The spiritually mature Christian is the only one who can really be trusted to intervene when a fellow believer is caught in transgression. And even then, the mature believer needs to stay on his or her guard. No one is beyond temptation and a fall. We must beware the temptation to be biting or cutting toward immature brethren. (6:1)
Christ's law is to love each other as He loved us. When we bear each other's burdens, we imitate Christ who bore all our burdens on the cross. (6:2)
We should not assess our own standing in the faith by comparing ourselves to another's Christian's works. The prophets warned against this also, when the Lord chastised Israel for "comparing yourselves with yourselves." Be happy in where you really stand, not where you stand compared to another; for you both might be down in a ditch, even though you are standing on a slightly taller rock. (6:3-5)
It is God's will that the people who benefit from the preacher's work remunerate the preacher. (6:6)
No one truly gets away with sin, even though it might look that way in the short run. Those who indulge the wicked flesh will reap corruption. Those who nurture the development of their own redeemed spirit will reap all the benefits of everlasting life. We fulfill the latter by doing good deeds of Christian love and charity, particularly to fellow Christians, so we should never tire in so doing. (6:7-10)
All who say that we must keep the law to be saved are hypocrites, because they themselves do not keep the law. (6:11-13).
The only basis for godly spiritual self-esteem is Christ's cross. The world hates the cross, and we are saved by it, so the cross stands as a fixed boundary-line between us and our cross-rejecting society. (6:14-15)
God doesn't care whether you are a Jew or a Gentile. Whether or not you have been born-again is the only thing he is looking for. The Lord's blessing is upon every Christian Jew or Gentile who knows this truth, and lives by it (6:15-16)
Troublemakers in the churches, in they have any sense at all, will refrain from making trouble for the orthodox martyrs of our faith. (6:17).
Even the redeemed spirit of the believer needs God's grace still (6:18).
Jack is the teaching elder of Ironworks Pike Community Church. He is a graduate of Columbia Biblical Seminary http://www.ciu.edu.