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GALATIANS CHAPTER 6

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1 Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted.

 

Gal 6,1-4

(96g) Thy kingdom come >> Attitude >> Positive attitude about yourself

Gal 6-1,2

(9j) Responsibility >> Strengthen one another >> Bear one another’s burdens These verses go with verse 5

(13j) Servant >> Support the body >> Bear one another’s burdens – Has anyone tried to restore you without a "spirit of gentleness" that Paul talked about? It is key to restoring someone in their faith. remember, you are not restoring someone to the army. Do it in a way that you are truly bearing his or her burdens. It says that if you are condescending or act in any way above the person, you too may be tempted to get involved in the same sins. If you are in the flesh, then you are judgmental, and if you are judgmental, then you are susceptible to nearly any form of sin. See: Rom 2,1-8

(130l) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> Accept one another >> Accept the weak

Gal 6-1

(6j) Responsibility >> Being spiritual >> Ministering to each other by the strength in your Spirit

(17m) Sin >> Unrighteous judgment >> Discerning by the flesh >> Judging the sins of others that you practice -- This verse goes with verses 12&13. Paul teaches that the only acceptable way to approach a fellow believer with their sins is through a spirit of gentleness, because if you do it with any other attitude, you will be prove yourself in bondage to the same sins as the person you are reprimanding. In other words, do not judge a person while you are correcting him, otherwise you will judge yourself, for it takes one to know one. If you approach someone with a judgmental attitude, you will reveal to everyone involved your real motives for correcting the person, that you are guilty of the very same sins. It works according to the old adage: Like attracts like. For example, an immoral person sees the immorality in other people and despise them for it, because he despise it in himself. Instead of correcting himself he will go about correcting other people for his own sins. That way he can correct the sin of immorality without having to repent of it, and feel somehow justified in that. However, a person who comes in a spirit of gentleness will be proving they are not guilty of these sins. Their true motive for approaching the person will be from love and concern. They only seek the will of God and want blessing and restoration as a result.

(69l) Authority >> Righteous judgment (outcome of discernment) >> Judging yourself correctly -- This verse goes with verses 3&4

(77n) Thy kingdom come >> God Ministers To People Through The Humble >> Humility gives a blessing

(79g) Thy kingdom come >> Renewing your mind >> Watch yourselves

(128g) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Gentleness >> Be gentle in all your ways >> Be gentle in correcting one another

(131e) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> Brother depends on you >> To lead him to Jesus

(138d) Temple >> Building the temple (with hands) >> Reproof >> Reprove your brother in the right spirit

(139g) Temple >> Building the temple (with hands) >> We build the temple through Christ

(161a) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Satan’s attitude determines our direction >> Temptation >> Tempted to condemn the weak – The reason you may be tempted by another person's sin can be explained in Rom 2,1-11. Being harsh (judgmental) with a person could mean you are guilty of the same sin. If you feel harshness about other people's bondage, you are not a good candidate to help them through their dilemma, or you may end up doing more harm than good.

(163d) Works of the devil >> Being a slave to the devil (Addictions) >> Bondage >> Being slaves of men >> Bondage makes you a victim of God’s judgment

(174f) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Form of godliness >> Self righteousness >> Comparing yourself with sinners

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2-4 Bear one another's burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But each one must examine his own work, and then he will have reason for boasting in regard to himself alone, and not in regard to another.

 

Gal 6-2

(6b) Responsibility >> Advocate God’s cause >> Jesus’ yoke of love – This verse goes along with verse 5. If you bear one another’s burdens while you bear your own load, and everyone else does the same, you end up with double coverage in the load department. This is good insurance against excess stress.

(86k) Thy kingdom come >> Obedience >> Be doers of the word >> Clothe yourself with the word of God >> Do the words of Jesus – Sometimes we have to bear the weaknesses of our brothers and sisters in the Lord, not leaving them behind, but encouraging them, sometimes strapping their burden on our backs and carrying it for them. By doing this you thus fulfill the law of Christ, which is love. We need to be watching for the opportunity to demonstrate the law of Christ by helping our fellow saints in their hardship, not so much in ways of our own choosing, but listening for the Holy Spirit. This is pleasing to the Lord, not just the good work but also the listening and doing what He says. This is called ‘walking in the Spirit.’ Having good works to show for our Christianity constitute our righteousness before men. The voice of God speaking in our hearts through our obedience is Holy to the Lord.

(108d) Thy kingdom come >> Faith is the balance between freedom and law -- This verse goes with verse 5

(130e) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> Committed to caring for the needs of the body >> Committed to holding up one another -- This verse goes with verse 5

Gal 6-3,4

(19f) Sin >> Having the mental disease of the world >> Incorrect thinking

(23b) Sin >> Pride can blind your eyes

(69l) Authority >> Righteous judgment (outcome of discernment) >> Judging yourself correctly -- These verses go with verse 1. In 2Cor 13-5 Paul said to examine our hearts, but here he said to examine our work, the product of our hands, the things we have done for the Lord. We are to examine our motives, the quality of our work, who has benefited and to what degree. Then he said we can boast to ourselves about our accomplishments but to no one else. We are not to compare ourselves with others, like Paul said in 2Cor 10-12. If we brag about our work and compare ourselves with others, what kind of measuring stick could we use to determine who’s better? All these things are foolishness, but he also talks about having a testimony. He gets excited when he hears what the churches have done, how they have stirred up each other’s faith and caused others to grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ; so he wants us to have a testimony, but he doesn’t want us to brag about it. We can brag to God in prayer and say anything we want, being one reason prayer has such a healing effect; it is a place where we can be completely honest with ourselves and with God, and we can tell Him anything. Prayer is the best place for God to correct us, so we don’t have to humble ourselves in front of people. God wants us to humble ourselves before Him so we don’t have to be humbled in the eyes of others.

