Paul's Great Crescendo

Chester Droog

READ : Galatians 6:11-17 Paul’s letter is coming to a close. He has tried with all of his God-given ability to present as clearly and convincingly as possible the truth that salvation comes only through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. After a closing salvo against his enemies he reaches a great crescendo in verse 15: “Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is a new creation.” Notice he does not say a “new creature.” Paul’s gospel results in …

Live By The Spirit-Part 5

Chester Droog

READ : Galatians 6:7-10 Is it true that a life lived in submission to the Holy Spirit is going to be a purer, nobler, kinder, gentler, more generous life than that lived according to a set of rules and regulations? Paul answers this question with a lesson from the farm. We know that we reap what we sow. If the seed we sow is self- gratifying pleasure, we harvest destruction. If the seed we sow is faith in Jesus Christ …

Live By The Spirit-Part 4

Chester Droog

READ : Galatians 6:1-6 Today we look at two more illustrations of what it means to live by the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. Having told us to carry one another’s burdens, Paul now reminds us that in another sense we must carry our own burdens (verse 5). If we are living according to the Holy Spirit, it shows in how we carry our own burdens. If we are submissive and trusting in God for strength, we are living …

Live By The Spirit-Part 3

Chester Droog

READ : Galatians 6:1-6 In our lesson today Paul gives us four very surprising illustrations of what it means to live by the Holy Spirit. We will consider two today and two tomorrow. The first has to do with confronting a believer who has fallen into sin (verse 1). In my many years of ministry the most difficult task was confronting a fellow believer about a proud and condemning spirit. It was never easy. But, after much thought and prayer, …

Live By The Spirit-Part 2

Chester Droog

READ : Galatians 5:16-26 This is the same Scripture lesson we read yesterday. I want to review in detail the nine virtues of living by the Spirit: LOVE-accepting people as they are, valuing them highly because they are God’s image bearers. JOY-the deep satisfaction one gets when Jesus is first, others are second and self is last in one’s life. PEACE-the serenity of heart which results when our lives are in the hands of God. PATIENCE-the firm conviction that all …