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Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures
Galatians 6

 

 

Verses 1-10

Physical: Helping Others to Walk in Their Liberties - Galatians 6:1-10 places emphasis upon the physical realm. In this passage Paul asks the Galatians to practice acts of love as they direct our bodies. They do this by supporting one another in this effort to maintain a Christian conduct ( Galatians 6:1-10). They are to support the weak as well as the strong. They are to share one another's burdens restoring the weak ( Galatians 6:1-5) and supporting those who are mature and guiding others in the faith ( Galatians 6:6). For in doing Song of Solomon , we are sowing to the spirit and reaping a spiritual harvest ( Galatians 6:7-10).

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.

Galatians 6:1"Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault" - Word Study on "a fault" - Strong says the Greek word "fault" ( παραπτώματι) (G 3900) means, "a side slip (lapse or deviation) that Isaiah , (unintentional) error or (wilful) transgression." It means a walking away from the straight and narrow way.

Scripture References - Note the following related Scriptures:

Psalm 17:5, "Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not."

Psalm 18:36, "Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip."

Psalm 73:2, "But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped."

This is similar to erring in James 5:19-20 and 1 John 5:16.

James 5:19, "Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him;"

1 John 5:16, "If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it."

Galatians 6:1"ye which are spiritual" - Comments- The Greek word ὑμεῖς (ye) is plural in Galatians 6:1, perhaps because this is the responsibility of church members as a group. Restoration of a fallen church member is a corporate task. It is the duty of a group of mature believers in the church, and not the sole responsibility of one church member.

Galatians 6:1 "restore such an one in the spirit of meekness" - Word Study on "restore" - Strong says the word "restore" ( καταρτί ζω) (G 2675) means, "to complete thoroughly, that Isaiah , repair (literally or figuratively) or adjust." BDAG says it means, "to put in order, restore," and "to restore to its former condition, put to rights." We may compare a church member who errs with a part of our body that is dislocated. When an arm or leg is dislocated, it causes pain to the entire body. The arm or leg is still a part of our body, but it cannot respond in obedience to the mind. The longer it is dislocated, the greater the pain and more difficult the mending and healing. It cannot restore itself, but needs the assistance of other members of the body.

We see an example of a church member who erred and was restored when Paul had the Corinthians judge a man in the church, then Paul asked them to forgive and comfort him. See:

2 Corinthians 2:5-11, "But if any have caused grief, he hath not grieved me, but in part: that I may not overcharge you all. Sufficient to such a man is this punishment, which was inflicted of many. So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow. Wherefore I beseech you that ye would confirm your love toward him. For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things. To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ; Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices."

Note also:

1 Corinthians 12:25-26, "That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it."

When our brothers sin we are to walk in a spirit of humility. In the midst of other's sins, the flesh wants to do the opposite, which is to become proud, which is the reaction of carnal mindedness as seen in the Corinthian church ( 1 Corinthians 5:2; 1 Corinthians 5:6).

1 Corinthians 5:2, "And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you."

1 Corinthians 5:6, "Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?"

Galatians 6:1 — "considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted" - Comments- The Greek pronoun σεαυτὸν (thyself) is the singular, perhaps because only an individual can know his own heart. 1 Corinthians 2:11 reads, "what man knowth the things at a Prayer of Manasseh , save the spirit of man which is in him." Others cannot fully examine someone's heart. This is an individual task between a man and Almighty God, who knows every man's heart and mind.

1 Corinthians 2:11, "For what man knoweth the things of a Prayer of Manasseh , save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no Prayer of Manasseh , but the Spirit of God."

Galatians 5:25 tells us to walk in the spirit. Thus, the context of this passage ( Galatians 5:26 to Galatians 6:10) tells us practical ways of how to walk in the spirit. Unfortunately, many believers err during times of temptation and are at fault with their sins. When one member errs, the others are to be led by the Spirit in an act of reconciliation. We should not rejoice at another's failure, but tremble lest we ourselves stumble. An attitude of meekness is needed in such a situation, since we ourselves have the potential to fall into sin, rather than despising and condemning the fallen with an attitude of believing we are above sin ( 1 Corinthians 10:12).

1 Corinthians 10:12, "Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall."

A test of our spirituality is how we react to other's failures. For example, Paul sorrowed and hurt in his heart for a lost and dying world ( Romans 9:2-3).

