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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).

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