Sunday, February 10, 2013

Galatians Bible Study Notes- Chapter 6

Galatians 6


-Paul gives some sage advice in this last, but really important, chapter of the book. He begins with a brother who has been caught in a transgression (a false step, a sin). This person should be restore by the spiritual (those that are free from the yoke of slavery by the Law) in a spirit of gentleness. These spiritual people must stay on watch and be vigilant as well because they too can be tempted and carried away by the lures of Satan themselves if not careful and steadfast on Christ (Galatians 6:1). Paul’s admonition is for them to bear each other’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ Jesus, which is all about love (Galatians 6:2, Matthew 22:36-39). Stay humble and contrite; test your own work and bear your own load (Galatians 6:3-5). * Application* Restoration and reconciliation is paramount in the body of Christ and in the greater sense, His Kingdom. Bear with one another. We do not live in a perfect world and sin will be a nagging part of even our new life existence in Christ. There will be people that wrong you, and at times you will unfortunately wrong others, even those you dearly love. We need to be spiritual and we need to allow spiritual people in our lives to correct us when we fail. God loves us and cares enough about us to redeem and discipline. It may be a tough and difficult process, but it will yield the peaceful fruit of righteousness rather than a bitter root (Hebrews 12:5-15). Abide in His Grace!

-Paul gives further counsel in the participation of the teaching aspects of the good word of God. The student is to “share all good things with the one who teaches (Galatians 6:6).” *Application* Participatory teaching is what Paul is advising here. The gospel of Christ is not a lecture series. It is to be shared and feedback is needed to know if comprehension is taking place or maybe if further instruction may be required. The student should always share back to his teacher the good things he or she is learning. This gives encouragement and edification to the instructor and all so that progress can be made. Apply these principles in any discipleship process you engage in.

-Paul uses strong exhortation next with principles about sowing and reaping. God is not mocked; He is true and faithful, all-knowing and never fooled. He will reward those who continue to sow from His Holy Spirit for eternal life. The admonition for us is to not give up and grow weary of doing good. In due season, we will reap a bountiful harvest of righteousness and blessing from the Heavenly Father, who rewards our abiding faith and obedience (Galatians 6:7-9). Therefore, as we have opportunity we need to do good to everyone, and especially our Christian brothers and sisters who are in the household of faith (Galatians 6:10). *Application* Don’t ever quit! Be strong and steadfast, always abounding in the work of the Lord. Your faith work is never in vain. Be patient and finish the tasks and assignments God has called you to (1 Corinthians 15:5, James 5:7-8).

-Paul makes a final appeal against the legalists who want to make a good showing in the flesh with his own hand. Their objective in this return is exposed. They do not want persecution for the cross of Christ (Galatians 6:11-12). Paul reiterates the fallibility of this system in stating that even these circumcised ones cannot themselves keep the Law. Paul’s boast will be in the Lord Jesus Christ and Him crucified. He states that the new creation by the Spirit is all that matters, and those who walk by this rule will have peace and mercy upon them as the true Israel of God (Galatians 6:13-16). He hopes this is the last of this legalism within the Galatian church as he has born the marks on his body for his presentation of the gospel to them in persecution (2 Corinthians 11:23-27, Galatians 6:17). *Application* For us this is a final stanza to not abide by external and manmade systems of religious observance. Walk by the Holy Spirit who indwells you as a believer and experience the freedom of Jesus Christ in your soul!


Verses to Memorize- Galatians 6:7, 9

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