8: New Creation in Christ (Gal 6:1-18)
In this lesson,
Paul continues his exhortations on Christian living. Then he concludes the
epistle by emphasizing again the gospel of grace and denouncing the works of
“But God forbid that I should
boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been
crucified to me, and I to the world. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision
nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new
Who is the command in verse 1
How should we restore a brother
overtaken in trespass? (cf. Mt 18:15; Jas 5:15-16, 19-20)
With what attitude should such
restoration be done?
What would be the wrong way to
deal with someone who is overtaken in a trespass?
Have you ever helped a fellow
believer in his weakness? What lessons did you learn from the experience?
In the context of verse 2, what
does it mean to bear one another’s burdens?
What is the law of Christ (2)?
(cf. Jn 13:34; 14:21; 15:12; 1Jn 3:22-23; Jas 2:8;
According to verse 3, why would
a believer fail to bear other’s burdens?
What should someone who thinks
himself to be something do, according to verse 4?
Do you examine yourself on a
consistent basis? With what measure do you measure yourself?
Explain the apparent
contradiction between verses 2 and 5 (Hint: interpret verse 5 in light of
verses 3 and 4).
is the central teaching of this passage. What kind of good deeds is meant here?
What is the golden rule here?
Why does Paul start the command
with “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked”? What does this mean?
What kind of a Christian is
In what areas in your life
should you start sowing to the Spirit rather than the will of your flesh?
According to verse 9, what are
the possible hindrances of failing to do good?
Are you passive in doing good,
or do you find every opportunity to do good? Think of
concrete ways to start increasing your good deeds today.
What is the motivation of the false
In what ways are we sometimes
tempted to take the easy way out in being a Christian so as to avoid suffering
persecution for the cross of Christ?
What does Paul mean that the
world has been crucified to him and he to the world?
Has the world been crucified to
you, and you to the world?
Verse 15 brings out a strong
contrast between legalism and faith in Christ Jesus. What is the contrast?
What “rule” is verse 16
Why is the identity “Israel of
God” particularly significant in view of the message of this epistle?
What are the marks of the Lord
Jesus on Paul’s body (2Cor 4:10)?