Paul concludes his letter to the Galatians with final instructions on how to live by the Spirit. Sinful believers in the church should be restored gently, everyone should bear each others’ burdens, but everyone should also take care of themselves. He reminds the Galatians that our actions in this life will be rewarded accordingly, both now and in the age to come. And so, we should do good to all people. What we sow, we will reap. Finally, Paul addresses the competing Jewish “authorities” who have deceived the Galatians and caused strife in the church. His parting rebuke to these false teachers is that they are afraid of persecution and only teach law-following so that they look good to other Jewish authorities. Paul, on the other hand, has suffered for Christ out of true devotion, and wants no more trouble from these false teachers. What he wants is for his spiritual children to prosper by walking in the obedience of faith, so they can have a bountiful harvest.
Mature, spiritual believers should lead sinful believers away from sin in a gentle manner. Everyone should stay away from temptation. Jesus wants us to take care of one another.
Instead of judging others with an arrogant mindset, we need to focus on our own personal obedience to God. We need to take care of the needs of teachers of the Bible.
Living a life of sin will earn loss of reward. Living a life in the Spirit will earn God’s reward. In this short life, we should do good to other believers and all people.
Paul shows how he cares personally for the Galatians’ spiritual growth. The competing Jewish “authorities” are manipulating them for worldly honor. For believers, we should consider the world dead, and live as new creations.
Paul says goodbye, and appeals to the Galatians to remain in the truth. He has suffered for Jesus, which shows his sincerity, so Paul hopes they will follow his teaching again.