Matthew Henry's Commentary
xhortations to meekness, gentleness, and humility. (1-5) To kindness towards all men, especially believers. (6-11) The Galatians
guarded against the judaizing teachers. (12-15) A solemn blessing. (16-18)
We are to bear one another's burdens. So we shall fulfil the law of Christ. This obliges to mutual forbearance and compassion
towards each other, agreeably to his example. It becomes us to bear one another's burdens, as fellow-travellers. It is very
common for a man to look upon himself as wiser and better than other men, and as fit to dictate to them. Such a one deceives
himself; by pretending to what he has not, he puts a cheat upon himself, and sooner or later will find the sad effects. This
will never gain esteem, either with God or men. Every one is advised to prove his own work. The better we know our own hearts
and ways, the less shall we despise others, and the more be disposed to help them under infirmities and afflictions. How light
soever men's sins seem to them when committed, yet they will be found a heavy burden, when they come to reckon with God about
them. No man can pay a ransom for his brother; and sin is a burden to the soul. It is a spiritual burden; and the less a man
feels it to be such, the more cause has he to suspect himself. Most men are dead in their sins, and therefore have no sight
or sense of the spiritual burden of sin. Feeling the weight and burden of our sins, we must seek to be eased thereof by the
Saviour, and be warned against every sin.
Verses 6-11: Many excuse themselves
from the work of religion, though they may make a show, and profess it. They may impose upon others, yet they deceive themselves
if they think to impose upon God, who knows their hearts as well as actions; and as he cannot be deceived, so he will not
be mocked. Our present time is seed time; in the other world we shall reap as we sow now. As there are two sorts of sowing,
one to the flesh, and the other to the Spirit, so will the reckoning be hereafter. Those who live a carnal, sensual life,
must expect no other fruit from such a course than misery and ruin. But those who, under the guidance and influences of the
Holy Spirit, live a life of faith in Christ, and abound in Christian graces, shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. We
are all very apt to tire in duty, particularly in doing good. This we should carefully watch and guard against. Only to perseverance
in well-doing is the reward promised. Here is an exhortation to all to do good in their places. We should take care to do
good in our life-time, and make this the business of our lives. Especially when fresh occasions offer, and as far as our power
Verses 12-15: Proud, vain, and carnal hearts, are content with
just so much religion as will help to keep up a fair show. But the apostle professes his own faith, hope, and joy; and that
his principal glory was in the cross of Christ. By which is here meant, his sufferings and death on the cross, the doctrine
of salvation by a crucified Redeemer. By Christ, or by the cross of Christ, the world is crucified to the believer, and he
to the world. The more we consider the sufferings of the Redeemer from the world, the less likely shall we be to love the
world. The apostle was as little affected by its charms, as a beholder would be by any thing which had been graceful in the
face of a crucified person, when he beholds it blackened in the agonies of death. He was no more affected by the objects around
him, than one who is expiring would be struck with any of the prospects his dying eyes might view from the cross on which
he hung. And as to those who have truly believed in Christ Jesus, all things are counted as utterly worthless compared with
him. There is a new creation; old things are passed away, and new views and dispositions are brought in under the regenerating
influences of God the Holy Spirit. Believers are brought into a new world, and being created in Christ Jesus unto good works,
are formed to a life of holiness. It is a change of mind and heart, whereby we are enabled to believe in the Lord Jesus, and
to live to God; and where this inward, practical religion is wanting, outward professions, or names, will never stand in any
Verses 16-18: A new creation to the image of Christ, as showing
faith in him, is the greatest distinction between one man and another, and a blessing is declared on all who walk according
to this rule. The blessings are, peace and mercy. Peace with God and our conscience, and all the comforts of this life, as
far as they are needful. And mercy, an interest in the free love and favour of God in Christ, the spring and fountain of all
other blessings. The written word of God is the rule we are to go by, both in its doctrines and precepts. May his grace ever
be with our spirit, to sanctify, quicken, and cheer us, and may we always be ready to maintain the honour of that which is
indeed our life. The apostle had in his body the marks of the Lord Jesus, the scars of wounds from persecuting enemies, for
his cleaving to Christ, and the doctrine of the gospel. The apostle calls the Galatians his brethren, therein he shows his
humility and his tender affection for them; and he takes his leave with a very serious prayer, that they might enjoy the favour
of Christ Jesus, both in its effects and in its evidences. We need desire no more to make us happy than the grace of our Lord
Jesus Christ. The apostle does not pray that the law of Moses, or the righteousness of works, but that the grace of Christ,
might be with them; that it might be in their hearts and with their spirits, quickening, comforting, and strengthening them:
to all which he sets his Amen; signifying his desire that so it might be, and his faith that so it would be.
Sowing and Reaping
we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications
can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book ofGalatians with Chapter 6 and
in our text we see the principle of sowing and reaping as Paul explains that what we invest in will reap a harvest of that
investment. In making application we see this same principle today as we too reap what we sow and the harvest is on God's
time table. Today we want everything in an instant but we will reap what we sow in the Lord's timing. How about you? Do you
see the principle of sowing and reaping? Let us learn from our text today and Paul Reminding us of this Biblical principle
that tells us that we reap what we sow whether it be of the Flesh or of the Spirit.
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.
2Bear ye one another's
burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
4But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in
5For every man shall bear his own
6Let him that is taught in the word
communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.
not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
8For 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.
let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
10As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto
them who are of the household of faith.
see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand.
12As 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.
neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your
14But 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.
15For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision,
but a new creature.
16And as many as walk
according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.
17From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.
18Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.