Chapter Six, Lesson Two
SPIRITUAL REAPING Page
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
V.10 ** How long is the "opportunity" that Paul refers
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
cf. Ephesians 5:15-16, Colossians 4:5-6
** What should be the preoccupation of our heart during our Christian
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
** Do our thoughts and actions have any relationship to the outcome of
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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