Category: Galatians

The Great Grace of Our Lord Jesus

“But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. And as for all who walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God. From now on let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen” (Galatians 6:14-18). Boasting...

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Doing Good to Those of the Household of Faith

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:9-10). While Paul reminds the people of Galatia of the truth that God won’t be deceived, he urged this community of believers to work hard for God. When we know that one day we will answer to God for all we have said and done, it changes things. When we remember we will...

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The Spiritual Life

Gal. 6:1–2, “Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” One of the most unusual figures in church history was a man named Simeon the Stylite. He was the first of the so-called Desert Fathers. Around the year 423, he constructed a short pillar on the edge of the Syrian Desert, climbed to the top, and lived on it for the next six years. Simeon received many...

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How to Grow Good Spiritual Fruit

Gal. 5:24–25, “And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.” Galatians 5:19 to 21 describe the fruitless existence of the flesh, or the sinful nature. The verses that follow describe the fruitful and productive work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Christian. The contrast is as absolute as the difference between life and death. The apostle Paul has already explained that the flesh and the Spirit are mortal enemies, locked in deadly combat. The passions...

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Liberty without License

Gal. 5:13, 16, “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.… I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” The Epistle to the Galatians is the Magna Carta of Christian liberty. Liberty must always be defended from its two great enemies—legalism and license. To this point, the apostle Paul has been fighting against legalism. This was his concern at the beginning of chapter 5: “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore,...

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