Gene Cunningham - June 10, 2003

Galatians 7

Galatians 7

Spiritual life originates in the Holy Spirit (Gal 2:20), but operates in the sphere of liberty (Gal 5:1), and results in sacrificial service (Gal 6:1). The focus and motive in "you who are spiritual" is Christ (Gal 6:1-2). Spirituality is defined in Chapter 5 as being led by the Spirit (Gal 5:6, Gal 5:11-24). "Meekness" is power under control not weakness (Gal 6:1) — submission to the authority of Word of God and power of the Spirit and considering the glory of Jesus Christ. Make sure you don't have an attitude of condescension (Gal 6:3). "Law of Christ" (Gal 6:2) is the only law we're under — "faith working through love" (Gal 5:6), "law of liberty" (Jam 1:25, Jam 2:12), "royal law" (Jam 2:8), "the love of Christ compels us" (2Co 5:14). Love is burden bearing (Gal 6:2, Rom 15:1). God welds us together through ministry to one another (Rom 8:28). This a matter of realism (Gal 6:3) and personal responsibility.

Spiritual living is oriented toward the eternal harvest (Gal 6:6-10). At the judgment seat we stand alone; our actions then will be something in which we can rejoice (Gal 6:4). Spiritual living focuses on eternity. Paul felt the debt Jesus paid (Rom 1:14, Rom 8:12-13, Mat 16:24). Confession of sin without correction is self-deceiving (Gal 6:7-8). "In fellowship" is not a Biblical concept. "Having fellowship one with another" (1Jo 1:7) means joint participation —action, engagement, involvement striving toward a joint goal. Paul suggests we view every decision and action from eternity. Our eternal harvest is what we've sown (Gal 6:8-10). Our "cross" to bear is the sacrificial service to others as an ambassador and priest (Gal 6:10, Gal 5:6). We can fall into the trap of making a good appearance, yet rob our service of the power of the Spirit of God (Gal 6:12). Paul returns to his boast in the cross (Gal 1:4, Gal 6:14). "Walk" means to advance in step that is in the power of the Spirit and love of Christ (Gal 6:14-17).

As the disciples were eating the passover, memorializing 1500 years before, Jesus gave them the communion elements (Mat 26:26). Jesus gave His body and blood as a gift. He is the only mediator — the God-man.

Scripture References: Galatians 6:14, Galatians 6:3, Galatians 6:1-2, Galatians 6:7-8, Galatians 5:6, Galatians 1:4, Romans 8:28, Galatians 6:1, Matthew 16:24, Galatians 6:2, Galatians 6:12, Romans 15:1, Galatians 5:1, Romans 8:12-13, Galatians 6:3, Galatians 5:6, Galatians 6:2, Galatians 2:20, Romans 1:14, Galatians 6:1, Galatians 6:10, James 2:8, Matthew 26:26, Galatians 6:4, Galatians 5:11-24, Galatians 6:8-10, James 2:12, Galatians 6:14-17, Galatians 6:6-10, Galatians 5:6, John 1:7, James 1:25

From Series: "Galatians - The Truth and Power of the Gospel - Hot Spring AR - 2009"

This series was given at Grace Bible Church of Hot Springs Arkansas in November 2009.

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