Chapter Six, Lesson Three
SPIRITUAL REWARD Page
** 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
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
** What reason does Paul give for these enemies of the cross to accept
"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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