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Major Themes in the Book of Galatians (Ch. 6 Part 3)

Thank you, my friend, for sticking with me as we have worked our way through this incredible letter of Galatians.  You know I’m getting ready for my teaching time at Word of Life Korea — and these posts are helping me do that.  [I’m aware that some of these posts are scheduled for days after my trip].  We conclude our study of chapter 6 and this epistle this morning.   A third theme I see here in chapter 6 is that of pleasing people (vv. 11-18).
The Apostle is not interested in making people happy or caving in to their demands for believers to be put under the law.

These circumcision-compellers are wanting to impress people — and Paul will have none of it!  He says their motive is to avoid being persecuted for the cross of Christ (v. 12).  And they themselves don’t keep the whole law.

In fact, these false teachers want to boast to others that they have convinced the Galatians to go through circumcision.

Not all boasting is wrong — and Paul says he only wants to boast in the cross of Jesus Christ!  And there’s been a double crucifixion in his life:  the world to him and he to the world (v. 14)!

And, mysteriously, Paul says he bears on his body the marks of Jesus (v. 17).  Did Paul have the stigmata (the signs of crucifixion) on his body?  We don’t know.  And it’s not his primary point.  His primary point is to live his life in the freedom which Christ purchased for him.  That should be the primary point of your life and mine as well!

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2018 in Galatians

 

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Major Themes in the Book of Galatians (Ch. 6 Part 2)

We’re getting close to finishing our study of some of the major themes in this important epistle. As I prepare to teach this book in Korea, we are now looking at chapter 6.  A second theme I see in this chapter is simply you reap what you sow! (vv. 7-10).

We may fool ourselves about our lives, but we can’t fool God!  He can’t be “mocked.”

I’m not much of a farmer, but I understand the one-reaps-what-he-sows metaphor.  And we have a choice.  We can sow “to please the flesh” or sow “to please the Spirit.”  It’s important to realize that Paul isn’t being anti-body here.  “The flesh” is our sinful nature, not our material bodies.

God is a God of process.  You sow.  Something grows.  You reap.  And there are two and only two outcomes:  sowing to the flesh will lead to destruction; sowing to the Spirit will reap eternal life (v. 8).  [As much as our annihilationist friends wish it were so, “destruction” does not equal cessation of existence].

Part of sowing to please the Spirit involves doing good to others.  Look for opportunities today to do good to others!

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2018 in Galatians

 

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Major Themes in the Book of Galatians (Ch. 6 Part 1)

As we enter this last chapter of Galatians, we are noticing some of the major themes of this important epistle.  Looking at chapter 6, please notice the theme of helping those caught in sin (vv. 1-6).  How do we help those who have been “caught in a sin”? 

It is those who “live by the Spirit” who should restore that person gently.  One might say, “I’m not qualified to help anyone!”  But we are all to walk and live by the Spirit!  However we need to be aware of our own weaknesses and not fall into sin as we are helping others out of sin!

We are to both carry the burdens of others (v. 2) as well as carry our own load (v. 5).  There is a proper pride in oneself which doesn’t depend on comparing ourselves with others.  And we need to be instructed in the things of the Lord. We are to support those who teach us.

Do you know of someone “caught in a sin” who needs to be restored?  Ask the Lord to guide you.  Perhaps He will use you to gently restore that brother or sister!

 

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2018 in Galatians

 

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One Hundred Questions about the Book of GALATIANS! (Ch. 6)

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!

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2018 in Galatians

 

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Absorbing any woes? (Last post: Summary)

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The Bible teaches that we are to “bear one another’s burdens.”  We want to continue to examine that passage in Galatians over the next few posts:

KeynoteScreenSnapz055I have suggested a four–part outline for this passage.
I.  The Occasion for Caring (v. 1)
II.  The Expression of Caring (v. 1)
III.  The Danger in Caring (v. 1)
IV.  The Characteristics of Caring (vv. 2-10)

We’ve looked at I.  The Occasion for Caring (v. 1) by noticing that the ones who are doing the caring are “brothers and sisters” and “you who live by the Spirit.”  The reason for the caring is that another brother or sister has been “caught in a sin.”  We’ve also looked at II. The Expression of Caring (v. 1) and saw there that we are to be looking to restore that person, but in a spirit of gentleness.  We’ve also noticed III. The Danger in Caring (v. 1).  When we care for others, especially those “caught in a sin,” we need to watch ourselves so that we do not give in to temptation ourselves.

