Eternal Life or Corruption?

21 Oct

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in his word:

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. (Galatians 6:8-9)

We’re presented with two things here, we can either sow to the flesh, which will reap us corruption. Or, we can sow to the Spirit, where we’ll reap eternal life. Not a very hard decision to make. Or is it? After all, sowing to the Spirit requires work. Sowing to flesh on the other hand, is where we take a million dollar loan and never have to actually sow a thing. Easy, but results in corruption.

Eternal life, or corruption?

So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. See with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand. It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh who would force you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. For even those who are circumcised do not themselves keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh. (Galatians 6:10-13)

What exactly does it mean to sow to the Spirit? Does it mean being perfect? Does it mean we buy a dove and ‘sow to it’ seeds by giving it bird-seed? Well, actually, no it doesn’t mean either of those things. We neither buy doves in bulk, nor do we have to be perfect. In fact, the impossibility of our being perfect, is the very thing Paul has been saying throughout all of Galatians! So then, I repeat, what does it mean to ‘sow to the Spirit’? Well, before I answer that question, let me point something out: “but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.” (notice it never says, will reap his/her eternal life. Instead, it simply says, “reap eternal life”)

There isn’t anything required of us, as Christians, to be saved. With that understood, let’s answer the questions Sowing in the Spirit, means bringing others to Christ. There are two ways to understand the verse, the first, is that we, the sower, reap eternal life. This is incorrect. The second was of understanding it, is that when we bring others to Jesus, we reap the reward of their eternal life.

On the other hand: If we sow in our flesh, and don’t do anything to help others, we will reap corruption. Specifically, we will witness the corruption of everyone around us as the world eats them. For that matter, likewise will happen to us. – If a father and husband simply sits by and doesn’t even try to help his family grow Spiritually, his family will corrupt. In the world, marital disputes are common; expected. Children who hate their home? Part of life. That is because their Spiritual life is non-existent! No one stepped in and helped them grow in(to) Christ. Or, to put it another way: corruption reigns.

So the questions remains: Eternal life, or corruption? Which do you want to see around you?

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland


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