1. Galatians 6:6 (ESV)
  2. Exposition

What does it mean to share all good things with an instructor?

Galatians 6:6 (ESV)

6 Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches.

Good things is generally understood as a reference to that which is needed to live (Deuteronomy 28:11; Luke 2:18–19; Luke 16:25). 1 The obligation to share likewise describes generous giving (Romans 12:13; Philippians 4:15). 2 As such, to share good things with an instructor means to make sure that those who are called to teach God’s Word (pastors) are provided for. Paul insisted on the right of the preacher to live by the preaching of the gospel (1 Corinthians 9:11, 1 Corinthians 9:14; 1 Timothy 5:17–25), even though he himself did not consistently exercise that right (1 Corinthians 9:12, 1 Corinthians 9:15–18). He often waived the right in order to provide a personal example so as not to be a parasite (2 Thessalonians 3:6–13; Acts 20:33–35), to forestall false attributions of mercenary motives (2 Corinthians 11:7–12; 1 Thessalonians 2:5–9) and because of a general sensitivity regarding money (see Philippians 4:10–20). 3