Galatians 6:7-12
Gal 6:7 (KJB)
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
Mocked - Treat with contempt, deride, or ridicule
The Bible is stating here that God will not be treated with contempt. In fact, the word “mock” carries with it the meaning of “thumbing our nose at God.” Those who choose to walk in the flesh, especially those who felt they could keep the law will definitely reap what they have sown. If they have sown sinful things, they will reap the consequences of those actions. Normally, the consequences will be much more than anticipated. We can never sin without there being some type of consequences of our actions. The false teachers who came to Galatia would sow the law but from the law they would also reap those consequences. Those who think they are smarter than God will so learn how much they do not know.
Gal 6:8 (KJB)
For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
Soweth - Scatter, spread or disperse
Reap - Harvest or gather
Corruption - Destruction, ruin, or loss
Here are two different types of seed being sown and two different crops. If a person sows to the flesh, that is, if they choose to follow the law and are unable to keep it perfectly, then their crop will be destruction, which of course, is an eternity in hell. If a person sows to the Spirit, that is, has salvation by grace alone, their crop is going to be eternal life. This principle can also be applied to life’s other areas too. If a person indulges in a fleshly lifestyle, then they will receive the consequences of their actions and there will be no crop failure. Just as there will be no crop failure for those who are saved and living in the Spirit, there will be no crop failure for those living in sin. Those who drink alcohol can expect liver failure. Those who smoke can expect lung problems. Those who fornicate can expect sexually transmitted diseases. There will be no crop failure among those who sow sin because what they sow they will reap.
Gal 6:9 (KJB)
And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
Be weary - Lose heart or be despondent
In due season - Time or a fixed time
Faint - Weaken, weary, or exhausted
Paul here encourages the believer to continue doing the good works which are in keeping with one’s salvation. Sometimes it may seem that we do nothing but give and give and sometimes we wonder if it is all worth it. This would happen when we start to become weary in the flesh but Paul states that we just continue to do those good works. God has already set a time when we shall reap the crop of those good works. We may give money to missions or ministries who produce tracts and after years of giving, we wonder if we have made an impact. Well we are encouraged to continue those good works and if we do not faint or become weary and quit, we will reap those good crops. As believers, we should realize that this world is our work place and when we get to Heaven, we will then know the results of the works which we have done and this is why we do not look for results here because we do not know what God is working behind the scenes with our ministries.
Gal 6:10 (KJB)
As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
Opportunity - A period of time
Especially - most of all or particularly
Here we have our marching orders that we are to do good unto all people but we most of all to do good to the body of believers. The opportunity we have is the period of time that we are saved to the point of our home going or the Lord’s return.
(Luke 19:13 KJV) And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.
(Eph 5:16 KJV) Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Both of these verses tell us that we are to occupy until the Lord comes and we are to redeem the time. Our days must not spent in vanity but in continuing to evangelize the unsaved and to minister to the saved. Every one of us is given the opportunity to perform ministry, the key is, are we taking advantage of those times or are we letting them slip away. I first became saved at 27 years old and today as I write this I am 54 years old. 27 years has already gone by and the rest will go by just as fast. This is why we are to occupy the time by getting involved in ministry. These last days are not the time for true Christians to become lazy or cheap.
Gal 6:11 (KJB)
Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand.
It seems that Paul was in the habit of dictating his letters to the churches but here he states that he wrote the epistle to the Galatians in his own hand and he states that it is a large letter because he normally did not write such long letters by his own handwriting. He was zealous to have the Galatians read this letter and he probably personally wrote it hoping that would stimulate them to read it and heed the contents of it and free them from the false teachers which have invaded their church. Sometimes a personal work on our behalf by someone else would compel us more to appreciate it.
Gal 6:12 (KJB)
As many as desire to make a fair show in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.
To make a fair show - Have a fair appearance
Constrain - Force or compel
Paul restates again some of the negative characteristics of the false teachers. They attempt to put on a good show so they have a good appearance which is all part of the deception. However, their show is in the flesh and not the Spirit because they are compelling the Galatian Christians to become circumcised so they can get them back under the law. Living the life in Christ had always brought persecution and these false teachers would not suffer persecution for the cross, so instead of telling the truth, they chose to lie so they would never face the type of persecution Christ faced. False teachers always take the easy way out and plant their burdens on others. If these Galatian Christians became circumcised, then it would definitely look like they did their job but if they did not get circumcised, the false teachers could be suspected of having been converted and then they would be facing persecution.