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Galatians, Chapter Six, Lesson Two

SPIRITUAL REAPING           Page 2
V. 6 (Cont'd.)

** With that reminder, look again at verse six. Is Paul opening a new thought here or adding to an old one? How does this verse fit the context of the passage?

One thought might be that this verse could be saying that the one taught should share "all good things" with his teacher (which would include material things). Does Scripture teach that? Yes!

All see - 1Corinthians 9:7-14, this could fit what Paul is saying in Galatians 6:6, but a better under standing comes from a more literal translation of the verse...look back at it with me.

"Let him who receives instruction share with him who gives instruction in all good things". This rendition of the verse shows the spiritual Christian willing to share with the restored brother all good things, both spiritual and material.

The key to understanding Paul's statement comes from the word "share" [koinoneo], lit. "sharing equally". This is the verb form of the word for "fellowship" [koinonia], which is talking about mutuality, not of one party serving or providing for the other but of both parties sharing together.

** So, how does that fit the context of this passage?

The spiritual Christian (who's life is under the control of the Holy Spirit) gently confronts and restores his fallen brother, bears his burdens and willingly shares "all good things" with him.

V. 7 ** Because humility, koinoneo and submission to the Holy Spirit are all so important, what warning does Paul give to the Galatians and to us as well?

"Do not be deceived..."

** Who is doing the deceiving in this scenario?

We are! Paul is saying that you can deceive yourself about life. cf. V.3, James 1:26, 1John 1:8

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