Galatians 6:2 – Cody’s Thoughts

 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Read this today, opened up Logos to investigate a little further what the word ‘burdens’ might mean, completely missing what the second half of this said, ‘and so fulfill the law of Christ’.   Also, mostly burdens mean just that burdens.  I’m a nerd.

Let me do this backwards.  So much of Paul’s teaching seems to go against Jewish law, or any form of works base religion for that matter.  So the whole ‘law of Christ’ thing it confusing.  If you think back to Matthew 22:36-40 a religious teacher asked Jesus what is most important.  He responded with… love God and love people… so maybe it has something to do with that.  To follow the theme of the NT I’d think that’s right on.

Also, if you look at at 1 Peter 5:7 and Psalms 55:22 it’s noted that God/Christ (since they are one in the same) bear’s our burdens.

Romans 6:3-4 says something like, ‘we are buried with Christ in baptism.  We are baptized into Christ.  We too walk in newness of life.”  John 3:5 show the close connection between baptism and the Holy Spirit.

As I read through this, and by God’s grace…

Here’s the big idea.  As Christians we are to become more like Christ, and that is accomplished through the work of the Holy Spirit given to us through salvation (repentance and baptism).  To fulfill the ‘law of Christ’ is not done to achieve God’s acceptance, but rather as a result of our acceptance in Christ.  We bear on another burdens, because Christ bears our burdens… When we do this it shows our love for people, the same people Christ himself loves.  When we live with people it’s bound to get messy.  This will get messy, but we do it, not to check off one of the ‘laws of Christ’… we do it because it shows that the same depth of Love Christ shows us.  We get to show it to others.  Then people will know how great and good God’s love and grace really are.

It will take your time, it will take your energy, all of which I feel a shortage of even at 28, but since Christ held nothing back.  The same spirt lives in us.  That is were the burden bearing must come from.