Commentary on Galatians, 6:6

Galatians 6:6

“6 Let the one who is taught the word share with him who teaches, in all good things.”

“share”  (Gr. koinoneo – 2841)

Fellowship with; to become a partaker of; to make oneself a partner of or a sharer in; communicate;

Many Bible teachers see this as a reference to financial contribution, providing for those who teach the Word of God. However, I believe that idea is completely out of the context and flow of Paul’s discussion.

So what is the context? Paul has been talking about the “works of the flesh” and the “fruit of the Spirit.” He’s also been talking about “restoring” a sinning Christian. In the two verses that follow this verse, Paul contrasts “sowing to the flesh” and “sowing to the Spirit.” He also contrasts humility and pride. He ends his discussion in verse 10 with this exhortation:

“So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who  are of the household of faith.”

The thing that is central in this whole passage, indeed in the whole book, is the truth of God’s Word and walking in obedience to it. Therefore, in keeping with the flow of Paul’s discussion,  I believe he’s exhorting us to “partner” with those who teach the truth, as Paul was doing, with a focus on those in the body of Christ….for we don’t simply live to ourselves. The one who teaches the truth always has the spiritual well-being of others in view. Thus we are to do no less. The truth will always produce the right kind of fruit, not only in our own lives, but also as we relate to others, especially “to those who are of the household of faith.”

The Judaizers were not teaching the truth, and we’re never to “partner with” or “share in” the false teaching of others. False teaching doesn’t produce the “fruit of the Spirit,” but instead it produces “the works of the flesh,” and is always self-centered. If we ourselves are walking according to the flesh, how are we to “restore” a sinning brother or sister? How are we to impact someone’s life for Christ? The truth changes our own lives, and the lives of others as we interact with them.

Therefore, we’re to “partner” with those who teach the Word by affirming (supporting) that what they’re teaching is the truth. Those who were “spiritual” among those who were in the Galatian churches (Gal 6:1) needed to take the lead in affirming the truth of what Paul was teaching them. It was critical that they do so, for the spiritual well-being and salvation of others was at stake.

“in all good things”

The fruit of truth will always be “good things.” Those are the things we’re to support and become partners of. We’re never to share in the “works of the flesh” that false teaching produces. We’re to live our lives with a sincere hunger for the truth, while yielding to the Holy Spirit for the good fruit He produces.