Yet most people today have never heard of John Gill. 4 1 “For indeed the day 2 is coming, burning like a furnace, and all the arrogant evildoers will be chaff. 8. 3. 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. Amen. But he rather insinuates against them a charge of insincerity, because, except when it suited their own designs, they found themselves at liberty to despise the law. Earthly warfare has its honors, in conferring which a general holds out to public view the bravery of a soldier. For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh. This appears to me to be overstrained, but I leave my readers to judge. [104]. But there is likewise an allusion to their favourite scheme of resolving to preach Christ without the cross. 2. Let arrogance be removed, and we shall all discover the greatest modesty in our conduct towards each other. 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. For if a man think himself. Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. The word law, when applied here to Christ, serves the place of an argument. (See 2 Corinthians 2:6-8.) Circumcision was a disguise before men, but regeneration is a truth before God. Pulpit 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. Only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. It is not what we gain by detracting from others, but what we have without any comparison, that can be regarded as true praise. But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. Chapter 6:1-5 gives us specific guidelines on how to deal with a sinning Christian brother. Our liberality is restrained by the supposition, that whatever passes into the hands of another is lost to ourselves, and by the alarm we feel about our own prospects in life. Mihi antem absit gloriari, nisi in truce Domini nostri Iesu Christi, per quam mundus mihi crucifixus est, et ego mundo. let us be workers of that which is good towards all men. "May God protect us from such a fearful calamity!" In conformity with this view, the words that follow, every man shall bear his own burden, are supposed to mean, that it is usual for every man to bear his own burden. [97] "Even in those who do not need forbearance, nothing is more becoming than gentleness; and I reckon him to be the best and most blameless man who pardons others, as if he were daily sinning, and yet abstains from sin, as if he pardoned nobody." Let no man make opposition to obstruct the progress of my work. Let no man trouble me. The world is crucified to me. (Matthew 10:22.) Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. -- Plin. 15. "Of such servants. Peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God, ἐπ αὐτούς καὶ ἔλεος καὶ ἐπὶ τὸν Ἰσραὴλ τοῦ, I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus. This is the true meaning of the words. 6. Though it does not become us to indulge too much in complaint, or to be too tenacious of our rights, yet Paul found himself called upon to exhort the Galatians to perform this part of their duty. 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). He was the more ready to do so, because he had no private interest in the matter, but consulted the universal benefit of the Church, without any regard to his own advantage. Some take his meaning to be, "If the world looks upon me as abhorred and excommunicated, I consider the world to be condemned and accursed." We have no good works which God rewards but those which we derive from his grace. -- Chandler. If the Galatians had not been utterly destitute of common sense, ought they not to have held in abhorrence the men whom they beheld making sport of their dangerous condition. "With respect to thyself alone, and not by comparison with others, thou wilt have praise." Chapter 6:6-10 has two of the most memorable quotes in the NT. But offenses and falls of this description must undoubtedly be distinguished from deep seated crimes, accompanied by deliberate and obstinate disregard of the authority of God. In short, the world presents innumerable hinderances, which tend to lead us aside from the right path. The word is here put, by way of eminence, (kat ' exochen,) for the doctrine of godliness. But hardly less injury is frequently done by unseasonable and excessive severity, which, under the plausible name of zeal, springs in many instances from pride, and from dislike and contempt of the brethren. Kur. Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. 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. What return will they make for the invaluable treasure of eternal life, which is communicated to them by the preaching of those men? You will find many who are prompted more by ambition than by conscience to defend the tyranny of the papal system. Such a model (kanona) does the apostle prescribe to the ministers of the word, who are to build the church "according to the pattern shewn to them." Paul had visited the region atleast twice. that in your flesh they may have whereof to glory. Such men pay no regard to edification, but are guided by an ambitious desire to hunt after popular applause. Nam si quis putat se esse aliquid, quum nihil sit, se ipsum decipit. Read commentary on this popular Bible verse and understand the real meaning behind God's Word using John Gill's Exposition of the Bible. "But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ; yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord; for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ" (Philippians 3:7, 8.). Support is declared to be due to those by whom we are taught in the word. On this subject we had occasion to speak, in expounding the Second Epistle to the Corinthians, where the same metaphor was employed. 