Galatians 6 …. line upon line

Brethren, if a man be overtaken (surprised) in a fault (mistake), ye which are spiritual (have control over this behavior), restore (completely reformed) such an one in the spirit of meekness (being gentle); considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. (This example is the same as the temptation in the garden, where they were “beguiled” and fell into disobedience.)

Bear ye (endure, sustain) one another’s burdens (G922/939 walk of faith), and so fulfil the law of Christ. (Paul is telling us to love people through their learning stages.)

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

{I liken this to the modern day preacher or evangelist having “the call” and yet having nothing to do with proper training or counsel. I have seen substantial sized church spring out of thin air with leadership never having learned the Scriptures. Nor did they attend the Greco-Roman theology schools. Inspiration and perspiration are needed, so is education. Hosea and Timothy both reminds us of that.}

But let every man prove (test out) his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. (don’t compare yourself to others)

Matthew 7:3-5 (HCSB) Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye but don’t notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and look, there is a log in your eye? Hypocrite! First take the log out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”

For every man shall bear his own burden. (G5413 – invoice/debt. This is why it is important to understand imputed righteousness and propitiation/ atonement.)

Let him that is taught (formally instructed/discipled) in the word (Torah) communicate (share with others) unto him that teacheth in all good things.

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. {intentionally misusing the scriptures to personal benefit (ie prosperity preaching) the lies and emptiness will be your reward.}

For he that soweth (encourages) to his flesh (disobedient human nature) shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint (relax) not. (the word relax here means if we relax our morals and walk away from the instructions of YHWH)

10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good* unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. (*this is living according to the Torah)

11 Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand. (old man with poor eyesight)

12 As many as desire to make a fair shew (to impress you with Judaism/religion) in the flesh, they constrain (by force) you to be circumcised (conversion); only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. (The men trying to get you to follow the traditions are only doing so because they fear the ridicule of their peers. They are more concerned with the approval of other men than they are of the approval of God.)

13 For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law (they are using areas of the Torah to perpetuate their control over men.); but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.

  • they want to brag about their ability to keep you in their congregational numbers – sound familiar? Ever heard a preacher boast over the growth in numbers of their congregation? They treat this like their own kingdom and want to show their trophy.
  • Matthew 23:1-3 (HCSB) Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to His disciples: “The scribes and the Pharisees are seated in the chair of Moses. Therefore do whatever they tell you, and observe it. But don’t do what they do, because they don’t practice what they teach.”

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.

15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. (God is not looking for the ability to just follow teachers, it is your ability to follow Him.)

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

17 From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus. (I have been not only circumcised as prescribed by the Torah, but too, I have been beaten and tortured for this belief.)

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

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