Romans 9:2-3, "That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh:"

Galatians 6:1Comments- Galatians 6:1 describes one aspect of the ministry of reconciliation. We read in Galatians 6:2, "Bear ye one another's burdens," and again in Galatians 6:5, "Bear your own burdens." Some people's burdens need assistance, but some things we must do ourselves. Therefore, two distinct Greek words are translated "burdens" in these two verses. The Greek word βά ρος (G 922) is used in Galatians 6:2, and φορτί ον (G 5413) in Galatians 6:5.

Galatians 6:3Comments- Pride was the deception that caused the brother in Galatians 6:1 to fall.

Galatians 6:6Word Study on "communicate"- BDAG says the Greek word "communicate" ( κοινωνέ ω) (G 2841) means, "to give a share."

Matthew 10:10, "Nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, neither shoes, nor yet staves: for the workman is worthy of his meat."

Luke 10:8, "And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you:"

1 Timothy 5:17, "Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine."

Galatians 6:7-8 — Sowing and Reaping- The context of Galatians 6:1-10 is about helping those believers who are weak in their faith ( Galatians 6:1-5); because is so doing, we so a seed for help in our times of weakness. When we sow into those who are strong leaders in teaching the Word of God ( Galatians 6:6), we reap a harvest of being established in the Word through their teaching ministry. Oral Roberts says, "If you have a need, plant a seed," and again, "Plant a seed out of your need." 114] Note these insightful words from Frances J. Roberts:

114] Oral Roberts, interviewed by Benny Hinn, This is Your Day, on Trinity Broadcasting Network (Santa Ana, California), television program.

"Whatsoever ye sow in your secret thought-life, that shall ye reap. Sow love and kindness, and ye shall be rewarded openly. Sow charity and forgiveness, and ye shall reap in kind. Sow generosity and gratitude, and ye shall never feel poor. Sow hope, and ye shall reap fulfillment. Sow praise, and ye shall reap joy and well-being and a strong faith. Sow bountifully, and ye shall reap bountifully. Sow! Ye shall see your seed and be satisfied." 115]

115] Frances J. Roberts, Come Away My Beloved (Ojai, California: King's Farspan, Inc, 1973), 93.

Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Galatians 6:7 — "for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap" - Comments- The word "whatsoever" reveals to us that everything we do in life is a form of sowing a seed. Each day that we make decisions and take actions is a form of sowing a seed that we will one day reap. For example, giving our finances is the seed for financial blessings; listening is the seed for learning; repentance is the seed to forgiveness.

Note these insightful words from Frances J. Roberts:

"Whatsoever ye sow in your secret thought-life, that shall ye reap. Sow love and kindness, and ye shall be rewarded openly. Sow charity and forgiveness, and ye shall reap in kind. Sow generosity and gratitude, and ye shall never feel poor. Sow hope, and ye shall reap fulfillment. Sow praise, and ye shall reap joy and well-being and a strong faith. Sow bountifully, and ye shall reap bountifully. Sow! Ye shall see your seed and be satisfied." 116]

116] Frances J. Roberts, Come Away My Beloved (Ojai, California: King's Farspan, Inc, 1973), 93.

Galatians 6:7Scripture Reference- Note a similar verse:

Proverbs 11:24-25, "There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty. The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself."

Galatians 6:8 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.

Galatians 6:8Comments- Galatians 6:1-10 places emphasis upon the physical realm. In this passage Paul asks the Galatians to practice acts of love as they direct our bodies. These actions lead a believer into a life of destruction, or eternal fellowship with the Father.

"For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption" - This phrase refers to living according to the works of the flesh, to be carnal-minded (i.e, fleshly-minded). Paul has just described this lifestyle in Galatisn Galatians 5:19-21. The result is death and hell.

"but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting" - This phrase refers to being spiritual-minded, walking according to the Word of God. This lifestyle is described in Galatian Galatians 5:21-22. As he fulfills the love walk towards his fellow man described in Galatians 6:1-6, he is sowing to the Spirit. If he does not walk in love towards his fellowman, he is walking according to the flesh.

Scripture References- Hosea has two similar verses:

Hosea 8:7, "For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk: the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up."

Hosea 10:12, "Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you."

Note a similar statement in:

Proverbs 10:16-17, "The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin. He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth."

Note:

Genesis 8:22, "While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease."

Galatians 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

Galatians 6:9 — "And let us not be weary in well doing" - Comments- This reflects an attitude of determination.

