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Galatians, Chapter Six, Lesson Three

SPIRITUAL REWARD           Page 3
V.13 (Cont'd.)

** For Christians, what warning is built into that observation of the Judaizers' life?

We must not be hypocrites, but live our lives under the control of the Holy Spirit for the sake of the gospel being believed by sinners. cf. 1Corinthians 9:23

** What is the second selfish reason that the Judaizers wanted their converts to be circumcised?

"...that they may boast in your flesh."

** What would that boasting sound like?

I have taught this one about the Law.
I have taught this one about God.
I have had this one circumcised.
I have taught this one how to please God.
I have made him to be my disciple.

** What is the outcome of all of this boasting?

Jesus said, "...when he becomes [a proselyte], you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves" (Matthew 23:15) It is a total waste of two lives!

V.14 ** How is Paul's view of boasting different?

He denounces all boasting except for one thing, boasting "..in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ".
That was his only "claim to fame". cf. 1Corinthians 2:1-2

** Why should a Christian boast about the cross?

It shows that God did it all, and He is to be glorified for His wonderful plan of redemption. Man had nothing to do with it, in fact we were His enemies at the time! cf. Romans 5:8-10

** Paul is going to list three reasons why a Christian who is under the control of the Holy Spirit should openly boast in the cross. The first one is here in verse 14, do you see it?

1) "...through which [the cross] the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world."

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