Galatians 6 The conclusion Grace through faith alone.
Grace through faith alone
All the way through Galatians Paul has been pushing the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We’ve heard a passionate Paul pour out his heart. The love of God is a free gift to us received by grace through faith alone—nothing more and nothing less.
Are we chasing after God’s heart?
Can we see the fruits?
How do we know?
We’re not looking for perfection!
3Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, 4who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 5to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.1:3-5
Paul reminds us that God our Father offers us grace and peace because Christ died for our sins. He rescues us time and time again. We glory in the freedom he gives us from our sins.
11See what large letters I use as I write to you with my own hand! 12Those who want to make a good impression outwardly are trying to compel you to be circumcised. The only reason they do this is to avoid being persecuted for the cross of Christ. 13Not even those who are circumcised obey the law, yet they want you to be circumcised that they may boast about your flesh.
14May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through whichthe world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is a new creation. 16Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule, even to the Israel of God.
17Finally, let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.
18The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen.
In one nail pierced hand is the mercy of God’s forgiveness for all our sins and the peace of God for our eternal enjoyment.
In the other is every desirable thing the world can offer us--£500000, popularity, business savvy, our own way, (health?) —but no mercy from God and no final peace with him.
“Peace and mercy be upon all who walk by this rule, upon the Israel of God.” v 16
God’s mercy and peace belong to those whose lives conform to a certain rule.
Only a foolish delusion keeps us from wanting God’s mercy and peace, therefore we should be very eager to know what this rule is.
"I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God.“Gal 2:20
Faith working itself out in love
"But far be it from me to glory 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.“Gal 6:14-15
The mindset of the new creation does not just agree that Christ died for sinners;
It glories in the cross.
It boasts in the wonder of the cross. It cherishes the benefits of the cross. The cross is the pride and joy of the new creation.
If we choose Jesus then we are a new creation raised from the dead--a new birth John 3:3—newness of life (Rom 6:4)
There’s no more darkness, guilt, shame, ugliness, destruction!
Paul compares Greek hedonism with Pharisaic legalism--anything goes or a set of rules that are impossible to keep. Sound familiar?
“I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ” Phil 3:8
--even though he bears on his body the marks of Jesus. Gal 6:17
Our society is often called hedonistic. It means the desire for pleasure and the avoidance of pain.
As far as the unbelieving world is concerned, a life devoted to a crucified Christ is a throw-away life.
"We have become, and are now, the refuse of the world, the off scouring of all things." 1 Cor 4:13
Another way of saying that the world is crucified to me and I to the world is to say the world has become refuse to me and I have become refuse to the world.
expect and accept persecution from a world that crucified Christ (5:11).
know that for Christ to be king, they must die and a brand new creation of humility and Christ-reliance has to replace pride and self-reliance.
Glory in the cross
fear persecution and rejection from men more than they cherish the cross of Christ (6:12).
regard outward forms (like circumcision) as the essence of religious life (6:13).
remove the stumbling block of the cross by ignoring its implications.
The Choice is ours
What is it going to be?
Old worn out garbage
Choose life in all its fullness today