Some men say they drink because it makes them cool in summer and warm in winter. Sowing to the flesh means to carry out the deeds of the flesh. And I understand some of you old married rakes are at it, too. the result of the withdrawal of life (which alone maintains the physical organism in effective being) is the dissolution of the body; this process is called corruption, and is attended by conditions repugnant to the senses of the living. Retail: $44.99. What do I need to stop sowing? Thus the term flesh, ethically refers to that part of man which, because of the fall, is opposed to God and to holiness. A person’s final standing before God will be determined by that person’s relationship to Jesus Christ as revealed in his or her works. Moody, Galatians 6:7, 8 The Ground of God's Final Decision, The Epistle of Paul to the Churches of Galatia, Wiersbe, W. W. Wiersbe's Expository Outlines on the New Testament. Our Price: $26.99 Save: $18.00 (40%) Buy Now. Ro 8:13-note, Ro 7:23-note. If I sat in the pew and you were up here preaching there are four questions I would ask that you answer satisfactorily before you could win me. No lowly seed of divine truth, or grace, love, or service, sown in this present life of suffering and toil, shall ever be lost. Some of you let 1,000 gallons of beer slop drain through you to get the value of one and three-quarter pounds of beefsteak. They all started as moderate drinkers. Good deeds, that are carried out by the old sin nature - however commendable they appear to be, are utterly rejected by God. "Lutheran edition of the NIV study Bible"). What sheaves of endless bliss will be reaped! (Mt 12:36.) Ps 16:11, to take a random example); but in the New Testament the concept takes on a new richness, as shown in an excellent article in BAGD, since ‘life’ is no longer merely, or even primarily, physical. David reaped what he sowed, and it was a painful experience for him. How absurd would it be to be diverted from our duty by any difficulties we may meet with in the discharge of it! It will consist in likeness to Christ… The truest reward for a godly life—is godliness wrought into the character! Life is a glorious opportunity, if it is used to condition us for eternity. If you want to know what whisky does to you, drop the white of an egg into a glass when you go home, cover it with whisky and let it stand for a time. In other words, natural cause and effect still applies, both to the Christian and to the … The majority, if not all, of these uses refer to salvation. If we permit the old sin nature to mount the throne of our life, we dishonour the Lord and will reap the bitter fruit of sinfulness, but if we keep the Old Man nailed to the cross and live for Christ alone.. we will reap the everlasting fruit of righteousness, 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. Instead they will think only of their own desires and ambitions, and the pursuit of these desires and ambitions will likely ruin their lives here, and will surely ruin their hopes of life in eternity. In Rev 21:8 the role call of those who will find their place in the fiery lake of burning sulphur is remarkably similar to Paul’s category of evil in Gal 5: the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters, and all liars. to His Own Flesh? They are given to be your helps toward an eternal world, and not one of them ought to be thoughtlessly treated or lightly and irreverently handled. He kept the silver for his own personal use, however, and substituted in its place a quantity of highly purified tin. It is a fallen nature which, though expressing itself through the deeds of the body, is, nevertheless, to be identified as that which is immaterial and related to the material only as all that is immaterial is resident in, and expressed through, the material. (Galatians 6 Commentary), If to gratify our own flesh be our aim, the flesh will be to us a source of corruption. The upshot as Paul teaches in Gal 5:17-note is that "the flesh (present tense = continually) sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh, for these are (antikeimai = present tense = continually) in opposition to one another". The Bible doesn’t have a thing in it against a man because he’s rich. 38 "I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored and you have entered into their labor.". These different ends are inseparable from the different means. Most cases of blindness in infants is caused by disease in their fathers. Bible Gateway Recommends. As the tree falls, there it will lie. We simply cannot say much more until we are there!). There was a time when people wouldn’t trust me to hold a yellow dog fifteen minutes. It was always the enemies within that caused defeat and brought ruin and desolation. One reason for doing the right thing today is tomorrow. As we saw in our earlier discussion of the works of the flesh, sarx as an ethical principle involves far more than the physical or material aspect of the human. It is not only a reward to be put into our hand in heaven, which is promised—something which is to be given to us. You never know what a day may bring forth. “He that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” There it is, and we have but to submit to it to gain from it an everlasting reward. --Dave Branon (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. We can choose to submit our wills to God each day, asking Him to give us strength to live for Him and for others. There is a law against murder, but does it prohibit? He was a pathetic sight! To see ‘salvation’ in terms of ‘life’ is as old as the Old Testament (e.g. Let us be convinced of our folly, and learn wisdom even from the children of this world. Life shall be our reward, even everlasting life. Compare as to the deliverance of believers from “corruption” (Ro 8:21). Because of Christ’s saving work on our behalf, the sinful flesh no longer reigns over the regenerate man or women. It is as if every thought, word and deed is "depositing" funds in one of two investment accounts… either the flesh or the Spirit! Once we have been saved.. everything and anything that is connected with the first creation, and our old sinful nature, is totally and utterly rejected by the Lord. In keeping with the cruelty of his day, he had cut off the thumbs and big toes of 70 captured kings. I used to be handy with my dukes, too, before I became a Christian, and I can go so fast now for five rounds you can’t see me for dust. All who commit any of the sins in this long black catalogue are sowing to the flesh, and not to the Spirit, and when a man sows to the flesh what will the harvest be? Galatians 1:6–8 No Other Gospel 6 I am astonished that you are l so quickly deserting m him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to n a different gospel— 7 o not that there is another one, but p there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. The bounty of God’s matchless grace Every time we linger in bad company whose insidious influence we know we cannot resist, every time we lie in bed when we ought to be up and praying, every time we read pornographic literature, every time we take a risk that strains our self-control we are sowing, sowing, sowing, to the flesh (Stott, J. R. W. The message of Galatians: Only one way. corruption—that is, destruction (Php 3:19). The one who sows - As noted above both uses of the verb sows in Gal 6:7 are in the present tense which pictures habitual sowing. Nothing but corruption. And the virtue of womanhood is the rampart wall of American civilization. I did the saloon route for a time handing out invitations to men’s meetings in Farwell Hall. So Paul enters with the strongest foundation that one can perceive: God is the Judge, and people cannot sneer at him. One of the first indications of a crushed strawberry stomach is a crushed strawberry nose. Retail: $29.99. Corruption - Speaks of decay and degeneration, of going from "better to worse"! When he died and they put him on the table and cut him open and took out his liver, it was as big as a candy bucket. But there’s a lot of good-for-nothing lobsters who think they are called by God to go up and down the country harping for a limitation of wealth and cussing and damning the rich man for every dollar he has, while they sit around and cuss and damn and never work. It’s all a part of living with the law of God that says we reap what we sow (Gal 6:7). Galatians 6:10 “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” Explanation and Commentary of Galatians 6:10. Clarke's Galatians 6:8 Bible Commentary. They who do this will reap everlasting life—. (Ref). (4) In the NAS, the phrase "eternal life" is found 41x in 41v - Mt 19:16, 29; 25:46; Mk 10:17, 30; Lk 10:25; 18:18, 30; Jn 3:15, 3:16, 36; 4:14; 5:24, 39; 6:27, 40, 47, 54, 68; 10:28; 12:50; 17:2, 3; Acts 13:46, 48; Ro 2:7; 5:21; 6:22, 23; Gal 6:8; 1Ti1:16; 6:12; Titus 1:2; 3:7; 1Jn 1:2; 2:25; 3:15; 5:11, 13, 20; Jude 1:21. There must be a hell. If Jesus Christ lived in Omaha men would booze-fight, men would sidestep. The trade-off was simple: Stay home and out of trouble for 1 year instead of going to prison for 15. They came back to the United States and Ed came back to Chicago and started a saloon in Dearborn Street. The word, 'flesh' has many meanings, and can refer to different things, depending on the context.. but in this verse the word, 'flesh' is referring to the old sin nature.. the fallen fleshly egocentric nature, we inherited from Adam. Rather, I ask that in the power of the Holy Spirit, I may sow to the Spirit, and live my life in humble submission.. and unto the Lord, for His praise and glory, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN. What a festival will that harvest be! There is no greater delusion than the common idea that it is possible to live wickedly, and yet rise again gloriously; to be without religion in this world, and yet to be a saint in the next. Galatians 6:8: Reverend Doctor Dolly B.Coughlan - A Coughlan Making America Even Greater! He must face the day of judgment. Nevertheless, in a sense this lack of harvest (which was consumed and destroyed by the enemy) is the "fruit" of Judah's sinful sowing of the seeds of idolatry and apostasy which reaped the righteous anger of Jehovah which was manifest by His allowing the enemy to destroy Judah. No man ever started out with the intention of becoming a drunkard. Galatians 6:8 Treasury of Scripture Knowing. 3:12–15; 2 Cor. While it is true that the Christian is not under condemnation (Jn 5:24; Ro 8:1), it is also true that he is not free from the harvest of sorrow that comes when we sow to the flesh (Gal. Business and pleasure, money-getting and money-spending, eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage—all, all will soon be over and done with forever. each day marked with usefulness… ! (He 2:3-note) May we never lose a sense of awe and wonder over what our great God hath wrought in each of our lives at the time of redemption and regeneration made possible by the payment of such a precious price, the blood of the Lamb, God's very own Son (cp 1Pe 1:18, 19-note). I told my friend that if he persisted in drinking he would become as the bum. (Galatians 6:6-10 Commentary), Those who trust in human effort and those who think they can do as they wish are in the same position: They live to satisfy their own sinful nature. Wuest adds that "The word to in the expressions, “to the flesh” and “to the Spirit,” is from (the Greek preposition) eis, which latter is not used here in its local use, for instance where seed is dropped into the ground, but in the sense of “with a view to.” Sowing with a view to the evil nature refers to the act of a person choosing those courses of conduct that will gratify the cravings of the totally depraved nature. The only way that man can return into fellowship with his Creator, is by becoming part of His new creation - where Christ is the federal Head of an entirely new race of humanity. 