6:6 "Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things."
Plainly, this is
teaching that the student is to communicate unto the teacher in all good
things. The teacher spends a lot of time in studying and prayer and in
teaching those whom the Lord has led them to. To be a teacher and
preacher of the gospel and the word of God requires a lot of time and
sacrifice on the part of the gospel minister. Countless hours are spent
on studying and reading and meditating on the scriptures and many hours
are spent in prayer asking God to reveal his truths unto the preacher.
Further, the gospel preacher spends much time going to the meeting
places and often under hazardous conditions in order to preach and teach
the word. He makes many sacrifices, including sacrificing time and
effort away from his wife and children in order that others may be blest
to hear the gospel preached. He also, often, suffers the persecution of
unbelievers and scoffers and religious and secular organizations that
oppose the preaching of the grace of Christ. He does these things
because of the love of Christ and that: 2 Tim. 2:10 "Therefore I endure
all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the
salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory."
communicate, appears in the New Testament three other times beside the
1. Phil 4:14 "Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate
with my affliction. 15 Now ye Philippians know also, that in the
beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church
communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. 16
For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity. 17
Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your
account. 18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of
Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet
smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God."
2. 1 Tim. 6:17
"Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded,
nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us
richly all things to enjoy; 18 That they do good, that they be rich in
good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; 19 Laying up in
store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that
they may lay hold on eternal life."
3. Heb. 13:16 "But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with
such sacrifices God is well pleased."
communicate, comes from the Greek word, koinoneo, meaning to share with
Paul tells us of the
importance of communicating unto the needs of the gospel minister in 1
Cor. 9:7-14: "Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges? who
planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? or who feedeth
a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock? Say I these things as
a man? or saith not the law the same also? For it is written in the law
of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out
the corn. Doth God take care for oxen? Or saith he it altogether for our
sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth
should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be
partaker of his hope.
If we have sown unto
you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal
things? If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we
rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things,
lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ. Do ye not know that they
which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and
they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar? Even so hath
the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the
While the scriptures
do not teach anywhere that a minister of the gospel should be salaried,
yet the teaching is plain that those who are taught in the word have a
loving responsibility to communicate unto those who teach the word. Paul
said that this is a sacrifice that is acceptable and well-pleasing unto
Gal. 6:7 "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 everlasting. 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."
There are many
lessons taught us in this passage of scripture. First, we are taught
that we not to deceive ourselves: "Be not deceived." Many people deceive
themselves into thinking that in going through the ceremonies of
religion that they are doing what is pleasing to God. They take no
thought of the type of lives they are living, but think that ceremonial
exercises are all that God requires. In Matthew chapter 23, the Lord
warned the Pharisees, scribes and hypocrites about the hypocrisy of
ceremonial religion without a change in their manner of living. A
portion of this passage is quoted below:
Matt. 23:23 "Woe
unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint
and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law,
judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to
leave the other undone. 24 Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and
swallow a camel. 25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for
ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they
are full of extortion and excess. 26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first
that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may
be clean also. 27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for
ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful
outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all
uncleanness. 28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but
within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity."
Second , we are told
that "God is not mocked." To be mocked means to be ridiculed. God does
not take kindly to the ridicule of men. A person who ridicules God can
fully expect to receive of God's timely judgment upon him for such
blasphemous behavior. The grandson of King Nebuchadnezzar mocked the
service of God and was destroyed in the very night that he mocked.
Third, we are told
that we reap what we sow. This is a natural truth that teaches us an
important spiritual lesson. In nature, what we plant in the ground is
what we can expect to come up out of the ground. If we plant watermelon
seeds, we do not expect carrots to come up. We expect watermelon seeds
sown in the ground will bring forth watermelon plants. Another lesson in
nature is that we reap where we sow. I have never sown seed in one plot
of ground and reaped the fruit of those seed in another plot of ground.
We reap where we sow! Thus, we sow in this time world, and we reap in
this time world. We do not sow in this time world, and then reap in the
glory world. That would violate the law of nature.
