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7-31-22 “Spiritual People”

Spiritual People (Galatians 6:1-10, 14-16)

David Peterson / General

Christian Liberty; Spirit; Sanctification / Galatians 6:1–10; Galatians 6:14–16

Sermon type: Textual-Topical

Proposition: To be Spiritual people is to live from the person of Christ, specifically his entering into our misery, this leads to a life of peace and mercy.

Introduction

1. Our reading ends–”peace and mercy to all who follow this rule”.

a. Mercy–mercy, compassion, pity, clemency

Arndt, W., Danker, F. W., Bauer, W., & Gingrich, F. W. (2000). In A Greek-English lexicon of the New Testament and other early Christian literature (3rd ed., p. 316). University of Chicago Press.

b. Peace–peace, harmony, well-being

Silva, M., ed. (2014). In New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology and Exegesis (Second Edition, Vol. 2, p. 111). Zondervan.

2. Ours is a paradoxical time—on the one hand, a time without mercy; on the other hand, a time without judgment. We are called to be different. We are called to be spiritual people.

I. Mercy, a sign of the spiritual (Galatians 6:1)

1. A Time Without Mercy

Elvis Presley and Cancel Culture

Priscilla Presley:

It’s like we’re looking for something from everyone so we can somehow expose them in some way,” Priscilla further claimed. “It’s frightening right now.”

“I think of that often. What would Elvis think? He wouldn’t believe what is going on right now in this country, or all over, what’s happening to this planet,” she told the British broadcaster. “Us as a country, it’s truly baffling,”

from NYPOST Priscilla Presley fights Elvis racism claims: ‘He loved, loved being around blacks’ July 21, 2022

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Bread and Circuses Star TrekEpisode aired Mar 15, 1968

The U.S.S. Enterprise finds the wreckage of the S.S. Beagle, with no survivors, orbiting near the Planet 892-IV. When Kirk, Spock, and McCoy beam to the planet’s surface, they find a disheveled group of “sun worshipers” trying to escape being caught by the local authorities. They are captured, along with the landing party, and taken to the city which looks very much like Earth’s ancient Rome.

Spock and McCoy are condemned to fight gladiators in the ring.

Uhura, who has been monitoring the radio waves of the planet, realizes that the “sun worshipers” aren’t talking about the sun in the sky, but of the “Son of God.”

2. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. (Matt. 5.7)

a. Lack of mercy a sign of not having received it oneself.

b. The error is legalism, a looking at one’s efforts in relation to others.

II. Peace (a rightly-ordered life), another sign of the spiritual (Galatians 6:8)

1. A Time without Judgment

Tolerance vs. Love

Apologist, author, and speaker Josh McDowell writes:

Tolerance says, “You must approve of what I do.” Love responds, “I must do something harder: I will love you, even when your behavior offends me.”

Tolerance says, “You must agree with me.” Love responds, “I must do something harder: I will tell you the truth, because I am convinced ‘the truth will set you free.'”

Tolerance says, “You must allow me to have my way.” Love responds, “I must do something harder: I will plead with you to follow the right way, because I believe you are worth the risk.”

Tolerance seeks to be inoffensive; love takes risks. Tolerance glorifies division; love seeks unity. Tolerance costs nothing; love costs everything.

Source: Josh McDowell, Focus on the Family Magazine (August 1999)

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Poll Reveals Our Six-Part ‘New Moral Code’

A recent (August 2015) poll from Barna highlighted what’s been called our “new moral code.” Here are the percentages of those who agreed “completely” or “somewhat” with the following statements:

“The best way to find yourself is to look within yourself”—91 percent of U.S. adults agreed; 76 percent of practicing Christians agreed.

“People should not criticize someone else’s lifestyle choices”—89 percent agreed; 76 percent of Christians agreed.

“To be fulfilled in life, you should pursue the things you desire most”—86 percent agreed; 72 percent of Christians agreed.

“The highest goal in life is to enjoy it as much as possible”—84 percent agreed; 66 percent of Christians agreed.

“People can believe whatever they want, as long as those beliefs don’t affect society”—79 percent agreed; 61 percent of Christians agreed.

“Any kind of sexual expression between two consenting adults is acceptable”—69 percent agreed; 40 percent of Christians agreed.

Source: David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons, Good Faith (Baker Books, 2016), pages 55-57 (referenced at PreachingToday.com)

III. Focusing on Christ Crucified: The pathway to a life of peace and mercy—to being spiritual (Galatians 6:14)

It is difficult, after sixteen centuries and more during which the cross has been a sacred symbol, to realize the unspeakable horror and loathing which the very mention or thought of the cross provoked in Paul’s day. The word crux was unmentionable in polite Roman society (Cicero, Pro Rabirio 16); even when one was being condemned to death by crucifixion the sentence used an archaic formula which served as a sort of euphemism: arbori infelici suspendito, ‘hang him on the unlucky tree’ (Cicero, ibid. 13). In the eastern provinces of the empire the Greek word σταυρός must have inspired comparable dread and disgust to its Latin equivalent.

Bruce, F. F. (1982). The Epistle to the Galatians: a commentary on the Greek text (p. 271). W.B. Eerdmans Pub. Co.

1. The Cross Keeps Before the Consequences of Sin (It leads to true self-knowledge)

2. The Cross Shows the depth of God’s mercy (It leads to true knowledge of God)

3. It fill us with God’s Spirit (his presence), i.e., becoming spiritual

Conclusion

1. Those who are spiritual expresses by what they support (Galatians 6:4).

2. Sharing in all good things—affirming of the gift of life.

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