Restoration by Nelson Price

1/19/97 PM
RESTORATION
NELSON PRICE
GALATIANS 6: 1 - 5

"If a man be overtaken in a fault" (AKJ).

"If a man is overtaken in any trespass" (NKJ).

"Fault" or "trespass" translates PARATOMA, refers to one
who without deliberately planning to perform a wicked deed or
embark on a devious course. It refers to an unpremeditated act, a
trespass. It does not refer to a premeditated crime.

It refers to a person who before they fully realize it the
unethical reprehensible or injurious act occurs. It is a spiritual
misstep; a trespass.

The prescribed course of action relates specifically to such,
however, even when there is a planned and plotted crime the
criminal should be dealt with in love and justice.

Many want such a one to be dealt with leniently or passively.
What ever happened to righteous indignation? What ever
happened to a desire for justice as well as mercy?

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO "RESTORE SUCH A ONE?"

"Restore" means "to mend." It was a medical term used for
setting a broken bone. As applied to an erring Christian it means to
restore the person to their former relationship with the Lord, not to
return them to their former position.

Many think everything will be OK if such a person is just
allowed to return to their former position. Restoration is a spiritual
act not a business transaction.

Using the metaphor derived from "restore" as applied to
setting a broken bone let's explore the passage. What happens
when a bone is broken? Having a broken foot at this time I can
speak experientially.

I. IT HAS TO BE ADMITTED THE BONE IS BROKEN

When I fell and broke my foot I wanted to deny it. I lay there
laughing in pain hoping it would go away. I limped around for a few
hours and cosmetically treated it with ice. Finally, I had to admit it is
in bad shape and something has to be done.

While laying at the foot of our stairs I grabbed my foot and
didn't move for sometime. My whole bo ...


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