Galatians Chapter 6

(Galatians 6:1 [KJV])
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.

OVERTA'KE, v.t.
  1. To come up with in a course, pursuit, progress or motion; to catch.
    The enemy said, I will pursue, I will overtake. Exo 15.
  2. To come upon; to fall on afterwards. Vengeance shall overtake the wicked.
  3. To take by surprise.
    Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye who are spiritual, restore such one in the spirit of meekness. Gal 6.

  • The context means that the person was tempted, took the temptation and, without any self control exercised, fell from grace
  • This can and does happen to all of us at some time
  • That said, if the man repents and needs prayer, pray and move on.
  • This does not mean that they may not have any consequences, such as having to step down from leadership, lose a marriage, or will not fall again into the same sin
  • Again, this command is conditional on them repenting, asking for forgiveness, prayer

(Galatians 6:2 [KJV])
Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

  • As a community, congregation, fellowship of believers, we need to help each other with crises as they pop up and according to our ability
  • This is loving our neighbor, according the the fulfillment of the law of Christ

(Galatians 6:3 [KJV])
For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.

  • Anyone, no matter their wealth, talents, status, fame, power on earth, position, title, education, lineage, or anything else who thinks they are better than others is always, always lower than everyone else
  • It further teaches that these people are nothing
  • God's Word teaches us clearly that we are all flesh, all the same in God's eyes in our flesh, fallen, mortal, carnal, sinful. Basically, nothing.

(Philippians 2:3-4 [KJV])
[Let] nothing [be done] through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

(Galatians 6:4 [KJV])
But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.

  • What you are to God as saved is a child of the King spiritually but, in the flesh, while on earth, the unsaved are children of the enemy of God, sold unto and enslaved to serve sin, the flesh, the enemy, the world, not God
  • To prove one's own work means all things we say, do and teach must be held to the mirror of God's Word and fit God's Word
  • It means to make sure our ministry with careful study, comparing Scripture with Scripture, in context, not privately interpreted, and our work judged according to that.

(Galatians 6:5 [KJV])
For every man shall bear his own burden.

  • On judgment day, we shall give account of the final tally of our work for God, for our rewards.
  • Your work will not be used to judge me nor anyone else, nor my work be used to judge you or anyone else.
  • THis is why we do for others, not just for ourselves

(Galatians 6:6 [KJV])
Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.

  • Do not stop a true teacher, only a false one
  • There are teachers; there are students (disciples of Christ) and there are students who will be raised up as teachers, once they are discipled themselves

(Galatians 6:7-8 [KJV])
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 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.

  • This principle is woven throughout Scripture from Genesis to Revelation and, outside of God's wonderful grace and mercy, this principle would kill us all very quickly and at a young age!
  • Consider Adam and Eve, Cain, Noah, Shem, Ham, Japheth, Joseph vs. his brethren, Moses vs. the Israelites, Saul, David, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, the world's empires, pharaohs, kings, queens, kaisers, presidents, lawyers
  • The contrast of flesh and spirit here is again very pronounced in their destiny
  • When you plant a seed of, say, a carrot, you cannot get a non-carrot, a pine tree, a marigold, a rose, onion, lemons, oranges, pineapples, coconuts, a palm tree. You must get as carrot
  • If your chicken lays eggs you will get only chickens, every time, forever. This will never not be true.
  • If you want to get something else in agriculture, you have to plant that which you want. It is really so simple a small child can understand it with their mind, but many adults do not understand it with their mind or their heart, and thus die not understanding it.

(Job 4:8 [KJV])
Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.

(Psalms 7:14-16 [KJV])
Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood. He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch [which] he made. His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate.

(Psalms 126:5 [KJV])
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

(Proverbs 22:8 [KJV])
He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.

(Luke 16:25 [KJV])
But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.

(1 Corinthians 9:11 [KJV])
If we have sown unto you spiritual things, [is it] a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?

(Galatians 6:9 [KJV])
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

  • It is hard at times to do well toward others, especially when they do not appreciate it and rebel gainst God annd us, return to sin, backstab us, etc.
  • But this reaping a reward will, in the end, all be worth it.
  • That reward may not be seen in this life; it may be. It will definitely be seen in the afterlife, good or bad.

(Galatians 6:10 [KJV])
As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all [men], especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

  • Whenever we can do something good, we should.
  • James says that to not do it is sin even

(James 4:17 [KJV])
Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth [it] not, to him it is sin.

(Galatians 6:11 [KJV])
Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand.

  • This may be a clue as to the "thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to buffet me", as in a disability in the writing hand
  • Nevertheless, it seems that Paul wrote this epistle without a ghostwriter or a surrogate, "amanuensis"

AMANUEN'SIS, n. [L. from manus, hand.]
A person whose employment is to write what another dictates.

(Galatians 6:12 [KJV])
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 avoid persecution, they succumbed to the temptation to return to follow the law, forsaking grace through faith
  • Since circumcision is mentioned, it would therefore have to be the Judaizers spoken of here.
  • To constrain means to force, compel, coerce, press, strain.

(Galatians 6:13 [KJV])
For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.

  • This is simply the same as in all of Paul's epistles, that no one can and does keep the law, not even "law keepers"
  • It was all always for show and their own personal glory and still is

(Galatians 6:14 [KJV])
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.

  • Amen. There is no glory in any way in trying to keep a law that no one can keep, nor in forcing others to keep it for one's own glory
  • If we crucify our flesh daily (2:20), we cannot keep the law as dead people.

(Galatians 6:15 [KJV])
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.

  • When we are saved, keeping the law does nothing to save us.
  • Since we are in Christ Jesus, we are not the same person (creature) as before we got sved. The law, spiritually, has zero effect on us.
  • THis is literally said in chapter five

(2 Corinthians 5:17 [KJV])
Therefore if any man [be] in Christ, [he is] a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

(Isaiah 43:18 [KJV])
Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.

(Galatians 5:6 [KJV])
For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

(Galatians 6:16 [KJV])
And as many as walk according to this rule, peace [be] on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.

  • This rule is the rule of grace through faith, the Gospel
  • Peace and mercy will not be on the "law keepers", not in this life, not the next
  • The Israel of God, in the New Testament, in the church age, in an epistle by a Christian.....there goes that "Replacement Theology" nonsense

(Galatians 6:17 [KJV])
From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.

  • Paul is through with the false teachers messing with the doctrine, messing with the flock he shepherded
  • Having caused and now experienced persecution, enough was enough

(Galatians 6:18 [KJV])
Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ [be] with your spirit. Amen.

  • A very simple, straightforward benediction in Paul's epistles
  • We need that grace in our spirit, for ourselves, and so that we can extend it to others.

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