What’s it all about? The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ inaugurated a new era of redemptive history that Paul refers to as the new creation. Those who are relying upon religious ritual or moral codes for salvation belong to the former era and remain in bondage, under the curse. Those who rely upon (i.e., have faith in) the sacrificial and substitutionary death of Jesus Christ for salvation belong to the new creation.
So what? The new life is one that is characterized by boasting in the cross of Christ. While others boast in their own perceived merits or alleged self-righteousness, Christians only boast in Jesus Christ.
Questions from the Text:
1. What two accusations does Paul make about the false teachers (6:12-13)?
2. What does it mean to boast in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ (6:14)?
3. What does Paul mean by the new creation (6:15)?
4. What does Paul mean by “the Israel of God” (6:16)?
 See with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand.  It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh who would force you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ.  For even those who are circumcised do not themselves keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh.  But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.  For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.  And as for all who walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.  From now on let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen. (Galatians 6:11-18 ESV)
Now what? The new life is characterized by both humility and boldness. Every area of our life should be marked by humility, except when we are declaring the greatness of Christ. We boast in who He is (the eternal Son of God who was incarnate), what He did (perfect life, substitutionary atonement, glorious resurrection, and ascension to the Father), what He is currently doing (interceding for the saints, sustaining all things, and sovereignly ruling over creation), and what He will do (judge the living and the dead, gather His church to Himself, and make all things new). Don’t stop bragging about Jesus!
Small Group Questions – Scripture: 1st Corinthians 1:18 – 31
1. What does it mean to “preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles” (1:23)?
2. What is the significance of the cross for believers?
3. Who should be the object of all Christian boasting? Why?