Verse of the Day

February 21, 2007

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Here’s today’s verse of the day:

7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. 9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.

Galatians 6:7-10 (NKJV)

From the Nelson Study Bible :

Verse 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. Corruption is a term used for a field in which the produce is too rotten to harvest. 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.

He who sows to the Spirit will reap everlasting life does not mean that everlasting 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. Jesus said that He came so that we might have eternal life and have it more abundantly. In this life through the indwelling of the Spirit, Christians are developing a capacity to experience Christ to the fullest in the life to come.

Verse 9: In this verse, Paul speaks of doing good. The apostle has argued at length that such works cannot justify or sanctify anyone. However, good works are, in fact, an important fruit of the life of faith that God has planned for each believer. 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.

Verse 10: Therefore indicates that this verse speaks of an important application of the spiritual sowing and reaping process. Christians are not only to serve one another in love, they also should do good to non-Christians.

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