Galatians 6:9"for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not" - Comments- The Greek says, "in its season," with the pronoun "it" referring to the word "whatsoever" that we have sown ( Galatians 6:7). Different types of sowing take different times of reaping, just as in the natural. Different fruits and vegetables take different lengths of time to produce. In nature we observe that God has placed within every seed a time clock telling it which season it is destined to germinate and grow and produce fruit. There is a small flowering plant that grows at my mom's house every year. The violet will grow during the month of February, produce leaves, a flower and a seed. The plant then dies and is not seen again until the following year at the same time. This seed knows to lay dormant in the ground for an entire year. In a similar way, everything we sow does not automatically produce a harvest. We are relieved when something bad that we sow is not immediately seen. We are often disappointed when something good we have sown is not immediately bearing fruit. Be sure, every spiritual seed has a harvest time. Each type of sowing in the Spirit produces a different harvest. For example, sowing in finances produces financial prosperity. Sowing in physical health and good hygiene reaps good health. Sowing kindness produces responses of kindness from others.

Galatians 6:9Comments- It takes time to reap after we have sown a seed of money, giving, etc. Do not expect something to always happen immediately, though reaping sometimes comes quicker than expected. There is a palm tree growing in front of the Lighthouse Television studio. It appears to set dormant for months and then in literally a couple of days a new set of branches will sprout forth and grow at a rapid speed. Then the plant will again set dormant until it is time for the next set of branches to grow. If we had grown weary of watering and caring for this plant, then we would have missed its time of bearing fruit. Some plants in nature grow at a steady rate and visible to the eye, while others lie dormant and then explode with grown at a rapid rate. Both are destined to bear the fruit of their harvest when tended properly. This is the way life can be at times.

Galatians 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

Galatians 6:10Comments- Galatians 6:10 reveals to us that we are to treat our brethren in the Church with special care. We are to be more careful in how we treat them than in how we treat the world. It has been my experience that the quickest way to bring chastisement upon oneself is to mistreat a child of God and that believer cry out to God for help. It seems as if God is slower to bring judgment upon us when we offend a non-believer than when we offend a believer.

From a positive aspect of serving others, we find a special blessing when we serve in a local church in the ministry of helps. Yes, we can do good to our family and friends; but there is an anointing that God imparts to believers who endeavour to serve Him in the local church. People have argued that they can do as much good helping others in their community as they can by going to church and working under Church leadership. The answer is no, simply because the anointing is not the same as serving those of the household of faith. One of the great secrets that I discovered as a young man was to attend a local fellowship faithfully, read my Bible and pray daily, and finally become involved in my church's ministry of helps. This combination of Christian devotion will position a believer for God's blessings in a way that no lifestyle outside the church can offer.


Verses 11-18

Conclusion- Paul closes his letter to the Galatians with a final reminder of his apostleship over them ( Galatians 6:11-18). He reveals to them the selfish motive of his adversaries ( Galatians 6:12-13) and compares it to his selfless motive ( Galatians 6:14). He then gives a one sentence summary of his epistle by telling them that the important issue is not whether one is circumcised or not, but whether he is being molded and transformed into the image of Christ as a new creature ( Galatians 6:15). He gives a final blessing to those who adhere to his doctrine ( Galatians 6:16) and a final witness of his apostolic authority over them ( Galatians 6:17) before his benediction prayer ( Galatians 6:18).

Galatians 6:11 Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand.

Galatians 6:11Comments- Paul wrote his salutations with his own hand as a signature of authenticity just like we place our signature today at the end of a document ( 1 Corinthians 16:21, Colossians 4:18, 2 Thessalonians 3:17).

1 Corinthians 16:21, "The salutation of me Paul with mine own hand."

Colossians 4:18, "The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace be with you. Amen."

2 Thessalonians 3:17, "The salutation of Paul with mine own hand, which is the token in every epistle: so I write."

He may have written entire epistles as indicated in Philemon 1:19. When he did take the pen in his hand and add a few words, Goodspeed notes that they must have "looked large and awkward beside the swift, regular hand of the professional letter-writer," as implied in Galatians 6:11. 117]

117] Edgar J. Goodspeed, An Introduction to the New Testament (Chicago, Illinois: University Press, 1937) [on-line]; accessed 25 July 2003; available from http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/goodspeed; Internet, 5.

Philemon 1:19, "I Paul have written it with mine own hand, I will repay it: albeit I do not say to thee how thou owest unto me even thine own self besides."

Galatians 6:11, "Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand."

Regarding Paul's phrase "how large a letter" in Galatians 6:11, he may not be referring to the size of the letters, but rather to the fact that he wrote most or all of this epistle himself. However, there are indications in six of his epistles that Paul used an amanuensis to write most of his letters.

Romans 16:22, "I Tertius, who wrote this epistle, salute you in the Lord."

Galatians 6:12 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.