Let’s look today at the eighth part of our study:

IV.  The Characteristics in Caring (vv. 2-10)

We’ve seen that we are to bear each other’s burdens (v. 2) and we are to recognize self-deceit (v. 3).  We are also to test our own life (v. 4) and take responsibility for our own challenges (v. 5).  We are to care for those who care for us (v. 6).  We then received a warning regarding the deceitfulness of sin (vv. 7-8).  Those who sow to please the flesh will reap destruction.  Those who sow to please the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit.  How we sow truly matters.  If we look at our lives as a garden which we are cultivating, it matters a great deal what we sow in that garden!  We last noticed that we are not to give up on helping each other (v. 9).  We read Paul’s challenge:  “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

The last characteristic of caring is found in verse 10 and it is expressing concern for all people.  There we read, “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”  If our study of Galatians 6 is correct, then verse 10 could very well apply to caring for those outside the Christian family who need good done to them.  May I suggest that the good they need done to them may be as simple as a believer in Jesus showing a willingness to hear their story.  It’s been my experience that the troubles of life bombard us all — and we need to tell our stories to others.  The same is true of those who are not yet believers in Jesus.  May I ask, whose story are you listening to?

TO SUMMARIZE:  Galatians 6 encourages us to FirefoxScreenSnapz340carry each other’s burdens.  But being involved in showing such love for others must make us aware of our own weaknesses and our own tendency to be self-deceived.  We should care for those who care for us.  Sin is deceitful, but this fact should not allow us to give up in helping one another.  Such concern for others ought to spill over to the way we treat those who are not yet members of God’s family.

Questions:

1.  List two or three reasons why a believer may not presently be FirefoxScreenSnapz341carrying the burdens of others.

2.  Is there someone in your church who obviously needs someone to help shoulder their burden?  What step(s) are you willing to take to be obedient to Galatians 6?

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2014 in Galatians 6

 

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Absorbing any woes? (Part 11)

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The Bible teaches that we are to “bear one another’s burdens.”  We want to continue to examine that passage in Galatians over the next few posts:

KeynoteScreenSnapz055I have suggested a four–part outline for this passage.
I.  The Occasion for Caring (v. 1)
II.  The Expression of Caring (v. 1)
III.  The Danger in Caring (v. 1)
IV.  The Characteristics of Caring (vv. 2-10)

We’ve looked at I.  The Occasion for Caring (v. 1) by noticing that the ones who are doing the caring are “brothers and sisters” and “you who live by the Spirit.”  The reason for the caring is that another brother or sister has been “caught in a sin.”  We’ve also looked at II. The Expression of Caring (v. 1) and saw there that we are to be looking to restore that person, but in a spirit of gentleness.  We’ve also noticed III. The Danger in Caring (v. 1).  When we care for others, especially those “caught in a sin,” we need to watch ourselves so that we do not give in to temptation ourselves.

Let’s look today at the eighth part of our study:

IV.  The Characteristics in Caring (vv. 2-10)

We’ve seen that we are to bear each other’s burdens (v. 2) and we are to recognize self-deceit (v. 3).  We are also to test our own life (v. 4) and take responsibility for our own challenges (v. 5).  We are to care for those who care for us (v. 6).  We then received a warning regarding the deceitfulness of sin (vv. 7-8).  Those who sow to please the flesh will reap destruction.  Those who sow to please the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit.  How we sow truly matters.  If we look at our lives as a garden which we are cultivating, it matters a great deal what we sow in that garden!  We last noticed that we are not to give up on helping each other (v. 9).  We read Paul’s challenge:  “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

The last characteristic of caring is found in verse 10 and it is —

H.  Expressing concern for all people (v. 10).  There we read, “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”  If our study of Galatians 6 is correct, then verse 10 could very well apply to caring for those outside the Christian family who need good done to them.

May I suggest that the good they need done to themFirefoxScreenSnapz337 may be as simple as a believer in Jesus showing a willingness to hear their story.  It’s been my experience that the troubles of life bombard us all — and we need to tell our stories to others.  The same is true of those who are not yet believers in Jesus.  May I ask, whose story are you listening to?

