Galatians chapter 6

Like the Good Samaritan, we are to bear one another’s burdens. We will reap what we sow. What matters is being a new creation in the Lord Jesus Christ. [UPDATED]

 


 

BEAR ONE ANOTHER’S BURDENS

 

VERSE 1. Brothers, even if a man is caught in some fault, you who are spiritual must restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; looking to yourself so that you also aren’t tempted.

in a spirit of gentleness. Some Christians rebuke others severely. But we are called to do it gently.

 

VERSE 2. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

KJV translation: Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

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Bear one another’s burdens. Like the Good Samaritan, we are to help one another. We are indeed our brother’s keeper!

As was the Levite clan of Gershon:

Numbers 4:24. This is the service of the families of the Gershonites, in serving and in bearing burdens:

 

VERSE 3. For if a man thinks himself to be something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.

 

VERSE 4. But let each man examine his own work, and then he will have reason to boast in himself, and not in someone else.

 

VERSE 5. For each man will bear his own burden.

 

VERSE 6. But let him who is taught in the word share all good things with him who teaches.

Christians are called to do more than just receive. They are called to support the people who teach them in the faith. Read more »

 

WE WILL REAP WHAT WE SOW

 

VERSE 7. Don’t be deceived. God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.

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KJV translation. Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Don’t be deceived. This is the way it is.

whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. This is referred to as the law of sowing and reaping. We give our lives to sowing good seeds in the lives of other people. And somehow, we will end up reaping good things.

We will reap to the extent that we sow. Are there any areas in your life or ministry where you need to sow more deeply?

There is a law of “sowing and reaping” throughout the Bible. We don’t know how to fully reconcile it with grace and mercy. Here are the verses we’ve found »

 

VERSE 8. For he who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption. But he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.

 

VERSE 9. Let’s not be weary in doing good, for we will reap in due season, if we don’t give up.

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not be weary in doing good. Keep up your good work!

we will reap in due season. The reaping might not happen right away. But when the time is right, it will take place.

 

VERSE 10. So then, as we have opportunity, let’s do what is good toward all men, and especially toward those who are of the household of the faith.

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let’s do what is good toward all men. Christians often act as though they are the lords and masters of their nation’s culture. But the Bible calls us to be the least of all people. And the servants of everyone. Read more »

especially toward … the household of the faith. The first priority is to take care of the people in your own fellowship. When they are taken care of, then you are free to take care of people in the wider community.

 

FINAL ADVICE

 

VERSE 11. See with what large letters I write to you with my own hand.

large letters I write. Some people wonder if Paul suffered from some sort of problem with his eyes. Perhaps that is the “thorn in the flesh” that he mentioned in 2 Corinthians 12:7:

2 Corinthians 12:7. By reason of the exceeding greatness of the revelations, that I should not be exalted excessively, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me, that I should not be exalted excessively.

In those days, letters were often dictated to a scribe. However, the author might add a greeting in his own hand. Paul did that:

Colossians 4:18. The salutation of me, Paul, with my own hand: remember my bonds. Grace be with you. Amen.

1 Corinthians 16:21. This greeting is by me, Paul, with my own hand.

Galatians 6:11. See with what large letters I write to you with my own hand.

2 Thessalonians 3:17. The greeting of me, Paul, with my own hand, which is the sign in every letter: this is how I write.

 

VERSE 12. As many as desire to make a good impression in the flesh compel you to be circumcised; just so they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ.

 

VERSE 13. For even they who receive circumcision don’t keep the law themselves, but they desire to have you circumcised, that they may boast in your flesh.

 

VERSE 14. But far be it from me to boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

boast … in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ is our only boast.

 

VERSE 15. For in Christ Jesus neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.

2 Corinthians 5:17. Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have passed away. Behold, all things have become new.

Galatians 6:15. For in Christ Jesus neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.

1 Thessalonians 1:9. For they themselves report concerning us what kind of a reception we had from you, and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God,

 

VERSE 16. As many as walk by this rule, peace and mercy be on them, and on God’s Israel.

 

VERSE 17. From now on, let no one cause me any trouble, for I bear the marks of the Lord Jesus branded on my body.

the marks of the Lord Jesus branded on my body. Some people speculate that Paul had the stigmata.

The stigmata are wounds that resemble the wounds that Christ suffered: nail marks in the hands, nail marks in the feet, whip-marks everywhere, scars from the crown of thorns.

A few mystics such as Francis of Assissi and Padre Pio had actual stigmata. The stigmata were not self-inflicted. Rather, they appeared on them miraculously.

 

VERSE 18. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen.

 


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