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Paul concludes with one of the best teachings ever on refuting legalism. Remember, a legalist is someone who puts burdens on others that they themselves cant carry. Galatians 5:13 “For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.”
Series:Set Free
Duration:58 mins 45 secs

Series: Set Free

Text: Galatians 6:1-8

Title: Lifestyles of the Rich in Faith



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.



Paul concludes with one of the best teachings ever on refuting legalism. Remember, a legalist is someone who puts burdens on others that they themselves cant carry.

 

Galatians 5:13 “For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.”

 

If a Christian is not under the law of Moses aren't Christians just lawless?

 

The law of the Spirit is a living law. God lives inside of us and He speaks to our hearts.

 

The Holy Spirit in us creates within us the desire to do what Jesus wants us to do, to follow what the Word of God calls us to do.

 

The law only sets the standard but it provides nothing to assist us in fulfilling it.

 

God provides both the will and the to do (the power to do what God calls us to do).

 

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

 

Here is how you can tell if you are following God. When you are walking in love you will not be self serving

 

Legalism is self consuming… Legalism causes you to strive. But the law of the Spirit is outward focused.

 

Galatians 5:14-15, “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself. But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another!”

 

As we head into chapter 6 this morning the message is simple. Legalism is witnessed by self preservation. Love is witnessed by self sacrifice.



The Galatians had started off good, as they started off by faith but now they are seeking to be justified by works of the law which nullifies grace as grace can only be received by faith apart from works.

 

What the apostle Paul was trying to communicate about the importance of God’s grace is that ”Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God's grace. Your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God's grace."

 

 

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.

 

“If a man is overtaken in any trespass”…

 

The word “trespass” here means the person steps in it, they are caught in their sin like a trap. Its a passive verb in the Greek language. This isn’t sin as a practice like we read of regarding the works of the flesh in Galatians 5:21, “that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Paul says those people we aren’t to have anything to do with. This person here is a brother or sister who has become “over taken” or trapped by their sin. They didn’t set out to get stuck but unfortunately they have…

 

Hebrews 12:1, “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us”

 

It’s not premeditated but it is our fault. No one can say when he is tempted God did it. What God did do is in every temptation God makes a way of escape so we are without excuse.

 

1 Corinthians 10:13, “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”

 

 

 

“Restore”… In the Greek language it’s an imperative, it’s a command. We who are spiritual are commanded to go and help them.

 

To restore means to “mend” as in a fishing net. Its laborious and tedious work but its necessary.

 

To restore can also mean to “set straight” as in setting a broken bone. You don’t want just anyone to set a broken bone. You want someone who is gentle yet firm to do so. You want someone who is spiritually mature.

 

How do you know if you are spiritual or mature? There is fruit evidenced in your life like we read of in chapter 5. Your life is marked by the fact that you are walking with Jesus and He is producing in you the fruit of His Spirit, “Galatians 5:22-23, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”

 

Verse 1 goes on to say, “in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.”

 

Gentleness is “Meekness under control”. It means to do it humbly… This is going to be painful. You take no delight in the conversation.  

 

Be humble lest you stumble

 

Never underestimate your own ability to blow it!

 

Because we can so easily offended when someone confronts us in our sin we often say of that person, “they are judging me”. In reality we are not judging someone with whom we are willing to go to and talk to and get involved in their mess and help them out of it. Its just the opposite.

 

Here is what a judgmental person looks like. “You form an opinion about someone and do nothing about it.”

 

The legalistic talks about people, they gossip about the person. They will talk negative about the person. Here is something we all can do the next time someone seeks to draw you into their sin by gossiping to you.

 

Ask these two questions

 

1. Are you helping them?  What are you doing to help them in their sin? Is what you are saying right now easing their load or are you adding to their burden?

 

The loving thing to do is get involved…. (Driving with my wife… I’m driving… she is in the passenger seat, the Jeep is got its flashers on and she says, “hey honey, you need to get out and help them”…

 

When someone gossips to you about someone else immediately stop them and ask the next question…

 

2. What does your telling me do to help them? Is what you are saying to me right now doing anything to help them?

 

The reason we gossip based on Galatians 6 is we don’t want to get involved. We don’t really care.

 

Yet again, we all know the loving thing to do is get involved.



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

 

Burden is something that is extremely heavy and cant be carried alone.

 

We are a body, we are a family… If you have a problem then I have a problem. We are all in this together.

 

There's an Indian word for "friend" which means "one who carries my sorrows on his back." This is what Jesus did for us, and we are never more like Jesus than when we do the same for a friend.

