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Friday, May 25, 2018

Bible Passage:Gal 6:8

For the one who sows to his own flesh shall from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit shall from the Spirit reap eternal life.

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Paul adds a similitude and an allegory.  And this general statement about sowing he applies to the particular matter of nourishing and maintaining the ministers of the Word, saying: "the one who sows to the Spirit," etc., that is to say, He that cherishes the teachers of God's Word, does a spiritual work and shall reap everlasting life.  Here rises a question, whether we deserve eternal life by good works.  For so Paul seems to say so in this place.  But it is very necessary, following the example of Paul, to exhort the faithful to good works, that is, to exercise their faith by means of their works.  For if faith is not followed by works, it is manifest that such faith is not true faith.  Therefore the Apostle says: "the one who sows to the flesh," that is to say, he that gives nothing to the ministers of God's Word, but only feeds and cares for himself, that man shall of the flesh reap corruption, for the goods of the wicked shall waste away, and they themselves also at length shamefully perish.  Although this nourishing the ministers of the Church is but a corporal thing, yet notwithstanding, Paul calls it a sowing to the Spirit.  On the other hand, when men greedily scrape together what they can, and seek only their own gain, he calls it a sowing to the flesh.  He declares those who sow to the Spirit blessed both in this life and in the life to come; and the others who sow to the flesh, to be both accursed in this life and in the life to come.

Now then the ceaseless shower
Of Gospel blessings send,
And let the soul-converting power
Thy ministers attend.
On multitudes confer
The heart renewing love,
And by the joy of grace prepare
For fuller joys above.

aka Pastor Robin Fish
It isn't whether we win or lose, it is "Do we stand faithfully?"

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