Hello everybody, I greet you all in the name of our Lord and our savior, Jesus Christ, our soon coming messiah.
I was looking this morning in the book of Galatians and I would like to spend some time this evening on chapter 6 of this fine letter wrote by one of the patriarchs of the faith. We are going through verses 1 through 10. Before we begin let me just say this up front directly coming out of the gate. This is not a theological post. This is not a post which subscribes to a particular doctrine. These simply are my thoughts that I wanted to share with you all.
1:3 Brethren, even if a man be overtaken in any trespass, ye who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; looking to thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. For if a man thinketh himself to be something when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
As I read through this passage I am thinking about those who think more about themselves then they do others. Last time I checked, there was a warning about that also pend by Paul? Hmm.
6 But let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.
We are to share the gospel of Christ with others. The gospel of Christ is good and worthy to be shared with others and so this should be our goal as believers.
7-10 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth unto his own flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth unto the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not be weary in well-doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. So then, as we have opportunity, let us work that which is good toward all men, and especially toward them that are of the household of the faith. Some people think that if they call themselves Christians, they can do and say what they want to say. I’m sorry but the Bible says something totally different. What does it say? It says that God is not to be mocked. What does that word mean?
It means to be made fun of, to be put down in a negative manner. One of the profits in the old testament was mocked by a group of boys. They called him baldy. As a result of this attitude they were copping they were turned into little pigs. Hard to believe? See 2 kings chapter 2.
I won’t put it here but if you wish, you can go and read that for yourselves. I hope you will. God didn’t take being mocked there, he didn’t take being mocked in the book of Acts when the husband and wife chose not to give all that they set aside for God and he won’t be mocked today. The bible says that what we reap, we will so.
Let me paint a picture in your mind if I might.
Let us say that you have plants that you want to love and enjoy. For weeks you water it and take care of it. You see the plant growing in all of it’s beauty. You took the time to water that plant and now you reap the benefits of it. On the other hand, let us say that you got a plant that you wanted to enjoy for years to come. You brought it into your home and you enjoyed it for about a month. However, during this time you didn’t water it regularly and as a result, it died. This is a negative reaction to your choice not to water your plant. In both cases, you reeped what you sowed. In other words, what you put in, you will get back.
If you love your brothers and sisters in Messiah, they will love you. Jesus said to do on to others as you would have them do on to you. Simply put, treat others the way you would want to be treated. Let us do good on to those who are in the household of faith. This simply means that we need to do good on to our brothers and sisters in Messiah. We need to love them with a never ending love.
If a brother comes to you and says that he want’s to leave a church and go to another one, you should encourage him to stay but in the end, if he chooses to leave, you should still love him. Denominations are a big part of this divide within the church. It’s so sad.
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