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Galatians, Chapter Six, Lesson Three

SPIRITUAL REWARD           Page 5
V.16 (Cont'd.)

** Even as he is closing out this wonderful letter, Paul gives an invitation to the gospel in this verse. Do you see it?

"...those who will walk by this rule..." It is a decision of our will to accept God's free gift of
eternal life in Jesus Christ.

** Who could fit that description, if they so desired?

Anyone, even the Judaizers could choose to walk according to the gospel!
cf. 2Peter 3:9, 1Timothy 2:5-6

** Who is Paul referring to when he mentions the "Israel of God" as recipients of God's peace and mercy?

That phrase refers to Jewish believers in Jesus Christ, to those who are spiritual as well as physical descendants of Abraham. They too have become a new creation. cf. Galatians 3:7 and Romans 2:28-29

To summarize then, we have seen three reasons for the Christian who is under the control of the Holy Spirit to boast in the cross, they are:

1) We are separated from the "love of the world".
2) We have been made "a new creation".
3) We have received the "Spiritual Reward" of having God's peace and mercy placed upon us here and now in this life.

V.17 ** Paul concludes his masterpiece with an unusual warning, what is it?

"From now on let no one cause trouble for me..." Some misguided believers, as well as the Judaizers, were corrupting the churches in Galatia and causing Paul great trouble and heartache. He is saying that he has dealt with the issue of legalism and there should not be any argument left.

** What reason does Paul give for these enemies of the cross to accept his teaching?

"for I bear on my body the brand-marks of Jesus" He is saying that this letter is backed up by a life of commitment and obedience that brought about persecution. cf. 2Corinthians 1:5, Colossians 1:24, 2Timothy 3:12 and Galatians 6:12 (Judaizers' fear of persecution)

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