Galatians (13 of 13) The Gospel Of Grace Changes Our Boasting

6:6-18 The Gospel Of Grace Changes Our Boasting

Memory Verse: Galatians 6:14

6:6-10 Sowing To The Holy Spirit

  • 6:6 Paul just finished teaching the Galatians that we are to help cary the heavy burdens of others as we carry the load of our own personal responsibilities that God has given us individually. There is teamwork and fellowship that takes place between believers. One of the areas where there should be sharing is between the “teachers of the word” and the “learners of the word”—all believers should fall into this category because every believer should be in a local church under the guidance of its leadership. The learners should share (communicate) their financial means (all good things) to support the teacher so that he can do his work full-time (help guard against false teaching). This is a fellowship that benefits both sides. The teacher will have adequate time to study and teach the word, while the learner benefits from the teaching. This could also indicate serving where it is needed so that the teachers have enough time to study, pray and teach the Bible. God wants full-time pastors—teachers of the word.
  • 6:7-8 Paul wants the Galatians not to be deceived—meaning not to be trick into believing something that isn’t true. They are in danger of believing a false gospel—something that has great consequences. God is not mocked—He will not be ridiculed. He has set an absolute principle in place. Paul uses the metaphor of “sowing and reaping” to explain this principle: “Whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.” What are you sowing?
  • Sowing to the flesh: If we sow to our flesh, then we will reap corruption—decay. A believer who “sows to the flesh”—meaning he lives according to it, will reap consequences and chastening in this life as his life decays. An unbelievers who “sows to the flesh”—meaning they reject Jesus alone for salvation and do as they please will also decay to the point of eternal damnation.
    Hebrews 12:5-13
  • Sowing to the Holy Spirit: If we sow to the Holy Spirit, then we will reap life everlasting. A believer who “sows to the Holy Spirit”—meaning he trusts in Jesus alone for salvation and is striving to “walk in Spirit” as the Holy Spirit produces fruit in him will flourish and eventual receive eternal life.
  • 6:9 There is a waiting period between the sowing and the reaping. We are in a daily battle where we have to choose to sow in the Holy Spirit and not in the flesh. We are doing right to sow in the Holy Spirit, but there will be a lapse of time between our sowing and our reaping. During this time we are not to get weary, we are not to faint. Don’t let the anxiety and thoughts of doubt control your life during this time, knowing that God is faithful to keep His Word. “In due season”—in God’s timing, one day we will reap—maybe in this life, but definitely in the life to come.
    2 Corinthians 4:17
  • 6:10 Knowing this principle is absolute, and that the gospel of grace has radically changed our lives, then we should use the opportunity we have to do good to all people. Paul also tells us to do good especially to other believers (them who are of the household of faith). Believers are like a big family and as such we need to make sure we do good to each other, just like family does. All of this “doing good” is guided by love. We don’t need a rule book to tell use how to do good and love, we just need to open our eyes and minister to those around us.

6:11-18 Boasting In The Cross Of Jesus

  • 6:11 Paul starts to conclude this letter he wrote to the Galatian churches. He wrote a large letter, which could refer to the length or the size of the writing (possibly because of an eyesight problem).
  • 6:12-13 Paul reviews the problem of the hypocritical false teachers in the midst of the Galatian churches who are teaching them to be circumcised as a requirement for salvation. They don’t even keep the law themselves, but their motivations are: (1) To look good religiously—they want the Galatian believers to be circumcised so they have a reason for boasting of their own goodness by causing others to follow the law. (2) To live comfortable lives that avoid persecution from those who find it intolerant and offensive.
    1 Corinthians 1:18
  • 6:14a-15 On the contrary, Paul was willing to boast in the cross of Jesus because he knew it was the absolute truth and there was no other way to be saved. Our “boasting” reveals what we are “trusting” in for salvation. What are you boasting in to restore your relationship with God? Paul answers clearly: “Only In the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Our works (circumcision or uncircumcision) means nothing towards earning our salvation.
    Ephesians 2:8-9
  • 6:14b As believers, we are in Christ, and our confidence is solely in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, therefore the world is crucified unto us and we are crucified to the world. This means that the world no longer has a claim on us and we don’t have a claim on the world. The world doesn’t dictate how we live and we don’t go seeking the pleasure of this world. It means our lives have experienced the radical change of becoming a new creature through the power of God and now we have a new Master, new desires, new goals, a new purpose, a new motivation and a new mission. It means we are freed from trying to earn our salvation or from being torn down by our sin and can confidently live in humble assurance as we daily strive to live for the glory of God.
    Galatians 2:20; Romans 6:2-10
  • 6:16 Those who follow this rule—boasting in Christ alone for salvation—will receive: (1) Peace with God—no longer His enemy. (2) Mercy—not getting the punishment they deserve because their sins are forgiven. (3) Be part of the true Israel of God by promise.
    Galatians 3:7, 29
  • 6:17 Paul ends his case for speaking the truth by stating that he bears in his body “the marks of the Lord Jesus”—probably meaning scars from physical persecuted for his preaching of the gospel of grace. Unlike the false teachers who preached a false message to avoid persecution, Paul was willing to preach the true message in spite of it.
    2 Corinthians 11:23-27
  • 6:18 Paul ends the letter. He refers to them as “brethren” showing he believes they are true believers who are just deceived by false teachers. He calls on the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ to be with them—“grace,” by it we are saved and sanctified. Amen.

Review Questions

  • What is the sharing between the teacher and learner of the word?
  • What is the principle of sowing and reaping?
  • What was the motivation of the false teachers?
  • What does our boasting reveal? What are you boasting in?
  • What is the rule by which you live your life?

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