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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Galatians Chapter 6 

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Paul
Date Penned: (49 AD)
Overview: Paul Refutes the Judaizers (c 1-6)
Theme: Freedom of the Gospel (c 5-6)
Message: Sowing and Reaping  (v 1-18)

Galatians 6 Commentary

(6:1-10) We Reap what we Sow - The flow of thought from chapter 5 to chapter 6 reminds us that the original letter that Paul wrote had no breaks. In the last verses assigned to chapter 5, Paul had already begun to urge the Galatians to express the “fruit of the Spirit” in their relationships. In 5:25-26, Paul offered practical counsel for living “by the Spirit: keeping in step with the Spirit on the one hand while avoiding pride and envy on the other. In this section, Paul spelled out in practical terms what a “life in the Spirit” should look like.

(6:11-18) Paul's Final Advice - We can hardly imagine how Paul felt as he dictated this letter. Perhaps he took up the parchment and reread his arguments and instructions. Some time may have passed since the original dictation. The letter was complete, but Paul decided to add some final thoughts, shaping the words in large and forceful movements of the pen and praying that this letter would be used by God to get his Galatian brothers and sisters to the truth. He left the Galatians with a strong word-picture of the cross of Jesus Christ. The decision that faced his readers was not really between two competing voices of authority; rather, the choice was between denying the Cross or finding through it the only true way of life.


Dave Burnette's Life Application

Sowing and Reaping

Each day 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.


Galatians 6

Galatians 6

 1Brethren, 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.

 3For 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 another.

 5For every man shall bear his own burden.

 6Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.

 7Be 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.

 9And 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.

 11Ye 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.

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

 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.