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For every man shall bear his own burden.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

6:1 fault. The “fault” here is actually a “transgression”—that is, a willful sin. Assuming that the man involved is a Christian brother, those of his brethren who are walking in the Spirit should seek if possible to “restore” him. This word was used in secular writings to describe the resetting of broken bones. It should be done carefully and gently, as led by the Spirit (note I Corinthians 12:26). Even those who are “spiritual,” when dealing with fellow believers who are “carnal” Christians (I Corinthians 3:1), are in danger either of becoming tempted into similar sin or into self-righteous judgmentalism. “Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall” (I Corinthians 10:12).

6:2 burdens. There is a superficial contradiction between Galatians 6:2 (“bear ye one another’s burdens”) and Galatians 6:5 (“every man shall bear his own burden”). However, the Greek words are different. In verse 2, the word means “human frailties”; in verse 5, it means “responsibility.” That is, we should help one another as needed, but not depend on others to do what we can well do for ourselves.

6:2 law of Christ. “The law of Christ” is that of love (Galatians 5:14; John 13:34).

6:3 deceiveth himself. Note James 1:26. It is easily possible for a Christian, especially one who has achieved some eminence, either in the church or in a secular field, to “think of himself more highly than he ought to think” (Romans 12:3). Even Paul, however, thought of himself as chief of sinners (I Timothy 1:15), and had “nothing to glory of” (I Corinthians 9:16), except by the grace of God.

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