Be Responsible Gal. 6:1-18 July 12, 2009
Did you note three bears are in this passage of scripture? In verse two we are encouraged to bear one another’s burdens. In verse five it speaks of a burden that each believer must bear all alone. We can pray for others who have this kind of a burden but it is really theirs to bear. Then in verse 17 Paul tells some trouble makers that he bears on his body the marks of sacrifice for service of the Lord Jesus. Paul certainly earned the right to tell all Christians to Be Responsible.
1. Be Responsible Relating To . . Temptation. 6:1-5
A. Spiritual Responsibility To Help One Who . . Yielded To Temptation. 6:1a
1 Brothers, if someone is caught in any wrongdoing, you who are spiritual should restore such a person with a gentle spirit,
B. Spiritual Responsibility To Help . . Yourself Not Yield Temptation. 6:1b
“. . . watching out for yourselves so you won't be tempted also.
C. Spiritual Responsibility To Evaluate . . Yourself Related To Temptation. 6:2-5
2 Carry one another's burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone considers
himself to be something when he is nothing, he is deceiving himself. 4 But each person should examine his
own work, and then he will have a reason for boasting in himself alone, and not in respect to someone else.
5 For each person will have to carry his own load.
When a Christian brother or sister yields to temptation those who are spiritual need to restore such a person into full fellowship. Of course this must be done as the Holy Spirit directs. (Check 1 Cor. 2:15, 14:37 and Rom 15:1). One of the attitudes one needs as they minister in this situation must be humility. This verse gives additional help: 1 Cor. 10:12. Note in verse one the word is burden but in verse five it is load. This comes from two different GREEK words being used.
2. Be Responsible Relating Through . . Tireless Efforts. 6:6-10
A. Tireless Efforts In Being Taught And . . Sharing With The Teacher. 6:6
6 The one who is taught the message must share his goods with the teacher.
B. Tireless Efforts In . . Sowing and Reaping. 6:7-9
7 Don't be deceived: God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows he will also reap,
8 because the one who sows to his flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows to the
Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit. 9 So we must not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the
proper time if we don't give up.
C. Tireless Efforts Ministering Thorough The . . Spirit. 6:10
10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, we must work for the good of all, especially for those who
belong to the household of faith.
Paul inserts the need for being taught and sharing with your teacher. This kind of sharing refers to the financial support of the ministry. Paul encourages and demonstrates tireless efforts in sowing. If one sows the promise of reaping is giving. This tireless effort will be directed by the Holy Spirit especially to those of the household of faith. Many of the men and women of the Christian organization called Alcoholics Victorious give a good example of people tirelessly working to help others with similar needs.
3. Be Responsible Relating To . . Truthful Teaching. 6:11-15
11 Look at what large letters I have written to you in my own handwriting. 12 Those who want to make a
good showing in the flesh are the ones who would compel you to be circumcised—but only to avoid being persecuted for the cross of Christ. 13 For even the circumcised don't keep the law themselves; however, they want you to be circumcised in order to boast about your flesh. 14 But as for me, I will never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15 For both circumcision and uncircumcision mean nothing; what matters instead is a new creation.
A. Truthful Teaching Related Through A . . Handicap. 6:11
11 Look at what large letters I have written to you in my own handwriting.
B. Truthful Teaching Related Through A . . Hindrance 6:12-13
12 Those who want to make a good showing in the flesh are the ones who would compel you to be
circumcised—but only to avoid being persecuted for the cross of Christ. 13 For even the circumcised don't
keep the law themselves; however, they want you to be circumcised in order to boast about your flesh.
C. Truthful Teaching Related Through . . Honoring Christ. 6:14-15
14 But as for me, I will never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through
whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15 For both circumcision and uncircumcision
mean nothing; what matters instead is a new creation.
Some suggest Paul’s thorn in the flesh related to his eyesight. Here he mentions writing in large letters. Earlier in this book he said, “For I testify to you that, if possible, you would have torn out your eyes and given them to me (Gal 4:15 HCSB). Whether that is correct or not he did teach even with this eye problem. The Judaizers caused a hindrance as they greeted his teaching with conflicting teaching and opposition. He states
incorrect theology as well as hypocritical lifestyle as part of the opposition. They wanted to get converts for personal show. Paul wanted to honor Christ and he desired to boast about the cross. Through the cross the
the world was crucified to Paul. A new creation can become a reality because of Christ’s sacrifice of the cross.
4. Be Responsible Related To . . Troublesome People. 6:16-18
A. Troublesome People Who Do Not Follow A . . Peaceful Standard. 6:16
16 May peace be on all those who follow this standard, and mercy also be on the Israel of God!
B. Troublesome People Who Do Not Follow A . . Pleasing spirit. 6:17-18
17 From now on, let no one cause me trouble, because I carry the marks of Jesus on my body.
18 Brothers, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen. HCSB
Peace comes through truth and the “fruit” of the Spirit. If a person tries to produce peace without following God’s way people will fail big time. Troublesome people never serve to bring an atmosphere of peace. I know people who seem to enjoy strife and seem to elevate their own agenda with it. Paul did not want anymore trouble from the Judaizers. He wanted to silence them by referring to his marks in the flesh as he received beatings etc., because of his stand for Christ. His last words desired peace not trouble. He wanted all the people of the church to Be Responsible. Amen? Amen!
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