(84g) Thy kingdom come >> Words of your mouth >> Boasting in men is not needed

(174e) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Form of godliness >> Self righteousness >> Justifying yourself

(179k) Works of the devil >> Practicing witchcraft >> Wolves >> Wolves lead people into a cult >> Leading people through ignorance – This is a relative term: “When someone thinks he’s something when he’s nothing…” Who is “nothing” in this case? Perhaps Paul is referring to false prophets, people who try to lead the saints by pretending to be someone they're not, who have no substance to their character or message. If you open your ears and listen passed the hype of their speaking and listen for a genuine substance in their message and hear nothing, that person is a false teacher. That is how you can tell whether a person is somebody or nobody in the Lord. People are very cleaver at passing themselves as someone great when in reality they have nothing to offer the body of Christ, except an avid speaking ability. We should avoid these kind of people like the plague.

(190j) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Circumcision is a sign of obedience >> Symbolism over substance -- These verses go with verses 12-15. 

Gal 6-3

(94p) Thy kingdom come >> Perspective >> False perspective in

(181h) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Deception >> Self deception >> Distorted perception of self – You should examine yourself to see whether there is any substance to the things you can offer your fellow believers. This takes objectivity, which is very hard to find. Listen to your own message; do you offer them any substance at all? If you do, then “you have reason for boasting in regard to yourself alone, and not in regard to another.” You don’t want to make comparisons between yourself and others. For example, to say, ‘I have more substance than this guy;’ this too is a dead end. Anyone who benefits from the substance of another ought to share all good things with him in gratitude, since a substantive person is hard to find.

Gal 6-4

(26e) Sin >> Consequences of sin >> Death is separation from Christ

(77k) Thy kingdom come >> Being Humble Before God >> Having an attitude of humility

(128j) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Bearing fruit >> Living a fruitful life >> Living a continuous life of fruitfulness

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5-7 For each one will bear his own load. 6 The one who is taught the word is to share all good things with the one who teaches him. 7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap.

 

Gal 6-5

(6b) Responsibility >> Advocate God’s cause >> Jesus’ yoke of love – This verse goes with verse 2. Paul had the entire Church of God on his shoulders. He was called by God to prepare the Church for a long trek before Jesus would return, and Paul was burdened with other problems. He had the burden of his sinful flesh to bear like everybody. The fact that Paul didn’t get specific about it suggests that each person’s load is different, the circumstances of his life, what God has commanded him to endure. He has partially commanded each of us to bear a common load; we must all bear temptation to express our flesh according to the list of fleshly deeds found in Gal 5-19,20, along with the responsibilities of life.

(9j) Responsibility >> Strengthen one another >> Bear one another’s burdens This verse goes with verses 1 & 2

(108d) Thy kingdom come >> Faith is the balance between freedom and law -- This verse goes with verse 2

(130e) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> Committed to caring for the needs of the body >> Committed to holding up one another -- This verse goes with verse 2. We can’t help others bear their own load, for example, homeless people ask others to help them bear their load, but we really can’t help them do that. If we give them money, most likely they will use it to buy cigarettes, drugs and alcohol, but we can buy them a meal. Government welfare is a contradiction of Scripture, which is the government bearing the load of others. Each person must find his own way through life. The Church is there to help, and the only people they can help are those who are doing everything in their power to help themselves, but those who refuse to help themselves, nobody else can help them either. The old saying, “God helps those who help themselves” is true in a sense. However, when it comes to God forgiving our sin, nobody could help himself to do that; God had to send His Son to pay for our sins, and so in that sense we could not help ourselves, but issues pertaining to our natural life, if we refuse to help ourselves, God can’t help us either.

Gal 6-6

(73b) Authority >> Respect your leaders >> Those in charge of the word

(128a) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Goodness >> Doing good for the sake of your brother

(130i) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> Accept one another >> Accepting the great and the small >> Great leaders accept small people

(235i) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Invest in the kingdom >> Giving (your inner self) >> Give for goodness sake

(239f) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Pursuing the knowledge of the kingdom >> Teachers >> Teachable students >> The teachable are a blessing to their teachers – Here is another example of Paul saying that since our pastor sows spiritual things in us, we ought to reciprocate by helping him with material things. This is a theme running throughout Scripture that we are to financially help our pastor, because he has dedicated his life to us. If he wants to hold down a part-time job while holding the office of pastor, that is his choice, then whatever they lack, those who benefit from his ministry are obligated to supply. However, the pastor should not live any better than the average member of his church; in fact, if he wants a blessing from God, he ought to take from his excess and give it to the poor, starting with the members of his church.

