Summary: Series on the Book of Galatians - Part 7 of 8
The six chapters of this epistle are divided into three main sections of Paul’s teaching.
Chapters 1 & 2 are personal in nature and deal with Paul’s authority.
Chapters 3 & 4 are doctrinal in nature and deal with justification by faith.
Chapters 5 & 6, are practical in nature and deal with the application of the doctrine of justification.
I. A Full Context.
A. Sowing and reaping is not arbitrarily thrown in here.
1. Chapters 5 & 6 deal with the practical application of justification by faith.
> This is the way Christians that are seeking the filling of the Spirit should live.
2. Chapter 5 deals describes the characteristics of the fruit of the spirit, chapter 6 describes its behavior.
> This is the result of being Spirit filled, and manifesting the fruit of the Spirit.
B. Notice the verse before the passage on sowing and reaping.
1. Verse 6 speaks of giving to those that Preach and Teach.
> It reminds us to repay financially those who help us Spiritually.
2. The word "communicate" means more than just verbal response; The exact word is used in these other passages:
> It means to be a partaker of his ministry as in Rom. 15:26-27.
> It means as to give financially as in Phil. 4:14-16.
3. But it is important to not that God says this just before giving us the passage on sowing and reaping.
> He says be sure to take care of the one who teaches and preaches to you; Then He says, whatsoever a man soweth that shall ye also reap.
C. The notice the verse after the passage on sowing and reaping.
1. Verse 9 reminds us that it will be worth it all.
> The problem with sowing and reaping is that the results are not immediately seen.
> Its not like mowing the lawn, where after a few hours labor you can look back and see immediate results.
2. Sowing takes time, and reaping usually comes much later.
> Therefore many get discouraged after years of not seeing results.
3. But, after 5 or 10 years you will be able to look at the results.
> Some will look at a life of selfishness and see that they have reaped corruption...
> Others will see a life of stability, and strength and be so glad they stayed with God.
> God reminds us that it will be worth it (verse 9), IF WE FAINT NOT... Don’t Quit!
II. A Solemn Warning "Be not deceived..."
A. There is a real threat of being deceived.
1. Self deception.
> [Jas. 1:22] "But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves."
> [Jer 17:9] "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?"
2. Satanic deception.
> [2 Jn 1:7] "For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist."
> Before we were saved we were part of a life of deception...
> [Titus 3:3 (quickview) ] "For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another."