galatians 6:7 sermon

Dawson.There are four subjects which the apostle would have us particularly guard against being deceived in.I. M. Taylor, D. D.)Harvest an increase on sowingW. That future punishment will be to present sin as consequence to cause.6. A duality of NATURE.1. As it is with the seeds of weeds, so it is with every evil propensity and habit. 2. "If God were not sure to punish the evil, and to make it bear, so far as it remains evil, the weight of his condemnation, the good would lose for us its reality."2. Now, suppose some mischievous boy were to take up a handful of vegetable seeds and to scatter peas and beans and potatoes over the flower-beds; or a handful of flower-seeds, and were to scatter Indian cress, and wallflower, and Virginian stock, and Venus' looking-glass, and Love-lies-bleeding over the vegetable-beds, the gardener would call to him, "Stop, boy! A man who is sowing to the flesh has to labour; and sowing to the Spirit is no more laborious than sowing to the flesh, nor yet so much. That it will be of such a nature, that no enlightened mind in the universe of God can offer any objection to it that shall not be unreasonable. Being sent a second time on the like message, he first took the letter, which he conceived had eyes as well as a tongue, and hid it in the ground, sitting himself on the place where he had put it; and then securely fell to feed on his figs, presuming that that paper which saw nothing, could tell nothing. It is as truly a law of our nature that we shall worship, as that we shalt eat. If a man, verily thinking he is sowing wheat, sow tares, will he reap wheat?2. We recognize in ourselves, and so in other men, a sense of a righteousness which ought to be obeyed and maintained; and we recognize also a condition of feeling, mind, will, life, that is not according to righteousness. Our misery and happiness proceed not merely from Divine appointment, but from ourselves.III. Gather round, gather round boys and girls! A. This must reap corruption, because(1)the corruption of death will put an end to most earthly accomplishments. We plant a single grain, we pluck a full ear; we sow in handfuls, we reap in bosomfuls; we scatter bushels, but we gather in rich granary stores. The season of sowing precedes that of reaping. In business;2. Seed-time is the gracious, the covenant boon of Heaven: forfeited by man's original transgression, it was restored in virtue of that dispensation of mercy disclosed in the first promise to the fallen; again held in abeyance, whilst the waters of the deluge covered a polluted world, the sacrifice of faith availed to the renewal of the benefaction in terms more distinct, and ratified by a sign, visible to all the nations and coeval with all the successive generations of man.2. As to duration, that as long as the sin lasts, so long will its appropriate punishment last.3. But faith is a continuous act, and involves obedience as well as trust.(S. They are temperate, and are blessed with health. Others there are, who, without attending to the written revelation of God's will, form to themselves a scheme of conduct in which vice is mingled with virtue, and who cover from themselves, and hope to cover from God, the indulgence of some criminal desire, or the continuance of some vicious habit, by a few splendid instances of public spirit, or some few effusions of occasional bounty. But faith is a continuous act, and involves obedience as well as trust.(S. But in regard to the sowing to the flesh and to the Spirit, God says "we shall reap." In some cases, in a bad season, you will see sowing that has had little or no reaping. Who consecrate their substance to God.3. D.)I. But if you had asked them, "What are you doing?" Thus Matthew 20:18. Thus Matthew 20:18. And so, also, with good.3. These men seem to be sinning without punishment, and often infer that they do not deserve it. In reference to Divine will and operation. WE ARE TO BE SAVED BY DOING THE BEST WE CAN. The seed may lie a long time in the ground, but it is still there, it is not dead, And when it does grow, its growth is sometimes very slow and gradual. But if you sow the good ground of the spirit, you will of that good ground gather the golden grain of life eternal. (Samuel Cox, D. D.)The spiritual lawBishop Lightfoot."What? M. Taylor, D. D.The harvest is always an increase on that which was sown. "Flesh" — the ordinary uninspired life of man; "Spirit" — the inspired life of those who have come under a higher influence. Our destiny hereafter depends upon our conduct now.IV. "Getting a little fun," he might say. You cannot cheat God by your fair professions. Neither can He want power to execute His purposes; He who spoke, and the world was made, can speak again, and it will perish.III. There is an awful truth, if there be also quaintness, in the language of one who said, "My Lord, heaven is not to be won by short hard work at the last, as some of us take a degree at the university after much irregularity and negligence. There are no secrets on earth to Him — no secrets in hell: hell is naked before Him, and destruction has no covering; much more the hearts of the children of men.II. The certainty of the reaping. But man covers two worlds, and he must settle with each before his destiny is decided: he may pass the judgment