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Galatians Chapter 6 Verses 7 to 10 - Sowing and Reaping - Dr J Stewart Gillespie  

Galatians Chapter 6 Verses 7 to 10  - Sowing and Reaping - Dr J Stewart Gillespie

Audio sermon and bible study notes 


  1. Sharing & Bearing (6:1-6) 
  2. Sowing & Reaping (6:7-10) 
  3. Glorying & Crucifying (6:11-18) 

  In each of the sections: a practical example of living in the power of the flesh (vs1-3) or living in the power of the Spirit (vs4-6).  

  In vs7 to 10 see the same pattern: a choice of sowing to the flesh or of sowing to the Spirit. 

The Principle of Like for Like (6:7) 
The Principle of the Immature for the Mature (6:8) 
The Principle of Seedtime and Harvest (6:9) 
The Principle of Time and Opportunity (6:10) 

The Principle of Like for Like (6:7) 

 What is it? – We reap what we sow! 

 Don’t be deceived by the simplicity of the principle: very simple, but very profound! 

 What is reaped is identical in kind with what is sown. 

 When is it? A principle I can see often worked out in time: 

   Often true in time, but not invariably so, sometimes those who bend the rules, tread others under foot seem to prosper: Ps73:2ff. 

   Judge Paul is taking a longer term view, by just looking at time we might be “deceived” 

   Sowing is down in time but the reaping isn’t always in time, may well be in eternity: Ps73:16ff, need to look at the “end” of the thing. Could easily get a false sense of security “slippery places” (Ps73:18) if only take a short term view. 

 If going to appreciate the principle of like for like going to have to take an eternal perspective. 

 So much for the exposition, what about the application? 

 Apostle speaking to believers not to drug addicts & criminals. 

 If we appreciated this as Christians would we live as we do, putting all sorts before Christ: business, family, entertainment, self before Christ? At the meetings only if it suits us? Only if we don’t get a better offer? 

 I seem to have profited. The demands of Christ have never penetrated too deep! 

 Never dealt with the cross of Mark 8 – your cross, not Christ’s, nor with the altar of Romans 13 – your altar, not Christ’s, given Christ second place! 

 Listen to the words of Gal6:7 – what we sow we’ll reap! If we don’t reap it in time, reap it in eternity! 

 Must take an eternal perspective – the perspective of v8: 

The Principle of the Immature for the Mature (6:8) 

 Might sow a seed but grow a plant

 The consequences far exceed the cause. 

 Little things may have huge results 

 Exhort you to pay special head to every day details of the Christian experience 

 Sow service in time – reap reward in eternity! 

 Sow sin in time – loose reward in eternity! 

 “an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you” (1Pet1:4). 

 “And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away” (1Pet5:4). 

 Eternal consequences – actions now will remain with me forever! 

 Labour the point? About to embark upon a gospel effort. About to make sacrifices of time, effort & energy, our presence, taking opportunity to invite others. Lets not think just a series of meetings. Sowing to Spirit: eternal consequences! 

 Sow in time, reap in eternity. 

 The consequences far exceed the cause. 

The Principle of Seedtime and Harvest (6:9) 

Notice the challenge: 

   “let us not be weary in well doing…” 

   No shortage of examples in scriptures of those who grew weary 

   Symptoms of weariness: 1Co10:10 murmurings, moans & groans 

   Be wary of the symptoms of weariness 

   Cure of weariness: Heb12:2-3: same word for faint – focused upon Christ, on finishing line, on the crown: cf. 2 Timothy 4:8 “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing” 

Notice the Certainty: 

   “we shall reap…” 

Notice the Condition: 

   “if we faint not…” 

   “faint” – ‘to let loose’ – to give up! ‘if we don’t give up.’ 

The Principle of Time and Opportunity (6:10) 

 Often opportunities pass through our fingers 

 View each day, each opportunity as a once, never to be repeated opportunity to “do good” – to sow to the Spirit, work for Christ. 

 Seize today & seize the opportunity. 

 Don’t know about tomorrow 

 Opportunity in the next few weeks: seize it for Christ & eternity. 

 “now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Co 6:2)

Notes and audio recording, download from our systematic bible teaching series of ministry sermons as we expound the meaning and application of Paul's letter to the Galatians.

Yours by Grace in Christ 

Dr J Stewart Gillespie