Wednesday: The Law of Christ
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Sermon on the Mount

(Gal. 6:2-5) Paul connects burden bearing with fulfilling the law of Christ. What does he mean by “the law of Christ”? Gal. 5:14, Gal. 6:2, John 13:34, Matt. 22:34-40. Paul’s use of the phrase “the law of Christ” (ton nomon tou Christou) occurs nowhere else in the Bible, though he uses a similar expression in 1 Corinthians 9:21 (ennomos Christou). The uniqueness of this … [Click to read more …]

Singing with Inspiration – Lesson 13: The Gospel and the Church
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Sabbath Afternoon’s introduction story to the lesson study immediately gives us: Hymn 369, “Bringing in the Sheaves” with the thoughts finalising in: “the Spirit leads us to put others before ourselves” and Hymn 262, “Sweet, Sweet Spirit”. The end of Sunday’s study points us to: Hymn 367, “Rescue the Perishing”. If you are blessed to … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Burden Bearing
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Sharing Burdens

(Gal. 6:2-5) In addition to restoring the fallen, what other instructions does Paul give to the believers in Galatia? (Gal. 6:2-5; see also Rom. 15:1, Matt. 7:12). The Greek word translated “burden” in Galatians 6:2 is baros. It literally referred to a heavy weight or load that someone had to carry a long distance. Over time, however, it became a metaphor … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Beware of Temptation
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Paul before and after his Conversion

“And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man” (2 Sam. 12:7). The seriousness of Paul’s words in Galatians 6:1 — to guard our own lives lest we also follow into temptation — should not be overlooked. An indication of the urgency and personal concern behind Paul’s counsel can be seen in the way he makes his appeal. … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Restoring the Fallen
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Restoring the Fallen

While Paul has lofty expectations for the nature of the Christian life (Gal. 5:16), his counsel to the believers in Galatians 6:1 also is refreshingly realistic. Humans are not perfect, and even the most dedicated Christians are not immune from mistakes. In Greek, Paul’s words in Galatians 5:16 indicate that he is envisioning a situation that is likely to happen … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: The Gospel and the Church
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The Church

Read for This Week’s Study: Gal. 6:1-10, Matt. 18:15-17, 1 Cor. 10:12, Rom. 15:1, John 13:34, Luke 22:3. Memory Text: “So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Galatians 6:10, ESV). Some farmers decided to save the biggest vegetables for themselves and to plant the smaller ones as … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The Way to Victory
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Victory

Although an inward conflict between the flesh and the Spirit always will rage in the heart of every believer, the Christian life does not have to be dominated by defeat, failure, and sin. According to Galatians 5:16-26, what is the key to living a life where the Spirit reigns over the flesh? Galatians 5:16-26 contains five key … [Click to read more …]