2008. If, on the contrary, it be done in obedience to the spirit, it quickens spiritual growth, and issues eventually in a harvest of eternal life. This we may do notwithstanding we are free from gross sins. That nothing less is meant is apparent also from the second clause. While it is absolutely true that our grounds of acceptance is the sacrifice Jesus Christ made on our behalf, our connection to that sacrifice is by way of a faith that works itself out in the many good works in a person’s life. No wonder that Paul says, "He who sows to the flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he who sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting." All their sowing is solely to the flesh and so all their earthly endeavors (thoughts, words, deeds) are but corruption! (Octavius Winslow. But the seed may be of two kinds, or the seed may be sown with two different purposes, and each purpose naturally and necessarily leads to its own result. Sows - as noted above, "sows" is in the present tense which depicts one's lifestyle. Everybody does so,"—then look beyond time to a world unseen, and place in the face of the temptation the thought of eternity. To reap, to harvest, harvest, reaping. The expected results, according to Paul, would be apparent at the time of reaping; those oriented to the flesh should expect to harvest the tragedy of destruction (identified in the NLT as “decay and death”), whereas those oriented to the Spirit should expect a harvest of eternal life. I haven’t as much now as I had when I was playing ball.”. Sooner or later we will reap what we sow. It was the first creation - the old creation, which became a fallen creation. When I played baseball and was serving the devil, I circled the bases in fourteen seconds from a standing point, and I believe I can do it now. (2) Paul says nothing specific about rewards or loss of rewards for the Christian in Galatians 6:8. Connected Actions— by My son Steve was running the best cross-country races of his life. Steve learned an important lesson: All of our actions are connected. 1981. To sow (to) the Spirit… is just to use the appointed means of improving and perfecting this new mode of thinking and feeling, the yielding ourselves up to His influence, the following it out to its fair results on our behavior. But Galatians 6:9 says, "Let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart." Mt. I have no ambition except to alleviate the misery and suffering that comes through sin. In other words, Paul is calling us to orient our lives around the coming of Jesus and the day when He will reward His people for their faithfulness. (Ps 90:9. How are you using your TIME? As Burton correctly observes, “Paul here affirms that devotion of one’s self to the material, bodily side of life, brings physical death unrelieved by the Christian hope of resurrection which rests upon the indwelling of the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead.” However, we should not be misled by this graphic depiction of utter decay and desolation into thinking that the final destiny of those who sow to the flesh is annihilation or nonexistence. (Wesley's Notes), Our final state will be exactly answerable to our present conduct—Under the metaphor of a sower the text affords a striking discrimination of character: Some “sow to the flesh”—To sow to the flesh, is to seek in the first place our carnal ease and interests. No virtue will linger and live on the plains of ruin, but all shah be depravity and woe. Hebrews 9:27 (The Seeds We Are Scattering), Edwards commenting on "eternal life" in the sense of a "reward" writes…, Eternal life is used here as a special quality of life which comes as a reward for faithful service. Whatever we do in religion must be done now. There is nothing we can do to commend ourselves to the Father. Look at Solomon. Beware, dear reader, lest you reap the righteous indignation of Jehovah in your life - make the daily, conscious choice to sow seeds of righteousness, not rebellion! When you’re tempted to sin, remember the pelican with the mangled beak. (Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians), McKnight - That the antithesis of flesh and Spirit has been in Paul’s mind since he began these injunctions at verse 1 becomes clear with Gal 5:8. In this context, these words refer to the Galatians who in following the teachings of the Judaizers, catered to the desires of the evil nature. Because of my fight against this rotten business, I have suffered attacks from newspapers and from the dirty gang that howls at every man who dares interfere with their illicit profits. Page 287. Many people today carry with them the scars of sin. Obey His commands. We shall reap whatever we have sown, and we shall reap in proportion as we have sown. (The Preacher's Commentary Series, Volume 31: Galatians/Ephesians/Philippians / Colossians / Philemon. How Does a Believer Sow Reprinted by permission. (Furnish, Theology and Ethics in Paul, 117). Is greater than our vilest deeds, (Ryle ends with a series of questions, the one most related to our subject at hand being the following). Moody), Reap corruption-Death everlasting. The heart of man … If you don’t believe me ask your physician. Page 287. But praise God, it is never too late to repent and return to the LORD! But it is all a delusion. The Holy Spirit invariably inclines men to the love of God, and of holiness. Paul repeatedly encourages believers to overcome the deeds of the flesh in the only way possible - by living in the power of the Spirit (cp Gal 5:16-note, Gal 5:18-note, Gal 5:25-note), the old ego that is self-reliant and does not delight to yield to any authority or depend on any mercy. 3, 4]. I think the lowest, vilest, most damnable buffoon and triple extract of infamy and degeneracy in the world is the one who will plight his troth and marry, and leave his wife at home to go out with a prostitute.
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