Almost finished with our verse by verse of Galatians.
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. 2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. 3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. Galatians 6:1-3 (KJV)
Christian love now is contrasted with the Law. “Bear ye one another’s burdens.” The law of Christ is also contrasted with the law of Moses – Jews kept the laws of Moses while in the flesh, and failed miserably. But the laws of Christ are easier in many ways, and far more difficult in others. because now the care of the other members of the local church are dropped firmly in your lap.
Think about it. If each member of that body has accepted Christ, you are all one body. You are all separated from the world, from sin and death. You no longer have the option of ignoring them as you pursue the keeping of the 613 commandments. The welfare of everyone in your church is now your responsibility. Which is why I don’t understand megachurches, as it’s nearly impossible to care for so many people – but let’s accept the first church in Jerusalem was a megachurch, and get past it.
4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. 5 For every man shall bear his own burden. Galatians 6:4-5 (KJV)
Does this contradict what is written above? No, this is talking about ministry. Take care of one another in the church, and make sure you keep your hand to the plow at the same time. You’re plowing the same field, and you’re helping to keep them going, but worry about how YOU are driving the oxen. Don’t worry about how the guy next to you is furrowing!
6 Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. 7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 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. 9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. 10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6:6-10 (KJV)
It’s great! We’ve examined a whole book of the bible together!
11 Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand. 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. 13 For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh. 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 any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. 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. 18 Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen. Galatians 6:11-18 (KJV)
Tomorrow, we begin examining Holy Name-ism! I think I did mention that the Messianic thing will go for longer than a month… this may be the first series to see “part 42”!