1 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. 3 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.
How can Gal 6:2 say “Bear ye one anothers burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ” and Gal 6:5 say “For every man shall bear his own burden”. There is NO CONTRAST here. The Greek word for burden in verse 2 is “baros”, meaning moral weakness. The Greek word for burden in verse 5 is “phortion”, meaning personal responsibility.
To the spiritual man, it is your burden to bear another man’s burdens. In Gal 6:1, if a man is overtaken or caught in a transgression, fault or sin, a spiritual man should carefully aid or restore the man that is caught. The Greek word for overtaken or caught means “trapped”. The term “in a fault” from the KJV translates the Greek term for willful sin or deliberate overstepping of divine boundaries. Help someone who is “going down the wrong road”. Be careful to not get trapped in the same ways. “It was pride that changed angels into devils. It is humility that makes men like angels” -Saint Augustine
Gal 6:3 – Don’t get caught up in pride. Gal 6:4 – Complete your own works and you can be proud of what you accomplished, not what someone else did. Gal 6:5 – Every man is responsible to bear his own burden. The burden in verse 5 is the personal responsibility we should carry out. This includes putting food on the family table, providing physical needs for our family as well as accomplishing our divine assignments and God given duties.
Galatians 6 follows and continues Paul’s teachings in chapter 5 about walking in the spirit and how the “flesh lusteh against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh” – Galatians 5:17. We should stay on the Spiritual Paths and not get caught up in materialism or temporary thrills. These Spiritual Paths are called the “Old Paths” because they remain throughout the ages. The Love of your family should be a goal, as opposed to the temporary excitement of a “New” home or vacation or car or pool or boat or club membership or time share. When everything in this life is gone, the “Old Paths” your Spiritual heritage remains.
11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? 12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? 13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.