Conditions, Commandments, Assurances
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 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. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:7-10
There is a wonderful symmetry, balance and order to the Scriptures. This passage is but one example. Within these 86 Words there are two conditions with promise, two commandments and two assurances.
Two Conditions with promise
If you sow to flesh you reap corruption
If you sow to the Spirit you reap everlasting life
don’t be weary in well doing
do good to all men at every opportunity
especially to those the family of believers
you reap what you sow
you will reap in due season
if you faint not
The source for reaping corruption or everlasting life is what we are sowing into. There are two places in the human life that are properly designed to receive seed capable of bearing fruit that may be harvested, figuratively speaking, the flesh and the Spirit.
We sow to the flesh with our words of death, negativism, cynicism, pessimism and criticism. When we speak into our own hearing again and again, doubt and unbelief, fear, weakness, frailty, sickness, poverty, lack, and failure, we sow the seed of corruption in our hearts. From our hearts proceed our words and what we say from the abundance of our hearts will bear fruit. [Luke 6:45]
Likewise, when we sow to our spirit by our Words of faith and life, by affirmation of the will of God, by saying of ourselves what God has said concerning us, who we are in Him, what resources are ours to call on at anytime, and by Whose power we live and in Whom we move and have our being, Jesus Christ, we sow the seeds of everlasting life. By these we resist the devil, we walk by faith and not by sight, we are made more than conquerors, we keep ourselves from idols, we keep our hearts with all diligence, we fight the good fight of faith, we glorify God in our bodies and by these we worship God in spirit and in truth in the beauty of holiness.
The active work of this passage is that we do not get weary in doing what is goodand right and that we seize every available opportunity to do goodto all and especially the members of the body of Christ. That these two are commandments, expresses the weight of significance God gives to them. Doing good has reward, and doing good to those in the family of faith is especially good because it makes us all stronger, healthier, more energized for the tasks God has set before us.
The stronger and more adequately we are supplied as individuals in the body the more powerful and effective is our collective ministry to the world. The faith to heal is greater when we agree together. The knowledge of the Lord is greater among us when we share what we know collectively by each adding a portion to the other until the whole is realized in full.
“And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ…” Ephesians 4:11-15
The assurances are certain. What we sow will produce a harvest, wanted or wanted, good or evil, life or death. Sowing good gives life to the spirit. Sowing evil corrupts the flesh. All will be realized in due time. The results of doing good or evil are not always immediately apparent. Over time the fruit will begin to appear so we are admonish to continue steadfast and constant in what is good and steadfast and constant in resisting evil, because each will bring its rewards in due season.
The hard part is not getting weary or becoming discouraged and giving up, staying the course even when we can’t see any outward evidence of change. If we don’t faint we will reap the harvest we have desired. So, let us be faithful till we see the fulfillment. The blessing is on the way, the joy is coming, and the reward is assured.
“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” 1 John 5:14-15
“…being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ…” Philippians 1:6
“…for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Galatians 6:9