Gal. 6:7 "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. 9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. 10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith."
The above admonition tells us that we should not practice self deception by believing we can mock God by living after the flesh and claiming to be the disciples of Christ. The above sets forth a certain principle of God's dealing with his children on matters of how they live their lives. As Old Baptists we love the "shalls" of the scriptures. There are two "shalls" in verse 8 above. These are certain consequences to the actions we take in this life.
Paul compares the behavior of the child of God to the sowing of seed in the field and the subsequent reaping of what was previously sown. In the above analogy there are two fields: the flesh and the Spirit. Obviously for a person to be able to sow to the flesh and to the Spirit, he must of necessity have both flesh and spirit. You cannot sow a field that you do not have. Only God's born-again children have both flesh and spirit. Those who have not been born of the Spirit only have flesh. They can only sow to the flesh. You cannot sow to the Spirit unless you already have spirit. In the above analogy, Paul is addressing church members. He is addressing the members of the churches of Galatia. These people have both flesh and spirit as they are born-again children of God.
When we live to satisfy our fleshly desires we are sowing to the flesh. When we live to satisfy the desires of the spiritual inner man we are sowing to the Spirit.
Paul tells us that there are certain consequences depending on which field we sow into. If we sow to the flesh by living to satisfy our fleshly desires, the consequence is that we will reap corruption in our lives.
If we sow to the spirit by living to satisfy the desires of the spiritual inner man we will reap life everlasting. This is not getting everlasting life, for those who have been born of the Spirit already have everlasting life. It is to enjoy the blessings of that life which we already have.
There are numerous examples in the scriptures where children of God sowed to the flesh and reaped corruption. We now look at some of these examples:
1. David sowed to
the flesh when he committed adultery with Bathsheba and had her husband
killed on the battlefield. Subsequently, David saw four of his sons die
by violent action. He also had rebellion in his own household and his
own son Absalom take and violate ten of his concubines. David lost the
joy of his salvation because of having sown to the flesh.
While there are many more examples in the scriptures of people sowing to the flesh and reaping corruption, we also note that the time of reaping is often much later than the time of sowing. Just because we do not see immediate consequences to our actions does not mean there will not be consequences. As our text says, we reap what we sow.
"And let us not be
weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not."
Above we dealt with the negative consequences of reaping corruption by
sowing to the flesh. Now we look at the positive consequences and
assurances of a certain blessing by sowing to the Spirit.
1. Enoch walked with
God three hundred years. Enoch enjoyed the close fellowship with God for
the three hundred years that he walked by faith with God. Subsequently,
he was translated that he should not see death for he had this testimony
that he pleased God.
"As we have
therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them
who are of the household of faith." Paul concludes his argument by
encouraging the disciples of the Lord to be diligent in doing good unto
all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. We are
sowing to the Spirit every time we do good to others. The Lord said:
John 15:13 "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down
his life for his friends." Let us not be weary in well doing. Let us not
faint. The Lord will abundantly bless us in due season.