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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, 8 For he that soweth to his flesh, shall of the flesh reap corruption;

but he that soweth to the Spirit, shall of the Spirit reap life ever

lasting. 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 unto them who are of the household of faith.

PARAPHRASE. 6 Let him, that is taught the doctrine of the Gospel, freely com

municate the good things of this world to him that teaches 7 him. Be not deceived, God will not be mocked; for, as a 8 man sowetha, 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 pleasures, shall, at the harvest, find the fruit and product of such husbandry to be corruption and perishing b. But he, that lays out his worldly

substance according to the rules dictated by the Spirit of God 9 in the Gospel, 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 10 reap, if we continue on to do good, and flag not. 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. 7 a Soweth. A metaphor used by St. Paul, for men's laying out their worldly

goods. See 2 Cor. ix. 6, &c. 8 1 Rom. viii. 13, and ii. 12.


CHAPTER VI. 11-18.

CONTENTS. ONE 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 constrain

you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for

the cross of Christ. 13 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. 15 For, in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor

uncircumcision, but a new creature.

my own

PARAPHRASE. 11 You see how long a letter I have writ to


with 12 handa. They, who are willing to carry it so fairly in the

ritual part of the lawb, and to make ostentation of their compliance therein, constrain you to be circumcised, only to avoid persecution, for owning their dependence for salvation solely

on a crucified Messiah, and not on the observance of the law. 13 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 flesh may afford them matter of glorying, and of

recommending themselves to the good opinion of the Jews o. 14 But for me, whatever

may be said of med, 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 to me, and it has no more influence on me, than 15 if it were not. For, as to the obtaining a share in the king

dom of Jesus Christ, and the privileges and advantages of it, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision, such outward differ


NOTES. 11 - 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 b“ In the flesh,” i. e. in the ritual observances of the law, which Heb. ix. 10,

are called δικαιώματα σαρκος. . 13 See chap. v. 11. 14 Ibid.

TEXT. 16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy,

and upon the Israel of God. 17 From henceforth let no man trouble me; for I bear in my body the

marks of the Lord Jesus. 18 Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

Unto the Galatians, written from Rome.

PARAPHRASE. ences in the flesh, avail any thing, but the new creation,

wherein by a thorough change a man is disposed to righteous16 ness, and true holiness, in good works®. *And on all those,

who walk by this rule, viz. that it is the new creation alone, and not circumcision, that availeth under the Gospel, peace

and mercy shall be on them, they being that Israel, which are 17 truly the people of God'. From henceforth, let no man give

me trouble by questions, or doubt whether I preach circumcision or no. It is true, I am circumcised. But yet the marks I now bear in my body are the marks of Jesus Christ, that I am his. The marks of the stripes, which I have received from the Jews, and which I still bear in my body for preaching

Jesus Christ, are an evidence that I am not for circumcision. 18 “ Brethren, the favour of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your

spirit.” Amen.

NOTES. 15 . See Eph. ii. 10, and iv. 24. 16 'St. Paul having, in the foregoing verse, asserted, that it is the new creation

alone, that puts men into the kingdom of Christ, and into the possession of the privileges thereof, this verse may be understood also, as assertory, rather than as a prayer, unless there were a verb, that expressed it; especially considering, that he writes his epistle to encourage them to refuse circumcision. To which end, the assuring them, that those, who do so, shall have peace and mercy from God, is of more force than to tell them, that he prays that they may have peace and mercy. And, for the same reason, I understand “the Israel of God" to be the same with “ those, who walk by this rule,” though joined with them, by the copulative xal, and; no very unusual way of speaking.







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