Galatians 5:1-6:10-Paul Demonstrates the Practical Application of Justification by Faith (continued)
Galatians 6:1-5-Justification by faith restores those who have sinned
Having just shown the difference between living in the flesh and by the Spirit...Paul now says that if someone has been living in the flesh, those that are in the Spirit should seek to "restore" him (:1). Each person should carefully evaluate his life and determine if there is spiritual merit present. We cannot be confident that because we associate with someone else...that we somehow possess their merit. Each person must "bear his own load" (:5). However, if we are spiritual, we are to seek to help our weaker brothers and "Bear one another's burdens" (:2).
Perfect (Adjective and Verb), Perfectly:
"to render fit, complete" (artios), "is used of mending nets, Mat 4:21; Mar 1:19, and is translated 'restore' in Gal 6:1. It does not necessarily imply, however, that that to which it is applied has been damaged, though it may do so, as in these passages; it signifies, rather, right ordering and arrangement, Hbr 11:3, 'framed;" it points out the path of progress, as in Mat 21:16; Luk 6:40; cp. 2Cr 13:9; Eph 4:12, where corresponding nouns occur. It indicates the close relationship between character and destiny, Rom 9:22, 'fitted.' It expresses the pastor's desire for the flock, in prayer, Hbr 13:21, and in exhortation, 1Cr 1:10, RV, 'perfected' (AV, 'perfectly joined'); 2Cr 13:11, as well as his conviction of God's purpose for them, 1Pe 5:10. It is used of the Incarnation of the Word in Hbr 10:5, 'prepare,' quoted from Psa 40:6 (Sept.), where it is apparently intended to describe the unique creative act involved in the Virgin Birth, Luk 1:35. In 1Th 3:10 it means to supply what is necessary, as the succeeding words show."*[* From Notes on Thessalonians by Hogg and Vine, p. 101.]
Vine’s Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words,
Galatians 6:6-10-Justification by faith rewards those who teach it
Paul says that we need to realize that there are always consequences to our behavior...if we live according to the flesh, there will be negative consequences (:8-"corruption"); however, if we live according to the Spirit, there will be positive consequences (:8-"eternal life"). With this in mind...we should always seek to do good to others...particularly to those who lead us in the faith.
Galatians 6:11-18-Paul concludes his letter by warning that there are those who will try to convince them to be circumcised...but it is only so that they will not be persecuted by others who hold to the same ideas. They want to be accepted by them. Paul says that it is not circumcision, or uncircumcision that is important...but the cross of Christ.
Prayer: Lord, please help me to always distinguish between the conviction of Your Holy Spirit and the pressure from other people when making decisions. It is easy for me to confuse those two. Sometimes my old nature can be very persuasive...leading me to think that what other people say is Your desire...when really what is happening is that it is merely supporting my own agenda, or desires. As You have said, my heart is more deceitful than anything else.