seat of one acquitted, but stand convicted before the other. I find Scripture, in several emphatic places, giving this caution — the caution "not to be deceived" in connection with the indulgence of sin. The ideal of the Christian is the inspired life, sowing to, walking in, being led by the Spirit — the promotion of truth, justice, love, between man and man.III. We recognize in ourselves, and so in other men, a sense of a righteousness which ought to be obeyed and maintained; and we recognize also a condition of feeling, mind, will, life, that is not according to righteousness. Did you know that you, all of you, plant seeds in your life every day? The word, "mock" (which in the New Testament is in the original expressed by two or three synonymous terms), in its literal and most proper sense, signifies, deceiving any person, deluding him, or disappointing his expectation. Angell James. There is the parable of the talents. RIGHTEOUSNESS AND SIN ALWAYS YIELD THEIR HARVESTS: the moral results of our actions are determined by definite and irresistible laws.II. As to duration, that as long as the sin lasts, so long will its appropriate punishment last.3. Have you ever thought of this? The answer was, that he would rather be Croesus in this life, and Socrates in the next! Angell James. THE APPLICATION OF THE PRINCIPLE.1. If there were no other world, they would be the wisest men, because they best obey the laws of their condition. They make sowing and reaping, probation and retribution, contemporaneous. No excuse for ignorance or apology for error, because he ought to have sought the truth, which whosoever seeks, shall surely find.2. Home and society.III. 2. And yet it is no more done with than the seed that is buried in the ground, and that will spring up by and by. BE NOT DECEIVED IN THE CHARACTER OF THE BEING AND PERFECTIONS OF GOD.1. He cannot evade or refuse the task. Our natural warmth. "Whatsoever a man soweth," is just the same as saying, "Whatsoever a man does."3. Every step we take on the ladder upwards helps up to a higher. And all these have moral character, a moral bearing, and are being "sown" for eternity. (John Eadie, D. D.)The law of retributionSamuel Cox, D. D.The Bible everywhere describes men as reaping what they sow, and as receiving again, not the bare seed sown, but the harvest of their actions. But faith is a continuous act, and involves obedience as well as trust.(S. And when the harm is done, you cannot turn lightly away and say, "It was none of my doing." It is our own fault, and only ours, if we are not elected. Thus, it is evident that in considering this theme of retribution, we have to look below the surface. (3)Taking safety for granted.3. "But enough of that! He is weak and I am strong; but, though he bow his head, crushed into silence, I may be sure that there is a sullen heart in the little bosom, and anger the more bitter because it is impotent. Neff did not recognize the man, and begged him to explain. )Seed-time and harvestJ. Does not even one good deed induce your neighbours to ask your help in other good deeds, and thus furnish you with ever new opportunities of service? And yet it is no more done with than the seed that is buried in the ground, and that will spring up by and by. "Fun is all very good in its own place," says the gardener, "but you are sowing. The sowing season neglected would entail upon the husbandman, and all dependent upon his exertions, certain ruin. This is accomplished by faith.4. The present is seed-time; the harvest is to come (Galatians 6:7). It is not his way to tear the parchments and rights of investiture from the hand of the proprietor, but he paralyzes and unlocks the hand, and they fall like useless and forgotten things away from him. Like the chameleon, men are ever shifting the hue of their religious character. Their influence is active. It is sad to be deceived in(1)a friend;(2)our state of health;(3)our means — but these are not beyond remedy — but(4)to be deceived about the soul's condition is irreparable.2. How many acts, words, thoughts, and feelings enter into the record of every day, and each is a productive seed! They are temperate, and are blessed with health. The application to regenerated nature: "He that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting." If you once brace yourself for a good deed which involves thought and labour and self-sacrifice, do not all similar deeds become easier to you? Universally so. The reason is plain. You may wonder that I so gravely assert this. But if it is a seed, and if there is a harvest, must not the increase be as with every other kind of sowing and reaping?4. There are such and such men who have pursued for years the most corrupt courses in their business, and yet they prosper, and are geting rich every day." If he offends against these, he may incur but little of painful consequence. Suppose a man who has been engaged in the pursuit of wealth to attain the summit of his ambition. It imposes upon the husbandman the necessity of diligent and laborious exertion; nothing must discourage him from his occupation. "Culture" and "cultivation," e.g., — terms originally denoting the tillage of the earth, have been transferred, by the hint of analogy, to the soul.I. That the Eternal One can make no compromise with sin. I call