Galatians Chapter 6

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Introduction

This chapter is composed entirely of affectionate exhortation, and the expression of the apostle's earnest solicitude in the behalf of the Christians in Galatia. He exhorts them Gal 6:1 to bring back to the ways of virtue any one who through the strength of strong temptation had been led astray. He entreats them Gal 6:2) to bear one another's burdens, and thus to show that they were true friends of Christ, and governed by his laws. He entreats them not to be lifted up with pride, and not to affix an inordinate estimate to anything that they possessed, assuring them that their true estimate was to be formed from the character of their own works, Gal 6:3ff. He exhorts them to minister to the wants of their public teachers, the preachers of the gospel, Gal 6:6. In Gal 6:7ff, he reminds them of the solemn day of judgment, when all will be tried; assures them that men will be judged and rewarded according to their works; and entreats them not to be weary in well-doing, but to labour on patiently in doing good, with the assurance that they should reap in due season. In Gal 6:11, he shows them the interest which he felt in them by his having done what was unusual for him, and what perhaps he had done in no other instance -- writing an entire letter in his own hand. He then states the true reason why others wished them to be circumcised. It was the dread of persecution, and not any real love to the cause of religion. They did not themselves keep the law, and they only desired to glory in the number of converts to their views, Gal 6:12, Gal 6:13. But Paul says that he would glory in nothing but in the cross of Christ. By that he had been crucified to the world, and the world had been crucified to him, Gal 6:14; and he repeats the solemn assurance, that in the Christian religion neither circumcision nor uncircumcision was of any importance whatever, Gal 6:15. This was the true rule of life; and on as many as walked according to this principle, he invokes the blessing of God, Gal 6:16. He closes the epistle by entreating them to give him no more trouble. He bore in his body already the marks or sufferings which he had received in the cause of the Lord Jesus. His trials already were sufficient; and he entreats them to spare him from future molestation, Gal 6:17, and closes with the benediction, Gal 6:18.


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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. edit

2: Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. edit

3: For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. edit

4: But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. edit

5: For every man shall bear his own burden. edit

6: Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. edit

7: Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. edit

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. edit

9: And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. edit

10: As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. edit

11: Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand. edit

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. edit

13: For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh. edit

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. edit

15: For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. edit

16: And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God. edit

17: From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus. edit

18: Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen. edit

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