Bible Passage:Gal 6:7
Do not be deceived; God is not mocked: for whatever a man sows, that he shall also reap.
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Paul now adds to his former correction and exhortation a threatening: "Do not be deceived; God is not mocked." He touches to the quick the perverseness of those who despise the ministry. "God is not mocked," that is to say, God does not suffer Himself to be mocked in His ministers. For He says: "He that despises you, despises Me" (Luke 10:16). And to Samuel He says: "They have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me" (1 Sam 8:7) . Therefore, although God may defer His punishment for a season, yet when He sees fit, He will locate the mockers, and will punish their contempt of His Word and bitter hatred which they bear against His ministers. Therefore they deceive not God but themselves. They shall not laugh at God, but He will laugh at them (Psalm 2). They shall feel, when death approaches, whether they have mocked themselves or God's ministers, or rather, not God's ministers, but God Himself, as Paul says here. All these things work to this purpose, that ministers should be nourished and maintained. Men must be admonished about this, that they may know that they ought to yield to their pastors both reverence and a necessary living. Our Savior teaches the same thing: "Eating and drinking what they give you: for the laborer is worthy of his hire" (Luke 10:7). And Paul says in another place: "So also the Lord directed those who proclaim the gospel to get their living from the gospel." (1 Cor. 9:14).
Whatever, Lord, we lend to Thee,
Repaid a thousand-fold will be;
Then gladly will we give to Thee
Who givest all.
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