One hundred questions go pretty fast, don’t they? We only have seventeen more questions to ask about this book of Galatians. These posts are in preparation for my teaching this great New Testament book to a group of students at Word of Life Korea in June!
I am not a NT scholar, but thoroughly enjoy tackling a book like Galatians. My approach is to first ask a lot of questions about each chapter, then read several commentaries, then eventually develop my outline of the book.
My heart is on practical matters, so I want to deal with the nuts and bolts of everyday Christian living. Let’s see what we find in this last chapter:
Seventeen Questions about Galatians chapter six:
1. Do Christians still SIN? Of course! How do we help one another with overcoming SIN (v. 1)?
2. What does it mean to be “caught” in a sin (v. 1)?
3. What are the marks of someone who is living by the Spirit (v. 1)?
4. Why is gentleness important in restoring such a caught saint (v. 1)?
5. What is the danger for the one doing the “restoring” (v. 1)?
6. To what might the term “burden” be referring in verse 2?
7. Has Paul used the expression “the law of Christ” in this epistle prior to this chapter (v. 2)?
8. What is the only way to overcome self-deception (v. 3)?
9. Is there really a kind of godly pride? What does that kind of pride look like (v. 4)?
10. What seems to be the point that Paul is making in verse 6?
11. This idea of sowing and reaping — what is meant by “pleasing the flesh”? by “pleasing the Spirit” (vv. 7-8)?
12. How could the church do a better job of doing good — to all (v. 10)?
13. Does verse 11 give us a clue as to what Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” 2 Cor. 12) was?
14. Back to the issue of circumcision — what are the motives of those seeking to compel the Galatians to be circumcised (vv. 12-13)?
15. Boasting is mentioned a second time here in chapter 6. Put into your own words Paul’s “boast” in verse 14.
16. What is far more important that the issue of circumcision (v. 15)?
17. What in the world does Paul mean by “I bear on my body the marks of Jesus” (v. 17). Did he indeed have the stigmata?
Thank you for reading through my questions. May the Lord encourage you today to live as the new creation!