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Galatians

Galatians

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Galatians 6:1-2 ESVBear One Another's Burdens[6:1] Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you whoare spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch onyourself, lest you too be tempted. [2] Bear one another's burdens, andso fulfill the law of Christ.
supreme imitation of Jesus
 To restore in a spirit of gentleness (Gal 6:1) and to bear oneanother's burdens (Gal 6:2) is a deeply challenging task in scripture butit is the supreme act of imitating Jesus who is our ultimate burdenbearer (Rom15:1-3).Romans 15:1-7 ESVThe Example of Christ[15:1] We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the fail-ings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. [2] Let each of us pleasehis neighbor for his good, to build him up. [3] For Christ did not pleasehimself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproachedyou fell on me.” [4] For whatever was written in former days was writ-ten for our instruction, that through endurance and through the en-couragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. [5] May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony withone another, in accord with Christ Jesus, [6] that together you maywith one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. [7] Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for theglory of God.Rom. 15:1–3The strong have a responsibility to not just tolerate andsupport the "weak" but Paul urges them NOT to despise or scandalizethe “weak” this would be living selfishly to satisfy their own desires. The Christian life centers on strengthening others. Christ is thesupreme example of living for the glory of God, as is shown in the cita-tion of Ps. 69:9.Psalm 69:9 ESV[9] For zeal for your house has consumed me,and the reproaches of those who reproach you have fallen on me.
supreme loyalty
 
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zeal for your house has consumed me
. In John 2:17, Je-sus’ disciples remember this text after Jesus has driven the livestockmerchants and money-changers out of the temple. Jesus embodies theideal pious member of God’s people, which is the calling of the Davidicking (though unlike all the heirs of David before him, Jesus does nothave “folly” and “wrongs” [Ps. 69:5] to repent of; cf. John 8:46).
Thereproaches of those who reproach you have fallen on me
.InRom. 15:3, Paul applies this text to Jesus, because he saw Jesus asthe ideal covenant member who was willing to suffer reproach for thesake of God’s truth. In this he is an example to the Roman Christians,for whom the issue of the weak and the strong probably included ele-ments of shame in Roman society: Romans are known to have lookeddown upon those with Jewish scruples about food (the weak). The faith-ful Christian should be willing to suffer the scorn that some peoplemight heap on him if he has close fellowship with the socially “unwor-thy”; nothing, not even social reproach, should be allowed to preventthese Christians from worshiping together.Romans 13:8-10 ESVFulfilling the Law Through Love[8] Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the onewho loves another has fulfilled the law. [9] For the commandments,“You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall notsteal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summedup in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” [10] Lovedoes no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
supreme love
InRom. 13:9Paul cites several OT commandments regarding responsi-bility to others, all of which are summed up in the call fromLev.19:18to love your neighbor as yourself.Leviticus 19:15-18 ESV[15] “You shall do no injustice in court. You shall not be partial to thepoor or defer to the great, but in righteousness shall you judge yourneighbor. [16] You shall not go around as a slanderer among your peo-ple, and you shall not stand up against the life of your neighbor: I amthe LORD.
 
[17] “You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall rea-son frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him. [18] You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of yourown people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am theLORD.
love is the supreme law
Lev. 19:18The instruction and warning of v. 17is developed in a heightened way. you shall love your neighbor as yourself. To love one’sneighbor as oneself is a fundamental principle of the Torah, God’s law.Both Jesus and Paul teach that it is a foundational tenet for how believ-ers are to treat one another (Matt. 22:39–40;Rom. 13:9;Gal. 5:14), while James calls this the “royal law” ( James 2:8). InMatt. 5:43, Jesus cites a distortion of this rule in order to restore the rule to its rightfulplace.Galatians 5:13-15 ESV[13] For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not useyour freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serveone another. [14] For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shalllove your neighbor as yourself.” [15] But if you bite and devour one an-other, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.Gal. 5:13–15The Law of Love. Serving one another in love fulfills thelaw. John 13:34-35 ESV[34] A new commandment I give to you, that you love one anoth-er: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. [35] Bythis all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love forone another.”
a supreme new command with greaterdepth
 John 13:34–35Love must be the distinguishing mark of Jesus’ disciples. Jesus’ “new command” takes its point of departure from the Mosaiccommands to love the Lord with all one’s powers and to love one’sneighbor as oneself (Lev. 19:18; cf.Deut. 6:5;Mark 12:28–33), but Je- sus’ own love and teaching deepen and transform these commands. Je-sus even taught love for one’s enemies (Matt. 5:43–48). The command

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