Ralph Waldo Emerson well-said, “Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.”
Another way to put it: You are the sum of all your decisions.
That is one of the great takeaways of Galatians.
Paul’s initial Epistle begins with a conditional curse, Galatians 1:8-9. Those teaching Eternal Life can either be earned, returned or lost, choose a curse.
Paul’s initial Epistle ends with a conditional blessing, Galatians 1:16. Those teaching Eternal Life is by faith alone in Christ alone apart from works, choose a blessing.
The choice is yours! Choose wisely!!!
Our concluding passage divides into four sections.
HIS PRINT, 6:11
Up to this point Paul has dictated this letter to his amanuensis (one who takes dictation). Now he puts the pen in his hand and writes in CAPITIAL GREEK LETTERS, TO MAKE A CONCLUDING POINT!
HIS PROTAGONIST, 12-13
In Galatia, Paul’s Gospel, was opposed by those teaching you must do something to either get or keep Eternal Life. Here he exposes their two-fold motivations: avoiding pain and achieving fame. Paul pulls no punches he calls them cowards and hypocrites.
HIS PRAISE, 14-16
Paul’s protagonist belittled the cross of Christ. He boasted in it because it did something works (circumcision) could not do, bring New Life. By shunning works and choosing Grace, the blessing of Peace and Mercy are obtained.
HIS POSTSCRIPT, 17-18
Paul “drops the mike” in verse 17. Circumcision (works) was the brand of the Judaizers. Paul’s was the scars (“brand-marks) of beatings, stonings and whippings that covered his body. Finally, this dear brother commends them to the most powerful life changing force in all the universe, GRACE!!!