Galatians 6

Restore those in spiritual difficulty; don't be proud 1
We sow what we reap; help everyone possible 6
Paul's letter 11
He finds glory only in Christ 14
.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.
 2 Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
 3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
.4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing [boasting] in himself alone, and not in another.
 5 For every man shall bear his own burden.

  1 - If Or "although."
  4 - Own work ... rejoicing We must guard against feeling we are good 1co1012. We may only look back and consider what we might have been had we accepted the grace of Christ's work more fully into our lives.
  5 - Bear his own burden Didn't Jesus promise to take our burdens? Yes, but we still have a responsibility. ps05522, 1pe0507, mt1128f.
.6 Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.
.7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
 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.
.9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
.10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
  6 - Communicate unto From koinoneo "to have fellowship with or to share with." ro1527, 1ti0522, he0214, 1pe0413, 2jo11. As we learn, we are to share mr0637.
  7 - Soweth ... also reap See on ps03804.
  9 - Weary We may not see fruit from our sharing but a harvest is coming. In fact, much of our labor will not be rewarded until we are in heaven. See ec1106.
  10 - Especially ... household We have a responsibility to those close to us 1sa0315, ep0219. Parents must not neglect the children in their care. Then we are responsible to those around us, too de1511, jb2403,4, ps01205. And for spiritual food, the gospel mt2819,20.
.11 ¶ Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand.
.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.
 13 For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.
  11 - Large a letter Should read "large letters." Paul probably had poor eyesight. He had stenographers but often added his own writing at the end.
  12 - Fair shew They apparently wanted evidence for their evangelism in the name of Christ.
.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. {by whom: or, whereby}
 15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.
.16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.
 17 From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.
.18 Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen. 
  14 - God forbid This archaic English idiom is inappropriate. The Greek means "May it never be." Compare ex2007.
  14 - That I should glory Here is the true basis of self-worth.
  17 - Let no man trouble me He has settled the matter and feels no need of further discussion. He was probably physically weary, too.

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