Sin

Reaping

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Here, sowing to the flesh means pandering to the flesh’s evil desires.  Corruption is the word meaning degeneration, as in decaying food.  Sin always corrupts and, when left unchecked, always makes a person progressively worse in character.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Galatians 6:8.


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This expression describes not only a life that endures forever but, primarily, the highest quality of living that one can experience.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Galatians 6:8.

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Supreme Significance

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It is important for us as believers to understand what happened on the cross, and that it was of supreme significance.  Jesus’ crucifixion on a tree is far more than simply the site of a Jewish man’s execution-this was the solution to mankind’s biggest problem: sin and the resulting alienation from God.  The crucifixion of Jesus is the divine transaction that saves us.  Only the blood of Christ can cleanse us from sin and reconcile us to the Father.

Although the Jews and the Romans viewed the crucifixion as the execution of a criminal, God saw the death of His Son as the perfect atoning sacrifice, which allowed for the justification of sinful mankind.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, May 18, 2020.

As you are

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Jesus didn’t wait until we deserved Him-He knew that we never could.  Instead, He gave Himself freely for all mankind and extended an invitation for every sinner, just as he or she is, to come to Him and find rest.  We are all unworthy of salvation.

Many people think they should wait to accept Christ’s offer of salvation until after they have improved themselves in some way.  But that is actually the exact opposite of the gospel’s message.

Jesus didn’t say, “Go clean yourself up, then come to Me,” did He?  Rather, He opened His arms and said, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

Commentary from the In Touch Devotional by Charles Stanley, April 25, 2020.

Death reigned

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Adam’s sin brought universal death-exactly opposite the result he expected and Satan had promised: “You will be like God” (Genesis 3:5).

Unlike Adam’s act, Christ’s act has-and will-accomplish exactly what He intended, i.e., spiritual life.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Romans 5:17.

Contrary

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The flesh opposes the work of the Spirit and leads the believer toward sinful behavior he would not otherwise be compelled to do.

The believer does not have two competing natures, the old and the new; but one new nature that is still incarcerated in unredeemed flesh.  But the term “flesh” is not equivalent to the physical body, which can be an instrument of holiness.

Our mortal body is the only remaining repository where sin finds the believer vulnerable.  The brain and its thinking processes are part of the body and thus tempt our souls with its sinful lusts.

Christians must wait until their glorification before they are finally rid of their unredeemed humanness (Romans 8:23), yet by walking in the Spirit they can please God in this world.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Galatians 5:17 and 5:24; Romans 6:6 and 6:12.