Gal 6,7-10

(218i) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> Reaping the harvest >> Reaping the harvest of obedience >> Principle of sowing and reaping – These may be the second most quoted verses in the Bible, second only to John 3-16. What is the consequence of sowing to your own flesh? Does the consequence come from God? People often accuse God of evil because they must face the consequences of their own actions, but it’s not God’s fault they did something to cause evil in their lives, nor do their consequences come from God. Paul said they come from their own flesh, from which the transgression originated, so that God has no part in it, except perhaps for making a creation that is self-correcting. Our own flesh judges us for being stupid enough to invest in it. Anyone who sows to his own flesh is betting on a dead horse, one that is sick and lame and isn’t expected to live. Our outer form will not withstand eternity. It is destined to decay and return to the ground from which it came, so that whatever we invest in it we will lose. Whatever stock we place in this life is destined to unravel in an endless barrage of consequences, all of which we will deserve. But that which we sow to the Spirit will live forever. It’s up to us how we decide to invest in what God has given us. We have two options, to either invest in our flesh or to invest in the Kingdom of God, and it all comes down to faith. Do we really believe that the things of God are more important than the things of our flesh and the values of the world? The Bible promises that the world will always hate God from generation to generation by default, so you can depend on the world to lead you astray.

Gal 6,7-9

(94a) Thy kingdom come >> Perspective on this life >> It is our investment in the Kingdom of God

(197c) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Spiritual laziness >> Rebelling against where God wants you to go >> Refuse to walk in freedom

Gal 6-7,8

(26f) Sin >> Consequences of sin >> Death is the fruit of the world

(48f) Judgment >> Levels of judgment >> Judged according to your deeds >> In this life – If we think God would not allow us to disobey Him, think again; there are a million examples per second of disobedience in the world. God allows people to disobey Him, but He is in charge of their consequences. He gives authority to the earth itself to judge man through the cause-and-effect system in place that is etched in every phase of life and non-life on this planet that corresponds with the principles of sowing and reaping, so God doesn’t have to get up and do anything. Judgment is automatic to those who violate His laws and wisdom.

(55l) Paradox >> Gain the world to lose your soul >> live this life to Lose eternal life

(166g) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Wisdom of the world >> Nature Of Man’s Wisdom >> Man’s wisdom contradicts itself

(167e) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Carnality/Secularism (mindset of the world) >> The carnal mind is set on the flesh >> Walking outside the realm of faith -- These verses go with verses 12&13

(181j) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Deception >> Self deception >> Deceitfulness of sin

(217l) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> You cannot control the judgment of God >> You cannot control how God responds to sin – Many of the consequences for sin are sown into the creation, so that the folly of the sinner automatically returns to him, and God doesn’t have to do a thing to make it happen. There is the criminal justice system that returns consequences to the criminal, and then the earth itself passes judgment against people too lazy to work and turns their life into poverty. This is the process of judgment that God has established in this life, but then there is another level of judgment that is coming after this life for those who don’t know God, and they will meet Him one day in their sins, and God will personally judge them and send them to a place assigned to them where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth, and there they will remain forever. These are the consequences of sin that man committed in this life, who have made up their minds that they don't want God. People are like living statues; in whatever spiritual condition they die they will remain forever, the opportunity for repentance spent, for God considers the time they were given to be sufficient. If they think their earthly judgment under which they suffered was severe, wait till they meet God at the White Throne Judgment and are thrown into the lake of fire.

(218c) Reaping The Harvest (Key verse)

(243b) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Persecuting the kingdom >> Mocking >> Mocking Christ

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8-11 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. 9 Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. 10 So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith. 11 See with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand.

 

Gal 6,8-10

(192e) Die to self >> Result of putting off the old man >> Gain by losing >> Receiving from God by substitution >> Committed in the natural to receive in the spiritual

(236f) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Invest in the kingdom >> Invest your strength into the kingdom >> Invest your ambitions – What are we doing with our time and money? Are we sowing them into the Kingdom of Heaven, or are we spending them on our pleasures, doing just what we want, so when this life is over and we meet God and He asks us for the things you have done in His name and we are empty-handed, what will we say to Him? When we meet Jesus, we will all wish we invested more into the Kingdom of Heaven no matter how dedicated we lived for God. For this reason Paul says, “Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we don’t grow weary,” and adds that we should aim our good works at the Church before we invest our resources in the world. If you consider your good works to be evangelistic, just remember that there are people in the Church who already believe. We should thus be more committed to them than to others who might make the decision to follow the Lord. The Bible teaches that our immediate family should be the first to receive our blessing, then the Church, and if there is anything left over, this is what we offer the world in regard to our time and money, etc.

Gal 6-8

(226f) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Rewards of the Kingdom of Heaven >> Reserved in heaven >> Eternal rewards

Gal 6-9,10

(95k) Thy kingdom come >> Attitude >> Having an obedient attitude >> Ready to do good

(127g) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Goodness >> Rewards for doing good >> Sow the seeds of goodness >> Do not grow weary of doing good

(227b) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Rewards of heaven >> God rewards us for obeying Him >> Rewarded f or doing good

(234k) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Invest in the kingdom >> Be a blessing >> Be a blessing and love your brother

Gal 6-9

(7l) Responsibility >> Use time wisely >> Get ready >> Use this time to gather – See 1Tim 6-18,19 for commentary.

(24c) Sin >> Poverty (Forms of fear) >> Anxiety >> Fear of losing spiritual territory – Doing good involves more than just doing good works, but also involves doing what is right, which includes overcoming sin, but that takes vision. There are some sins that we hate but do anyway and have a personal desire to rid ourselves of them, such as drug and alcohol addiction, the bigger sins with more caustic repercussions. There are other sins, however, that we are not so willing to release that we often use to vent our frustrations, sins that don’t really affect other people so much as it affects our conscience. The reason we have this need to vent is that our vision of God’s will is not materializing.

