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Scripture For Today

We Reap What We Sow/Harvest What We Plant

Galatians 6:1-10 NLT

1 Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are [spiritual] should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important.

Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. For we are each responsible for our own conduct.

Those who are taught the word of God should provide for their teachers, sharing all good things with them.

Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant [sow what you reap]. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. 10 Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.

BWV Comment

I especially like the way the NLT uses the term - "sinful nature" in Verse 8 for all believers still have a sinful nature and it is our biggest opposition to living the Christian life.  The Bible also calls it the "old man of sin." 

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Insight For Today

Are Christians Free From Sin?

Galatians 5:24-25  NLT

24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. 25 Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.

Romans 6:5-7 NLT

Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin.

I am always amazed that any Christian would believe we no longer sin or have the sin nature after we are saved. I once followed a pastor in a Church who had taught his congregation they no longer had a sin nature if they were saved. I didn't realize why my teaching was being opposed or ignored on the sinner-hood of the believer until a lady in the Church took me aside and told me about the former pastor's teaching.

Romans 6 is perhaps one of the hardest passages in all of the Bible to comprehend - how that our sin nature was crucified (put to death) when Christ died on the cross and at the same time, we were raised-up in the resurrection of Christ to enter into a brand new kind of life NOW not in the future eternal kingdom.  We have died with Christ in His death to the old sin nature and we have been raised with Him in His resurrection. Those are biblical truths whether we  believe or understand them. The reason most believers including myself fail to experience this truth of our co-death and co-resurrection with Christ is they try to understand it solely with their minds. The only way it can be understood and experienced is by the revelation of the Holy Spirit.  Dying to self is not taught or emphasized in most modern Churches.

In Galations 5 above, Paul says believers in Jesus Christ have (past tense) nailed the the old sin nature with its evil passions and desires to the cross so we can now walk in the Spirit and not obey the sin nature. In Romans 6 above, Paul says the same thing, but notice in 6:7, he does not say we no longer have a sin nature, but we have been set free from the POWER of sin. A criminal who has been put in prison is not dead in the sense of not existing unless he is put to death by the death penalty. No, rather he is restricted in what he can do. He is no longer free to commit crimes against humanity. Well, that is a crude illustration of what Jesus in His death has done to the old sin nature that had power over us before we were saved. Christ stripped the old sin nature of its power to control us in that we now have the indwelling Holy Spirit who like the prison guards that keep watch over and contain the prisoners from committing more crimes, keeps the sin nature in check. The old sin nature will not be done away with until the Eternal Age when the Bible says at that time Christ will deliver the kingdom to the Father and defeat the last enemy death by abolishing it.  From that time there will be no more sin and a sin nature, but until that time, we of necessity wage spiritual war against three enemies - our sin nature, the devil and his demons.  The good news is that we don't do it by ourselves, but by the power of the Holy Spirit.

We have a sin nature, but it is kept in check by the death and resurrection of Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit, that is, if we yield to the Holy Spirit's control of our lives. If we fail to yield to the Holy Spirit's leadership in our lives the old sin nature will break out of its prison and attack us relentlessly resulting in great harm to our spiritual life and growth as believers.