Galatians 6:7-9: Doing Good to Reap Eternal Life

Galatians 6:7-9 was one of the daily works passages I put up a couple days ago. I want to point out something it says that surprises everyone who hears it.

Let’s start, though, with Romans 2:6-7:

He that sows to the flesh will, from the flesh, reap corruption, but those who sow to the Spirit will, from the Spirit reap everlasting life. Therefore, do not grow weary in doing good, for in due season you will reap, if you do not lose heart.

Let me pull one sentence from there and ask you a couple questions:

“Therefore, do not grow weary in doing good, for in due season you will reap, if you do not lose heart.”

  1. What is the “therefore” there for?
  2. In context, what are we going to reap in due season if we do not growy weary in doing good?

Since I think you can figure out the answers to those questions on your own, I just want to point out the way the wording of Galatians 6:9 matches Romans 2:7.

  • Romans 2:7 – “To those who by patiently continuing to do good, [he will repay] eternal life.”
  • Galatians 6:9 – “Don’t get tired of doing good because you will reap eternal life if you don’t lose heart.”

Tomorrow, I want to give you a much clearer reason why I write these things, give hope to the fainthearted and weak who find only condemnation in such teachings, and explain how to use the scriptural weapon of fear properly.

I am learning that I have not been using that weapon properly on the internet. In person, long experience and a lot of close fellowship with mature, spiritual brothers have taught me to recognize the fainthearted man in front of me and bestow comfort. I have learned not to comfort, but to warn the unruly.

On the internet, however, I found no way to differentiate. I simply assailed false doctrine and tradition that makes void the Word of God, and the lost, pharisees, false teachers, the unruly, the fainthearted and the weak all have heard the same message from me. I didn’t know how to do otherwise, and I believed the restoration of the truth was important enough to publish.

Somehow, through the exhortation of others and, I have to suppose, the kindness of God, I have begun to get an inkling of how to stop shotgunning my audience.

I think you’ll enjoy tomorrow’s post, which I’ve already written. I know I did, because it put things in their proper place in a clear manner—at least for me. May our Father grant that it will do the same for you, while maintaining the voice of the apostles and their churches against the traditions of men that have risen up against them in our day.

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