Further Study: Boasting in the Cross
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“The cross of Calvary challenges, and will finally vanquish every earthly and hellish power. In the cross all influence centers, and from it all influence goes forth. It is the great center of attraction; for on it Christ gave up His life for the human race. This sacrifice was offered for the purpose of restoring … [Click to read more …]

14: Boasting in the Cross – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought: Paul closes his letter to the Galatians with a strong appeal, clinging only to the cross as his reason for life.   [Teaching plan for “Boasting in the Cross” December 28, 2011] 1. Have a volunteer read Galatians 6:11-13. A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Final Remarks
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Paul bestows his blessing on those who, he says, “follow this rule” (Gal. 6:16, NIV, NRSV). Given the context, what “rule” do you think Paul is talking about? 1 The word translated “rule” literally refers to a straight rod or bar used by masons or carpenters for measuring. The word eventually took on a figurative meaning referring to the … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: A New Creation
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Having emphasized the centrality of the Cross of Christ to the Christian life, Paul now emphasizes the second fundamental tenet of his gospel message: justification by faith.1 As we have seen all quarter, Paul has basically pitted circumcision against the gospel. Yet, he’s not against the practice itself. Paul has made several strong statements against … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Boasting in the Cross
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“But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world”(Gal. 6:14).1 Having exposed the motives that prompted some to insist on circumcision, Paul presents his gospel message to the Galatians one final time, though only in … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Boasting in the Flesh
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Read Galatians 6:12, 13. What is Paul saying in these verses? 1 Although Paul has hinted previously about the agenda and motivation of his opponents (see Gal. 1:7, 4:17), his remarks in Galatians 6:12, 13 are the first explicit comments he makes about his opponents. He describes them as wanting “to make a good showing in the flesh” (ESV). The phrase “a good showing” in … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Paul’s Own Hand
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Compare Paul’s closing remarks in Galatians 6:11–18 to the final remarks he makes in his other letters. In what way is the ending of Galatians similar to and different from them? (See the final remarks in Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and 1 and 2 Thessalonians.)  1 Paul’s closing remarks are not always uniform, but a number of common elements appear in them: (1) greetings to specific individuals, … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Boasting in the Cross
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Read for This Week’s Study: Gal. 6:11–18, Rom. 6:1–6, 12:1–8, 2 Cor. 4:10, 5:17, 11:23–29. Memory Text: “But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world” (Galatians 6:14) This study on Galatians has been intense. That’s because the letter … [Click to read more …]