(99k) Thy kingdom come >> Perseverance (Working to keep in motion) >> Persevere in doing good

(206a) Salvation >> God makes promises on His terms >> Conditions to promises >> Conditions to living in the spirit >> Conditions to partaking in the spirit – Those of us who are faithful in Christ are the main victims of apostasy that is in the Church today, causing a lack of unity that makes obeying Christ a very difficult venture. A lack of unity has the effect of isolating us from each other, forcing us to work out our salvation alone, even if we attend the local church every Sunday. Christianity was never meant to be this way; the Church was established for people to live by faith, walking together in unity as a body of believers. This is the vision that Jesus had of his people, and it should be our vision. When this vision is fulfilled, there is hope, and where there is hope there is strength and purpose in overcoming sin, but where unity is lacking there is no hope, so we hold onto our sins as a way of venting. Now the people of God are sinning in place of unity, and this sin adds to the discord in the Church, so it’s a snowball effect. The Church needs a vision of unity and needs hope to achieve it; by no other means will the people of God ever overcome sin. “Let us not lose heart in doing God, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary.” This is exceedingly easier when the Church is in a state of unity, but without it, obeying Christ is virtually impossible. Everything pertaining to the will of God revolves around unity.

(214h) Sovereignty >> God controls time >> God’s timing >> God’s time is soon >> Relatively soon

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Gal 6-10

(130k) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> Accept one another >> Love tears down social differences in the Church

(248j) Priorities >> God’ s preeminence >> Values >> The Highest Values >> Top Priority

Gal 6-11 

(177a) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> False doctrine >> Distorting Scripture from a lack of understanding – Some people use this verse to support their idea that Paul’s thorn in the flesh was some kind of eye disease. When he said, “See with what large letters I am writing to you...,” some interpret the word letters to mean letters of the alphabet and not his epistles. People who have stretched the truth to this extent to make it fit their preconceived ideas should take it as a hint that they are off-track by a mile. It may seem relatively harmless, but there are no harmless heresies. They want to believe this for a reason, and the reasons are never good for wanting to believe what is false.   

 

12 Those who desire to make a good showing in the flesh try to compel you to be circumcised, simply so that they will not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. 

 

Gal 6,12-16

(205k) Salvation >> Salvation is based on God’s promises >> Faith versus works >> The faith of God versus the faith of men >> Faith versus the flesh – Paul starts banging on the old familiar subject of circumcision. It was quite a big issue during the time of the early church in which Paul was trying to pull off the works-oriented tentacles from the truth of the gospel. The reason this was such a battle was partly due to the fact that justification through law was so deeply entrenched in Judaism, and also due to the fact that this woks-oriented form of justification was a misconception even of Israel’s old covenant religion. That is, God never intended the law to justify anyone. This was a contrivance of the Jews. Rather, God’s intent of the law in Old Testament times pertained to practicing the law in hope of God’s righteousness, which was to come through Christ. This rendition of old covenant justification correlates with the life of Abraham who journeyed to a foreign land in hope of seeing the fulfillment of God’s promise, whose faith is iconic to the new covenant, showing the transition of God’s plan between covenants. The biggest mistake Israel made was in their interpretation of the word “Salvation,” which they interpreted as, ‘deliverance from their enemies,’ not knowing that their biggest enemy was sin. This is why Israel didn’t recognize their messiah when He came.

Gal 6,12-15

(190j) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Circumcision is a sign of obedience >> Symbolism over substance -- These verses go with verses 3,4. Circumcision is the symbol that epitomizes the confusion surrounding the issues of faith and works. In fact, the confusion still persists in the Church to this day, some still believing that works are involved in our justification before God, which could not be further from the truth. People don’t spiritually advocate circumcision anymore. Instead, baptism is the new ceremony that justifies you before God in New Testament times, or so some denominations teach, but this is no different from believing in circumcision. There will never be a ceremony that will justify anyone before God. Rather, justification comes through faith in Jesus Christ.

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Gal 6-12,13

(17f) Sin >> Judging in the flesh >> Seeking the glory of man – This is partially about a group of people (cult) who viewed others as opponents of their religion. They don’t have faith; they only have religion. They believe and seek the approval of men rather than the approval of God.

(17m) Sin >> Unrighteous judgment >> Discerning by the flesh >> Judging the sins of others that you practice -- These verses go with verse 1

(22c) Sin >> Greed takes without consideration for others >> Serving self – The key word to understanding this passage is the word association. In the days of the early church circumcision was a hot topic, representing the freedom of Christ. For thousands of years the Jews were circumcised under the law, and during that time it was a sign of obedience. After Jesus came the sign of obedience was changed to baptism. Therefore, anyone who teaches circumcision as a religious requirement (opposed to medical advice) is disobedient to Christ. The circumcised had no interest in obeying God and tried to convince those who were faithful in Christ to be circumcised with them, hoping to avoid persecution by association. They wanted the brethren to get circumcised to reverse the relationship in the eyes of the Church and in the world from associating with the faithful to the faithful associating with the circumcision. This way they could go to church with their arm around the brethren posing as a fellow brother, and then integrate into the world under the guise of being a follower of the law without any mention of Christ. The result was that the circumcised would influence the faithful to be disobedient.

