Freed To Be A New Creation (Not Circumcision But New Creation)

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Freed To Be A New Creation (Not Circumcision But A New Creation)

Galatians 6:11-18

Mr Jack Mock

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Freed To Be A New Creation (Not Circumcision But a New Creation)

Galatians 6:11-18

  • Beware of false teaching
  • The Gospel of Grace is by faith alone in Christ alone
  • Ch 5 is about life in the Spirit
  • Ch 6 bearing one another’s burden, sowing to the Spirit, doing good

V11 “See what large letters I use as I wrote to you with my own hand.”

V12 “Those who want to make a good impression outwardly are tring to compel you to be circumcised. The only reason they do this is to avoid being persecuted for the cross of Christ.”

  • The major doctrines and not denominational distinctives or secondary doctrinal differences.
  • On top of this there were ethnic differences: the Jew and Gentile

V13 “Not even those who were circumcised obey the law, yet they want you to be circumcised that they may boast about your flesh.”

V14 “May I never boast except in the corss of our Lord Jesus Christ through which the world had been cruiciied to me and I to the world.”

  • Back in 2:20 Paul can claim “I have been cruicified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God.”
  • The centre of Christianity is Christ and the main work of Christ is salvation, reconciliation, or redemption.

V15 “Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything, what counts is a new creation.”

All things becomes new, a new person with a new set of values; instead of self-rule we have the rule of King Jesus in our lives.

  • Was there a change in your  life style, your priorities and values, your relationships?
  • It is now a Christ-centred life and no longer a self-centred life.

V18: “Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule, even to the Israel of God”

  • Two precious Christian words ‘peace’ and ‘mercy’

“even to the Israel of God”

  • We take this mean with Romans 9 to 11 as including all the Jewish and Gentile believers but not ethnic Jews who reject Jesus as the messiah-king.

V17 “Finally, let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.”

  • As a slave bore the brand mark of their owner, so the marks of Paul’s suffering identify him as Christ’s slave.

V18 “The graceof our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers and sisters. Amen”


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