Questions:

1.  What are some reasons we Christians don’t look for — and take the time to listen to — the stories of our non-Christian friends?

2.  What are we saying when our friends feel comfortable with us in telling us their stories?

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2014 in doing good to all

 

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Absorbing any woes? (Part 10)

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The Bible teaches that we are to “bear one another’s burdens.”  We want to continue to examine that passage in Galatians over the next few posts:

KeynoteScreenSnapz055I have suggested a four–part outline for this passage.
I.  The Occasion for Caring (v. 1)
II.  The Expression of Caring (v. 1)
III.  The Danger in Caring (v. 1)
IV.  The Characteristics of Caring (vv. 2-10)

We’ve looked at I.  The Occasion for Caring (v. 1) by noticing that the ones who are doing the caring are “brothers and sisters” and “you who live by the Spirit.”  The reason for the caring is that another brother or sister has been “caught in a sin.”  We’ve also looked at II. The Expression of Caring (v. 1) and saw there that we are to be looking to restore that person, but in a spirit of gentleness.  We’ve also noticed III. The Danger in Caring (v. 1).  When we care for others, especially those “caught in a sin,” we need to watch ourselves so that we do not give in to temptation ourselves.

Let’s look today at the eighth part of our study:

IV.  The Characteristics in Caring (vv. 2-10)

We’ve seen that we are to bear each other’s burdens (v. 2) and we are to recognize self-deceit (v. 3).  We are also to test our own life (v. 4) and take responsibility for our own challenges (v. 5).  We are to care for those who care for us (v. 6).  We then received a warning regarding the deceitfulness of sin (vv. 7-8).  Those who sow to please the flesh will reap destruction.  Those who sow to please the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit.  How we sow truly matters.  If we look at our lives as a garden which we are cultivating, it matters a great deal what we sow in that garden!

The seventh characteristic is —

G.  Not Giving Up on Helping Each Other! (v. 9).  Verse 9 says, “Let us not FirefoxScreenSnapz336become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” If we assume that the context of this verse is that of bearing one another’s burdens, then we must not give up in doing that kind of good for each other.  Let us not give up in praying for one another, in encouraging one another, in interceding for one another.

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2014 in bearing burdens, Galatians 6

 

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Absorbing any woes? (Part 9)

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The Bible teaches that we are to “bear one another’s burdens.”  We want to continue to examine that passage in Galatians over the next few posts:

KeynoteScreenSnapz055I have suggested a four–part outline for this passage.
I.  The Occasion for Caring (v. 1)
II.  The Expression of Caring (v. 1)
III.  The Danger in Caring (v. 1)
IV.  The Characteristics of Caring (vv. 2-10)

We’ve looked at I.  The Occasion for Caring (v. 1) by noticing that the ones who are doing the caring are “brothers and sisters” and “you who live by the Spirit.”  The reason for the caring is that another brother or sister has been “caught in a sin.”  We’ve also looked at II. The Expression of Caring (v. 1) and saw there that we are to be looking to restore that person, but in a spirit of gentleness.  We’ve also noticed III. The Danger in Caring (v. 1).  When we care for others, especially those “caught in a sin,” we need to watch ourselves so that we do not give in to temptation ourselves.

Let’s look today at the eighth part of our study:

IV.  The Characteristics in Caring (vv. 2-10)

We’ve seen that we are to bear each other’s burdens (v. 2) and we are to recognize self-deceit (v. 3).  We are also to test our own life (v. 4) and take responsibility for our own challenges (v. 5).  We last saw that we are to care for those who care for us (v. 6).

The sixth characteristic is –

F.  A Warning regarding the deceitfulness of sin (vv. 7-8)

This famous text — “One reaps what one sows” — reminds us that God is not fooled by outward appearances or proper behavior that does not come from the heart.  We must not deceive ourselves into thinking that God can be fooled or mocked.  He will bring perfect judgment upon all.  Those who sow to please the flesh will reap destruction.  Those who sow to please the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit.  How we sow truly matters.  If we look at our lives as a garden which we are cultivating, it matters a great deal what we sow in that garden!

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Questions:

1.  Put into your own words what it means to “sow to please the flesh”: __________________________

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2.  Does verse 8 seem to imply that we can earn eternal life by sowing to the Spirit?  Why or why not?

