Galatians 6 – The Magic Coat

Paul taught we can’t earn our salvation but by grace through faith (Eph 2:8-9), while Jesus taught we must be worthy to receive salvation (Luke 20:35-36) which is by keeping God’s commandments (Matt 19:16-19; Rev 22:14). Jesus never taught salvation by grace anywhere. The grace Jesus taught is conditional (Matt 22:1-14), reversible (Matt 18:21-35) and expiring (Luke 13:6-9) – given only to become righteous and holy before being cut off.

In the sixth chapter of Galatians, Paul writes to bear one another’s burden by bearing our own, lies of sowers and reapers, his boasting only on the cross of Christ plus one more, plus a few extra things and finally the magic coat deception.

Bear one another’s burden by bearing our own

Gal 6:1-5 Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For each one shall bear his own load.

Is Paul saying to bear one another’s burden or bear each other’s burden? Paul is known for his double tongue, speaking contrary to different churches. But here, Paul is speaking contrary in the next statement itself.

Paul writes sower must reap, but Jesus taught one sows and another reaps

Gal 6:6 Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches. Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.

According to Paul, whatever a man sows, he will also reap. He is writing this with reference to sharing the word.

2Cor 9:6 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

We see this notion throughout his letters, where the sower reaping what he had sown. Here in this letter to the Galatians, Paul is teaching them if anyone sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us see what Christ taught.

John 4:35-38 Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true. I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.”

Christ taught that the one who sows will not reap. The reaper draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. This is contrary to what Paul is teaching.

Paul boasts only in the cross of Christ and a few other things …

Gal 6:11-14 See with what large letters I have written to you with my own hand! As many as desire to make a good showing in the flesh, these would compel you to be circumcised, only that they may not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. For not even those who are circumcised keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh. But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

Is Paul boasting only in the cross of Jesus Christ? Absolutely not!

1Cor 9:15 But I have used none of these things, nor have I written these things that it should be done so to me; for it would be better for me to die than that anyone should make my boasting void.

Paul boasts about not being dependent on others in his first letter to the Corinthians. Paul boasts about Thessalonians (2Thess 1:4) and Corinthians (2Cor 9:3 ).

2Cor 10:8 For even if I should boast somewhat more about our authority, which the Lord gave us for edification and not for your destruction, I shall not be ashamed–

2Cor 10:13 We, however, will not boast beyond measure, but within the limits of the sphere which God appointed us–a sphere which especially includes you.

Paul even boasts about his authority, not sure what authority is that. As far as we know, Paul is not even qualified to be an apostle (Acts 1:21). He even speaks about limits in boasting.

So, Paul boasts only in the cross of Jesus Christ, and then in his authority, his non-dependency, in Thessalonians, in Corinthians, etc.

Deception of Magical Coat

Gal 6:15-18 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation. And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God. From now on let no one trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus. Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

What is this new creation Paul is taking about?

Eph 2:10,14-15 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. .. For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace.

Col 3:9-11 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.

As you can see, Paul is not referring to a new creation, like being born again as taught by Jesus and His disciples who will never sin (John 8:34-35; 1John 3:9) but rather, a new creation created by Christ Himself and we just need to put on like a magic coat for us to be in Christ.

Clothed-in-the-Righteousness-of-Christ

Eph 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. … Eph 4:24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

Putting on this magic coat of new man created by Christ is not by obedience or anything we do or through any work, but by grace through faith, a magical righteousness, and holiness. What a deception!