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By : Lonnie Branam [ Sermon Whatever Men Sow that they will also Reap ]


Galatians  6:1-10 Our study today is Paul's statement to New Testament Churches of Christ in Galatia.  Paul said, "Do not be deceived. God is not mocked, for watever a man sows, that he will also reap, for he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit  will of the Spirit reap everlasting life."(Gal. 6:7,8).My first remark on this passage is that Paul spoke these words to many churches of Christ located countries of northern Asia, probably including present day Iran, Iraq and Turkey. Paul established churches in this area of the world when he was suffering a time of sickness. These Galatian churches took him in and treated him with great kindness. But when he wrote the book of Galatians to them, he was very disappointed and unhappy with them. He revealed this feeling in Galatians 1:6-8, " I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you into the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another, but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. Even if we (apostles) or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what you have received let him be accursed." This has been the chief problem of the church down through the centuries. It is to turn away from the grace of God and Christ to a different gospel.

These  instructions of Paul were especially needed in Galatia,, a large province of Rome, because Jewish teachers who had become Christians deceived many Christians and almost destroyed the Christian religion in that part of Asia. They deceived the Christians into observing the Law of Moses in about all its aspects, except the offering of animal sacrifices. They circumcised their children because Moses commanded it. They were convinced falsely d to observe all the ten commandments, including worship on the Sabbath Day instead of the Lord's Day. They observed most of the feast days of the Jewish religion. It was extremely difficult for Galatian Christians to reject an Old Testament form of Christianity. This was one the heresies that crept into the Church of Christ in the first century. A heresy is a religious opinion that conflicts with the teachings of the apostles. So far as I know those churches established in Northern Asia by Paul no longer exist in that part of the world. The Moslem religion, and not the Christian religion, now rules supremely in that part of the world. The church of Rome today resembles the Jewish religion more than the Christian religion. They have an earthly High Priest and an order of ordinary priests who claim the power to forgive sins. The Jewish religion was nailed to the cross, and Christi took it out of the way. We now live and worship un the Christian religion. Other churches in Christendom today worship on the Sabbath Day instead of the Lord's Day. This contradicts the teachings of the apostles. So the Galatian problem continues among us today. In such a day and time, how should Christians be conducting themselves. What are Christians supposed to be doing here? 

But someone says, "Is there a statement in the Bible that tells us how we should be living as Christians that is simple, clear and easy to understand? God gave us the answer with great simplicity in Galatians 6: 7.8, and we will examine that statement a little later in the study. My second thought on the text is that we are dealing with a special problem that Galatian Christians got themselves into in the first century and many Christians have got themselves into the same problem in the 21st century. . The problem is stated by Paul in Galatians 1:6,7, "I marvel that you are turning away so soon from God, who called you into the grace of Christ, to a different gospel which is not another, but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ." Jewish teachers convinced them that they must circumcise their children keep, the ten commandments including the one to worship on the Jewish Sabbath Day, circumcise their children, and keep the Jewish feast days. Paul said all teachers who require Christians to believe and practice anything the apostles did not require are cursed by God. Paul marveled that they were so ready to accept a perversion of the Christian religion so soon after their conversion. He accused these teachers of perverting the gospel of Christ. To pervert the gospel of Christ is to turn from what is right, good and true, and to misdirect an lead people astray from the truth. The perversion we are studying in this study is attempting to worship God under the Christian religion through the teachings of Jewish religion. It cannot be done and please God. To do this is to disregard the authority of Christ and submit to the authority of Moses. The Jewish religion is now a dead religion, and people can no longer be saved by that religion or any other world religion.

