Jerome, Commentary on Galatians, [J.P. Migne, Editor]. Patrologiae Tomus XXVI. Paris: D’Ambroise, Pres La Barriere D’Enfer, ou Petit-Montrouge, 1845. pp. 307-438.
Galatians 6:11 is an affirmation that Paul the apostle is responsible for the content of the Epistle. Jerome emphasizes that this was a way of confirming that the apostolic doctrine was present and that Paul’s message did not change (Jerome, Galatians, 434). Letters had been sent in Paul’s name to various places, deceiving some, most notably to the Thessalonians (2 Thess. 2:1). Therefore it was Paul’s habit to add a sample of his writing to each of his genuine letters. Jerome notes that Paul was not commenting on the size of his writing, which would use the word πηλίκοις, but simply that his kind of writing was used.
Verse 12 brings us again to the issue of circumcision. Here Paul describes it as an attempt to please people and avoid persecution. For a Gentile to pursue circumcision, to Jerome, is just like a Jew pursuing uncircumcision. It puts on a show of religion which does not match the person’s nature (Jerome, Galatians, 435). In contrast, Paul says it is not for him to rejoice except in Christ’s cross (v. 14). Jerome speaks of our need to find the glory of God in Christ so as to pursue it according to God’s will (Jerome, Galatians, 436). The result is the ability to receive God’s grace as His children.
Jerome recognizes that we all have a tendency to live according to the flesh. We are reticent about receiving the truth of God (Jerome, Galatians, 438). But Paul reminds his readers that he has the marks of the Lord in his body. He has suffered for Christ yet lives for the good of Christ’s kingdom. For this reason, he can close the letter saying that the grace of the Lord would be with the others in Galatia. God’s grace is the true element which holds the entire world together.