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. 9. For neither they themselves who are circumcised, οὐδὲ γὰρ οἱ περιτεμνόμενοι αὐτοὶ νόμον φυλάσσουσιν, neither do they who are being circumcised themselves keep the Law, for not even. Literally, the phrase signifies, as to the rest or the remainder, which Erasmus, in my opinion, has improperly applied to time. 3. Were the pleasure they take in upbraiding equalled by their desire to produce amendment, they would act in a different manner. There is an implied contrast between the law of Christ and the law of Moses. Galatians 6:6. Coremunicet is, qui instituitur in sermone, cum doctore, in omnibus bonis. 4. To gain this object, he explains the design of pious reproofs, which is, to restore him who is fallen, to place him in his former condition. (2 Corinthians 1:12. But my triumph and my glory are in the cross of the Son of God." 14. He charges the false apostles with ambition. But let every man prove his own work. The future tense of the verb, (hosoi stoichesousin,) as many as shall walk, is intended to express perseverance. And let it be carefully observed, that every other kind of glorying is rejected by him as nothing short of a capital offense. Let no man question me about them." But as the apostle had immediately before exhorted us to restore a brother, the manner in which Christians are required to bear one another's burdens cannot be mistaken. The Greek words, ho speiron eis ten sarka heautou, literally signify, he that soweth into his flesh. The Greek verb euprosoposai, [100] is highly expressive, and denotes the kind looks and address which were assumed for the purpose of pleasing. 8. To destroy sloth and pride, he brings before us the judgment of God, in which every individual for himself, and without a comparison with others, will give an account of his life. 16. 1. Galatians 6 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary is the unabridged version prepared by Robert Jamieson, A. R. Fausset and David Brown Hi, Sign out It is probable that the teachers and ministers of the word were at that time neglected. ), "But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet; and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father who is in secret; and thy Father, who seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly." Considering thyself. 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. The blessings are, peace and mercy. Galatians 6:3, KJV: "For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself." 4. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. Nam qui seminat carni suae, ex carne metet corruptionem; qui autem seminat Spiritui, ex Spiritu metet vitam aeternam. Galatians 6:17-18. Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, The Pulpit Commentary, Electronic Database. 7. You know, names are very important in Scripture. In a word, he gives the appellation of the Israel of God to those whom he formerly denominated the children of Abraham by faith, (Galatians 3:29,) and thus includes all believers, whether Jews or Gentiles, who were united into one church. I answer, in the cross redemption in all its parts is found, but the resurrection of Christ does not lead us away from the cross. He thus places himself above all men, and allows to none the power of attacking his ministry. 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. Ye who are spiritual. The pure preaching of the gospel is again designated the cross of Christ. The greater the toil to which he had submitted on their account, the stronger were their inducements to read it, not in a superficial manner, but with the closest attention. Though a reward had been a thousand times promised to works, yet it is not due but by fulfilling the condition of obeying the law perfectly; and how widely distant are we all from that perfection! Imprisonment, chains, scourging, blows, stoning, and every kind of injurious treatment which he had incurred in bearing testimony to the gospel. 12. Such a reason for glorying do the godly find in themselves; and they ascribe it, not to their own merits, but to the riches of the grace of God. The word walk may apply both to a minister and to his people, though it refers chiefly to ministers. Ne erretis: Deus non subsannatur; quod enim seminaverit homo, hoc etiam metet. Ep. but especially towards them that are of the household of faith. The metaphor is still pursued. There is a danger here which deserves our most careful attention, and against which it is difficult to guard; for nothing is more easy than to exceed the proper limits. There are many adulterers and thieves, many wicked and abandoned characters of every description, who would willingly make Christ an accomplice in their crimes. