I participate in a Bible reading program with two other folks at my church in which we read one to two chapters a day, and exchange emails that reflect our comments on the reading. We will complete reading and commenting on the New Testament by the end of 2021.
I base the below four takeaways on my comments generated through this very beneficial reading program. Of course, additional takeaways exist.
A Restorer Must be Spiritual
First, Galatians 6:1a teaches gentle restoration. Galatians 6:1 (NASB95) reads:
1 Brethren, even if anyone is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted.
At times the people who try to restore don’t fit the qualification of, “you who are spiritual.” The NASB95 translates the Greek noun pneumatikos as “spiritual” and it means, “one who has received God’s Spirit and presumably lives in accordance with this relationship—‘one who is spiritual, one who has received the Spirit. See Louw, J. P., & Nida, E. A. (1996). Greek-English lexicon of the New Testament: based on semantic domains (electronic ed. of the 2nd edition., Vol. 1, p. 142). New York: United Bible Societies. The Logos 9 sense is of or characterized by the Holy Spirit, especially of the mature Christian life and its relation to the Holy Spirit.
A Believer Must Be On Guard for Their Spiritual Well-Being
Second, Galatians 6:1b teaches that a person needs to be on guard for themselves when it reads:
each one looking to yourself, so that you too will not be tempted.
Verse 1 in a couple of other translations reads:
Galatians 6:1 (NET) – 1 Brothers and sisters, if a person is discovered in some sin, you who are spiritual restore such a person in a spirit of gentleness. Pay close attention to yourselves, so that you are not tempted too.
Galatians 6:1 (HCSB) – 1 Brothers, if someone is caught in any wrongdoing, you who are spiritual should restore such a person with a gentle spirit, watching out for yourselves so you also won’t be tempted.
As shown by the use of “too” or “also,” this warning applies when trying to help restore someone. Often a disaster is waiting to happen when one who is not spiritual tries to restore someone “discovered in some sin” (NET).
Paul Taught the Validity of the Spiritual Principle of Sowing and Reaping
Third, by writing Galatians 6:7–10 (NASB95), Paul taught the principle of sowing and reaping:
7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9 Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. 10 So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.
This principle is self-explanatory.
A Believer’s Only Boasting Should be in the Cross of Jesus Christ
Fourth, Galatians 6:14 (NASB95) is a powerful statement about holy living when it reads:
14 But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
The Life Application Bible Commentary reads at p. 216:
The world is full of enticements. Daily we are confronted with subtle cultural pressures and overt propaganda. We may escape these destructive influences by asking God to crucify our interests in them, just as Paul did. How much do the interests of the world matter to you? (See 2:20 and 5:24 for more on this concept).
If You are Not Sure You Are Saved
Wouldn’t it be great if you could hook yourself up to a “salvation meter” that would show you for certain your eternal destiny? During my about 39 years of practicing patent law, I never ran across such a meter. And while no such “for certain” meter exists, I believe my new book The Salvation Meter: Biblical Self-Diagnostic Tests to Examine Your Salvation and Spiritual Growth is an effective vehicle for people to conduct a personal examination of their standing with God.
Against an explanation of the relevant biblical foundation using analytical skills I developed through my law practice, as well as through formal biblical training seminars, The Salvation Meter presents over thirty “tests of salvation” comprising detailed written interrogatories coupled with a unique Personal Salvation Assessment (PSA) to help a person self-diagnose their overall spiritual condition. Although the PSA is not a “for certain” diagnosis, it provides a person with a sense of where they are headed for eternity so they can take appropriate action.
By using The Salvation Meter, self-deceived unbelievers can come to appreciate their lost condition. They can then accept God’s gift of salvation and rejoice in the abundant life filled with new meaning and purpose now and for eternity.
By using The Salvation Meter, Christians who lack assurance of their salvation can gain full assurance. Then they can throw away their “spiritual wobble board” and live the victorious life of a confident believer reaping the wonderful blessings of knowing they are God’s children.
You can find out more about The Salvation Meter, as well as see the great cover design by my Pastor, Josh Mangrum of Fairview Community Church (Fairview, Tennessee), by going to any one of the bookseller websites listed at the end of this email.
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Please note that I have launched a website The Salvation Meter – Biblical Self-Diagnostic Tests to Examine Your Salvation and Spiritual Growth by which I will continuously update the substantive content of The Salvation Meter with more extensive exegetical material, updated discussion, teaching aids, and the like.
If You Know You are Not a Christian
If you are reading this post and are not a Christian, unless God intervenes, your eternal destination is hell. But, your destiny can change.
Today can be the day of your salvation. Please see my blog (https://stevebelsheim.com/2020/04/20/for-god-so-loves-you-2/) for a description of how you can be saved and a more concise description at my (https://stevebelsheim.com/2020/10/20/there-is-hope-even-when-there-seems-to-be-no-hope-2/ ).
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