08/04/21 THE WORD
Scripture: Galatians 6
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READ and STUDY the WORD
Doing Good To All
Galatians 6:1-10 (WEB) 1 Brothers, even if a man is caught in some fault (a sin), you who are spiritual must restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; looking to yourself so that you also aren’t tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if a man thinks himself to be something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But let each man examine his own work, and then he will have reason to boast in himself, and not in someone else. 5 For each man will bear his own burden. 6 But let him who is taught in the word share all good things with him who teaches. 7 Don’t be deceived. God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption. But he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9 Let’s not be weary in doing good, for we will reap in due season, if we don’t give up. 10 So then, as we have opportunity, let’s do what is good toward all men, and especially toward those who are of the household of the faith.
Questions and Answers:
1. When someone is found to have sinned, how should we (believers) respond (Galatians 6:1)? We should restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, and watch out that we, ourselves, are not tempted.
2. What can we do to fulfill the law of Christ (Galatians 6:2)? We should bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ.
3. When do we deceive ourselves (Galatians 6:3)? When we think more highly of ourselves than we ought.
4. What should we do when we believe we’ve done something of value (Galatians 6:4-5)? We should examine our own work and be proud about what we have done but not compare ourselves to what another person has done.
5. What are we encouraged to do concerning our Bible teachers (Galatians 6:6)? We are to support those who are teaching the Word to us.
6. Who will reap corruption and who will reap eternal life (Galatians 6:7-8)? The one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption. The one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
7. What will happen if we don’t grow weary in doing good (Galatians 6:9)? We will reap in due season, if we don’t give up.
8. What should we do at every opportunity (Galatians 6:10)? As we have opportunity, we should do what is good toward all men, and especially toward those who are of the household of the faith.
Not Circumcision But A New Creation
Galatians 6:11-18 (WEB) 11 See with what large letters I write to you with my own hand. 12 As many as desire to make a good impression in the flesh compel you to be circumcised; just so they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. 13 For even they who receive circumcision don’t keep the law themselves, but they desire to have you circumcised, that they may boast in your flesh. 14 But far be it from me to boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15 For in Christ Jesus neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. 16 As many as walk by this rule, peace and mercy be on them, and on God’s Israel. 17 From now on, let no one cause me any trouble, for I bear the marks of the Lord Jesus branded on my body. 18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen.
Questions and Answers:
1. Why did some try to convince others to be circumcised (Galatians 6:11-12)? Some were trying to convince others to be circumcised so they could make a good impression and avoid being persecuted for the cross of Christ.
2. What did some of the circumcised not do (Galatians 6:13)? They didn’t keep the law themselves. My Bible notes: Some of the Judaizers were emphasizing circumcision as proof of holiness – but ignoring the other Jewish laws.
3. In what did Paul say he boasted (Galatians 6:14)? Paul boasted in the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ.
4. What is in Christ Jesus (Galatians 6:15)? In Christ Jesus is a new creation.
5. What was branded on Paul’s body (Galatians 6:17)? Paul bore the marks of the Lord Jesus on his body.
HEAR the WORD
Galatians 6:16 As many as walk by this rule, peace and mercy be on them, and on God’s Israel.
MEDITATE on the WORD
Ponder this verse. Of what rule is Paul speaking? My Bible notes: Living a good life without an inward change leads to a shallow or empty spiritual walk. What matters to God is that we be completely changed from the inside out.
MEMORIZE the WORD
Galatians 6:9 (NIV) Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
Galatians 6:10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
LOVE and LIVE the WORD
Which matters the most to me – the world’s interest or God’s?
TEACH and SHARE the WORD
If I decide God’s interests matter most to me, how will I walk that out in the world around me?
PRAY the WORD
Lord, I pray we will restore one another gently when we sin (Galatians 6:1). Lord, I pray we will carry one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2). Lord, I pray we will examine our own actions and carry our own load (Galatians 6:4-5). Lord, I pray we will support those who teach us the Word (Galatians 6:6). Lord, I pray we will sow to please the Spirit and then we will reap eternal life (Galatians 6:8). Lord, I pray we will not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up (Galatians 6:9). Lord, I pray when we have an opportunity, we will do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers (Galatians 6:10). Lord, I pray our boasting will be in the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ (Galatians 6:14). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN.
“May you and I place our trust and hope in Christ alone.” <>< Dona