Chapter # 6 Paragraph # 1 Study # 5
September 29, 2013
Dayton, Texas
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<295> Thesis: There is a day of reckoning coming. Introduction: In our last study, I argued that Paul was not actually saying that we ought to find our basis for exultant joy in what we have done. Galatians 6:4 does seem to teach that we should, but that verse, like every verse in the Bible, has to be understood within its larger context. In that larger context, 6:14 stands firmly against the idea that we can experience exultant joy because of our accomplishments, and 6:5 is as large a damper on the notion that joy arises from accomplishments as it can be. Galatians 6:5 really needs our thoughtful consideration. It seems to stand 6:2 on its head, but that is impossible. It is either possible for us to bear one another's burdens or it is not. The question before us is this: what did Paul say, and mean, in 6:5?