Galatians Reading (#19)
Take a few minutes to catch up and pray that God would bless you through the reading of His word.
Read Galatians 6:11-18
[6:11] See with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand.  It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh who would force you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ.  For even those who are circumcised do not themselves keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh.  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.  For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.  And as for all who walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.
 From now on let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.
 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen.
- What does Paul want to the Galatians to see in v 11? In those days, it wasn’t uncommon for people to dictate their letters to an amanuensis and then write the concluding remarks in their own hand.
- Who wants to force them to be circumcised (v 12)?
- For what reason do this want to do this (v 12 and 13)?
- What do those who are circumcised not do themselves (v 13)?
- What is the only thing that Paul will boast in (v 14)? What has happened by the cross?
- What doesn’t count for anything (v 15)? What does?
- What does Paul wish upon “all who walk by this rule” (v 16)?
- To whom else does Paul wish it?
- What does Paul want “from now on” (v 17)? Why?
- What does Paul want to be with their spirit (v 18)?
- Why would forcing Gentiles believers to be circumcised allow the Judaizers to “make a good showing in the flesh” or “boast in your flesh” (v 12 and 13)?
- How would it help the Judaiazers not to be persecuted for the sake of Christ (v 12)?
- In what way were the Judaizers not keeping the law themselves (v 13 – Galatians 2:12-13)?
- What does it mean that the world has been crucified to Paul (and vice-versa)?
- What is the new creation that Paul talks about in v 15? Why is it more important that circumcision or uncircumcision?
- What is “this rule” (v 16)? Who is Paul calling “the Israel of God” (the “and” in verse 16 can be understood as something like “even”)?
- In what way does Paul bear the marks of Jesus on his body?
- How can we as a church make sure that the one thing that “counts” most in our congregation is “a new creation”?
- What would it mean for you to boast in the cross of Jesus? What other things might tempt you to boast or be confident?
- How is your week different because you have been crucified to the world?
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