(22h) Sin >> Lust (craving pleasure) >> Boasting in the flesh

(55n) Paradox >> Lose by gaining >> Lose the truth to gain religion

(75h) Thy kingdom come >> Motives >> Being manipulative >> Controlling people in the dark >> Through hidden motives

(76h) Thy kingdom come >> Motives >> Living by a double standard

(159f) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Counterfeit godliness >> Counterfeit freedom

(162i) Works of the devil >> Being a slave to the devil (Addictions) >> Bondage >> Being slaves of men >> Bad company will entangle you in their bondage – People who are convinced in their own minds that they know the truth, but couldn’t care less about the truth, are very much the same as the enemies of Paul who wanted the Galatians to be circumcised, though they themselves did not follow the law. Cult leaders were seeking the Galatians to be circumcised, to bring them into their fold so they can rule over them in a state of bondage. They wanted the Galatians to believe in circumcision with them as a way of proving to themselves that their doctrines were right, for the larger the numbers who follow them, the more confident they become in what they believe. However, popularity does not prove a belief system, but since they are making up the truth, they might as well believe this too. The more people they can get to believe in their doctrines, the more feathers they can put in their hat. These cult leaders were hypocrites in that the law is only as powerful as their ability to follow it, and these people who were advocating circumcision were not even trying to follow the law. There is nothing more demoralizing than being used by someone for selfish purposes.

(164a) Works of the devil >> Being a slave to the devil (Addictions) >> Entertaining demons by rejecting the word of God

(167e) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Carnality/Secularism (mindset of the world) >> The carnal mind is set on the flesh >> Walking outside the realm of faith -- These verses go with verses 7&8.

(169j) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Seeking the glory of man >> Loving the approval of men rather than the approval of God >> Fearing their religion

(171f) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Outward appearance >> Decorating the outside to simulate the inside >> Playing the part to be accepted by men – The Church is the new covenant version of old covenant Israel, who were a people whom God personally selected among all the families of the earth to become His own possession (Tit 2-14). Nevertheless, when the Church makes believe it is no different from unbelievers, it achieves its goal. How is the Church different from the world these days? The Catholic Church basically followed the formula of circumcision as a means of seeking favor with God, and they made up many rules saying that if the parishioners do them, that constitutes faith. This is the promise of Catholicism: if they obey the Church, they will go to heaven, which is exactly what Israel did with circumcision, and Paul condemned trusting anything other than the cross of Jesus Christ to find favor with God. To point at anything else and say, ‘This is how I know I believe,’ has the opposite effect of eliminating the need to believe the truth. The Catholics actually made up a doctrine of indulgences that allowed parishioners to pay the Church for the right to sin, actually buying sin. This prompted Luther’s 95 theses.

(172ab) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Tares among the wheat >> Devils among the saints >> False brethren among the people of God >> Legalists among the liberated

(173i) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Catholicism >> Unholy sacrifice >> Penance of following the law (legalism) – Paul is addressing the circular reasoning of legalists, saying that they make a good showing in the flesh in attempt to convince us to be circumcised, that they might boast in our flesh. If they were content with their religion, they wouldn’t feel the need to make us feathers in their cap. If they do not keep the law, then what is this “show” they are playing for us? As is typical of shallow people, their show is only skin-deep, seeking to flatter their audience. They don’t even keep the law themselves, which is supposed to be the heart of their religion, yet keeping the law is the very thing they are trying to avoid, since their ultimate goal is freedom to express the sinful passions and desires of their flesh. In contrast, the goal of true Christianity is freedom to do the will of God. Paul said in 1Tim 1-5, “The goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.” We certainly cannot achieve the true Christian faith while trampling underfoot God’s holy laws.

(175d) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Form of godliness >> Prestige gives a false sense of godliness

(180b) Works of the devil >> Practicing witchcraft >> Wolves lead people into a cult >> Wolves bypass the cross

(185a) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Abusing the grace of God >> Dragging God’s Grace Through The Mud >> Operating His grace through religion 

(198e) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Ordained by man >> Men place themselves in positions of authority >> Men raising up men

(199f) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Rejecting Christ >> Throwing God away >> Rejecting Christ to steal His glory

(200i) Denying Christ >> Excuses for rejecting Christ >> Using irresponsibility as an excuse to reject God >> Trying to talk your way out of accountability – They avoid the doctrines of the true faith to avoid persecution, for if they do not produce the fruit of God’s kingdom, they cannot be persecuted. At the same time, though, if they don’t produce the fruit of God’s kingdom, they will be detected as frauds by the elders of the Church and by the sheep themselves. Their ability to cloak themselves in religiosity by means of flattery simply cannot hide them from discerning believers, but when it comes to the law, there are all kinds of ways around it. People devise methods of circumventing the law while at the same time appearing to satisfy its demands, but with the gospel of Christ this is impossible. Nevertheless, the disingenuous have had 2000 years to hone their skill circumventing the doctrines of the faith, and they have settled on a small handful of tricks that they use, first and foremost a broad smile, second an expensive suit, and third if possible a mega-church. If they have these things, they can deceive many people into believing that they are advocates of the true gospel of Christ, when in fact they belong to the group that Paul is describing here. Anybody who would be circumcised at their word becomes a statistic as they count their numbers and brag about them.

(201f) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Jesus is an offense >> Jesus offends the world >> The cross offends the world – People who veer from faith invariably do it to avoid the offence of the cross. The cross is offensive because it transmits the message that the world needs God to fix them, but the world doesn't want God to fix them. Isn’t it interesting that the Catholic Church was formed trying to avoid persecution. This is what happens when Christians try to avoid persecution: their gospel mutates. When we think of all the changes the Catholic Church has made to the doctrines of the faith over the centuries, every one of them point to avoiding persecution while at the same time funneling money into the Vatican coffers. The very first step they made in this endeavor was to make Christianity an entity of the state, which diametrically opposed Jesus’ vision for the Church in His High Priestly Prayer, “I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world” (Jn 17-14). To remain separate from the world is the Bible’s definition of “sanctification”, being set apart. A Church that is not sanctified is not Holy to the Lord.

