Paid Teachers?

“One who is taught the word must share all good things with the one who teaches.” (Gal. 6:6) Paul changes the subject and now is addressing the concept of providing for the means of spreading the gospel. It may seem odd in a way since Paul was not interested in taking a salary but chose […]

Every Tub on Its Own Bottom

“For each will have to bear his own load.” (Gal. 6:5) Perhaps you heard the title of this verse’s comments before. I heard it a lot as a young person. It’s how people shared this verse. It was one of many “chimney corner scriptures.” When someone said that every tub had to sit on its […]

Compare Yourself With Yourself

“But let each one test his own work, and his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor.” (Gal. 6:4) Paul is pointing out the danger of boasting that we are “not like others” rather than comparing ourselves with how we are living the Christian life. Sure, the spiritual brother […]

Self-Deception

“For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.” (Gal. 6:3) This is a possibility for anyone who is saved by grace and involved in doing good works. The problem of grace for many is that it is just that. Unmerited, undeserved and an absolute gift. We simply do not […]

Fulfilling the Law

“Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ.” (Gal. 6:2) Christians are constantly being reminded by Paul that they are not keepers of the law but fulfillers. Just as Jesus fulfilled the old law, Christians are to fulfill the law of Christ. This is a departure in the use of the word […]

Restoring a Brother or Sister

“Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.” (Gal. 6:1) By caught, Paul is not implying “seeing in the act,” but rather that the transgressor is imprisoned by the sin. Caught up in the […]

Conceited Christians?

“Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.” (Gal. 5:26) So ends chapter five. It seems disconnected in a way from the main argument. But there is a danger of Christian conceit isn’t there. We could start boasting on how we have the Spirit and how we’re saved by grace and how […]

Living and Walking

“If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.” (Gal. 5:25) This verse and the next offer us that choice again. In this verse, we are asked to live and walk by the Spirit. We are to let the Holy Spirit that lives in us because of grace direct our lives. […]

Crucify the Flesh

“And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” (Gal. 5:24) How does one come to belong to Jesus? He has to crucify the flesh. He has to destroy the old man. That old man is a man of flesh and as such lives in passion and desire. […]

Fruit of the Spirit

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control against such things there is no law.” (Gal. 5:22-23) As Paul has done throughout this letter he polarizes the results of living in and out of Christ. The law promotes one kind of life, life in the flesh while […]