When we sow to our
flesh nature, we will reap the fruit of that flesh nature. Gal. 5:19-21
told us the fruit or work of the flesh. All the fruit or work of the
flesh is sinful. To sow to the flesh means that we will reap the
corruptible fruit of sin.
Furthermore, if we
sow to the incorruptible nature of the inner man that is born of God,
then we will reap the fruit of that everlasting life given us in the new
birth. That fruit we are told in Gal. 5:22, 23 is "love, joy, peace,
longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance."
Obviously, the best
and most God-honoring life of a child of God is for him to sow to the
Spirit. This will result in praise, honor, and glory to God, and will
result in him bearing the fruit and blessings of the Spirit.
"And let us not be
weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not."
It is true that we do not always immediately see the results of our
reaping to the Spirit. This is also true in nature. In nature, there is
a planting season that is followed by a growing season, and then a
reaping season. The fact is that the good that we do and the seed that
we sow spiritually often need to be allowed to grow and then it will
bear fruit in due season. If, however, we give up (faint) before the
fruit is produced, then we will not see the fruit of our labors that we
began. We need to be patient and then we will reap as the Lord has
"As we have
therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them
who are of the household of faith." It is true that we do not always
have opportunity to do good. If we do not have opportunity, then we
cannot do the good that we may desire to do. However, when we have
opportunity, then we should be prepared to do good and then do it unto
all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. The
problem so many of us have is that we have opportunity and means and
then fail to do the good that we should. We should put away pride and
greed and help those in need:
1. 1 John 3:17 "But
whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and
shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of
God in him?"
2. James 2:15 "If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily
food, 16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and
filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful
to the body; what doth it profit?"
Gal. 6:12-15 "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
People's actions are
often predicated upon their motives. Those who had taught that you are
saved by the grace of Christ, but you must be circumcised did not desire
to suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. They found that by
changing the message from the grace of Christ to what man can do, that
it eliminated the persecution of the Jews and the religious and secular
leaders. This suited them well. However, it is not honoring to Christ.
Their system made a
fair show in the flesh. It appealed to the fleshly nature of man. It
touted what man could do to get right with God. It ignored that it is
impossible for man to get right with God. Only God can make us right
with Him. Even today, with the myriad of "grace, but" doctrines that are
being taught, they all exalt man and what they say that man can do. It
excites the flesh. People get excited in hearing these false doctrines
telling them how much man can do to get himself saved from sin.
These people glory in the flesh and its actions. They glory that they
have fulfilled a ceremonial set of rules and they glory in other people
fulfilling those same ceremonial set of rules.
The fact is that the
law requires perfection and we have all sinned and come short of the
glory of God. None of us has ever kept the law to perfection. We have
not kept the law nor do those who are taught in a legalistic system have
kept the law. Yet there is the glory of man in the actions of the flesh
in keeping a set of rules devised by man.
We have no room to
glory in the flesh. The only thing that we can truly glory in is the
cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. This boasting is not of self, but is
boasting of what Christ has done for us in that he redeemed us from our
sins on the cross. We who believe in salvation by grace alone boast of
what Christ has done. Those who believe in a "grace, but" doctrine boast
in what man does. Man will say, "I believed and therefore I got saved,"
or "I accepted the Lord as my personal savior and therefore I got
saved," or "I believed, I accepted the Lord, and I was baptized and
therefore I got saved." This is all boasting in the actions of men. In
contrast, those who believe the bible truth that salvation from sin is
by grace alone will say, "I was a depraved, hell-deserving sinner, and
Christ saved me by his grace alone through his atoning sacrifice on the
cross." This gives all the praise to Christ.
"For in Christ Jesus
neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new
creature." The "new creature" is the result of the work of Christ in
"regeneration." Whether a person is circumcised or uncircumcised will
not make a man a new creature. Only Christ by his grace can make a man a
new creature. This is all that avails in the eyes of our Lord and Savior
Gal. 6:16 "And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them,
and mercy, and upon the Israel of God."
