Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 17:1-16
Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
2 Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
Overtaken—surprised, fall into by ignorance. Wasn’t purposeful.
Spiritual—those led by and walking in the Spirit. Restore—amend, correct, not punish. Considering—paying attention. Pride leads to a fall. Check yourself before getting hot and bothered over other people’s sin. How you’d like to be corrected.
Bear others burdens—justifying by the law creates burdens; love eases burdens.
Law of Christ—not 613 separate commands, but one overriding command—love.
For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.5 For every man shall bear his own burden.
Something—spiritually above others to the extent that you don’t have to bend the knee to help bear another’s burden. Deceive—hallucinate
Prove own work—stop comparing yourself to others. Do your work before the Lord, not in showing others or being superior, especially to those who fell into fault. Bear own burden—deal with your sin. Take care of your stuff, not to show people, but for your stand before the Lord. Humbly help others with their burdens knowing you have your own.
Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teaches in all good things.
Dealing with the one who helps you bear your burden. Reward them for their help—that is part of you bearing your burden that someone else helped you carry. Don’t resent those who help you; don’t resent those you helped.
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.
Mocked—turn the nose up at, sneer at. Doing flesh stuff and expecting spirit stuff is you making fun of God. Corruption—destruction, ruin, decay, deterioration—this is no arbitrary result, but a fruit of doing flesh things. You can fool yourself into thinking you can do this, but God is not so easily fooled.
If you sow works of the flesh, do you think you‘ll reap fruit of the Spirit?
Proverbs 22:8--He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.
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 [work] good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
Well doing—the stuff you do to get spiritual fruit.
Faint—relaxed, loosened. Season ties in with opportunity. This life is the time for sowing, take advantage of all opportunities to do good, especially for Believers.
And let our's also learn [be trained] to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.
Necessary uses—urgent need. Helpful in the time.
Unfruitful—if you want good fruit you have to sow good works!
--There are 8 passages in pastoral epistles saying to tell people to do good works.
For this ye [for sure] know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them.8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
Deceive—cheat, beguile, delude. Children of disobedience—children of faith don’t do this stuff. Your actions prove who you are related to.Partakers—participants, don’t fall into their conduct.
Walk as children of light—those who are showing light, as opposed to disobedience. Fruit of Spirit—fruit of the light contrasted with unfruitful works of darkness. Proving—walk the walk. Walking in light proves what God approves of.
Unfruitful—works of flesh have no fruit, there is no benefit. That’s who only the Spirit has fruit. Walking in light has fruit. Walking in disobedience does not.
Reprove—by word and deed. Live a life that shows evil to be what it is and good for what it is.