Galatians 6:12Comments- Galatians 6:12 summarizes the fact that Paul was dealing with those claimed to be Jewish "Christians" and who were compelling the Gentile Christians to become circumcised. He explains to the Galatians that they were attempting to display themselves in fleshly terms, but were not willing to bear persecution for the sake of the cross of Christ.

Galatians 6:13 For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.

Galatians 6:13Comments- Paul is saying in Galatians 6:13 that those who are compelling the Galatians to be circumcised are not doing it in order to keep the Law; for they themselves do not keep it. Rather, their motive is fleshly, hoping to become preeminent among the brethren.

Galatians 6:14 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.

Galatians 6:14 — "But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ" - We have all been guilty of boasting in our fleshly achievements. We have wanted others to look at us with acceptance, so we have tried to please them with our words. We have talked about our achievements in areas of society. We have exalted ourselves above the intelligence of others. As preachers, we have boasted in the mighty things that Christ has done through us. Rarely do we hear someone boasting in the Cross and the sacrifices that must be endured because of it. It is just such a testimony of the Cross in someone's life of their great sacrifice and suffering that leave us speechless and humbled before God. We read of Paul's boastings in his second epistle to the Corinthians of how he has endured hardships for Christ's sake. It is this type of boasting that penetrates the hearts of those we so desperately want to impress. All of our accomplishments are not to be compared to the times in which we have made great sacrifices for our Saviour. For when we boast in these, the world stands speechless.

Illustration- Shortly after the news media exposed his sin and after he repented, Jimmy Swaggart wrote his supporters and said that the Lord told him, "The cross is not for trophies, or victories, or winners, or success. The cross is for losers, for the sick, the suffering, the hurting, the sinful, the wicked. I will accept the wreckage, and I will put it back together, and I will mold it and make it in the image I desire." 118]

118] Jimmy Swaggart, "Monthly Partner Newsletter," February 1988 (Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Jimmy Swaggart Ministries).

Let me hear the testimony of Corrie ten Boom, who lost her family in the Jewish Holocaust and learned to forgive those same German officers who killed them; 119] or, tell me about Mother Teresa who sacrificed a life of marriage to minister to dying children for decades in a poor country. 120] When Dave Roever stands up to speak and I see his war-ravaged face which was partially destroyed when a phosphorus grenade blew up in his hand, I want to listen to his testimony of how he overcame this tragedy. 121] When a man called Terry Waites speaks, people listen, not because of the humanitarian projects he has accomplished, but rather, because he spent five years (1987-1991) as a hostage in Lebanon because of his commitment to his cause. 122] These are the testimonies that move us to listen.

119] Corrie ten Boom, The Hiding Place (New York: Random House, Inc, 1982).

120] Kathryn Spink, Mother Teresa: A Complete Authorized Biography (New York: HarperCollins, 1997).

121] Dave Roever, Roever and Associates, Fort Worth, Texas [on-line]; accessed 25 June 2010; available from http://www.daveroever.org; Internet.

122] Trevor Barnes, Terry Waite: Man with a Mission (London: Collins Fontana, 1987).

Galatians 6:14 "by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world" - Comments - Note the translation of BBE, "But far be it from me to have glory in anything, but only in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which this world has come to an end on the cross for me, and I for

it."

Galatians 6:14Comments- Listen to a poem about the cross written by Flossie Peterson Everett, 123]

123] Flossie Peterson Everett, How Do We Let Our Light Shine? (Wausau, Florida: unpublished poem, given to Gary Everett on 24December 1982).

"And how do we let our light shine that others may see the way?

It's only through the reflection of the Cross that we carry.

And yet, we pray, ‘Oh Lord, take away this burden from me,

And give me my this and my that.'

But it all belongs to You, the whole earth and the fullness thereof.

And what we have is only lent to us.

For naked we came into this world and naked we shall return.

And so if anyone has this world's goods and sees his brother have need,

There is a woe passed upon him.

The whole world is looking to see the Cross, let it be seen in me."

Note these insightful words from Sadhu Sundar Singh regarding the Cross.

"The cross is like a walnut whose outer rind is bitter, but the inner kernel is pleasant and invigorating. So the cross does not offer any charm of outward appearance, but to the cross-bearer its true character is revealed, and he finds in it the choicest sweets of spiritual peace." 124]

124] Sadhu Sundar Singh, At the Master's Feet, translated by Arthur Parker (London: Fleming H. Revell Co, 1922) [on-line], accessed 26 October 2008, available from http://www.ccel.org/ccel/singh/feet.html; Internet, "V The Cross and the Mystery of Suffering," section 1, part 6.

Galatians 6:15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.

