Christian vs. Christian: Hebrews 10:24-25 Part V

This week I am continuing with my series of posts on Christian behavior toward other Christians (please read my introductory post for why I am posting on this topic).

This week I have reconstructed points thirteen and fourteen of Robert Dean’s Doctrine of One Another:

  • Bear one another’s burdens.
  • Show tolerance for one another in love.

I have been busy this week so I haven’t really had a chance to pull together any pithy musings about these two points. That being said I do believe that carrying each others’ burdens and tolerating each other in love are very difficult things to do. In fact they are so difficult that I believe they can only be done with the help of the Holy Spirit.

Here is Pastor Dean:13. Bear one another’s burdens (Gal 6:2; thus fulfill the law of Christ = love one another)

Galatians 6:2, “Bear [bastazō] one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”

Bastazō, “to lift, carry, used metaphorically for enduring suffering with someone”

Contextually it relates to loving your neighbor, Gal 5:13-14

Once again Pastor Dean’s transcript from his study on Hebrews really didn’t have the detail I was hoping for. Fortunately he has taught the book of Galatians so I was able to get some detailed teaching on Galatians 6:2.

From Galatians lesson 71 transcript :

Galatians 6:2 NASB “Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.”  What is the law of Christ? It is mentioned back in 5:14: “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.” It is the law of impersonal love. The Lord told Peter to forgive seventy times seven. That is difficult and why it demands grace orientation; it demands a level of spiritual growth and maturity. We are not talking about dealing with a person who doesn’t care here; that involves an entirely different procedure. We are talking about a person who wants to go on. It is terribly difficult to forgive someone seventy times seven, but let’s see what the Scriptures say about how we are to let doctrine impact our relationships.

Romans 12:5 NASB “so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” That applies to every single believer.
Romans 12:10 NASB “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor.”

Romans 14:13 KJV “Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way….

Romans 14:19 KJV Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.”

Ephesians 4:2 NASB “with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love….
Ephesians 4:25 NASB Therefore, laying aside falsehood, SPEAK TRUTH EACH ONE {of you} WITH HIS NEIGHBOR, for we are members of one another….

Ephesians 4:32 NASB Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” That is the standard.

Colossians 3:13 NASB “bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.”

We cannot assume responsibility for somebody else’s sins in their life. When Paul says in v. 2 “Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ,” he is talking about the fact that we can encourage others. That is the way we do it. It is a reminder of doctrine within the proper framework, not necessarily beating them over the head with it, but if it is somebody with whom we have established trust and have a framework for saying something.

14. Show tolerance for one another I love.

Ephesians 4:2, “with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing [showing tolerance; putting up with each other’s weaknesses] with one another in love,”

Colossians 3:13, “bearing [anechō] with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.”

From the Hebrews lesson 167 transcript:

The [14th] point is we’re to bear one another’s burdens.  “Bearing one another” is used metaphorically – the idea of lifting someone, carrying someone.  It is part of loving your neighbor.  It is part of helping them go through difficult times in life.  You do that in different ways: prayer and comments that we make as we encourage one another.

Now I want to stop there a minute because we had another interesting conversation this morning talking about encouraging one another.   We looked at those verses earlier in our study and we were talking. I was talking to 2 or 3 other pastors and we were just thinking about different ways in which we come together as a body of believers to encourage one another.

One way we encourage people and we encourage one another in the body of Christ is just by being in Bible class.   You never thought about it that way.  See, most of us think – I know I did – I’m going to go to Bible class because of what I’m going to learn tonight and I’m going to be able to grow spiritually.  But by being physically present in Bible class, it is an encouragement – first of all towards a pastor.  Now I’m not prone to this problem.  I know some pastors are.  Some pastors are in discouraging circumstances…

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