Bible Passage:Gal 6:3
For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
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Here again Paul reprehends the authors of sects, and paints them out in their right colors; namely, that they are merciless, without compassion, those that despise the weak and will not stoop to bear their burdens, whom nothing can please but what they themselves do, who will always be your bitter enemies, unless you praise whatever they say or do and in all things conduct yourself according to their will. Of all men, therefore, they are the proudest and dare take upon themselves all things. Of these Paul says they think themselves to be something when they are nothing. They deceive themselves with the foolish persuasions of their own wisdom and holiness. They understand nothing, therefore, either of Christ or of the law of Christ; for if they did, they would say: Brother, you are infected with such-and-such a vice, and I am infected with another. God has forgiven me ten thousand talents, and I will forgive you an hundred pence (Matt 18:24-28). Pastors ought so to behave themselves toward those over whom they have taken charge, that they might love and reverence them, not for their person, but for their office and Christian virtues, which especially ought to shine in them. Paul therefore, in this place, has rightly painted out such severe and merciless saints who, being puffed up with their own vain dreams, have a marvelous persuasion of their own knowledge and holiness, and yet in very deed they are nothing, and merely but deceive themselves.
Bow down Thine ear, almighty Lord,
And hear Thy Church's suppliant cry
For all who preach Thy saving Word,
And wait upon Thy ministry.
aka Pastor Robin Fish
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