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Sun, Jun 24, 2018

Becoming a person of Grace

Here we go… the last sermon in the book of Galatians. I have never had a series be so dividing in so many people's lives and is why I titled this morning's message, “Lay Your Rock Down”. Grace is something we all want but unfortunately not grace is not something we just willing give. The cost is too great for some. The apostle Paul understood this and is why the message here in Galatians 6 is pretty straight forward.
Series:Set Free
Duration:53 mins 30 secs

Series: Set Free

Text: Galatians 6

Title: Becoming a person of Grace

 

Galatians 6:1-18 (NKJV)

 

1  Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.

2  Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

3  For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.

4  But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.

5  For each one shall bear his own load.

6  Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches.

7  Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.

8  For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.

9  And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

10  Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.

11  See with what large letters I have written to you with my own hand!

12  As many as desire to make a good showing in the flesh, these would compel you to be circumcised, only that they may not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.

13  For not even those who are circumcised keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh.

14  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.

15  For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation.

16  And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.

17  From now on let no one trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.

18  Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

 

Here we go… the last sermon in the book of Galatians. I have never had a series be so dividing in so many people's lives and is why I titled this morning's message, “Lay Your Rock Down”. Grace is something we all want but unfortunately not grace is not something we just willing give. The cost is too great for some. The apostle Paul understood this and is why the message here in Galatians 6 is pretty straight forward.

 

Legalism is witnessed by self preservation where as love is witnessed by self sacrifice.

 

The churches in the region of Galatia that the apostle Paul is writing personally to in the book of Galatians had started off good like many of us, as they started off by faith but now they feel like they know some stuff now and are seeking to be justified by the works of the law which Paul reminds them if they go down that road they will unfortunately nullify salvation by grace as grace can only be received by faith apart from works. You can't work for God’s gift of salvation.

 

Paul closes out Galatians 6 with a series of exhortations and a series of encouragements and he is getting to the heart of the matter quickly…

 

From chapter 1 through chapter 6 Paul has made clear that justification is by faith alone… we are saved by grace alone. we are not saved by anything we did or could ever do. Again, the formula for our salvation is

 

Jesus + Nothing = Salvation.  

 

Here in Galatians 6 Paul contrasts between the legalist and Christianity or legalism and Christ likeness.

 

There is no greater contrast between the legalist and the Spirit filled Christian than how they treat a person caught in sin.

 

Verse 1:  Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.

 

There is a difference Paul points out between a person who falls into a sin and a person who willfully sets out to sin. It’s a deliberate lifestyle. Nobody who makes sin a lifestyle will inherit the kingdom of God. That’s a stern warning.

 

We have the power to live victoriously but since we are not perfect we will fall short of the glory of God. We won’t conquer sin until we meet Jesus face to face.

 

The apostle Paul writes in a nutshell regarding “considering yourself lest you also be tempted”, “Be humble lest you stumble.”

 

Never underestimate your own ability to blow it and to get stuck in sin!

 

Galatians 6:1 teaches us the best way to avoid falling into sin is to stay focused on helping others get out of theirs. 99% of the time when we sin its because we are consumed with ourselves. Our rights, our liberties, our privileges.

 

Paul is saying that, Spiritually mature people are Christ centered and others focused

 

One of my favorite contrasts between the legalist and Jesus in all the Bible is seen in the story of the woman caught in adultery in John 8.

 

John 8:3-11 (NKJV)

3  Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst,

4  they said to Him, "Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act.

5  Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?"

6  This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.

7  So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, "He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first."

8  And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground.

9  Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

10  When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, "Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?"

11  She said, "No one, Lord." And Jesus said to her, "Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more."  

 

In verse 10 after Jesus has dealt with the legalist one by one. (Everybody gets their day in court with Jesus) Jesus asks the woman where are your accusers?

 

What a difference between Jesus and the legalist.  

 

Jesus brings forgiveness, Jesus brings relief from condemnation

 

Think about this… the legalist would have killed her in an instant… the legalist says, “they are getting what they deserve.” And they would have grabbed the first stone they could have got their hand on.

 

But the apostle Paul says, “You who are spiritual restore such a one…” The legalist is meaner and harder than anyone else.

 

Paul writes, “You who are spiritual restore”.

 

True Spirituality looks like restoration!

 

A desire to restore a person who is caught in sin. Not to come down on them but to come under them and lift them up. (John 15)

 

John 15:1-5 (NKJV)

1 "I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.

2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.

3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.

4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.

5 I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.



We will do it with a spirit of meekness

 

Gentleness and humility knowing there can be a time we ourselves will need to be restored.

 

When someone treats you with gentleness and humility you will never forget it.

 

“If anyone is caught up in a sin” First fleshalonians tells us you who are spiritual, look for others sins and faults, tell everyone else about them, throw rocks at everyone you don’t agree with. Appear mature by quoting scripture out of context to hide your own sin.

 

Remember there is a difference between Burdens and Loads. There is a difference between verse 2 and verse 5.

 

There are burdens only we can carry. The word Burden is a “Soldiers shoulder pack”. We can't certain burdens for other people. We can't save other people, We cant talk their walk.

