Galatians 6 … Consider the Law of Christ

Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ, (6:2).

Paul is wrapping up his defense for the pure, unadulterated message of His Gospel, His One and Only Gospel of Grace (Galatians 1); that the Truth of His Gospel is all about Grace and not dependent on keeping the Law (Galatians 2); that it is only His Holy Spirit, His Perfecting Spirit, that begins and Perfects our faith (Galatians 3); that He Makes Us His Own through Adoption so that we would bear His image as part of His family (Galatians 4); and not only are we adopted, but now He Has Set Us Free from the Law to live in, and for, Him (Galatians 5).

The entire letter to the Galatians was to counter the Judaizers’ claims of the necessity to receive circumcision and keep the Law in order to be justified before Him in salvation and sanctification. Paul clearly refutes this heresy, fiercely maintaining it is only by His Grace through faith that one is justified. And now, after much emphasis has been given to the fact that we are no longer bound to the Law but now to Grace, Paul refers to the Law of Christ.

But the Law of Christ is not a list of dos and don’ts to be followed; it is the Law of the Spirit of Life, His Supernatural Law in His Life, fulfilling every bit of every requirement of the Law, when believed and received by faith.

Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit, (Romans 8:1-4).

Consider the Law of Christ

It is the Law of the Spirit of Life in Him, and is not up to us to maintain through works of the flesh; rather, as we place our faith in the reality of His Life in us, the Spirit gives His Spirit Life to our mortal bodies that we would be enabled to “thereby fulfill the law of Christ,” (6:2).

If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you, (Romans 8:2).

The Law of Christ accomplishes what we are absolutely incapable of doing and achieves what only He can.

  • The Law of Christ gently restores.
    • Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted (6:1).
  • The Law of Christ bears one another’s burdens.
    • Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ, (6:2).
  • The Law of Christ confirms His authority.
    • Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap, (6:7).
  • The Law of Christ reveals the seeds sown in every harvest.
    • For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life, (6:8).
  • The Law of Christ empowers endurance and kindness.
    • Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. 10 So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith, (6:9-10).
  • The Law of Christ is His creating power, giving new life apart from works, bestowing His peace and mercy.
    • But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15 For neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. 16 And those who will walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God, (6:14-16).
  • The Law of Christ is entirely established and fulfilled by His grace.
    • The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren. Amen, (6:18).

How do we respond to the Law of Christ?

The Law of Christ is inaugurated and satisfied in Him; and is thereby fulfilled in us through faith and humility.

God has prepared beforehand every good work for us to walk in… by faith. May we never depend on our own capabilities, but always rely upon His Grace in us to fulfill the Law of Christ.

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them, (Ephesians 2:8-10).

The truth is, the old flesh dies hard. By faith in His Grace, let us ask Him, and trust Him, to grow His Life in us that we would be enabled to fulfill the Law of Christ.

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, (Philippians 2:3-5).

He has promised to answer our prayer, when we come in humility. The humble heart understands our complete inability to be able to fulfill the Law of Christ apart from His Life in us.

But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6).

Let us ask Him to grow our understanding of the Grace of God in Truth, that we would bear fruit to fulfill the Law of Christ.

because of the hope laid up for you in heaven, of which you previously heard in the word of truth, the gospel which has come to you, just as in all the world also it is constantly bearing fruit and increasing, even as it has been doing in you also since the day you heard of it and understood the grace of God in truth; (Colossians 1:5-6).

May we never depend on the works of our flesh in our relationship with our Heavenly Father. And although we know we can never deceive the Lord, the temptation will always be there… to make a good showing… before others. But no matter the cost to us, even if it means rejection or persecution, let us ask Him to purify our faith that we would live according to the Law of Christ rather than striving to make a good showing before man.

Those who desire to make a good showing in the flesh try to compel you to be circumcised, simply so that they will not be persecuted for the cross of Christ, (6:12)

Father, please equip us we pray, that we would trust only in what Your Son has accomplished for us through the cross, for we know our Savior has abolished death and graciously brought His Eternal Life to us. Father, please empower our faith by Your Holy Spirit, to rest in Your perfect purpose and grace, that we would thereby fulfill the Law of Christ.

…the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity, 10 but now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, (2 Timothy 1:9).

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