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2014 in deceitfulness of sin

 

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Absorbing any woes? (Part 8)

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The Bible teaches that we are to “bear one another’s burdens.”  We want to continue to examine that passage in Galatians over the next few posts:

KeynoteScreenSnapz055I have suggested a four–part outline for this passage.
I.  The Occasion for Caring (v. 1)
II.  The Expression of Caring (v. 1)
III.  The Danger in Caring (v. 1)
IV.  The Characteristics of Caring (vv. 2-10)

We’ve looked at I.  The Occasion for Caring (v. 1) by noticing that the ones who are doing the caring are “brothers and sisters” and “you who live by the Spirit.”  The reason for the caring is that another brother or sister has been “caught in a sin.”  We’ve also looked at II. The Expression of Caring (v. 1) and saw there that we are to be looking to restore that person, but in a spirit of gentleness.  We’ve also noticed III. The Danger in Caring (v. 1).  When we care for others, especially those “caught in a sin,” we need to watch ourselves so that we do not give in to temptation ourselves.

Let’s look today at the eighth part of our study:

IV.  The Characteristics in Caring (vv. 2-10)

We’ve seen that we are to bear each other’s burdens (v. 2) and we are to recognize self-deceit (v. 3).

The third characteristic is that we are to test our own life (v. 4).  The fourth characteristic is that one is to take responsibility for one’s own challenges (v. 5).

The fifth characteristic is —

E. Caring for those who care for you (v. 6).

Verse 6 says, “Nevertheless, the one who receives instruction in the word KeynoteScreenSnapz060should share all good things with their instructor.”  This verse certainly seems to indicate that those who minister the Word of God to others should be supported by those who benefit from their service.

Christians have various views on financially supporting pastors and those in Christian “ministry.”  Some recommend bi-vocational ministry where the pastor has a “secular” job to support himself and his family, but receives little to no financial support from his church.  Others see this verse in Galatians 6 encouraging the financial support of those who labor in the Word.  We read in I Timothy 5- “17 Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine.”

The love of money has been the downfall of many pastors — and we need to on guard against an over-emphasis on financial matters in the church.

Questions:

1.  The “sharing of all good things with their instructor” in verse 6 implies more than mere financial support.  This probably included meals, lodging, physical help, in their service for Christ.  KeynoteScreenSnapz061What are we missing today when we define “support” primarily in monetary terms?

2.  Does this verse extend to the financial support of professional counselors?  Why or why not?

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2014 in burdens

 

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Absorbing any woes? (Part 7)

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The Bible teaches that we are to “bear one another’s burdens.”  We want to continue to examine that passage in Galatians over the next few posts:

KeynoteScreenSnapz055I have suggested a four–part outline for this passage.
I.  The Occasion for Caring (v. 1)
II.  The Expression of Caring (v. 1)
III.  The Danger in Caring (v. 1)
IV.  The Characteristics of Caring (vv. 2-10)

We’ve looked at I.  The Occasion for Caring (v. 1) by noticing that the ones who are doing the caring are “brothers and sisters” and “you who live by the Spirit.”  The reason for the caring is that another brother or sister has been “caught in a sin.”  We’ve also looked at II. The Expression of Caring (v. 1) and saw there that we are to be looking to restore that person, but in a spirit of gentleness.  We’ve also noticed III. The Danger in Caring (v. 1).  When we care for others, especially those “caught in a sin,” we need to watch ourselves so that we do not give in to temptation ourselves.

Let’s look today at the seventh part of our study:

IV.  The Characteristics in Caring (vv. 2-10)

We’ve seen that we are to bear each other’s burdens (v. 2) and we are to recognize self-deceit (v. 3).

The third characteristic is that we are to test our own life (v. 4).

The fourth characteristic is —

D.  Take responsibility for one’s own challenges (v. 5).

We read in verse 5 that “each one should carry their own load.”   FirefoxScreenSnapz323We saw in verse 4 that “each one should test their own actions.”  Verse 5 seems to be parallel with verse 4, does it not?  While we are to bear one another’s burdens, this does not mean that we no longer need to bear our own.  And carrying our own load does not mean we can’t ask someone else to help us in the process.

Questions:

1.  What burdens are you carrying that you ought to share with another believer?

2.  What other biblical texts come to mind about carrying your own load?

 
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Posted by on March 2, 2014 in caring

 

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