Galatians, Chapter 6
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Galatians, Chapter 6
Galatians 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
“Overtaken” describes a person who is caught before he can hide his "fault," or deviant behavior.
Those who are spiritually mature are to "restore," or to give the overtaken one a spiritual attitude adjustment.
In doing that we must remember that before Christ found us we were in the lost category.
We are to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15), lest we be tempted to leave the teaching of Christ’s grace.
Galatians 6:2 Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
Fulfill speaks of accomplishment.
One step to restoration, fulfillment of the Law of Christ, is to have a deep abiding concern for the general welfare of others.
The Law of Christ dictates that the strong in faith shall help the spiritually weak.
In Romans 15, Paul wrote that the strong in the faith are to "bear the infirmities of the weak."
Galatians 6:3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
Self-deception is a great threat to mankind, both lost and saved may succumb to it.
It may be Satan’s greatest weapon against the Church.
Galatians 6:4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.
"Let prove" indicates self-examination.
This verse speaks of our responsibility.
As we mature, we take on the responsibilities of mature sons.
This has a companion scripture:
2 Corinthians 3:5-6
5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;
6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
If any person thinks highly of his personal abilities and/or station in life, he or she is living in self-deception.
Self-exaltation and false humility are sure signs of self-deception.
Galatians 6:5 For every man shall bear his own burden.
Bear speaks of carrying.
We must carry, or show responsibility for the burdens, which we given to us as mature Christians.
2 Timothy 1:6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
Galatians 6:6 Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.
Communication implies sharing.
When we teach, we share with others what the Spirit has taught us.
Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
This may be the best known verse from Galatians.
It is often used in a derogatory manner.
“Deceived” points to roaming from the truth.
If we sow discord, we will reap discord.
However, that proverb cuts two ways.
If we sow harmony, we will reap harmony.
Sowing does not mean just throwing a few seeds on the ground.
Any good farmer plants the crop and works the soil.
"No-till farming" works but it is not very productive.
Many Churches work on the "no-till" theory.
Sowing seed is never spoken of as giving money to any local Church!
Luke 8:11b The seed is the word of God.
Galatians 6:8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
Then, Paul offers this example of both good and bad sowing.
Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
Don’t become discouraged.
If we continue to work the soil of men’s lives, God will raise up the crop.
Galatians 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
“Especially” points to the prime objective.
Above all, do good to those of the household of faith.
Galatians 6:11 Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand.
Paul did not have good eyesight.
He uses that to prove he wrote this part of the letter personally.
Galatians 6:12 As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.
"To make a fair shew" (Gr. euprosoopeesai-euproswphsai) speaks of those who want a public trophy.
They attempt to compel others to take up legalism so they themselves will not suffer for the cause of Christ.
Galatians 6:13 For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.
If someone says they keep all the commandments, exercise this choice.
Bow down and worship---or run.
Christians don’t keep the Law! Christ Jesus kept the law for us!
In that we establish the Law through faith in Christ Jesus!
Our righteousness is not ours, but His righteousness superimposed on us.
Galatians 6:14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
Paul returns to his focus---the cross of Jesus Christ.
Galatians 6:15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.
If you suffer from the "just an old sinner" syndrome—grow up!
If you are in Christ you are a new creation.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
If you cannot deal with the new creation reality---you are immature at best!
Galatians 6:16 And as many as walk
according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the
This verse is a special blessing for the mature in Christ.
Galatians 6:17 From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.
"Marks" (Gr. stigmata-stigmata) has nothing to do with the pseudo-stigmata seen in the Roman Catholic Church.
In ancient times, slaves were branded to show their ownership.
Paul received the "marks" or brand of Christ.
Galatians 6:18 Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.
From the harsh words for legalists, Paul turns again to his brothers in the faith, "Brothers, may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen."