What does God call doing good? Galatians 6
There is a lot of “good” going around in the world through unbelievers and through the family of believers. What does God call “doing good” to all people, an especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s’ burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, for each one should carry his own load.
Paul is clearly talking to the “brothers and sisters in the church”,
“If someone is caught in a sin”
This does not mean people go “looking for sin” or looking to find “fault” in everyone. This is when someone is “caught” in sin. When God has placed someone in front of you, whether they are in the world, or in his church and their sin has been exposed He is giving you the opportunity to help them through Christ because you are in the Spirit and can discern, or judge correctly. You do not go looking for sin, He reveals the persons sin to you. We are being made "fishers of men".He is giving you the opportunity to restore that person through His Spirit.We are God's "fishermen".
"You who are spiritual should restore him gently”
Obviously when someone is “caught in a sin” he clearly needs to be restored, and through the Spirit of God this will always begin gently, whether it ends as gently as it begins depends solely on the one being restored. Only the Holy Spirit of God speaking through and walking through a person can restore another person according to His grace and mercy, and the measure He determines.
We do not need to be as stubborn as the Paraphrase's against God and Jesus when someone clearly is trying to restore us through Christ. Paul asked the Corinthian church, "which do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a whip, or in love and with a gentle spirit? A natural human being cannot restore another natural human being. That would be the blind leading the blind. A person has to have the Spirit of God fully manifested in them before they can understand the word, teach, and restore another soul gently. This does not mean "timid" or sugar coated with honey and spice and all that is nice. We who are "Spiritual" are "salt" of the earth, which brings His truth out so all can receive Him. This means through the truth, grace and favor from God from the Cross all can be saved. This is why Paul tells the church, only those who are “Spiritual” made "fishermen" through Christ, can restore another who is “caught” in sin. This is why Jesus told his disciples "I will make you fishers of men", we do not make ourselves fishermen.
"But watch yourself, or you also will be tempted.
Now we know the person who was caught in the sin, and this includes us when we are caught, was tempted by the devil to commit that sin, but Paul warns the “spiritual” who are helping to restore the one caught in sin to watch themselves in Christ or they too will be tempted and caught. This means they were once caught in sin, and only through focusing on Christ can anyone defeat the power of temptation to resist sin. This goes for the one restoring"fishermen" as much as it goes for the one that as been caught in sin.
Galatians 6:2“Carry each other’s burdens”
This is God’s beautiful way of sharing with others their struggles with sin through the Spirit of God. If someone, including myself is “caught in a sin” I expect for my brothers and sisters to restore me as I restore them, gently through the Spirit of truth. No offense will be taken because no flesh should be present, only Spirit restoring the Spirit. This means all his believers are fishers of men who are spiritual, and each one should be willing to share in one another's struggle with sin. This does not mean we accept the sin, but be willing to not wavier from the truth in helping build one another up in faith to the fullness of Christ and His righteousness that can defeat all sin.
This is how we fulfill the law, “Love others has I have loved you” through the Spirit of truth. He is the only one that can love us through His Spirit and word of truth that restore us! Not all will want to be restored by Him being their Lord, and not all will come to His light because they love the darkness, and because they are being deceived by Satan. Those who are in Christ should be repenting, forgiving, sharing his word and truth, and being obedient together. This is how the Spirit works in all people.
Galatians 6:3“If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself”
God is telling the church through Paul when you restore someone it truly is God doing the restoring through you. It is not about what man is doing, saying, loving, and teaching. Today the modern church has gotten away from the Spirit doing all through a person. They understand the "in" a person message, but they do not finish the work of Christ by understanding how he works through a person. Most Christians do not even think about God speaking to them through a person, they have their eyes on themselves and others. The message of the cross is about Him and Him alone doing it, saying it, teaching it, and loving as a person is restored or restoring someone else. We have to understand his working out as much as His working in, for his purpose of building up His Kingdom, not for building up ourselves, or condemning ourselves or others in any way.
Sadly most Christians do not receive this understanding when someone is "caught" in sin by a "Spiritual" brother or sister. They automatically get offended as if that person is judging them to condemn them when it is God trying to restore them to repentance. The one being restored can show their lack of humbleness toward God just as much as the one who is "Spiritual" can show their pride while restoring them.
Paul is warning the church when they start thinking they are someone who does all this themselves, when they are nothing. The restorer, nor the one being restored. Many Christians because of pride will begin to resist his truth, twist his words, and create Jesus in their own image instead of letting Him create them in His. Jesus explains what Paul is saying to us through using the vine and branches as an example.
John 15:5 "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
The people that only see man working in, and working through another person are the people who deceive themselves. The humble in Christ know their wisdom comes only from Him, and His word through the Spirit of God, and they only have His grace that keeps them from sinning. They also know He works in them and through them for others, and they know if he works in them and through them He also works in and through others bearing His fruit for His Harvest. This is for all his children in Christ to benefit from for one another.
Those that are "Spiritual" die to themselves every day, and carry their cross everyday by all He gives them of Himself, as He was crucified once for all, they are crucified in themselves for His sake every day, as He was raised to live forever, they are also raised to live now forever in His presence. These are the ones that can restore others because they know He has restored them, and is doing the restoring through them for others as gently as He determines.
Galatians 6:4“Each one should test His own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else
How do we test our own actions? Do we compare ourselves with ourselves, or with others? Do we listen to man’s testimony about man, or do we test ourselves through the Spirit of Christ? Christ did not ever rely on man's testimony about himself, although he asked his disciples. This is for them to test their own actions, he already knew what they thought.
John 2:23 Now while he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many people saw the miraculous signs he was doing, and believed in his name. But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all men. He did not need man's testimony about man, for he knew what was in a man.
The only way we can test ourselves is through the Spirit of God by what He gives us through His Word. He will clearly let us know if our pride comes from ourselves making us who we are or from God alone by what He has given us through his Spirit and word. When we test ourselves through His wisdom of truth our answer will always be given, whether we listen and learn from Him is another story.
Galatians 6:5" for each one should carry his own load.”
This is Paul way of saying what Jesus said to us, “If anyone wants to be my disciple he must deny himself and carry his cross daily” our Cross that Christ gives each of us is our load. Our good is sharing whatever He gives us, spiritually, physically, and emotionally as we carry the cross, or “load” each one of us have been given in life. There should be evidence of his signs, wonders, and miracles of His Spirit changing someone in spirit, body, and soul by giving them all they need to carry whatever cross or load God has given them. This is the only way the “Spiritual” can restore a soul gently is by denying themselves, and only focusing on Him.
Galatians 6:8 The one who sows to please his sinful nature, (flesh) from that nature will rep destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
We all sow or “scatter seed” in many ways, and this goes for the believer as well as the unbeliever. We plant wisdom, thoughts, money, gifts, and love in many ways. Paul tells us to plant or sow properly in life is to sow to please the Spirit of God, from the Spirit of God, then we will reap eternal life. If we are sowing from our flesh nothing but destruction will be on our path. There will be confusion, pride, envy, malice, bitterness, worry, distress, and lack of His wisdom because we will not be sowing to please the Spirit. This calls for someone to answer the call of God from the Cross. Only can His Spirit restore a soul, and this is the good God calls Good that we share with all people.
Galatians 6:9"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."
God gives us some insight through Paul’s letter while we are on this journey of faith in Christ, being a true child of God, and staying on the narrow path weariness, and discouragement will tempt us to give up in many ways. Sowing His seed through the Spirit in a world that opposes Him will always bring about discouragement because we may not see any change in others we have planted the seed in. We are not reaping a Harvest as quick as we would like. This goes for planting His seed in the world as well as in the church.
People may not be repenting enough, and truly surrendering to Him as you did when He called you. This may get discouraging. They might ignore God's word. They might think your wisdom, words, and love comes from man and not God. They might remain infants in Christ for most of their lives.They might not be turning away from their sin. They might be accepting a sinful lifestyle. They could be putting others above Him. They do not want to read his word, nor do they crave it.They may not be hungry for Him, nor His righteousness. The fully mature Spiritual in Christ may not be reaping a harvest of Christians in their families, through their church ministry, or in the world as quickly as they had hoped. God tells us through Paul that we will at the proper time, God's time, if we do not give up!
Galatians 6:10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
God tells us here to continue to do good through Paul, don’t give up God says, as you have the opportunity to restore someone from sin continue to restore him gently that is God's opportunity given to you for His good work in the building up of His Kingdom. We do not know when they will surrender to God, and when we will reap His Harvest in His proper time for the building up of His Kingdom! We know by Paul’s journey he had to go through many trails building up God’s church, and most of those trials were caused by prosecution from the church as well as from the world, but He reaped a huge Harvest He could not see or count, and He still is through his letters each Christian learns from God.
God’s good is the Spirit of God working in us through the Cross, and through us He is spreading the good news restoring all who is caught in sin. By His Spirit continually dwelling in us we can reap a harvest for His Kingdom, and by His Spirit we will never give up restoring all people gently from sin!!
Today if you are living a life of sin, and this message "catches" your soul, body, and heart to see Jesus, repent of your sins, confess them, and change by surrendering all of yourself, body, soul, and spirit to Jesus, and He will restore you by His Spirit. You will be a new creature in Christ; the real you redeemed! Then you can begin his good work restoring other souls from sin, as He continues to restore you! We can begin helping, restoring, and reaping His harvest that bears fruit that will live forever!
His peace and love always!