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25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not be desirous of vain-glory, provoking one another,
envying one another.
25 tions and lusts thereof. If our life then (our flesh hav
ing been crucified) be, as we profess, by the Spirit, whereby we are alive from that state of sin, we were
dead in before, let us regulate our lives and actions by 26 the light and dictates of the Spirit. Let us not be led,
by an itch of vain-glory, to provoke one another, or to enry one another!
Saviour, calls “Crucifying the old man," Rom. vi. 6. Crucifying the flesh, here. “ Putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, Col. ii. 11. Putring off the old
man, Eph. iv. 22. Col. iii. 8, 9. It is also called, Mortifying the members " which are on earth, Col. iii. 5. Mortifying the deeds of the body," Rom. viii. 13.
26 ' Whether the vain-glory and envying, here, were about their spiritual gifts, a fault which the corinthians were guilty of, as we may see at large, 1 Cor. xii. 13, 14. or upon any other occasion, and so contained'in ver. 26. of this chapter ; I shall not curiously examine : either way, the sense of the words will be rnuch the same, and accordingly this verse must end the 5th, or begin the 6th chapter.
CHAP. VI. 1–5.
HE here exhorts the stronger to gentleness and meekness
towards the weak.
TEXT. 1 BRETHREN, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; consider
ing thyself, lest thou also be tempted. 2 Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. 3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing,
he deceiveth himself. 4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have re
joicing in himself alone, and not in another. 3 For every man shall bear his own burden.
PARAPHRASE. 1 BRETHREN, if a man, by frailty or surprise, fall into
a fault, do you, who are eminent in the church for knowledge, practice, and gifts “, raise him up again, and set him right, with gentleness and meekness, considering that
you yourselves are not out of the reach of temptations. 2 Bear with one another’s infirmities, and help to support
each other under your burdens, and so fulfil the law of 3 Christ. For if any one be conceited of himself, as if he
were something, a man of weight, fit to prescribe to others, 4 when indeed he is not, he deceiveth himself. But let him
take care that what he himself doth be right, and such as
will bear the test, and then he will have matter of glory5 ing“ in himself, and not in another. For every one shall
be accountable only for his own actions.
NOTES. 1. Onevpaloxo, Spiritual, in 1 Cor. iii. 1. and xii. 1. taken together, has this sense.
20 See a parallel exhortation, 1 Thess. v. 14, which will give light to this, as also Roin. xv. 1.
< See John xiii. 34, 35. and xiv. 2. There were some among them very zealous for the observation of the law of Moses : St. Paul, here, puts them in mind of a law which they were under, and were obliged to observe, viz. " the " law of Christ." And he shows them how to do it, viz. by helping to bear one another's burdens, and not increasing their burdens, by the observances of the levitical law. Though the gospel contain the law of the kingdom of Christ, yet I do not remember that St. Paul any where calls it “the law of Christ," but in this place; where he mentions it, in opposition to those, who thought a law so necessary, that they would retain that of Moses, under the gospel.
4 ¢ Kabxnua, I think, should have been translated here, 'Glorying, as Kauxhowlar is, ver. 13. the apostle, in both places, meaning the same thing, viz. glorying in another, in having brought him to circumcision, and other ritual observances of the mosaical law. For thus St. Paul scems to me to discourse, in this section : “ Brethren, there be some among you, that would bring others “ under the ritual observances of the mosaical law, a yoke, which was too NOTE. « heavy for us and our fathers to bear. They would do much better to ease the “ burdens of the weak; this is suitable to the law of Christ, which they are is under, and is the law, which they ought strictly to obey. If they think, be" cause of their spiritual gifts, that they have power to prescribe in such mat“ ters, I tell them that they have not, but do deceive themselves. Let them " rather take care of their own particular actions, that they be right, and such i
as they ought to be. This will give them matter of glorying in themselves, “ and not vainly in others, as they do, when they prevail with them to be cir« cumcised. For every man shall be answerable for his own actions." Let the reader judge, whether this does not seem to be St. Paul's view here, and suit with his way of writing.