(241f) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Hindering the kingdom >> Obstacles in the way of the kingdom >> Obstacles that keep you from Jesus

(242h) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Persecuting the kingdom >> Worldly pressure >> World pressures you to forsake your convictions

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13&14 For those who are circumcised do not even keep the Law themselves, but they desire to have you circumcised so that they may boast in your flesh. 14 But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

 

Gal 6-13

(178h) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Hypocrisy >> Hypocrisy of the Church is rebuked >> The Church is rebuked for disunity

(183ea) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Spirit of Error (Anti-Christ / Anti-Semitism) >> Nursery for the spirit of error >> Selfish ambition >> Seeking to control the Church

(202c) Denying Christ >> Man chooses his own destiny apart from God >> Running from God >> Running to your sinful nature >> Run from God by running to your flesh – Legalists are hypocrites, for in their boasting of the law they do not keep the law, but they seek to have us circumcised that they might boast in our flesh. Making proselytes makes them feel they are in the right, in that if they didn’t have the truth, they couldn’t have won us to their religion, but this is circular reasoning. The more people they can win to their belief system, the less they feel they need to abide by the teachings of the Church. Like any cult or pyramid scheme, the proselyte becomes subservient to their religion, but the Church runs on a hierarchy of authority. Both fit the model of a pyramid, but the two of them couldn’t be more different from each other. The Church operates through the authority of Christ, and His authority is disseminated throughout the Church by the principle that the least are greatest and the greatest are least, whereas in a cult the greatest are greatest and the least are least, according to the elementary principles of the world. If we are in a cult and on the bottom rung, we are out of luck; all we can do is win converts to get off the bottom, but if we are on the bottom rung in the Church, we are considered greatest of all, for we are those for whom sake is meant the ministry of the Church, so they get the most attention, but in a cult the person who gets all the attention is the leader, and the person on the bottom rung gets all the grunt work.

Gal 6,14-17

(96h) Thy kingdom come >> Attitude >> Having an attitude of humility – The world has been crucified to Paul and Paul to the world. The cross that so many people hang around their necks on a chain symbolizes death, and so the world sees us as death, and also we see the world as death. At least we understand each other, and it is the only way we agree. To the degree that the world sees Christians as complete losers, so we see the world as lost; and to the degree that the world wants nothing from us is the degree to which we want nothing from the world, as Paul said in 1Cor 7,29-31, “The time has been shortened, so that... those who use the world… [should not] make full use of it.” Paul talked about dying to self, dying to the world and to all its evil passions and desires, such as envy, rage and all the negative emotions, attitudes and values that swirl in the minds of the ungodly, who are in bondage to it all, and they believe they are free, yet nothing could be further from the truth. Moreover, they see us in bondage to our religion, yet nothing could be further from the truth. They see us as forbidden to do anything fun; we don’t even have any rights, while they enjoy their lives. The life that God has given us is like a seed, and we Christians have decided to invest our seed in hope that it will grow to produce many souls for the Kingdom of God, whereas we see the ungodly as eating their seed. We walk by our faith that holds promise of joy both in this life and in the one to come, whereas the ungodly enjoy the passing pleasures of sin that holds promise of consequences both in this life and in the one to come. Jesus says to them, “Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full” (Mat 6-10), while He says to believers who obey Him, “Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh” (Lk 6-21).

Gal 6,14-16

(191j) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Result of putting off the old man >> Set apart >> Set apart from the world – Everything takes its turn on the cross: Jesus was first; now it is our turn to willingly go to the cross. The world is crucified to me and I to it. What does this mean? The cross represents separation; it is the meaning of death. When Jesus died, He was separated from His body and from God and from this world, but His Spirit lived-on. Therefore, when we die, we will be separated from our body and from this world, but our spirit will continue to live in paradise. When Paul said, “I have been crucified with Christ” (Gal 2-20), he was speaking of sanctification, as it also says in 2Cor 6-17,18, “Therefore, come out from their midst and be separate, says the Lord. And do not touch what is unclean; and I will welcome you. And I will be a Father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to Me, says the Lord Almighty.” So among other things, the cross represents sanctification, to be set apart; Jesus was set apart as the savior of the world, and His cross has set us apart from the world as His children. When it says that the world has been crucified to me and I to the world, it means that the cross has created a division between the world and us. We may be citizens of a certain country, but we no longer belong to this world; we now belong to another kingdom in another realm for another time and for another life. God will resurrect our bodies, and we will live forever with our Great Shepherd, and He will establish His kingdom, and it will remain forever, and we will reign with Him. The present world will be abolished and no more. Everything about this world will end, but we will never end, and Paul said that he would never boast about anything except in the kingdom that is coming and in the ruler of that coming kingdom.

