|6:1 - RESTORE
Galatians who had not abandoned their dependence upon the Holy Spirit, now are asked to
set those right who had been seized unawares by sin because they had deprived themselves
of the ministry of the Spirit. The primary thing that needed to be set right was not the
act of sin which they committed, but that they had wandered off the road of grace and were
stumbling in the quagmire of self-dependence and legalism.
The Spirit-filled believer is exhorted to perform this ministry in a spirit of
meekness, considering lest he himself also be tempted. It is significant that this careful
instruction directly follows the discussion of the fruit which is to be produced in the
life of the believer. If the fruit were being perfectly formed in the faithful believer,
the restoration process would proceed successfully without crushing the one overtaken
"in a fault" by false pride.
The word "restore" was used of a dislocated limb, "put back in
place." Such is the tenderness with which we should treat a fallen member in
LEST THOU ALSO BE TEMPTED. We
should show the mercy and feeling which we would wish to receive from another.
From the consideration of what we are, what we have been, or what we may be - we should
learn to be compassionate.
|6:2 - BEAR YE ONE ANOTHERS
[NIV: Carry each other's burdens]
you, legalists, must "bear burdens," then instead of legal burdens (Mt. 23:4),
bear each others burdens.
Since you, legalists, desire "the Law," then fulfil the Law of Christ, which
NOT made up of various minute observances, but whose sole requirement is love (Jn.
6:4 - LET EVERY MAN PROVE HIS OWN WORK
[NIV: Each one should test his own actions]
Let the believer not derive his consolation from comparing himself with another who may
be weaker, or less instructed than himself. The only rule for a believer is the Word of
Christ - The only Pattern for his imitation is the Example of Christ. He should not
compare himself with others; they are not his standard. Christ has left us an example that
we should follow
6:5 - EVERY MAN SHALL BEAR HIS OWN BURDEN
[NIV: Each one should carry his own load]
This does not contradict with verse 2.
There he tells us to bear WITH
burdens in sympathy, and to HELP
their burdens in Christian Love.
Here, we are told not to compare ourselves BOASTFULLY
with our fellow believers. We are told in II Cor. 10:12 that it is unwise to
compare ourselves with each other. Jesus Christ is our only rule and pattern.
|6:6 - COMMUNICATE UNTO HIM THAT
[NIV: Share all good things with his instructor]
mention of bearing one anothers burdens he passes to one way in which those burdens
may be born - by ministering out of their earthly goods to their spiritual teachers.
The Judaizers had precipitated a situation in the Galatian Churches in which those who
followed their teaching broke fellowship with the true teachers of the Word. Paul is
exhorting these to resume their fellowship with their former teachers. The exhortation is
that the disciple should make common cause with the teacher in everything that is morally
good and which promotes salvation.
The believer is not to leave the sphere of the morally good as Paul taught it, to the
teacher alone, and go off after the Judaizers. He is to work with his teachers and so
promote the spiritual life of the churches.
They were to contribute to the support of the one who has dedicated himself to the work
of the ministry, and who gives up his time and his life to preach the Gospel. It appears
that some of the believers in Galatia believed they could receive the Christian ministry
without contributing to its support.
6:7 - MOCKED
When used rhetorically, it referred to ill-will and contempt by cynical gestures
IN SPITE OF FAIR WORDS. It implies an outward avowal of
respect neutralized by an indirect expression of contempt.
Paul wishes to press home the thought that it is vain to think that one can outwit God
by reaping a harvest different from that which a person has sown.
In reality, any ill will they may feel against their Godly teachers is ill will
actually directed at God
(I Samuel 8:7).
See the Amplified Bible for a complete translation.
|6:8 - TO THE FLESH ... OR ... TO THE
[NIV: Sinful nature]
Sowing "with a
view to" the flesh -
|The act of a person choosing those courses of conduct and attitude that
will gratify the cravings of the fleshly nature. Automatically reaps Corruption.
Sowing "with a view to" the Spirit -
|Choosing the conduct and attitude which will fulfill the wishes of the
|6:9 - IN DUE SEASON
In verse 8, Paul exhorts the Galatians to govern their lives with a view to
the Spirits control over them. Now he exhorts them not to become weary in that
course of action.
||used of husbandmen who are tempted
to slacken their effort and exertions by reason of the weariness caused by prolonged
effort. This would be likened to the minister who would become impatient when fruit does
not seem to be maturing as rapidly as he feels it should in those to whom he is
||used of reapers overcome by heat
and toil. It means to "relax effort, to become exhausted physically." This could
be likened to the believer who struggles to overcome the flesh.
