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THE GOSPEL APPLIED

Spiritual freedom

For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an
occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is
fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed
one of another. This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the
lust of the flesh. (Galatians 5:13-16 KJV)

The liberty of the gospel does not mean license. With liberty comes responsibility.
The Spirit of God directs men to walk in righteousness.

Many have made the argument that those who no longer are under the Ten
Commandments are free to violate all of its precepts. Paul shows that to be in
error. Being free from the Law, Christians are directed by the Holy Spirit to not
surrender to the flesh, but to fulfill the Law in love – a love for God, and for their
fellow man.

Restore the fallen

Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore
such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be
tempted. Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
(Galatians 6:1-2 KJV)

We are our brother’s keeper. We are responsible to help one another. Yet, in that
relationship we need to keep in mind our own frailties, faults and weaknesses. We
cannot forget that we can be tempted as well as others, and make sure that in
helping others we do not fall victim to the same temptations ourselves.

Support teachers & needy

Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all
good things.

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall
he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap
corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life
everlasting.

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we
faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men,
especially unto them who are of the household of faith. (Galatians 6:6-10 KJV)

The responsibility of payment and support of the preacher is put on an individual
basis by Paul. This responsibility may be fulfilled on a group basis by the church
paying the preacher, but there is also an individual responsibility. It is something
that each person needs to pay attention to.

The deception that is easy to accept is that somehow, someway we will not reap
what we sow in our lives. But fleshly actions shall reap their reward, as will spiritual
actions. If we follow the lusts of the flesh, we shall reap the corruption of the flesh.
But, if we follow the leadings of the Spirit, we shall reap eternal life. Even as we
know we reap what we sow in the garden and field, we also need to know that we
reap what we sow in the spiritual realm.

Therefore, do not give up. Do not grow weary. Do not tire out.

Utilize every opportunity that we have to do what is right. Utilize every opportunity
to do good, both physically and spiritually, especially to the brethren but to all men.
Much has been said about this being an individual responsibility (which we
definitely have), but notice Paul switches from the address of a singular pronoun to
the plural pronoun. It is a responsibility which each of us have, and which all of us
have. It may be fulfilled individually, or it may be fulfilled collectively, or as a church.
It is contrary to the teaching of Jesus to only do good to those of like mind
(Matthew 5:43-48).

Accept persecution

But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,
by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. (Galatians 6:14
KJV)

The crucifixion of Jesus outshines all other events in the history of the world. It is
by the cross Christians are freed from the bondage of sin. Because of the cross,
His disciples are in the world but not of the world. All else passes into
insignificance. Thus, whether it is persecution or persistant troubles, all can be
endured.
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