Galatians Chapter 6

April 19, 2012

This Preaching in Shorts Bible study is on Galatians. Each chapter is read verse by verse with the major points highlighted and discussed.

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Galatians 6:1-18 (NIV)
1 Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. 2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3 If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, 5 for each one should carry his own load. 6 Anyone who receives instruction in the word must share all good things with his instructor. 7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. 11 See what large letters I use as I write to you with my own hand! 12 Those who want to make a good impression outwardly are trying to compel you to be circumcised. The only reason they do this is to avoid being persecuted for the cross of Christ. 13 Not even those who are circumcised obey the law, yet they want you to be circumcised that they may boast about your flesh. 14 May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15 Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is a new creation. 16 Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule, even to the Israel of God. 17 Finally, let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus. 18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen.

Galatians 6:1-2

We are not to deal harshly with new believers who are learning to walk this new life out by trying to do the next right thing. We are to gently help restore people who have made bad choices.
We are also to look for ways to help each other fulfill the law of Christ, which is His new commandment to love

John 13:34-35 (NIV)
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Galatians 6:3-6

We are to settle in His love and then live the life He has called us to. We do not need to compare ourselves to others, we just need to run the race He has for us.

Galatians 6:7-11

The freedom that we have in Christ is not a license to sin. We reap what we sow. Reaping and sowing is an important biblical concept. If you do things you shouldn’t do, you will get consequences, which is really mercy, so that you can learn to quit doing things you shouldn’t. If you are trying to live by doing the next right thing, it still doesn’t mean that you will never experience difficulties or trouble, (this is a fallen world and a broken planet) but all in all life is simpler. Many people try to find others to reap what they sow. Family members, friends, are basically tossed under the bus while the one sowing what they shouldn’t tries to escape the consequences. This is where we have to put up some boundaries, but boundaries are difficult when we are also commanded to love. Often times, real love is allowing people to reap what they have sown.

Doing good does not always mean fixing someone’s problems. This is why it is important that we don’t fell guilted into doing something. That is the usually the way we can discern what we need to do. If we are doing something because we feel guilted into it, it probably needs to be looked at.

Sometimes, we will not always FEEL like doing the right thing, but that is different than feeling guilted into it.

Galatians 6:12-18

As Paul closes this letter, he points us all to the cross of Jesus Christ. Jesus died and rose again and in Him you and I have risen as well to a new life. A life not ruled by the old law, but a life filled with the Holy Spirit, the vital presence of God Himself. This new life is not about circumcision or un-circumcision, but about abandoning our old lifestyle for His new and better way!

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