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Galatians, Chapter Six, Lesson Two

SPIRITUAL REAPING           Page 5
V. 9 (Cont'd.)

** If we live our life under the control of the Holy Spirit, when does Paul say we will experience our "Spiritual Reaping"?

"...in due time..." cf. 1Peter 5:6-7, Hebrews 6:10, 1Corinthians 15:58

V.10 ** How long is the "opportunity" that Paul refers to?

The word used for opportunity [kairos] lit. means "a fixed or distinct period of time". Paul is not referring to occasional opportunities that may arise in a believer's life but to the total opportunity of his present earthly existence, or to put it another way "our entire Christian lifetime".
cf. Ephesians 5:15-16, Colossians 4:5-6

** What should be the preoccupation of our heart during our Christian lifelong opportunity?

Doing "...good to all men, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith." The word for good [agathos] is the same word Paul used for part of the fruit of the Spirit. It means moral and spiritual excellence. "It is the internal goodness produced by the Spirit in the hearts of obedient believers, which then finds expression in external goodness spoken by his mouth and performed by his hands" [John MacArthur, Galatians Commentary, p.191].
cf. 1Peter 2:15, Titus 2:6-8
This is showing Christ's love and righteousness to the sinful and watching world around us!

** Why would Paul say, "..and especially to" Christians?

When we are under the control of the Holy Spirit, loving, restoring, helping and teaching fellow believers, we are sowing to the Spirit and setting an example before all men. By this action, we will make the reality of Jesus Christ known to all. cf. 1John 3:14, John 13:34-35

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** Do our thoughts and actions have any relationship to the outcome of our life?

Absolutely yes! If someone "sows to the flesh" the outcome will be corruption in their life. On the other hand, if we (by the grace of God) sow to the Spirit, the outcome will be eternal life.

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