Galatians 5-6 Study/Psalm 33 (34) Study/Message-Peace Be With You All!!!
GALATIANS 5 STUDY & BREAKDOWN
LIBERTY OF THE SPIRIT-LIBERTY OF THE APOSTLES
5:1-5: The Yoke of bondage: IS the LAW. It’s the reality of YHWH (God) it’s His rules and His regulations and His law included (1) the requirement of being circumcised; (2) The obligation to obey the entire law; (3) Being justified by the law the constant struggle to establish one's own righteousness under the law. (4) continuing bondage to sin; (5) dependence on the flesh, our corrupt human nature; (6) alienation from Christ and from Grace, which Christ calls labor and being heavy laden, see Matthew 11:28.
The yoke of Christ is the life of the spirit and this includes the regeneration of baptism, and the entire renewal of the entire human nature in Christ. Obedience in Christ and growth in perfection (Matthew 5:48). We are justified by GRACE, YHWH’s righteousness and in return become ours. We also have freedom of liberty from the power of sin, and we have dependence on the spirit, and this gives us access to the perfect and glorified human nature of Christ, finally the union with Christ and the Grace of YHWH (God), this is what Christ calls YOKE, rest for it is easy and light (Matthew 11:30).
5:5: The Hope of righteousness is the Kingdom of YHWH (God):
5:6-12: To believe in Christ involves faith working through love-(v. 6): Those who stop short of love, hindered by legalism-(v. 7), miss the message of the Cross-(v. 11): For by His death Christ abolished the law, and by His Resurrection He granted us sonship with God: FOR THOSE WHO TROUBLE YOU-(v. 12)- with circumcision, Paul wishes they would cut themselves off- referring to complete castration: Why does he speak so strongly??? Christ broke the bonds of the law, not that our standard might be lowered, but that it might be exalted...We who are free from the law must not return to its bondage:
WAR AGAINST THE FLESH
5:13-15: The way of life in the Spirit, the way of faith and love, is expressed through service to God and ONE ANOTHER-(v. 13): We must avoid at all costs competitive comparisons of each other's deeds:
5:16: BY THE FLESH, Paul does not mean the body: The flesh here is a general term for evil actions, the depraved will, the earthly mind, the slothful and careless soul-things that are under one's control, not part of human nature: this flesh is crucified with Christ-(v.24): It is not human nature that is mortified, but its evil deeds:
5:25: A walk in the spirit comes from life in the spirit.
GALATIANS 6 STUDY GUIDE & BREAKDOWN
DO GOOD TO ALL
6:1: To be able to administer correction with gentleness is a spiritual gift:
6:2: Paul admonishes us to bear one another's burdens: But moments later, he notes that each one shall bear his own load-(v. 5): Both are true- We are called to initiate caregiving in the Church, and not to be needless burdens to others:
6:6: SEE- Numbers 31:47, Numbers 35:1-8; and 1 Corinthians 9:14: The teacher and the taught form a bond, and the sharing here is in material blessings:
THE RULE OF FAITH
6:12: The legalizers choose to offend God that they please human beings:
6:14: How does one boast...in the Cross??? Throughout the history of the Church, Christians have preached the Cross, displayed the Cross in their homes and altars, venerated the Cross in the liturgy, and signed themselves with the Cross in worship of the Holy Trinity and during times of fear or temptation:
6:15: THE NEW CREATION is our way of life IN CHRIST JESUS...
6:16: PAUL calls the Church Israel...
6:17: PAUL is no hypocrite or coward: He is preserved through much for what he is teaching, and he bears in his body the marks to prove it:
PSALM 33 (34) STUDY & BREAKDOWN
PSALM 33 (34)- IS A PROPHECY TEACHING HOW HOLY COMMUNION-(v. 9) is to be received in the Church: (1): WITH A GENTLE SPIRIT-(v. 3); (2): AS A SOJOURNER IN THE WORLD-(v. 5); (3): WITH A POOR, BROKEN, AND HUMBLE SPIRIT-(vv. 7, 19); (4): WITH THE FEAR OF GOD-(vv. 8, 10, 12); (5): WITH HOPE IN THE WORLD TO COME-(vv. 9, 23); (6): WITH CLEAN LIPS AND A PEACEFUL HEART-(vv. 13-17; see also 1 Peter 3:10-12):
SOUL & SPIRIT PART 2
IMAGE- (Greek- eikon): The Bible teaches that man was created in the IMAGE AND LIKENESS OF GOD...Men and women reflect the divine image by their ability to reason and to choose freely...Through Christ, the image of God is renewed in fallen man as believers are renewed and transformed by the GRACE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: (See also Genesis 1:26; Romans 8:29; 2 Corinthians 3:18):
NATURE- The sum of the qualities shared by individuals of the same type: (The qualities which distinguish individuals of a type form another make up the PERSON) THE HOLY TRINITY IS ONE DIVINE NATURE IN THREE PERSONS: Humanity is one human nature in the image of God: Although stained by sin, human nature is good, having been created in the IMAGE OF GOD: THROUGH GRACE, THE SPIRIT restores the nature of the believer to its true, uncorrupted state, so that he or she may grow into union with God- (see also Genesis 1:26-31; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 2 Corinthians 5:17):
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,
If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men