'Exauy xaúxemua is a phrase whereby St. Paul signifies “ to have matter of glorying," and to that sense it is rendered, Rom. iv. 2.
CIAP. VI. 6 10.
CONTEXTS. St. Paul having laid some restraint upon the authority and forwardness of the teachers, and leading men amongst them, who were, as it seems, more ready to impose on the galatians what they should not, than to help them forward in the practice of gospel-obedience; he here takes care of them, in respect of their maintenance, and exhorts the galatians to liberality towards thein, and, in general, towards all men, especially christians.
TEXT. 6 Let him, that is taught in the word, communicate unto him that
teacheth in all good things. 7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man
soweth, that shall he also reap.
PARAPHRASE. 6 Let him, that is taught the doctrine of the gospel, freely
communicate the good things of this world to him that hoy teaches him. Be not deceived, God will not be mocked; TEXT. 8 For he that soweth to his ftesh, shall of the flesh reap corrup
tion; but he that soweth to the Spirit, shall of the Spirit reap
life everlasting. 9 And let us not be weary in well-doing; for in due season we
shall reap, if we faint not. 10 As we have, therefore, opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially into them who are of the houshold of faith.
PARAPHRASE. 8 for, as a man soweth“, so also shall he reap. He, that
lays out the stock of good things he has, only for the satisfaction of his own bodily necessities, conveniences, or pleasurés, shall
, at the harvest; find the fruit and product of such husbandry to be corruption and perishing.. But he, that lays out his worldly substance, according
to the rules dictated by the Spirit of God in the gospel, 9 shall, of the Spirit, reap life everlasting. In doing thus,
what is good and right, let us not wax weary; for, in due season, when the time of harvest comes, we shall
reap, if we continue on to do good, and flag not. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunities, let us do good
unto all men, especially to those who profess faith in Jesus Christ, i.e. the christian religion.
NOTES. 7a Soweth. A metaphor used by St. Paul, for men's laying out their worldly goods. See 2 Cor. ix. 6, &c.
8. Rom. viii. 13. and ii. 12.
CHAP. VI. 11–18.
may see what lay upon St. Paul's mind, in writing to the galatians, by what he inculcates to them here, even after he had finished his letter. The like we have in the last chapter to the romans. He here winds up all with admonitions to the galatians, of a different end and aim they had, to get the galatians circumcised, from what he had in preaching the gospel.
TEXT. 11 You see how large a letter I have written unto you, with mine
own hand, 12 As many as desire to make a fair show in the flesh, they con
strain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer per.
secution for the cross of Christ. 1s For neither they themselves, who are circumcised, keep the
law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory
in your flesh. 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.
PARAPHRASE. 11 You see how long a letter I have writ to you with my 12 own hand'. They, who are willing to carry it so fairly
in the ritual part of the law, and to make ustentation of their compliance therein, constrain you to be circumcised, only to avoid persecution, for owning their de
pendence for salvation solely on a crucitied Messiah, 13 and not on the observance of the law. For even they
themselves, who are circumcised, do not keep the law. But they will have you to be circumcised, that this mark in your filesh may afford them matter of glorying, and
of recommending themselves to the good opinion of the 14 jews. But as for me, whatever may be said of me“,
God forbid that I should glory in any thing, but in having Jesus Christ, who was crucified, for my sole Lord and Master, whom I am to obey and depend on; which I so entirely do, without regard to any thing else, that I am wholly dead to the world, and the world dead
NOTES. 11 a St. Paul mentions the “ writing with his own hand," as an argument of his great concern for them in the case. For it was not usual for him to write his epistles with his own hand, but to dictate them to others, who writ them from his mouth. See Rom. xvi. 22. 1 Cor. xvi 21.
12 5“ In the flesh," i.e. in the ritual observances of the law, which Heb. ix. 10, are called doxasápala capxos.
13 c See chap. v. 11. 14 « See chap. v. 11.