pleasing to the Spirit, not the flesh.

We are not under the law but under grace. But grace is not a free card to do whatever we want and then pretend to be sorry for it. I’ve heard it said that it is easier to ask forgiveness than to ask for permission. The problem with that is that if you know you are going to need forgiveness for what you are about to do, you shouldn’t do it in the first place.

Paul is telling his readers to examine what they are doing. Their actions will fall into two categories; works of the flesh and works of the Spirit. These two camps are at war with each other. The flesh is selfish and seeks only its own pleasure. While the Spirit seeks to build others up in love. Read more »

Galatians 5:1-15 The Offense of the Cross

His works make me righteous, not mine

Paul continues to contend for the work of faith. Works CANNOT save us! Those who teach this are number one on Paul’s damnation list.

During our last reading I pointed out the jealousy that lay beneath this struggle between the Children of the Promise and the Children of the Law. The second was never able to have what the first was freely given. But there is another insidious attitude lurking beneath the surface. That monster is pride. Read more »

Galatians 4:21-31 Children of Promise

God created a separation for a reason.

Paul continues to draw a distinct line between those who would seek God through the law and those who approach Him through the promise. The law leads to slavery not salvation. The promise leads to freedom through salvation.

Just as Ishmael was jealous of Isaac, the false teachers were jealous of those living in the freedom Jesus provided. The one saw that they couldn’t have what the other was given freely. And this created conflict. Read more »