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Galatians, Chapter Six, Lesson One

V. 1 (Cont'd.)

** Who is that?

It is the very ones that we have been discussing. Those who allow the Holy Spirit to control their lives and thereby see Him produce His fruit in them. cf. Galatians 5:16, 22-23

Paul's use of the phrase "you who are spiritual" is in direct contrast to those who call themselves Christians, but live fleshly or carnal lives. All see - 1Corinthians 3:1-3, Romans 15:1-4

Now back in Galatians 6:1

** When the "spiritual" Christian comes to the aid of his sinning brother, what is it that he is supposed to do?

"...restore such a one..." Remember, that is the goal! We are not looking to excommunicate or trash someone because they have been overtaken by sin!

** What is the process of restoration?

The term literally means "mend or repair", it was used to describe the setting of a broken bone or dislocated limb. This involves a tender touch, and abiding love for the patient! To see this process in action, listen to the following passages:
Matthew 18:15-17, 2Thessalonians 3:14-15, Romans 15:14

** Well, how do we go about this "restoring" ministry, as headhunters looking for a victim?

God forbid! Rather, we do it with a "spirit of gentleness". We must be sure that our brother or sister can hear our encouragement in love and not be blown over by our zeal or aggressiveness.

** How do we know that we are qualified to be gentle?

If we are the "spiritual ones", we are walking by the Spirit and under His control. Therefore we are producing His fruit, which includes gentleness.

** What caution does Paul offer to the spiritual Christian?

"...each one looking to yourself, lest you too be tempted." Paul is saying, "Be careful! You could fall into the same snare as your brother." cf. 1Corinthians 10:12

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