Monday, August 4, 2014

Galatians 6: Law of Christ and Nature

http://proverbsandbiz.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/sowing-and-reaping13.jpg Gal 6:1-10 Brothers,  if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each will have to bear his own load. One who is taught the word must share all good things with the one who teaches. Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

Having defended the Christian life from obligation to keep Moses' Laws, Paul now suggests that we are still subject to the Law of Christ and the Law of Nature. Paul defines the law of Christ as the law of love: "Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ" (v.2). Then he goes on to suggest a universal law derived from nature which applies to everyone--believers and non-believers alike. It's called the law of sowing and reaping: "Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life." This law is derived from agriculture. No Christian farmer will think for a moment that he is no longer subject to this law of sowing and reaping. Similarly, no Christian should think that he can ignore this law and choose to walk by his flesh instead of the Spirit.

So Paul asserts that if we sow good seeds of good works, we will reap a good harvest--if we do not give up: "And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up" (v.9). So, we who have the Spirit must obey the leading of the Spirit by sowing seeds of good works so that we can reap the harvest of eternal life. Unlike the days before we met Christ when we had no choice but to sow seed of self-destruction of our flesh, now we do have a choice: to walk by the flesh or to walk by the Spirit to bear the good fruit of the Spirit that leads to eternal life.

May God's Spirit continue to help us make right and godly choices everyday and so fulfill the law of Christ and the law of nature.

Father, help us fulfill the law of Christ and the law of nature. Amen.

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