Gal 6-14,15

(190a) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Masochism (Self-made martyr) >> Laying your body on the altar

Gal 6-14

(38b) Judgment >> Blood of Jesus >> God judged man through the blood of His son

(64i) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Weaknesses of God >> God subjects himself to human frailty >> His weakness makes Him small compared to men – Paul was saying, ‘To me the world is crucified, and to the world I am crucified.’ The world sees our faith as worthless, and through our faith we see the world as worthless. Paul boasted in the cross and in nothing else. We might have talents and abilities that God employs in the ministry, and they are useful for promoting the Kingdom of God, though keep in mind that every talent and ability was born from weakness. This means that God uses our strengths to promote His kingdom and inhabits our weakness to reveal Himself and strengthen us to become more useful in His Kingdom. We Christians like to view the cross as the power of God, which it is (1Cor 1-17), but we also need to understand at the same time that it represents profound weakness in the eyes of the world. It thinks that anybody who would be overcome by His enemies must have been a failure, since everybody else before and after Christ who was captured and killed failed at what he was trying to do. Jesus was murdered and succeeded by his death to accomplish His goal. No one else’s death has ever accomplished anything except death itself. Jesus’ death accomplished the will of God, and for that reason He was raised from the dead. Paul boasted in the weakness of the cross, and he also boasted in his own weaknesses, and refused to boast about any of his accomplishments, except what Christ has done through Him or in spite of him. God worked through the weakness of Christ to destroy death and to create a door for His people to pass though it and be saved. Virtually all sins are committed in attempt to benefit self and our circumstances apart from the will of God, but Christ used his weakness as a means of forgiving mankind their sins.

(77j) Thy kingdom come >> Tapping into the power of God through humility >> The humble realize the source of their power

(84f) Thy kingdom come >> Words of your mouth >> Boasting >> It needs to be said and no one is saying it >> Boasting in Christ

(115ja) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Through obedience of faith >> Through determination >> Determined to be set apart from the world

(154e) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> God bears witness against the world >> Witness that the world is godless >> Witness that the world hates God – Paul says he is dead to the world and the world is dead to him. When people look at Paul in their unbelief, they see a man who is lifeless in terms of the elementary principles which they follow, and Paul looks at them as devoid of the life of God. According to him, nothing is alive about the world, and since our flesh is a part of this world, God calls us to sacrifice it. According to Paul’s perspective, nothing good or right will ever come of the world. It will never accept his faith or ours, and Paul will never accept its unbelief, therefore neither should we. Proverbs 29-27 probably says it best, “An unjust man is abominable to the righteous and he who is upright in the way is abominable to the wicked.” They shall never see eye to eye.

(165f) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Do not partake of the world >> Do not love the world

(194h) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Turn from sin to God >> Hate evil >> Victory over sin >> Hate evil by doing good

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15-18 For neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. 16 And those who will walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God. 17 From now on let no one cause trouble for me, for I bear on my body the brand-marks of Jesus. 18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren. Amen.

 

Gal 6,15-17

(11b) Servant >> Standard for being a servant >> A Spirit-filled life

Gal 6-15,16

(92f) Thy kingdom come >> The narrow way >> Trail of good works >> You must be born again to walk on this trail – A "new creation" is the product of salvation, whereas a "spirit-filled" life is the proof of our salvation. Those who want us to be circumcised, who want us to serve the law as a means of seeking favor with God, are exempt from the new creation. His sacrifice cleanses us from all sin, and His Spirit seals us to eternal life and establishes the new creation within us. The Holy Spirit merges with our spirit to become one with God. We are prepared at that very moment to meet Jesus Christ in the advent of our death. Why would anyone want to seek God through the law after making the way of salvation so convenient through the blood of His cross? “And those who will walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.”

(105g) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Led by the Spirit into the will of God >> Led to the right place – Paul says, ‘Do you want to get circumcised? Go head.’ He also says, ‘If you don’t want to be circumcised, then don’t.’ Then he answered, ‘What matters is a new creation!’ Circumcision is optional, and so are all the rules and regulations of religiosity that so many people think will bring them salvation, but being born-again is not an option. That is, coming to know God is mandatory for those who want to go to heaven. Faith in Jesus Christ is not obtained by the fulfillment of rules and regulations but by obeying the Holy Spirit.

Gal 6-15

(238e) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Transferring the kingdom >> The kingdom is transferred to the Church >> New creation >> The new creation is our spiritual identity – God will make us kings and priests, and He will cause us to reign over the new creation that He will establish in place of this present universe. God will destroy this present universe and create another one in its place, and it will correspond with the new creation that He has already built in our spirit. The things that God has done in us are the first fruits of the new creation, as it says in Rom 8-20,21, “For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God." Jesus is the pattern that God will use to create the new universe, and He will also use us as a pattern, according to the likeness of the person whom He has created in each of us, according to our interests and desires that we have in the perfect man that God has created in us, God will create His universe. He will create worlds and solar systems and galaxies according to our specifications, and then call us to rule over the people who will live there. These will be custom-designed habitations, and we will wonder how his creation could be so perfect. He has used us to determine how to create it, so that the creation and those who rule over it are one. Therefore, how does circumcision or uncircumcision pertain? Neither one are relevant in view of all that God has prepared for us in the life to come!

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Gal 6-17

(6c) Responsibility >> Advocate God’s cause >> Jesus’ yoke of evangelism – The Bible verses depicting Jesus’ yoke of evangelism were symbolic, until Paul pulled off his shirt, then all symbolism ended. Paul was truly a bondservant of Christ; he was doing what Peter and john were doing when they said, “We cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.” There was nothing symbolic about his scars from all the times he had been tortured by the Jews for his faith in Jesus and his relentless preaching of the gospel. He simply refused to keep silent; they would have had to kill him to silence him. The hypocrisy of the Jews was that they could have simply run Paul through with a sword, but they had to find a way to explain their ill treatment of him. They were unable to justify killing him in the eyes of the people, so Paul went on preaching the gospel and no one could stop him. Paul argued with his fellow Jews and proved the gospel more convincingly than they were able to defend their own points. Paul knew exactly what they believed, being one of their kind prior to his conversion. He was able to reason with them about his faith in Jesus and also about their interpretation of the Old Testament Judaism, which unfortunately over the years had mutated to a belief system that today doesn’t even resemble the writings of Moses. The only thing they could do was beat him and whip him according to their law, and it was these torturous beatings that permanently etched in his flesh the brand marks of Jesus. He triumphed in them. When arguing with false prophets and false apostles who tried to introduce their destructive heresies, he would take off his shirt and show them his scars and ask them if they believed their lies enough to own a set of these and silenced them. There was nothing they could say, for Paul was willing to endure them for the sake of God’s truth. It was Paul’s commitment to the gospel that spoke for him, his achievements, establishing many churches throughout the regions he visited, together with the sacrifices he made along the way that proved his apostleship.