Now my first question is when some of our fellow Christians do something like the Galatians did, what will happen to these Christians, how will God treat these Christians, how will they fare at the judgment? Will God overlook their mistakes and not hold it against them.? We have an example before us today and all these questions are answered by an inspired apostle of Christ. When Christians fall into problems like the Galatians did, CHRISTIANS WHO ARE LOYAL TO CHRIST SHOULD RESTORE THEM TO TO CHRIST AND THE CHURCH. IF AT ALL POSSIBLE. But it must be done in love. Paul put it like this, "Brethren, if man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another's burden, and so fulfill the law of Christ"(Gal. 6:1). We are to bring them back to Christ, back to the Christian religion, back the religion of Christ and if we bring them to forgiveness we help them bear the load of sin they brought on themselves. . If we are not able to restore them to true Christianity, they will have to bear their own sins at the day of judgment. Paul said, "For each man shall bear his own burden, that is, at the judgment. The meaning is, if Christian turn from the Christian religion to the Jewish religion, every Christian will be held accountable to God for this sin. We may help another out of his or her difficulties in this life and so assist him or her bearing their burdens, but in the end each one of us must give an account of himself. This is what life is all about for Christians when our fellow Christians get into trouble like the Galatians did. If we cannot relieve their burdens in this life by bringing them to repentance, they will have to bear their own sins in the next life. What does Christ expect of me as a Christian? He expects me to help other Christians who are in trouble. Christians are the only ones who can help them. There is help for Christians who made a mistake like the Galatians did, but only loyal, spiritual-minded Christians can help them. Jesus said, "You will know the truth and the truth will make you free. The truth will free us from the Jewish religion and all religions in he world that do not acknowledge the authority of Christ. Only the blood of Christ can wash away the sins of the entire world.

What does Christ expect of us as Christians? He expects us to help other Christians who are in trouble, who turn away from Christ deceived by false teachers. True Christians are the only ones who can help them. There is help for Christians who make a mistake like the Galatians did, but only loyal, spiritual-minded Christians can help them. Now let me make it clear that we are dealing in this study with a special situation where Christians displease God by the way they worship in ways contrary to the gospel of Christ and honor other systems of religion than the Christian religion. In this study I am not primarily discussing people who are not Christians because the Galatians were Christians. Concerning all people who are not Christians Jesus commanded that the gospel should be taught to every creature, and also said he who believes and is baptized shall be saved from His past sins and added to the church, God's family, but he who does not believe shall be condemned(Mark 16:16). All who do not become Christians are condemned now in this life and will be condemned on the day of Judgment.; that is the law of the gospel and cannot be changed. It is also a truth to all who are not Christians "Be not deceived, for whatever a man sows that will he also receive."

Finally, let's take a look at the universal law of God that governs the life of all Christians and will determine whether they will receive everlasting life or corruption. Paul stated it like this, "Don't be deceived. God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows that he will also receive. For he who sows to the flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Holy Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life." That is what life is all about for Christians. The belief that once we become a Christian, we cannot lose our salvation is a direct contradiction of the above quotation of scripture. It is false religious opinion, a heresy that some 95 percent disciples in Christendom believe. God says a Christian will receive at the judgment just what he sows in life and not something else. God has turned the natural law of sowing and reaping into a spiritual law, and it will be basis of the final judgment. The present life of Christians is seedtime and the next world is harvest time. If we sow to the flesh we shall reap corruption; if we sow to the Holy Spirit we shall reap everlasting life. The word corruption probably refers to the corruption of the soul. Lest the Galatian Christians and all Christians today should misunderstand him, Paul said in Galatians 5:19-21, "The works of the flesh are evident, which are adultery, fornication, lewdness, idolatry sorcery, hatred, jealousy, wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, envy, murders, revelries, and such like, of which I tell you beforehand..that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of heaven." The meaning is they will not go to heaven. He said this to Galatian Christians. They will reap corruption. On the other hand the fruit of the Holy Spirit is love, joy, peace, , longsuffering, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control, helping the sick, helping the poor and needy. Sowing seed that produces this kind of life will reap everlasting t life. The seed Christians sow in life after they accept Christ and baptism are their thoughts, words and deeds. Faith alone will take no one to heaven. The devils believe and tremble. Christians must live a life of goodness, well-doing, seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. The Law of God for Christians is, "Be not deceived. God is not mocked. Whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. We live in a time when it is difficult for Christians to remain faithful to Christ. There has never been a time when there has been so many helps, so much money spent at home and abroad as this present time to convert and hold people to Christ. The Church of Christ, Church of God as revealed only in the New Testament is the one and only Temple of God in the 21st Century, and it is defiled and growing weaker. Christendom is hopelessly divided. False teachers have invaded the Church just like they did in Galatia in Paul's day. If you are looking for a church home I would highly recommend the brotherhood of Churches of Christ. We stand for the truth and will not compromise the truth of God's word for anyone or anything. I like Paul last words to the Galatian Christians and is the teaching we give to all Christians, "And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who a re of the household of faith"(Galatians 6:9,10).


















































































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