Galatians 6:6-18 Interpretation 

October 31, 2014Pastor's Blog

Paul’s final warning in Galatians 6:6-18 is for the Galatians to remember the universal law of reproduction, which simply states; whatever you sow, you will reap. Verse seven says; “One who sows to please his sinful nature will reap destruction”. But thankfully in verse eight we see that the reverse is just as sure; “one who sows to please the Spirit will reap eternal life.” Since we and others will be eating the “fruit” of what we sow we must sow carefully. Of course there’s always a delay between sowing … Read More

Galatians 6:6-18

October 30, 2014Daily Reading

6 Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches. 7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8 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 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 … Read More

Galatians 6:6-18 Observation

October 30, 2014Pastor's Blog

F.O.T.O. If you have studied Galatians up to this point, it is helpful to interpret this passage by thinking of the following acronym: F.O.T.O. FOTO means to Focus On the Obvious. How do you observe the obvious in every Bible passage?   Look for repeated words: Verses 6-10 use ‘sow’, ‘sows’ and ‘sowing’. ‘Good’ is written 4 times in verses 6-12. Circumcision vs. uncircumcision is discussed primarily in vs. 12-16. Observe singular vs. plural usage: Paul identifies himself to be part of the audience of ‘us’, not just as one … Read More

Galatians 5:26-6:5 Application

October 29, 2014Pastor's Blog

Gentle Restoration “Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other. Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.” (Galatians 5:26 -6:1) God intended life to be lived in relationship. Don’t believe me? Read the scripture. Why else would Paul warn us against provoking each other unless we were living in relationship? First – Life is going to be challenging. Envy and conceit only happen in relationship. … Read More

Galatians 5:26-6:1-5 Interpretation

October 28, 2014Pastor's Blog

Paul is encouraging his fellow Christians to live by the Spirit by staying in relationship with the Spirit. This involves praying to God and studying His Word. We must continue to die to our flesh daily so we won’t give in to our sinful desires. By doing so, the fruit of the spirit will continue to grow in our lives. In Galatians 5:26 Paul says “Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying of each other.” Here Paul addresses two kinds of people – people who provoke and people who … Read More

Galatians 5:26-6:5 Observation

October 27, 2014Pastor's Blog

Stop and Think When observing The Bible it is important to often times to “stop and think”. While I was reading Galatians 6 I stop thought about what I was reading. I thought about 6:2 that says “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.” It was that pause that allowed me to think about what the passage was really saying. Contrary to the isolated burdens we saw in yesterday’s study, often we encounter community burdens. These are burdens that should be shared with other members of … Read More

Galatians 5:26-6:5

October 27, 2014Daily Reading

26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. Bear One Another’s Burdens 6 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. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. 5 For each will have to bear his own load.

Galatians 5:16-25 Application

October 25, 2014Pastor's Blog

Here is how the Spirit of God leads His people.  He leads us, not by some mysterious perceptions or emotions.  He always leads His people by the same means, in the same direction:  Towards love.  Towards joy.  God’s Spirit always leads in the direction of peace and patience.  He leads us to be kind and good and faithful and gentle with others.  He leads always in the direction of self-control.  If we’re going in any other direction, it is not the shepherding Spirit of Christ that is leading us.  When … Read More

Galatians 5:16-25 Interpretation

October 24, 2014Pastor's Blog

Galatians 5:16-25 talks about the inner battle in the life of every believer. When we accept Christ into our lives we receive the Holy Spirit, who has godly desires that He longs to see accomplished in and through us. But then there are those places and desires in our hearts that the Holy Spirit has not yet renewed and those desires are diametrically opposed to the desires of the Spirit and the life He chooses for us. Every moment of every day, we must choose which desires we will yield … Read More

Galatians 5:16-25 Observation

October 23, 2014Pastor's Blog

Focus on Key Words Once again, Paul contrasts and compares two different ways of living to highlight true grace vs. those who are living according to the law. Paul contrasts the evidence of the true grace of Christ found by living in the Spirit to the acts of the sinful nature. Practical evidence for everyday living is emphasized through the use of many key words.   Spirit vs. the sinful nature. In vs. 16-18, Paul contrasts life in ‘the Spirit’ to life in the ‘sinful nature’. The ‘Spirit’ is capitalized … Read More