(12f) Servant >> Nature of a bond servant The Jewish zealots who persecuted the apostles also persecuted Paul throughout his ministry; they beat him relentlessly, threw him in jail and flogged him, causing Paul say that he had received the brand-marks of Jesus on his body (Gal 6-17). They came to be his status symbol, His mark of an apostle. Paul spoke of the lashings he received from the Jews (39 lashes, three times) like brand marks, as though he were a mere head of cattle. Bond servants are some of the most disciplined people, even more so than the military. This kind of Christianity would probably scare most of us—we would not want to live like that, nor would we want to know someone like Paul. If Paul lived today we would probably figure him a dangerous cult leader (of which he was in fact accused). Militant-style Christianity sounds like a bad combination of words, but it isn’t if you are referring to discipline and dedication to the truth. God has had his bond servants in every generation, and they never hurt anyone. You will know them by their love; it is how God controls them. (See Compelled by the Spirit.)

(134a) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Your body is the mediator between the natural and the spiritual realms >> Manifesting the Kingdom of God through obedience – It was the ultimate insult to Paul to see the Church following after liars who preached a different gospel that was easier for their flesh to believe after he suffered in his own flesh to tell them the truth about God. It is ironic that the concept of following the law appeals to the flesh even though the commandments contradict the will of the flesh. It is in contrast to following the Spirit, who commands us to sacrifice our flesh. The flesh thinks that it is better to suppress its evil nature through the law than to surrender its will to the Holy Spirit. People who don’t want to walk by the Spirit find some strange comfort in the law, even though they are unable to keep the law. Those who seek justification through the law are following a completely lost cause.

(152a) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> Witnesses of the father >> Apostles >> Enduring hardship proves apostleship – The whippings and beatings that Paul received from the Jews so many times became his identifying mark as a genuine apostle (2Cor-11), saying that anyone who claims to be an apostle like me must wear these marks; otherwise they are false apostles. Paul raised the bar so high that anyone who would try to counterfeit the gospel could not do so in Paul’s lifetime. They would have to wait for Paul and the rest of the apostles to die before the liars and deceivers could take over the doctrines of the Church, which is exactly what happened. Paul was proud of his scars that he received for the cause of Christ, and he is probably still wearing them in heaven. He suffered in order to bring the gospel to people like the Galatians. It was as though Jesus Christ Himself whipped Paul and not the Jews, because they were the brand-marks of Jesus, not the brand-marks of the Jews. Jesus said of Paul in Act 9-15,16, “He is a chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel; for I will show him how much he must suffer for My name’s sake.” Paul gave the Jews no credit for his brand-marks, but attributed them to the glory of God. Then he turned to the Galatian Church and said, ‘Now that I have paid the price to tell you about Jesus, I want you to listen to me.’

(213j) Sovereignty >> God is infinite >> Jesus owns you >> His will becomes our will >> As a master owns a servant – Paul bore on his body the brand-marks of Jesus, as a master owns a servant. He was mercilessly whipped and beaten innumerous times. These are all things that religious people who love to live by rules and regulations are unwilling to accept. Paul accepted it for the sake of the new creation that lived in him that he sought to convey to others. He thought it was important enough that he was willing to be beaten half to death more times than he could count.

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Gal 6-18

(132a) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Holy Spirit is in God’s people >> Spirit of God in the spirit of man >> Spirit of the Father – 'The grace of Christ be with our spirit,' not with our flesh. Our flesh is unredeemable; they will dig a hole and bury it. They do this because of disease and the stench and perversity of having a corpse anywhere near us. It just keeps getting uglier and smellier, and then worms invade the cavities and feed on the sludge that is produced from decomposition. God will give us a resurrected body, but some people have been cremated; they don’t have a body; they don’t have bones, nothing; it is just gone. God will not collect all the atoms that once composed their bodies and then reconstruct it, for after He went through all that, He must still change it into a heavenly substance that is not of this world, a transformation of its very essence on an atomic level. No, He will just create a new body, using what remains of our old bodies, if anything. He will give us bodies that cannot die that are not subject to the laws or the curse of this present creation. Our resurrected bodies will incorporate the grace of God into its very fabric, making it natural to walk and live by the grace of God, but until then all we can do is simulate heaven in our flesh, though in our spirit it is real. God has commanded us to simulate the Kingdom of God in this life, to live as though we are already in heaven, no matter what anyone does to us. We will not hit anyone in heaven; we will not try to get even with anybody in heaven, so neither should we do these things in this life. God has given us a taste of heaven in our spirit man; we can see Him; we can feel Him; we can sense the coming kingdom; we can discern that which is to come, but we cannot grasp it. We must wait for that day when He establishes His kingdom in our resurrected bodies.