"In listening, in surprise, in hospitality for a moment we catch a richer glimpse of God's reality and find the energy of the Spirit, lest we grow weary." To be circumcised is of no importance, and to be uncircumcised makes no difference. And Paul goes on to say that when we see a man fall into a fault we do well to say, "There but for the grace of God go I.". (Galatians 6:1) Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the Law of Christ. They wanted to glory in their power over people whom they had reduced to their own legalistic slavery. But he would often personally write a short portion at the end, both to authenticate the letter and to add a personal touch.i. Every one who can, ought to help herein; only in the spirit of meekness - This is essential to a spiritual man; and in this lies the whole force of the cure. Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible. If a man sins against his loved ones, soon or late hearts will be broken even if he is forgiven. Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary 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. and as many as shall be walking by this rule. Let every man test his own work, and then any ground of boasting that he has will be in regard to himself and not in comparison with others. Galatians 6 Galatians 5 VERSE 1.Brethren,if a man be overtaken in a fault ye which are spiritual, restore such an one inthe spirit of meekness. Commentary on Galatians 6 by Matthew Henry Chapter 6 This chapter chiefly consists of two parts. Most likely what Paul means is that the scars of the things he had suffered for Christ are the brands which show him to be Christ's slave. Galatians /. For the future. Galatians 6:2 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Galatians 6:2, NIV: "Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ." let no one trouble me for I bear the brands of Jesus in my body. Brethren, if a man be overtaken in any fault — By surprise, ignorance, or stress of temptation.. Ye who are spiritual — Who continue to live and walk by the Spirit.. Galatians 6:2, KJV: "Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ." He goes on to rebuke conceit and gives a recipe whereby it may well be avoided. In the end it is not his apostolic authority that he uses as a basis of appeal; it is the wounds he sustained for Christ's sake. Commentary on Galatians 6:[1-6] 7-16 View Bible Text . John B. Gough, the great temperance orator, who had lived a reckless early life, used to declare in warning, "The scars remain." When we do that, there can never be any cause for conceit. But there is also a burden which a man must bear himself. Read Introduction to Galatians “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” And let us not grow weary G. S. Duncan, The Epistle to the Galatians (MC E), J. The whole atmosphere of the word lays the stress not on punishment but on cure; the correction is thought of not as a penalty but as an amendment. Circumcision was the unanswerable mark of a Jew; and so these people saw in it a passport to safety should persecution arise. But Paul says that, if a man does make a slip, the real Christian duty is to get him on his feet again. There are many good people to whom you could not go and sob out a story of failure and defeat; they would be bleakly unsympathetic. He preached in the same church as C. H. Spurgeon over one hundred years earlier. Paul visited the region againin … The cities in Acts 14:21 are in Galatia. This chapter chiefly consists of two parts. Used by Permission. "Commentary on Galatians 6:4". Bible Commentaries /. Most ofthe people who lived in Galatia were *Gentiles. “You who have … Continue reading "Commentary on Galatians 6:[1-6] 7-16" Restore such an one — By reproof, instruction, or exhortation. Brothers, the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/dsb/galatians-6.html. Galatians 1:6-8. Galatians 6:3 – For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. Galatians 6:2, ESV: "Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." Don't deceive yourselves; no one can make a fool of God; whatever a man sows this he will also reap. (a) The stigmata have always fascinated men. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are members of the household of the faith. Paul penned the book of Galatians because church members in Galatia were turning away from the true gospel and had embraced a false one (Galatians 1:6-7).Early on, Paul had to establish his credentials - that the gospel he preached did not have its source in any man, as Gnostic ideas do, but had come directly from Jesus Christ (verses 11-12). Like Mr. Valiant-for-Truth Paul said, "My marks and scars I carry with me to be my witness to him who will now be my rewarder.". Galatians 6. Now the Apostle also addresses the hearers of the Word requesting them to bestow "all good things" upon those who have taught them the Gospel. Let him that is taught in the word — Who is instructed in the doctrines and precepts of the gospel; communicate unto him that teacheth — According to the ability that God hath given him; in all good things — All such temporal things as he stands in need of. In those days the Church was a really sharing institution. We are to compare our achievement not with the work of our neighbours but with what our best would have been. They may impose upon others, yet they deceive themselves if they think to impose upon God, who knows their hearts as well as actions; and as he cannot be deceived, so he will not be mocked. If a man breaks it he may be forgiven, but, nonetheless, he breaks it at his peril. Galatians 6:6. All Greek tragedy is a sermon on the text, "The doer shall suffer." He had *preached the *good news about Jesus and many people becameChristians. The word Paul uses (paraptoma, Greek #3900) does not mean a deliberate sin; but a slip as might come to a man on an icy road or a dangerous path. Hence … 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. After the storm and stress and intensity of the letter comes the peace of the benediction. John Gill's Exposition of the Bible /. Commentary on Galatians 3:6-14 (Read Galatians 3:6-14) The apostle proves the doctrine he had blamed the Galatians for rejecting; namely, that of justification by faith without the works of the law. For, if anyone thinks of himself as important while he is of no importance, he is deceiving himself with the fancies of his mind. There is a kind of burden which comes to a man from the chances and the changes of life; it is fulfilling the law of Christ to help everyone who has such a burden to carry. But they wanted to boast about the Galatians as their latest trophies. Ordinarily Paul added only his signature to the letter which the scribe wrote to his dictation; but in this case his heart is running over with such love and anxiety for the Galatians that he writes this whole last paragraph. (b) In the last analysis, by circumcision and by keeping the rules and regulations of the law, they were trying to put on a show that would win the approval of God. Before they became Christians, they had triedto obey all of the very strict law… 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." EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: Paul established the church in Galatia (4:13-14), but moved on. “Glory (or boast), save in the cross”: The Greek word for “boast” is a basic expression of praise, unlike the English words, which … Galatians 6. I have written to you with my own hand: Paul’s custom, typical in the ancient world, was to dictate his letters to a secretary. 6:6-10 He who is being instructed in the word must share in all good things with him who is giving instruction. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Galatians 6:1-16. For those who advocate circumcision do not themselves keep the law, but they wish you to get yourselves circumcised that they may boast about the way in which you are observing the outward and the human rituals. The large letters may be due to three things. Commentaries for the book of Galatians. Peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God, ἐπ αὐτούς καὶ ἔλεος καὶ ἐπὶ τὸν Ἰσραὴλ τοῦ, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. Those who wanted the Galatians to get themselves circumcised did so for three reasons. 6:1-5 Brothers, if a man is caught out in some moral slip-up, you whose lives are dominated by the Spirit must correct such a man with the spirit of gentleness, and, as you do it, you must think about yourselves, in case you too should be tempted. What we do not sufficiently remember is this--it is blessedly true that God can and does forgive men for their sins, but not even he can wipe out the consequence of sin. Commentary on Galatians 5:13-15 (Read Galatians 5:13-15) The gospel is a doctrine according to godliness, 1 Timothy 6:3, and is so far from giving the least countenance to sin, that it lays us under the strongest obligation to avoid and subdue it. It is told of Francis of Assisi that once as he fasted on a lonely mountain top he seemed to see the love of God crucified on a Cross that stretched across the whole horizon and as he saw it a sword of grief and pity pierced his heart. If we as a people can make these truths and this vigor a part of our thinking and our willing, the bones of our faith will be strong and not brittle, and the emotional force of our life in Christ will not be lukewarm but ardent and intense and undivided. 