 

Verse 2: Burden is a load that can’t be carried on their own.

 

The legalist don’t lift a finger to ease the burden of others, the one who is like Christ will seek to show the love of Christ by lifting the burden, making the load lighter if possible.

 

Matthew 11:28-30 (NKJV)

28  Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

29  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

30  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."



Verse 3:  For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.



If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing… he deceives

 

Pride is the tendency of the legalist.

 

The legalist thinks himself to be something… He fools himself not other people, and especially we cant fool God.

 

Paul knew legalism inside and out.

 

Philippians 3:4-5 (NKJV)

4  though I also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so:

5  circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee;  



Another characteristic of the legalistic is they have their nose in everyone else’s business.

 

Verse 4:  But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.

 

Paul says we should examine our own lives with the same scrutiny that we examine other peoples lives. The legalist is blind to their own sin but has X-ray vision regarding other peoples sins.



Verse 5:  For each one shall bear his own load.

 

(The soldiers back pack)

 

Verse 5 speaks of the load we can carry on our own and must carry.



Verse 6:  Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches.

 

The legalist is the stingiest group in giving to the work of the Lord because they find fault with everything going on. Paul is saying that the church has the responsibility to support the pastors of the church in the same way we supply the needs of those that work in other fields.



Verse 7: “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.”

 

This verse has many applications but the primary use here is in the providing for and supporting those who teach the body of Christ. What God is saying if His people sow generously into the lives of those He has put into place God will generously sow into the lives of the giver and if we so sparingly into the lives of those who teach the Word of God then God will sow sparingly into our lives as well.



Verse 8:  For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.

 

God blesses us, He looks to provide for us. God blesses us so we can be a blessing to others as well, to the work that He has called us to.

 

How much money I have is spent on the flesh and what is spent on the Spirit.

 

The flesh is all around us… We cant just say no to everything, we need a bigger YES!

 

Say yes to the things of God… Invest in your Christian life.  

 

Verse 9:  And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

 

Persevere!

 

“By perseverance the snail reached the ark” Charles Spurgeon.

 

 

Verse 10:  Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.

 

When we do good for people, anyone, we are acting like God, showing His grace…

 

In the body of Christ if we don’t help them they are not going to be helped.

 

We are one another security in this life… There is no social security program.

 

Verse 11:  See with what large letters I have written to you with my own hand!

 

In chapter 2 Paul writes of his eye problems. Most letters written were dictated. Paul wrote this one himself and because of his eye problems he writes with big crayons

 

Verse 12:  As many as desire to make a good showing in the flesh, these would compel you to be circumcised, only that they may not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.

 

The legalist, the person walking in the flesh won’t tell you the truth because they don’t want to suffer the persecution that comes with it. The flesh lusts against the Spirit, they are at war and those who are walking in the flesh don’t want the battle. They don’t want anyone coming against their sin so they try to convince you to join them in theirs.



Verse 13:  For not even those who are circumcised keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh.

 

Legalism cant produce a holy life. Legalism produces nothing more than actors. Their boasting is in that they got you to follow the law without keeping the law themselves. Pure hypocrisy.

 

 

Verse 14:  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.

 

Paul’s boasting was in the Cross. Paul didn’t boast in any good thing he had done so as to not rob Jesus of any glory at all.

 

What great work have you done that is worthy of boasting more than what Christ has done for you?

 

Our works Isaiah says are like filthy rags in comparison to what Jesus has done for us!

 

 

Verse 15:  For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation.

 

Legalism seeks to reform the flesh, to polish it up and make it look better where Christianity isn’t about reform, its about new birth. Its about being Born Again where old things pass away and all things become new!



Verse 16:   And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.

 

Paul says as many as walk by salvation that is based upon grace alone may God’s peace and mercy be upon them.  There is peace for the one who responds to the grace of God.

 

No legalist knows peace because they never know if they have done enough…




Verse 17:  From now on let no one trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.

 

Behind every piercing Jesus suffered on the Cross was legalism, and self righteousness, Those who crucified Jesus thought they were doing God a favor.

 

Paul is saying, I have the same wounds as Jesus as the same men who crucified our Savior are the same men who beat me.

 

Do those who seek to compel you share in any of the wounds of Jesus? Are they suffering persecution because of their allegiance to Jesus. Paul is saying they won’t have any marks upon them.

 

Verse 18:  Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

 

Grace… Its the only way we can be saved. Salvation is a finished work.

 

Jesus + nothing = salvation.

 

Grace is the only way we can conquer legalism in our lives.

 

Here is what a judgmental person does, this is what the Pharisees and the Judaizers did. “You form an opinion about someone and do nothing about it.” This kind of person “talks the talk” but fails to “walk the walk”. Its easy to talk about people, but to actually get involved in their lives takes love and takes time.

 

The legalistic talks about people, they gossip about people behind their back but they do so with no intention of getting involved and helping them get “unstuck”. This is the very opposite of grace, the very opposite of Jesus.

 

Question as we close today? Do you have a desire to become a person of grace?

 

Lay your rock down.

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