Galatians 6:14-15Comments- The Secondary Theme of Galatians Reflecting in Paul's Closing Statements- Galatians 6:14-15 reflects the secondary theme of this epistle. Under the foundational theme of the doctrine of justification by faith in Jesus Christ, Galatians teaches us how Jesus Christ has delivered us from the bondages of this world ( Galatians 1:4). Man's role is to walk as "a new creature" in Christ in order to partake of his liberties in Christ ( Galatians 6:15). The epistle of Galatians teaches us how to walk in the freedom that Christ Jesus has provided for us being led by the Spirit as new creatures in Christ. This epistle leads us into a lifestyle of freedom as we serve the Lord.

Galatians 6:16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.

Galatians 6:16Comments- What Old Testament verses and concepts gave Paul this unique New Testament phrase, "the Israel of God"? Perhaps Romans 9:6-9 refers to this concept, which explains that from Isaac comes the children of promise.

Romans 9:6-9, "Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel: Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. That Isaiah , They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed. For this is the word of promise, At this time will I come, and Sara shall have a son."

Earlier in this epistle to the Galatians , Paul compares Isaac's child of promise to Hagar's child of the flesh ( Galatians 4:28-31).

Galatians 4:23, "But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise."

Note the Old Testament reference that refers to the promise and the bondwoman:

Genesis 21:12, "And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called."

Galatians 6:17 From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.

Galatians 6:17"for I bear in my body the marks to the Lord Jesus" - Comments- Note Colossians 1:24. Some scholars believe Galatians 6:17 is a reference to Paul's scars of persecutions. The AmpBible adds, "the wounds, scars and other outward evidence of persecutions." Paul makes a similar reference in Colossians 1:24, "Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body"s sake, which is the church:"

Paul discusses some of the occasions of receiving these scars in his second epistle to the Corinthians.

2 Corinthians 11:23-27, "Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness."

In his book The Final Quest, Rick Joyner is told that in heaven we will be able to see the wounds of Jesus, and not only His wounds, but the scars that all of His chosen ones have taken for His sake. These are the medals of honor in heaven. He is told that we will carry these glorious scars forever, as Jesus does. It shows that all who carry them love God and His truth more than their own lives. He goes on to say that true leaders of God's people, who carry genuine spiritual authority, will first prove their devotion in this way, through suffering for His name sake. 125]

125] Rick Joyner, The Final Quest (Charlotte, North Carolina: Morning Star Publications, 1977), 80.

It is also interesting to note that under the Mosaic Law, a slave bore the marks inflicted by his master as an outward sign of an inward commitment to that master ( Exodus 21:5-6, Deuteronomy 15:16-17).

Exodus 21:5-6, "And if the servant shall plainly say, I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free: Then his master shall bring him unto the judges; he shall also bring him to the door, or unto the door post; and his master shall bore his ear through with an aul; and he shall serve him for ever."

Deuteronomy 15:16-17, "And it shall be, if he say unto thee, I will not go away from thee; because he loveth thee and thine house, because he is well with thee; Then thou shalt take an aul, and thrust it through his ear unto the door, and he shall be thy servant for ever. And also unto thy maidservant thou shalt do likewise."

Galatians 6:18 Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

Galatians 6:18 — "Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit" - Comments (1) - In a similar way that the early apostles were instructed by Jesus to let their peace come upon the home of their host ( Matthew 10:13), so did Paul the apostle open every one of his thirteen New Testament epistles with a blessing of God's peace and grace upon his readers. Matthew 10:13 shows that you can bless a house by speaking God"s peace upon it.

Matthew 10:13, "And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you."

This practice of speaking blessings upon God's children may have its roots in the Priestly blessing of Numbers 6:22-27, where God instructed Moses to have the priests speak a blessing upon the children of Israel. Now Paul closes his epistle to the Galatians by restating the blessing that he opened his epistle with in Galatians 1:3.

Comments (2) - In Galatians 6:18 Paul basically commends them into the hands of the Lord Jesus Christ, in much the same way that he did in the book of Acts. We find this statement at the end of all of Paul's epistles.

Acts 14:23, "And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed."

Acts 20:32, "And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified."

Galatians 6:18 — "Amen" - Comments- In the Textus Receptus the word "Amen" is attached to the end of all thirteen of Paul's epistles, as well as to the Gospels of Matthew and Mark , and to the General Epistles of Hebrews , 1,2Peter, 1,2John, and to the book of Revelation. However, because "Amen" is not supported in more ancient manuscripts many scholars believe that this word is a later liturgical addition. For example, these Pauline benedictions could have been used by the early churches with the added "Amen."

 


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