Galatians 6: Important Closing Comments

We have made it to the end portion of this letter, and here is where we have the lessons from the letter coming in to practical use.

The first item that Paul addresses is with a brother who is taken in a fault. The call is completely a call to restoration, and not a call to punishment or to demand restitution. We see the heart of the Apostle in dealing with not only those in the assemblies who are in sin or of those living according to the works of the flesh, but also those who have fallen into the errors of the false apostles and their false “gospel”. He follows this up with the reminder that we give account of ourselves to the Lord, and it will not be about how we compare to others. At His judgment seat, we will bear our own burden. Continue reading “Galatians 6: Important Closing Comments”

The Outward Sign of an Inward Faith

A Study of Galatians 5:22-26

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another. [Gal 5:22-26]

Now we come to what the Spirit produces. When the works of the flesh were described, they were not listed as if to say “If you do not do these, you will not be walking in the flesh”, so here with the fruit of the Spirit. Paul is not giving instruction with the fruit of the Spirit specified as “start showing love, joy, peace, etc., and you will be walking in the Spirit”. It is really, that when we operate in the flesh, this is what we will accomplish, and if we walk in the Spirit, this is the fruit that we will bare. Notice that Paul states that “against such there is no law”. The law put demands on the flesh that it could not meet, and it put prohibitions on the flesh that excited the flesh against it.

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The Works of the Flesh

A Study of Galatians 5:16-21

[This] I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told [you] in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. [Gal 5:16-21]

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Called Unto Liberty

A Study of Galatians 5:13-15

For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only [use] not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, [even] in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. [Gal 5:13-15]

The reason that Paul stood so much against the actions and teachings of the “false brethren” (legalists) was because what they were proposing was a new yoke of bondage.  It was a new slavery.  Those who are called by the gospel are called to liberty, not bondage.  As “called by the gospel”, I mean those who hear the gospel and believe it.

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The Offense of the Cross

A Study of Galatians 5:11-12

And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased. I would they were even cut off which trouble you. [Gal 5:11-12]

Paul is here stating once and for all that he does not yet preach circumcision. We may say at this point, having this full epistle, that it should go without saying. He makes it clear here that if he would begin to preach circumcision, the persecution would cease. Look at how the Jews in the temple were at relative peace listening to Paul until he mentioned going to the gentiles:

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A Little Leaven

A Study of Galatians 5:7-10

Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth? This persuasion [cometh] not of him that calleth you. A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be. [Gal 5:7-10]

Paul here looks back to the beginning when he called them by the gospel of grace. But the enemies of the gospel not only turned the Galatian believers against him, they turned them against the truth. He likens them to runners racing off course. They are racing off course because someone had laid down a false course. This course laid down law-works as conditions of righteousness and holiness.

But the law is finished in Christ!

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The Law or Christ?

A Study of Galatians 5:1-6

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law. Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love. [Gal 5:1-6]

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On This Day of Atonement

A Better Atonement, A Better Covenant

Hebrews 9:1-10:25

Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary. For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary. And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of which we cannot now speak particularly.

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Galatians 5: True Freedom

As I ended many of the studies in chapter 4, I found them all leading to the first verse in this chapter:

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. [Gal 5:1]

There is no doubt good reason for this.  Paul says “Stand fast therefore” to refer us back to that which is stated previously.  Because of our position in Christ as “sons of God”, we are not to allow ourselves to be put into bondage.  Jesus our Lord paid too high of price for us to allow ourselves to go back to bondage.  This includes bondage to sin, and bondage to the law.

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Cast Out the Bondwoman and Her Son!

A Study of Galatians 4:27-31

For it is written, Rejoice, [thou] barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband. Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him [that was born] after the Spirit, even so [it is] now. Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman. So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free. [Gal 4:27-31]

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