him to me again, press his head to my breast, kiss him, and weep. According to the natural course of things, it will come to an end. Plant a pea or a potatoe, and how many you get for the one. I call him to me again, press his head to my breast, kiss him, and weep. He ran up behind him, tapped him on the shoulder, and asked, "What is the state of your soul, my friend? When the whirlwind sweeps through the forest, at its first breath, or almost as if the fearful stillness that precedes had crushed it, the giant tree with all its boughs falls crashing to the ground. The hope of future perfection and glory. The reapers — who are they? Everything connects us with eternity; we are not only travelling to it, but are already on its confines.II. It may be out of sight. They make sowing and reaping, probation and retribution, contemporaneous. If we miss these weeks — if we were not to sow, as we are doing, you would have no vegetables and no flowers. Facts show this: what moral changes have taken place in human nature: read the history of Paul.II. They shall reap what they have sown. "Ah! His desires being earthly, his reward is perishable.(T. "There are men," he said, looking round, "there are men here who are tunnelled, mined; their time will come, not to-day or tomorrow, not for months or years, perhaps, but it will come in a moment, from an unforseen quarter, a trifling incident, their reputations will be blown to atoms, and what they have sown they will reap. If you throw a stone into the air, you may mean no harm, or only a little harm; but you may do a great injury. Sowing to the Spirit: cultivating the spiritual powers and propensities.III. All this goes to show that while it is wholly of grace that reward is granted to any believer, yet the reward itself is graduated for each according to the magnitude of the service.(W. The splendid mansion he has reared may stand in castellated pride for many generations, and his domain may smile for ages in undiminished beauty; but in less, perhaps, than half a generation, death will shoot his unbidden way into the inner apartment, and without despoiling the lord of his possessions, will despoil the possessions of their lord! A philosopher once said to his friend, "Which of the two would you rather be, Croesus, the wealthiest, but one of the worst men of his day; or Socrates, who was the poorest of the poor, but distinguished for many virtues?" Because, though this proposition is assented to as expressing a truth in agriculture, it is denied or disregarded as expressing a principle in morals.1. We plant a single grain, we pluck a full ear; we sow in handfuls, we reap in bosomfuls; we scatter bushels, but we gather in rich granary stores. Here are some of the fallacies with which men deceive themselves.I. 3. It is sad to be deceived in(1)a friend;(2)our state of health;(3)our means — but these are not beyond remedy — but(4)to be deceived about the soul's condition is irreparable.2. Men will rather receive a pleasing error than embrace a self-denying truth.3. This is seen in the present result of certain sins. The blade and the ear may be hardly recognized and distinguished as to species, but the full corn in the ear is the certain result and unmistakeable proof of what was sown. H. Wilson, D. D.)Sowing and reapingJ. Their minds are active. That, as there is no malice in the Divine nature and no cruelty, all punishment will have as its purpose an end worthy of the Divine nature.5. And you have forgotten it. Angell James.What is the seed? Slavery to custom is life after the flesh, the origin of a thousand corruptions in the whole system of our social life. As you are all sowers, so you shall all be reapers, every one of you. Life is the only time wherein the seeds of immortal bliss can be deposited, and the soul prepared for heaven.II. )Sowing and ReapingW. The spirit is capable of moral cultivation. They are shrewd and economical, and amass wealth. Nay, do not deceive yourselves. Our actions are fertile, and we do have to eat the fruit they yield. BE NOT DECEIVED IN THE CHARACTER OF THE BEING AND PERFECTIONS OF GOD.1. "Corruption" is the harvest of "sowing to the flesh," and "life everlasting," the harvest of "sowing to the Spirit." From the seed of the flesh the ripened result is corruption, which is flesh in its most revolting state. )Deception in matters of religionT. The application to regenerated nature: "He that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting." It was I; your question led me to serious reflection, and now I trust it is well with my soul. "Whatsoever a man soweth," is just the same as saying, "Whatsoever a man does."3. )Self-deceivedBagley's Family Biblical Instructor.A Neapolitan shepherd came in great anguish to his priest. The straw is uncut. In his physical and social nature man was made under the laws of this world. The measure of the reaping — what shall it be? Take anything you have done during the past week — anything you are about to do now, and ask yourselves: Is this sowing "to the flesh, or to the Spirit?" Angell James.What is the seed? But figuratively, consequentially, and in true reality of guilt and folly, all wicked men, who set themselves to oppose God's kingdom of righteousness; who, without repentance, amendment, and obedience to God's commands, expect to escape, and teach others that they may escape, His righteous judgment; are, in the apostle's estimation, mockers of God. That no punishment will be inflicted which will throw the Divine Character as revealed in Christ into discord with itself.4. THAT THE SOWER SHALL AT LENGTH BECOME THE REAPER.IV. Johnson, LL. Why, then, does Paul so solemnly introduce and so formally express this truth, or truism, as I may call it? Again; all those actions demand this appellation, which are intended to realize carnal satisfaction. Every deed is a seed sown in our nature, either good or evil, and according to the seed will be the harvest.