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The verse is typically rendered in English as follows;
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
Galatians 6:2 ESV
By rendering it ‘…law of Christ.’, this can become a little confusing to a reader with them perhaps thinking;
‘what is the law of Christ, and does this inturn mean we do not observe the law of Moses?…’
Civilly, the answer is no – the verse needs further explanation of this is a person’s thought;
Instead, the verse should be legally rendered ‘…the custom of Christ.’
Proof – Linguistic
The Greek word that has been translated law/custom is the Strong’s Concordance Greek word G3551.
The concordance states that the legal definitions and usages for the word are as follows;
‘Definition: that which is assigned, usage, law
Usage: usage, custom…’
Without going into the linguistics deeply, we see that ‘law’ can be used in the sense and use of a ‘custom’ – hence the rendering in the verse as ‘custom’ to move to provide more clarity.
What Is The Custom Of Christ?
If we read it, the chapter here so far is speaking of bearing the burdens of one and another – being there for one and another.
Back when the Lord Jesus Christ walked the earth, he spoke on this and such is his custom – to ‘go the extra mile…’;
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
John 13:34 NIV
This was Christ’s custom which he instructed his disciples to do. It is essentially the second greatest commandment (loving your neighbour as yourself) – elevated to a selfless level.
The word rendered law/custom in Galatians 6:2, is also in Romans 3:31;
Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law.
Romans 3:31 NIV
This same G3551 word is correctly rendered in Romans 3:31.
We know this by simple way of context.
The entire passage of Romans 3 is pointing to the subject of a person being delared righteous (justified) by faith – in a similar formula to how Abraham was (Romans 4:11).
Verse 31, then emphasises the importance of good deeds, and this is why it says we observe the law of Moses.
This again is similar to the formula we see in faithful Abraham, who then went forward and did good deeds, he got circumcised as a type of seal to the righteousness he already had accounted to him by faith, whilst he was still uncircumcised (ref. Romans 4:11 ESV);
‘He received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised….’
(Romans 4:11 ESV)
Abraham believed God’s promises and was accounted righteous;
Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.
Genesis 15:6 NIV
Abraham then also obeyed God and observed His commandments;
Abraham and his son Ishmael were both circumcised on that very day.
Genesis 17:26 NIV
Hoping it is fruitful.
May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Amen.