Galatians 6* Exhortations to meekness, gentleness, and humility. (1-5) Tokindness towards all men, especially believers. (6-11) TheGalatians guarded against the judaizing teachers. (12-15) Asolemn blessing. (16-18)1-5 We are to bear one another's burdens. So we shall fulfilthe law of Christ. This obliges to mutual forbearance andcompassion towards each other, agreeably to his example. Itbecomes us to bear one another's burdens, as fellow-travellers.It is very common for a man to look upon himself as wiser andbetter than other men, and as fit to dictate to them. Such a onedeceives himself; by pretending to what he has not, he puts acheat upon himself, and sooner or later will find the sadeffects. This will never gain esteem, either with God or men.Every one is advised to prove his own work. The better we knowour own hearts and ways, the less shall we despise others, andthe more be disposed to help them under infirmities andafflictions. How light soever men's sins seem to them whencommitted, yet they will be found a heavy burden, when they cometo reckon with God about them. No man can pay a ransom for hisbrother; and sin is a burden to the soul. It is a spiritualburden; and the less a man feels it to be such, the more causehas he to suspect himself. Most men are dead in their sins, andtherefore have no sight or sense of the spiritual burden of sin.Feeling the weight and burden of our sins, we must seek to beeased thereof by the Saviour, and be warned against every sin. 6-11 Many excuse themselves from the work of religion, thoughthey may make a show, and profess it. They may impose uponothers, yet they deceive themselves if they think to impose uponGod, who knows their hearts as well as actions; and as he cannotbe deceived, so he will not be mocked. Our present time is seedtime; in the other world we shall reap as we sow now. As thereare two sorts of sowing, one to the flesh, and the other to theSpirit, so will the reckoning be hereafter. Those who live acarnal, sensual life, must expect no other fruit from such acourse than misery and ruin. But those who, under the guidanceand influences of the Holy Spirit, live a life of faith inChrist, and abound in Christian graces, shall of the Spirit reaplife everlasting. We are all very apt to tire in duty,particularly in doing good. This we should carefully watch andguard against. Only to perseverance in well-doing is the rewardpromised. Here is an exhortation to all to do good in theirplaces. We should take care to do good in our life-time, andmake this the business of our lives. Especially when freshoccasions offer, and as far as our power reaches. 12-15 Proud, vain, and carnal hearts, are content with just somuch religion as will help to keep up a fair show. But theapostle professes his own faith, hope, and joy; and that hisprincipal glory was in the cross of Christ. By which is heremeant, his sufferings and death on the cross, the doctrine ofsalvation by a crucified Redeemer. By Christ, or by the cross ofChrist, the world is crucified to the believer, and he to theworld. The more we consider the sufferings of the Redeemer fromthe world, the less likely shall we be to love the world. Theapostle was as little affected by its charms, as a beholderwould be by any thing which had been graceful in the face of acrucified person, when he beholds it blackened in the agonies ofdeath. He was no more affected by the objects around him, thanone who is expiring would be struck with any of the prospectshis dying eyes might view from the cross on which he hung. Andas to those who have truly believed in Christ Jesus, all thingsare counted as utterly worthless compared with him. There is anew creation; old things are passed away, and new views anddispositions are brought in under the regenerating influences ofGod the Holy Spirit. Believers are brought into a new world, andbeing created in Christ Jesus unto good works, are formed to alife of holiness. It is a change of mind and heart, whereby weare enabled to believe in the Lord Jesus, and to live to God;and where this inward, practical religion is wanting, outwardprofessions, or names, will never stand in any stead. 16-18 A new creation to the image of Christ, as showing faithin him, is the greatest distinction between one man and another,and a blessing is declared on all who walk according to thisrule. The blessings are, peace and mercy. Peace with God and ourconscience, and all the comforts of this life, as far as theyare needful. And mercy, an interest in the free love and favourof God in Christ, the spring and fountain of all otherblessings. The written word of God is the rule we are to go by,both in its doctrines and precepts. May his grace ever be withour spirit, to sanctify, quicken, and cheer us, and may wealways be ready to maintain the honour of that which is indeedour life. The apostle had in his body the marks of the LordJesus, the scars of wounds from persecuting enemies, for hiscleaving to Christ, and the doctrine of the gospel. The apostlecalls the Galatians his brethren, therein he shows his humilityand his tender affection for them; and he takes his leave with avery serious prayer, that they might enjoy the favour of ChristJesus, both in its effects and in its evidences. We need desireno more to make us happy than the grace of our Lord JesusChrist. The apostle does not pray that the law of Moses, or therighteousness of works, but that the grace of Christ, might bewith them; that it might be in their hearts and with theirspirits, quickening, comforting, and strengthening them: to allwhich he sets his Amen; signifying his desire that so it mightbe, and his faith that so it would be.
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