The incentive to keep on working was, that at the right time they would
gather the harvest.
6:10 - LET US DO GOOD TO ALL
We are exhorted not merely to do good to others when the opportunity presents itself,
but to look for opportunities to do good to others.
We are not only to be
but to be ready and
EAGER to do good. It means to labor actively
with continued exertion.
We are to do good to
ALL - to the household
of faith first - but not to the household of faith only.
SUMMARY OF 5:13 - 6:10
||By love Serve
One Another -
||to slave for, expend our energies
for each other.
Fallen Brother -
||done with tenderness, compassion,
Anothers Burdens -
||to help out of love and
compassion, with no hint of a judging attitude.
Unto Him That Teacheth -
||to share with them all good
things, both morally and materially.
||Be Not Weary
In Well Doing -
||we are not to be overcome
emotionally or physically, with the exertion of continually "DOING" that which is good, but we are to
CONTINUE in it.
||Do Good Unto All
||regardless of physically or spiritual
condition, race or creed, we have a blanket statement - to continually, always and only,
|We are told to:
||WALK IN THE SPIRIT
||- Involves -
||BE LED OF THE SPIRIT
||- Involves -
||LIVE IN THE SPIRIT
||- Involves -
||SOW TO THE SPIRIT
||- Involves -
|6:11 - HOW LARGE A LETTER I HAVE
large letters I use]
Scholars disagree as to whether Paul wrote
the entire epistle with his own hand, or only the conclusion.
||If he said "Ye see how large
a letter I have written unto you with my own hand," referring to this conclusion
only, then it would indicate that Paul wrote his Greek characters larger than average.
Some believe this was due to his poor eye-sight.
||However, the aorist tense in the indicative
mode in Greek grammar refers to a past action. The aorist tense would not be used to
indicate something he was about to write, but something that he had already written. This
would indicate that Paul wrote the entire epistle of Galatians in his own hand, something
that he rarely did.
The importance of the subject matter of this epistle is
highlighted both by:
||The fact that Paul diverted from
his usual method of dictating to a scribe, showing the depth of his feeling regarding the
||The fact that he found it necessary to point
out to them that he had written it with his own hand, thus underlining everything he had
|6:12 - TO MAKE A FAIR
SHOW...LEST THEY SHOULD SUFFER
[NIV: Make a good impression...to avoid being persecuted]
Judaizers wished to remain in good standing with the Jewish community. They desired to
appear pleasing to their Jewish brethren who still clung to the Temple sacrifices.
Circumcision was the point at issue at the time. The Galatian believers had already begun
to observe to the Jewish feasts. More of the law would be added as opportunity presented
The motive, as stated in this verse, was: "lest they should suffer
persecution." They were willing to please the Jews who were yet unconverted to avoid
FOR THE CROSS OF CHRIST, even
though they themselves professed to be His followers.
Paul, on the other hand, would not preach to please man, but was willing
to risk persecution and even death in order to be a servant of Christ (Gal. 1:10).
|6:15 - BUT A NEW CREATURE [NIV: A new creation]
Here Paul gives his reason
for glorying in the Cross of Christ - It is because, while circumcision is of no avail to
the Jew, nor the lack of circumcision of any avail to the Gentile, yet the Cross has power
to make of believing Jew and Gentile alike
A NEW CREATION which results in a radical transformation of character.
|6:17, 18 - I BEAR IN MY BODY THE MARKS
OF THE LORD JESUS
The Judaizing teachers gloried in the mark
of circumcision in the flesh of their followers -
||Slaves in the Phrygian temples
with which the Galatians were familiar, were attached for life to the service of the
temple, and were "branded" or "marked" with the name of the deity.
||Slaves and soldiers bore branded
upon their bodies the names of their masters and commanding generals.
||The marks ("stigma" or
"brand") of the Lord Jesus were the scars that were caused by the scourgings,
the Roman Rods, and the Jewish stonings which Paul had received.
undeserved and unearned - anything else is not Grace
He lays the matter to rest. He desires that the spirit of contention and human pride be
replaced with Divine peace and humility through the Grace of Jesus Christ.