6:11-18 See in what large letters I am writing in my own handwriting. They may impose upon others, yet they deceive themselves if they think to impose upon God, who knows their hearts as well as actions; … In the former the apostle gives us several plain and practical directions, which more especially tend to instruct Christians in their duty to one another, and to promote the communion of saints in love (v. 1-10). So Paul once again lays it down with all the intensity of which he is capable that circumcision and uncircumcision do not matter; what does matter is that act of faith in Christ which opens a new life to a man. So let it be. ΚΑΝΌΝΙ ΤΟΎΤῼ ΣΤΟΙΧ, And as many as walk according to this rule. After his usual greeting,‘I pray that you will have *grace and *peace’, Paul did not continue withgentle, loving words as he always did in his other letters. The Christian Church had its teachers. 1956-1959. Galatians 5. He goes on to state a grim truth. Paul had visited the region atleast twice. The term for this situation in Latin was ob portu, that is, a ship standing over off a port, waiting for the moment when it … (NASB: Lockman)Greek: to de kalon poiountes me egkakomen, kairo gar idio therisomen me ekluomenoi. The word he uses for to correct is used for executing a repair and also for the work of a surgeon in removing some growth from a man's body or in setting a broken limb. And Origen, the great Christian scholar and a universalist, believed that, although all men would be saved, even then the marks of sin would remain. Galatians 6:1. But if he keeps on walking the high way and doing the fine thing, in the end God will repay. Greetings (1:1-5) REBUKE SECTION (1:6--4:11) Rebuke for Desertion (1:6-10) Paul's Autobiography (1:11--2:21) Thesis Statement (1:11-12) Conversion and Call (1:13-17) Paul's First Visit with Peter in Jerusalem (1:18-24) Galatians 2. The blessings are, peace and mercy. Brethren, even if a man be overtaken in a trespass, ye who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of meekness; looking to thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Galatians 1. Paul has argued and rebuked and cajoled but his last word is GRACE, for him the only word that really mattered. There is a moral law in the universe. So Paul says, "If a man is teaching you the eternal truths, the least you can do is share with him such material things as you possess.". Bibliography InformationBarclay, William. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary 6:16-18 A new creation to the image of Christ, as showing faith in him, is the greatest distinction between one man and another, and a blessing is declared on all who walk according to this rule. (c) Those who desired the Galatians to be circumcised did not themselves keep all the law. Carry one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. There are two possible meanings of this. B. Lightfoot, The Epistle to the Galatians (MmC G). Galatians 5 Galatians. That hope is not to be fulfilled. "I bear," said Paul, "the brands of Jesus in my body." Commentary on Galatians 6:6-11. Verse 6 Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. (b) It may be written large because Paul was unused to wielding a pen and it was the best that he could do. Yet most people today have never heard of John Gill. Then he received word that certain Jewish-Christians were trying to persuade Galatian Christians to observe Jewish laws and rituals, including circumcision (5:2-12; 6:12-13) and the observance of “days, months, seasons, and years” (4:10). The best of men slip up. Paul offers the example of dealing with a member of the community detected in a transgression. The Romans recognized the Jewish religion and officially allowed Jews to practise it. When Christians fall into a fault, it is on account of their traveling slowly on the road to heaven. What does matter is to be re-created. He insists that life holds the scales with an even balance. He who sows to his own lower nature will from that nature reap a blighted harvest. If a man sins against his body, soon or late he will pay in ruined health--even if he is forgiven. He who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap life eternal. (a) It would save them from persecution. Galatians is a virile statement of the central truths of Christianity. Of course, in Galatians 6:5, Paul said, \"Each man shall bear his own burden\"; but it is still surprising that even a Christian scholar should read this as a \"contradiction,\" even Ridderbos saying, \"It is not necessary to eliminate contradiction.\"[4] The Greek words from which the t… Galatians 6 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this verse-by-verse commentary contain gems of information found nowhere outside the ancient Jewish writings Paul, however, was quite certain that nothing that man could do could win salvation; so once again, pointing them to the Cross, he summons them to cease trying to earn salvation and to trust to the grace which loved them like that. Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete) /. Benson Commentary. He comes back to the centre of the matter. Circumcision would keep them safe from the hatred of the Jews and the law of Rome alike. CHAPTER 6 the marks of the nails were in his hands and he bore them to the end of his days. Twice in this passage Paul speaks about bearing burdens. "William Barclay's Daily Study Bible". Slowly the vision faded and Francis relaxed; and then, they say, he looked down and lo! If a man allows the lower side of his nature to dominate him, in the end he can expect nothing but a harvest of trouble. Many excuse themselves from the work of religion, though they may make a show, and profess it. For each man must carry his own pack. Other examples of this kind of postscript are 1 Corinthians 16:21-24 (The salutation with my own hand – Paul) and Colossians 4:18 (This salutation by my own hand – Paul). Whether it is truth or legend we cannot tell, for there are more things in this world than our matter-of-fact philosophy dreams of; and some think that Paul had so really passed through an experience of crucifixion with his Lord that he, too, bore the print of the nails in his hands. Now, the danger of those who are really trying to live the Christian life is that they are apt to judge the sins of others hardly. Chapter 6. Freedom in Community (6:1-10) In the first part of chapter six, Paul continues describing what life in community looks like when we live in the freedom Christ gives and use that freedom to serve one another. Galatians 6 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, as set of 17 volumes on the New Testament, the result of Barclay's dedicated work Updated: Thu, 04/23/2020 - 12:01 By admin. The lectionary chooses both to make optional the first six verses in the chapter and to eliminate the final two verses, perhaps hoping to make the passage slightly less difficult to interpret. He wrote in the Greek language. Galatians 6 Resources. Don't get tired of doing the fine thing, for, when the proper time comes, we will reap so long as we don't relax our efforts. (a) This paragraph may be written large because of its importance, as if it were printed in heavy type. See with what large letters I have written to you with my own hand!a. Paul finishes by reminding his friends that sometimes the duty of generosity may be irksome, but no man who ever cast his bread upon the waters found that it did not return some day to him. No Christian could bear to have too much while others had too little. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary 6:6-11 Many excuse themselves from the work of religion, though they may make a show, and profess it. I have often wondered why all the apostles reiterated this request with such embarrassing frequency. Paul knew the problems that arise in any Christian society. No man could. Christianity never took the threat out of life. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of BibleSupport.com. Galatia was part of the country that we now call Turkey. There is an element of hardness in many a good man. Galatians /. Many people in Galatia had become Christians.Some of these people were *Jews. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Galatians 4:4-7 EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: Whereas many of Paul’s letters were written to churches in a particular city, such as Rome or Corinth, this letter was written to “the assemblies of Galatia”—a region in the central part of what we know today as Turkey. (b) Often a master branded his slaves with a mark that showed them to be his. Galatians 6:9 Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. Those who wish to make a pretentious display from the merely human point of view are trying to compel you to get yourselves circumcised, but their real object is to avoid persecution because of the Cross of Christ. Commentary, Galatians 6:[1-6]7-16, Sarah Henrich, Preaching This Week, WorkingPreacher.org, 2013. We should understand this verse within the context of the theme of Galatians. He was not pleasedwith them. The Greeks believed in Nemesis; they believed that, when a man did a wrong thing, immediately Nemesis was on his trail and sooner or later caught up. Commentary on Galatians 1:6-9 (Read Galatians 1:6-9) Those who would establish any other way to heaven than what the gospel of Christ reveals, will find themselves wretchedly mistaken. (c) It may be that Paul's eyes were weak, or that the blinding headache was on him, and all he could produce was the large sprawling handwriting of a man who can hardly see. Galatians 6 Commentary. We cannot trade on the forgiveness of God. The word Paul uses is the word for a soldier's pack. There is a duty which none can do for us and a task for which we must be personally responsible. The people called Galatianslived in part of the country that we now call Turkey. , when he is forgiven ( MC E ), J so these people saw in it a passport safety. 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