 

You have heard it said, “Friendship multiplies our joys and divides our grief.”

 

Question: Which is the best way to describe you? Moral or Forgiving?

 

Here is the assignment for today…

 

Can you think of anyone right now who is “caught” in sin, trapped in sin?

 

Pray about going to them this week and get involved in their life. Love them enough to confront them and to make their sin your sin knowing that in doing so you are fulfilling the law of Christ.

 

What keeps us from getting involved in other peoples lives?

 

Our own problems cause us to separate our actions from our convictions. We know we should get involved but we talk ourselves out of it by making up excuses. We forget we all have problems.

 

We say things like “I didn’t want to burden you” and we get mad because love isn’t burdened.

 

1 John 5:3, “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.”

 

The most loving and rewarding thing we can do in this life is love people to Christ. To win them to Christ. Nothing in this life even comes close.

 

 

Verses 3-4:  For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.

 

We all know someone like this... funny how it’s never us!

 

He deceives himself

 

There's an old AA saying, "If I am not the problem, there can be no solution." I can't blame my dilemma on anyone other than myself.

 

This is for the Arrogant... who compare themselves to others. Don’t compare yourself to others. That’s easy… Instead…

 

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

 

Paul is saying if you are living a life by comparing yourself to other people you might think you are special but in reality not so much… Examine your work to the work of Christ and see where it measures up. If it does, then you have something to rejoice in but not in comparison to others.

 

If you don’t get involved you end up walking in your pride… When we don’t get involved in other peoples sins, we become proud. We end up blaming them for their sin. We justify ourselves by not getting involved to make ourselves not feel guilty. They should have known what they were doing. Thats what they deserve.



5  For each one shall bear his own load.

 

This is not a contradiction to verse 2. There is a difference between a “Burden” and a “load”.  

 

Not burden too heavy but a load…  

 

Burden was too heavy

 

Load in the Greek language “is a soldiers pack…” We are each called to carry our own weight

 

Every person has a load to bear, a responsibility

 

We need discernment, we need the Holy Spirit.

 

I don’t want to take care of free loaders. Thats a sin and to give irresponsibly is sin.  

 

2 Thessalonians 3:10, “For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.”

 

We are always responsible to carry our own load

 

To carry someone’s load can be sin on our part if they are being lazy

 

We are to carry peoples burdens, things too heavy for them to carry alone

 

I need help moving my piano… its too much to bear verses, could you come over and help me move some spray cans around? Are you serious? Carry your own load.

 

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

 

share with those who teach.

 

Why would Paul put this here?

 

It keeps your heart right.

 

When a teacher instructs you, when someone cares about you enough to confront you. The normal response is You get mad, you gossip and slander them.

 

Paul is saying here that what we should do is thank them, we should take care of them for caring enough to hurt our feelings and tell us the truth.  

 

You should want to build into them, to thank them. Keep going!

 

Think about it? What did they get out of telling you the truth? They confronted you and instead of thanking them you slandered them, you gossiped about them, you said negative things about them. Not the response God was looking for in our lives when we are told the truth about our sin.  



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

 

Garbage in. Garbage out.

 

And understand what's so deceptive about the Law of Sowing and Reaping - you don't always reap in the same season that you sow. If harvest came the day after the planting, farming would be fun and easy.

 

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.

 

You cant just pray for crop failure. Sow to the Spirit, be in the Word, be in prayer, be in fellowship, give, serve, determine to walk in holiness and you will 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!

 

In 2 Thessalonians 3:17 we learn that Paul dictated his letters through a stenographer. He then signed them with his own signature to assure their authenticity. But Galatians was an exception. Paul was so passionate about this letter: it’s subject, God’s grace - it’s readers, the Galatians - he wrote this with his own hand. Paul penned Galatians himself.



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.

 

The Jews were embarrassed by the Cross and yet the apostle Paul boasted of it. All the world joined together to put to death an innocent man for no reason but jealousy and fear.

After seeing what the world did to Jesus, Paul would never be enchanted by the world and its charms again.

Paul died to what ever hold the world had on him, and Paul no longer sensed an obligation to the world.

 

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

 

Again, it’s not what we’ve done or can do for God that counts, but what Jesus has done in us.

We are “a new creation” in Christ!



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.

 

Most of Paul’s scars came as the result of his stoning in Lystra - proof of the suffering he

endured to bring the Gospel to Galatia. His scars testified of his sincerity.



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



Jesus + Nothing = Salvation… Its all about grace! Grace Grace Grace, nothing but grace! God’s undeserved, unmerited favor. Christs Riches At Gods Expense, One Way Love!

 

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