The word, rule,
means a standard (of faith and practice). The Greek word for walk is "stoicheo"
which means "to march in rank." Thus, to walk according to this rule
literally means to march in rank according to this standard of faith and
practice. Paul is telling us that we are to march in rank with the
standard of salvation by grace alone and that our practice should not
incorporate elements of the old law service.
Further, Paul tells
us that all of us that walk according to this rule, will experience the
peace of God that passes understanding and the tender mercy of God will
be manifest to us in our lives as it will be upon all the "Israel of
The Israel of God
has meant different things in different ages. During the Old Testament
economy, God had made a covenant of worship with the descendents of
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob that as a nation composed the nation of
Israel. God made this covenant with them on Mt. Sinai. This was the Old
In Romans chapter
nine, Israel is defined there as the spiritual born children of God
regardless of their race or ethnic background: Rom. 9:6 "Not as though
the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Israel,
which are of Israel: 7 Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham,
are they all children: but, In Isaac shall thy seed be called. 8 That
is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children
of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed." This
use of Israel embraces all the elect family of God.
In this current New
Testament economy of worship, Israel is defined as those who worship God
in Spirit and in truth under the New Testament: Heb. 8:8-12 "For finding
fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I
will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of
Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in
the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of
Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them
not, saith the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the
house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws
into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a
God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every
man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for
all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be
merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities
will I remember no more." Thus, the Israel of God Paul is referring to
above is the Lord's church kingdom in this New Testament age.
It is here in the
New Testament church that we as God's covenant people find peace and
mercy in worshipping God in Spirit and in truth.
Gal. 6:17 "From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body
the marks of the Lord Jesus."
Paul had marks in
his natural body that were evidences of the fact that he did not preach
any other gospel other than the "grace of Christ." Had he perverted the
true gospel of the grace of Christ and preached a "grace, but" doctrine
he would not have suffered the persecutions that he did. However Paul
willingly suffered for the cause of Christ that he might honor and
glorify the name of his blessed Redeemer.
Some of the things
that Paul suffered for the cause of Christ are listed in the following
1. 2 Cor. 11:23 "Are
they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more
abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths
oft. 24 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. 25
Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered
shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; 26 In journeyings
often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own
countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils
in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren;
27 In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and
thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. 28 Beside those things
that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the
churches. 29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? who is offended, and I burn
not? 30 If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern
2. 2 Cor. 1:6 "And
whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which
is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also
suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and
3. Gal. 5:11 "And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I
yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased."
4. Phil. 3:8 "Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the
excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have
suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may
5. 1 Th. 2:2 "But even after that we had suffered before, and were
shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God
to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention."
6. 1 Th. 3:4 "For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that
we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know."
7. Acts 9:15 "But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen
vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the
children of Israel: 16 For I will show him how great things he must
suffer for my name's sake."
Likewise, Paul told
us that all who will live Godly in Christ Jesus can expect to suffer
persecution: 2 Tim. 3:12 "Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ
Jesus shall suffer persecution."
Gal. 6:18 "Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your
Grace is the closing
signature in each of Paul's epistles:
1. Rom. 16:24 "The
grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen."
2. 1 Cor. 16:23 "The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you."
3. 2 Cor. 13:14 "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of
God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen."
4. Eph. 6:24 "Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in
5. Phil. 4:23 "The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
6. Col. 4:18 "The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds.
Grace be with you. Amen."
7. 1 Th. 5:28 "The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen."
8. 2 Th. 3:18 "The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
9. 1 Tim. 6:21 "Which some professing have erred concerning the faith.
Grace be with thee. Amen."
10. 2 Tim. 4:22 "The Lord Jesus Christ be with thy spirit. Grace be with
11. Titus 3:15 "All that are with me salute thee. Greet them that love
us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen."
12. Phile. 1:25 "The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
13. Heb. 13:25 "Grace be with you all. Amen."
With each signature
concerning God's grace, Paul punctuated it with the word, "Amen" meaning
surely, beyond doubt. There is no reason to doubt God's grace.