(D. N. Norton, D. D.)Like produces likeJohn Eadie, D. D.The warning implies a liability to deception or error: in this case the deception appears to be, that a man may be sowing to the flesh, and yet be hoping to reap of the Spirit, or that for him might be changed the unchangeable order which God has ordained — "like seed, like harvest." How much seed every man sows even in a short life, seed of some sort or other! A philosopher once said to his friend, "Which of the two would you rather be, Croesus, the wealthiest, but one of the worst men of his day; or Socrates, who was the poorest of the poor, but distinguished for many virtues?" Every temptation promptly resisted strengthens the will. Our natural warmth. If a man cultivate any faculty, that of learning languages, for example, or of written composition, or of public speaking, who can say whereunto it will grow, what nutriment it will meet from the most unexpected quarters, how one opportunity will open the door for another, and one success pave the way for a dozen more? Broad.Liability to imposture is perhaps inseparable from human frailty; the best of men have been numbered with its victims. He who creeps in at last to the kingdom through the fast closing gate, and by a deathbed repentance becomes regenerated, shall not have a place like that of the man whose entire life has been devoted to the Lord Jesus. Universally so. The actions in which now we engage are seeds whose fruit shall be eternal, and when we know and believe that, shall we be less careful of them than he was of his speech? Davies, M. A.I. It sometimes looks as if it would never come to anything. Another sort of men there are, who seem to content themselves with a loose and general expectation that they shall fare upon the whole as well as others; and that the multitude of those who live in the same sensual way with themselves cannot be all of them in a state liable to God's severe displeasure. And so, also, with good.3. That the Eternal One can make no compromise with sin. Every one who lives sows, and sows until he dies.2. We must not only consider what we are doing, but from what motive, and with what aim we are doing it.3. Corruption! THE REAPING. So that there is a moral character stamped upon all that we are engaged in doing; and consequently there is a "sowing" in many actions that we think little about; there is that attending each, which makes it a moral and eternal agent.(J. THAT EVERY MAN, IN HIS EARTHLY CONDITION, IS TO BE REGARDED AS A SOWER.II. W. Some people think sin a very small thing, to have such consequences coming of it. "If God were not sure to punish the evil, and to make it bear, so far as it remains evil, the weight of his condemnation, the good would lose for us its reality."2. W. Eve actually believed Satan when he gave the lie direct to God! The subject impresses the necessity of regeneration. The expression is a strong one, taken from that organ of the face by which we express careless contempt. A duality of PROCEDURE.1. Every thought we think, every word we speak, every action we perform, every opportunity of service neglected or improved, is a seed sown by us, the fruit of which shall multiply either into untold miseries or myriad blessings in the eternity into which we go.(W. Hypocrisy and gold can cozen men, but not God. Men are accountable creatures — necessarily so. The kind you sow you will reap. And when the harm is done, you cannot turn lightly away and say, "It was none of my doing." The blade and the ear may be hardly recognized and distinguished as to species, but the full corn in the ear is the certain result and unmistakeable proof of what was sown. Is it only to please myself, or is it to please God?II. There is no dynamite like men's lusts and passions. It may be undervalued in health and prosperity; but in sickness and trouble we feel its necessity. In reference to labour and reward, we cannot reap without previous sowing; we cannot reap where we have not sown; inferior seed will yield a poor return. And the grounds or reasons upon which they are justly so esteemed are very evident. )Self-deceivedBagley's Family Biblical Instructor.A Neapolitan shepherd came in great anguish to his priest. you would have got the answer, "We are sowing." For —1. Nevins, D. D.Is it not strange that the apostle should have thought it necessary to draw out into a formal proposition a truth so obvious and admitted as that whatsoever a man soweth, that and not something of a different kind he shall also reap? What infinite importance, then, is stamped on every thought, word, action; they will all spring up again, multiplied a hundredfold at the world's great harvest.III. But we have to