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature. The more eminently any man is endowed with Divine grace, the more strongly is he bound to consult the edification of those who have been less favored. Now, we know that the devil is always lying in wait, and has a thousand ways of leading us astray. Since, therefore, God has set apart the whole of the present life for ploughing and sowing, let us avail ourselves of the season, lest, through our negligence, it may be taken out of our power. Calvin's Commentary on the Bible. Et quicunque hac regula ambulabunt, pax super eos et misericordia, et super Israelem Dei. unto them who are of the household of faith, μάλιστα δὲ πρὸς τοὺς οἰκείους τῆς πίστεως. "For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of a good conscience, that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world." -- Ed. Paul thinks he has done with his moral safeguards, and turns to one special duty—that of paying Christian teachers. Nothing is more difficult than to bring us to acknowledge or examine our own weakness. He wrote in the Greek language. He who has not this has nothing. BY WHICH the world is crucified. But why does not Paul seek it elsewhere? Paul declares that no such comparison ought to be allowed. There are two classes who bear this name, a pretended Israel, which appears to be so in the sight of men, -- and the Israel of God. From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus. Paul visited the region againin … When we perceive a brother to have transgressed, let us consider that he has fallen into the snares of Satan; let us be moved with compassion, and prepare our minds to exercise forgiveness. Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Verse 1. Galatians 6:3 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Galatians 6:3, NIV: "If anyone thinks they are something when they are not, they deceive themselves." [98] An earnest desire to preserve a gospel ministry, led to Paul's recommendation that proper attention should be paid to good and faithful pastors. Paul, therefore, can hardly be said to use a figure, when he boasts of shining in those marks with which Christ is accustomed to honor his most distinguished soldiers, [103] which in the eye of the world were attended by shame and disgrace, but which before God and the angels surpass all the honors of the world. 6. "-Erasmus's Paraphrase. The designs of the false apostles are here contrasted with his own sincerity. This is not merely a prayer in their behalf, but a token of approbation. Amen. [104] "So far am I from being liable to be torn away from the truth of the gospel, by any reproaches or afflictions, that the disgrace inflicted on me for Christ's sake, and the imprisonment, and scourging, and bonds, and stonings, and other distresses which I have endured for the name of Christ, shall be carried about with me, in my body, wherever I go, as marks and tokens of my Lord Jesus Christ. He gives weight to his admonition, when he addresses each person individually, and bids him look carefully into himself. And as many as walk according to this rule. -- Arrian. 13. 2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. What does Galatians 6:11 mean? 14. Galatians 5 Chapter 6 This chapter chiefly consists of two parts. He saw that the ministers of the word were neglected, because the word itself was despised; for if the word be truly esteemed, its ministers will always receive kind and honorable treatment. The consequence is, that, while such multitudes withhold their aid, the few persons who do their duty are generally unable to contribute the necessary support. Amen. We must not indulge or overlook the sins by which our brethren are pressed down, but relieve them, -- which can only be done by mild and friendly correction. Galatians 6:3, ESV: "For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself." This consideration will render us much more candid to others. Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. The expression is general, though it seems to refer to those works of the flesh of which he had made mention in the 19th and following verses of the foregoing chapter. In all good things. Some interpret them in this manner: "Thou who art a sinner, and needest the compassion of thy brethren, oughtest not to show thyself fierce and implacable to others." It belongs to such persons to raise up the fallen. His historical self-defence, his theological argument, his practical admonitions, with the blended strain of expostulation and entreaty that runs through the whole-now rising into an awful severity, now sinking into mother-like tenderness have reached their conclusion. Paul wrote this letter about 50 years after thebirth of Jesus. 1. To crucify the world is to treat it with contempt and disdain. Ye see. Gratia Domini nostri Iesu Christi cum spiritu vestro, fratres. [98] "De tels serviteurs." But the glorying of which this passage treats, is that of a good conscience, in which the Lord allows his people to indulge, and which Paul elsewhere expresses in very animated language. Before they became Christians, they had triedto obey all of the very strict law… And as many as walk according to this rule, peace. Only lest they should suffer persecution. Ergo ubi tempus habemus, benefaciamus erga omnes, praesertim vero erga domesticos fidel. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. ( That is, if any man wishes to be considered as belonging to the kingdom of Christ, let him be created anew by the Spirit of God; let him not live any longer to himself or to the world, but let him be raised up to "newness of life." This is unfortunate, since his works contain priceless gems of information that are found nowhere except in the ancient writings of the Jews. 10. [100] "The word we render, to make a fair shew,' properly signifies to be handsome and lovely. 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