JESUS = OUR ONLY BOAST: Galatians 6:6-18

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SCRIPTURE

Galatians 6:6-18 Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches. Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

11 See with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand. 12 It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh who would force you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. 13 For even those who are circumcised do not themselves keep the law, 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, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15 For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. 16 And as for all who walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God. 

17 From now on let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus. 18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen.

BIG IDEA

In Galatians 6:6-10, Paul is calling Christians to think like Farmers. Jesus has saved us and by His Spirit has given us energy, thoughts, words, time, abilities and gifts, and money to be sown as seed to further the gospel and love the world with His love. If you sow your seed for yourself, to spend on yourself—”to your own flesh” as Paul says—you are going to “reap corruption.” But if you sow your seed “to the Spirit” in love for others—to “share all good things” and “do good to everyone, especially the household of faith” as Paul says—you will reap “eternal life.” If we sow to the Spirit and not our flesh, people will meet Jesus and be loved as they should be. In Galatians 6:11-18, Paul contrasts what false teachers boast in and what he boasts in. Ans the truth is this: what you boast about reveals what you are trusting in for your worth. The false teachers in Galatia boasted in their own works and the works of their converts, whereas Paul boasted only in Jesus and what He’s done for sinners, saying “Far be it from me to boast except in the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ.” Where are you sowing; to the flesh which reaps corruption or to the Spirit which reaps eternal life? Where are you boasting; in yourself which seeks to exalt you or in Jesus and the cross which exalts Him?

DISCUSSION

1. Was there anything from the sermon, big idea, or Galatians 6:6-18 that stood out to you, challenged you, or confused you?

2. What is the principle of verses Galatians 6:7-8? (See Luke 6:46-49 for Jesus’ similar teaching, although using a different metaphor). How does Luke 6 help us understand how we “sow to the Spirit”?

3. What does Paul encourage in both verses 9 and 10? What motivations and priorities does he give for doing this? What do think Paul means?

4. Why are the false teachers telling the Galatians they must get circumcised to be saved? What does this tell you about what they want most in life? (in other words, what does this tell you they are looking to for their worth and worship?)

5. What does Paul boast in and why is this an indicator of true Christianity?

6. How would you summarize what the whole book of Galatians is about?

7. What was the most significant thing God has taught you as we have studied through this book of the Bible?

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