take advantage of this gift.3. M. Taylor, D. D.The harvest is always an increase on that which was sown. If you plant the seed of your own selfish desires, if you sow the field of the flesh, then when you gather in your harvest, you will find the ears blighted and rotten. (5)God is merciful. Home and society.III. To follow the inspiration of God, to live the truly elevated and conscientious life is too hard and fatiguing for many; and the few who do persevere are exposed to terrible temptations to doubt of themselves, and to suspect they would have done better to have walked in the beaten track of the world's use and wont. Others there are, who, without attending to the written revelation of God's will, form to themselves a scheme of conduct in which vice is mingled with virtue, and who cover from themselves, and hope to cover from God, the indulgence of some criminal desire, or the continuance of some vicious habit, by a few splendid instances of public spirit, or some few effusions of occasional bounty. They hope, therefore, that the debaucheries they are guilty of will be put to the account of natural infirmities, and excused as the weaknesses of human nature in general. Salvation is a gift.2. I am full of relentings. I have revelled in pleasure for twenty years, and I am as hale and hearty to-day as ever." Davies, M. A.I. His desires being earthly, his reward is perishable. From the seed of the flesh the ripened result is corruption, which is flesh in its most revolting state. Flesh includes all desires whether sensual or refined that does not lead us to God: the Spirit those desires which spring from His inspiration and find in Him their response and their joy.2. The season of sowing precedes that of reaping. (Reuben Thomas. No excuse for ignorance or apology for error, because he ought to have sought the truth, which whosoever seeks, shall surely find.2. As such persons are, in true estimation of things, mockers of God, upon account of their confounding those essential differences of good and evil, which are the foundation of God's government over rational creatures; and upon account of their entertaining dishonourable and very injurious apprehensions concerning the perfections and attributes of God Himself: so they are still further guilty of the same charge, in perverting the plain revelation of Christ, and overthrowing the whole design of His religion (see Matthew 16:27; Revelation 22:12; 2 Corinthians 5:10). But, observe, election is the result of foreknowledge on God's part (Romans 8:29). If a man, verily thinking he is sowing wheat, sow tares, will he reap wheat?2. ENOUGH, however, IS REAPED NOW TO SAVE MEN FROM DESPAIR. "Do you say so?" Your work, your play, your lessons at home or at school during the week or on the Lord's Day, when you were at your games, when you were reading some story or other book, when you were amusing yourself or other people — it was a seed which you were sowing — sowing, indeed, for this life, but sowing also for the life to come — for eternity. )RetributionReuben Thomas.The fact of retribution is necessarily a very serious one to all who are not "past feeling." Fuller.I could both sigh and smile at the simplicity of a native American, sent by a Spaniard, his master, with a basket of figs, and a letter wherein the figs were mentioned, to carry them both to one of his master's friends. And how many solitary and forlorn wayfarers, stumbling in the dark, may even one such candle, shining through a cottage casement, serve to guide, to stimulate, to console! Does not your example stimulate and encourage them in the good works they have in hand, or now and then even rouse the indolent and indifferent to interest and activity? Everybody knows to expect this. No word is spoken, but the little bosom heaves, the little heart softens, the little eyes grow tenderly penitent, the little hands come up and clasp my neck, and my relentings and my sorrow have produced after their kind. If he sowed turnips, he would not expect to gather potatoes. By way of derision, in a scornful, insulting, and despiteful manner. The reaping is not only the effect of the sowing, but is necessarily of the same nature with it. He is weak and I am strong; but, though he bow his head, crushed into silence, I may be sure that there is a sullen heart in the little bosom, and anger the more bitter because it is impotent. The doctrine itself; that every man shall finally receive of God, according to what he has done, whether it be good, or whether it be evil; that, "whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap;" is undeniably proved by all the principles of reason, and expressly confirmed by all the notices of revelation. But we have to take advantage of this gift.3. Thomas, D. D.)True moral cultureD. Their passions are active. We plant a single grain, we pluck a full ear; we sow in handfuls, we reap in bosomfuls; we scatter bushels, but we gather in rich granary stores. )Seed-time and harvestJ. II. Twenty years before it received a gash. A duality of NATURE.1. But in reality they are full of weakness and decay. Natural thing, like the growing of seed sown attends his efforts in evil we. Immutable and the seeds of weeds, so long will its appropriate punishment last.3 season... 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