Friday, March 2, 2012


Let him who receives instruction in the Word [of God] share all good things with his teacher-contributing to his support. 7 Do not be deceived and deluded and misled; God will not allow Himself to be sneered at-scorned, disdained or mocked [by mere pretensions or professions, or His precepts being set aside].-He inevitably deludes himself who attempts to delude God. For whatever a man sows, that and that only is what he will reap. 8 For he who sows to his own flesh (lower nature, sensuality) will from the flesh reap decay and ruin and destruction; but he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap life eternal. 9 And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint. 10 So then, as occasion and opportunity open to us, let us do good (morally) to all people [not only being useful or profitable to them, but also doing what is for their spiritual good and advantage]. Be mindful to be a blessing, especially to those of the household of faith-those who belong to God's family with you, the believers. (Galatians 6:6-10).

6:6 One important way to bear other believers' burdens (v. 2) is to share in all good things, including financial support, with one who teaches God's word. After all, teachers and preachers work hard in their ministry (see 1 Tim. 5:17).

6:7,8 The principle of sowing and reaping was known to everyone in a largely agricultural society. It is a vain attempt to "mock" God for a Christian to think that if he sows to his flesh he can escape the harvest of destruction and judgment that comes upon those who participate in sin (5:19-21; Hos. 8:7). Corruption is a term used for a field in which the produce is too rotten to harvest (see Heb. 6:8). Some interpret corruption to imply eternal destruction, either through losing salvation or through never having been truly saved at all. Others understand a tragic loss of rewards for the carnal believer (see 1 Cor. 3:12-15; 2 Cor. 5:10; Rev. 22:12). He who sows to the Spirit will . . . reap everlasting life does not mean that eternal life is earned by works. Rather, Paul is saying that everlasting life is the glorious end of those who follow the guidance of the Spirit (see Rom. 6:22).

6:9 In this verse, Paul speaks of doing good. The apostle has argued at length that such works cannot justify (2:16) or sanctify (3:3) anyone. However, good works are, in fact, an important fruit of the life of faith (5:5) that God has planned for each believer (see Eph. 2:8-10). In 5:19-23, the apostle describes the attitudes and actions of those controlled by the "flesh" versus those controlled by the Spirit. In vv. 7-9, Paul shows the impact of those two contradictory ways over the length of a Christian's life (see 2 Cor. 5:10; Rev. 22:12).

6:10 Therefore indicates that this verse speaks of an important application of the spiritual sowing and reaping process (vv. 7-9). Christians are not only to serve one another in love (see v. 2; 5:13), they also should do good to non-Christians.
[THE NKJV STUDY BIBLE Second Edition].



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