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  1. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians Chapters 5-6

  2. Living the Gospel in Freedom (5:1-15) 1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. 2 Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all. 3 Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law. 4 You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. 5 But by faith we eagerly await through the Spirit the righteousness for which we hope. 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.

  3. Living the Gospel in Freedom (5:1-15) 7 You were running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth? 8 That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. 9 "A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough." 10 I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is throwing you into confusion will pay the penalty, whoever he may be. 11 Brothers, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been abolished. 12 As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves!

  4. Living the Gospel in Freedom (5:1-15) 13 You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. 14 The entire law is summed up in a single command: "Love your neighbor as yourself." 15 If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

  5. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians • Paul Gives a Short, Authoritative Greeting (1:1-5) • Paul Gives a Strong Warning (1:6-10) • Paul Proves That He Received the Gospel Directly from God – Not from Men (1:11-2:14) • Paul Defends His Law-Free Gospel Using Several Arguments (2:15-4:31) • Paul Teaches the Galatians How to Live Out the Law-Free Gospel. (5:1-6:10) • Living the Gospel in Freedom (5:1-15) • Living the Gospel in the Spirit (5:16-26) • Doing Good to Others (6:1-10)

  6. Living the Gospel in Freedom (5:1-15) • Stand Firm in Your Freedom From the Law (5:1-12) • Use Your Freedom, Not to Sin, But to Serve One Another in Love (5:13-15)

  7. Stand Firm in Your Freedom (5:1-12) 1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. • Picking up on the idea in his last argument that we are spiritual children of the free woman, Paul tells the Galatians that Christ did what he did to set them free from those weak and miserable principles (cf. Gal 4:9) of their pagan religions. • Therefore, he commands them to stand firm in their freedom and not become burdened again by the same kind of slavery they had been under as pagans by going along with the Judaizers and putting themselves under the Law of Moses. (cf. 4:8-11)

  8. Stand Firm in Your Freedom (5:1-12) 2 Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all. • Paul then uses a couple of attention grabbing expressions designed to let the Galatians know that he is dead serious in what he’s about to tell them: • Mark my words! Literally: Look! • I, Paul a reminder of who is writing: an apostle--sent not from men nor by man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father (cf. 1:1)

  9. Stand Firm in Your Freedom (5:1-12) 2 Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all. • If the Galatians go along with the Judaizers and become circumcised in order to earn favor with God, then the salvation offered in Christ will be of no value to them. • Why? • Because they will have crossed the line from trusting in Christalone for salvation to trusting in law-keeping for salvation and as Paul has already shown these two approaches to salvation are completely incompatible. (cf. 3:11-12, 18)

  10. Stand Firm in Your Freedom (5:1-12) 3 Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law. • Paul has already stated earlier (3:10) (from Deut 27:26): “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.” • In other words the Law is a unit and cannot be divided. You either keep all of it or you are guilty of violatingall of it (cf. James 2:10). • The Galatians had already started observing the Jewish religious days (4:10) and were now contemplating becoming circumcised. • Paul is warning them: if you intend to please God by keeping the Law, you have to keep the whole thing – perfectly. And, as we know, no one can actually do this.

  11. Stand Firm in Your Freedom (5:1-12) 4 You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace. • Here we see that the issue is not so much whether the Galatians engaged in the physical act of circumcision, but the attitude that they have towards circumcision. • This verse teaches that when a person depends on the religious value of something that they do to put themselves in right standing with God, they are no longer relying on grace. Therefore they have alienated themselves from Christ and will be eternally condemned (cf. 1:8-9).

  12. Stand Firm in Your Freedom (5:1-12) 5 But by faith we eagerly await through the Spirit the righteousness for which we hope. • In contrast to those who are trusting in religious activities (such as circumcision) to earn God’s favor, we who believe in Christ are empowered by the Spirit, though faith, to eagerly and confidently anticipate that God will declare us to be righteous in the final judgment – not because of what we have done, but what Christ has done on our behalf.

  13. Stand Firm in Your Freedom (5:1-12) 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. • The Christian life is not about religious activity. • The Christian life is about having a wholehearted, life-changing, personal trust and dependence on the finished work of Christ alone in order to have right standing with God. • And the person who has this kind of faith will show it by loving God and others. • Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. (1John 4:7-8)

  14. Stand Firm in Your Freedom (5:1-12) 7 You were running a good race. Who cut in on you and kept you from obeying the truth? 8 That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. • Paul uses a sports metaphor: Like a runner doing well in a race, the Galatians had at one time been doing well in believing and obeying the Gospel. • But now they were like a runner who had been knocked out of the race by someone coming in from the sidelines to trip them up. In this case, that “someone” was the Judaizers. • The kind of arguments being advanced by the these Judaizers that lead the Galatians away from obeying the truth are clearly not from God.

  15. Stand Firm in Your Freedom (5:1-12) 9 "A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough." • Paul appears to be quoting a proverb that was well known at the time – he uses this same expression in 1 Corinthians 5:6. • The basic idea is that something that starts small can eventually grow into a large problem if something is not done about it. • In this case, the Judaizers are a relatively small group, but if the Galatians continue to allow them to be an influence they will eventually take down the whole church!

  16. Stand Firm in Your Freedom (5:1-12) 10 I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is throwing you into confusion will pay the penalty, whoever he may be. • In spite of the strong concerns expressed, Paul continues to believe the best about his Galatian converts – that in the end they will come to their senses and reject the Judaizers’ false teaching. • Notice Paul’s confidence is “in the Lord” meaning God’s ability to bring them to their senses, Paul believes that He who began a good work in them will be faithful to complete it (cf. Philippians 1:6). • While Paul is in anguish over these false teachers and the damage they have sought to bring about in the lives of those he loves, he nevertheless rests in the fact that God will ultimately bring them to justice. • This statement is also a warning to the Galatians not to go along with the false teachers lest they suffer the same end.

  17. Stand Firm in Your Freedom (5:1-12) 11 Brothers, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been abolished. • We’re not given enough context here to know for sure, but evidently, in an effort to undercut Paul’s credibility, the Judaizers must have accused Paul of being inconsistent, saying perhaps that he came off strong against circumcision in Galatia, but that in other settings he still preached circumcision. • Even at this distance we can see the absurdity of this charge. Some of Paul’s greatest persecution came because he preached that Christ saves apart from circumcision or law keeping.

  18. Stand Firm in Your Freedom (5:1-12) 12 As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves! • Paul makes one last “cutting” remark towards the Judaizers – perhaps one of the crudest and most sarcastic of all Paul’s statements that we have on record. • Many of our modern translations give rather colorful renderings of this text: • Tell those who are disturbing you, I would like to see the knife slip. (Jerusalem Bible) • If only those who are upsetting you would make a complete job of this ‘cutting’ business; then we should have no more trouble from them! (F.F. Bruce) • Underlying Paul’s sarcasm is his view that circumcision no longer has legitimate religious significance and when done to gain acceptance before God is nothing more than bodily mutilation.

  19. Living the Gospel in Freedom (5:1-15) • Stand Firm in Your Freedom From the Law (5:1-12) • Use Your Freedom, Not to Sin, But to Serve One Another in Love (5:13-15)

  20. Use Your Freedom to Serve (5:13-15) 13 You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve [literally, “render slave service to”] one another in love. • Paul reminds us again that we are free but now gives: • A Warning: Do not use your freedom to indulge your sinful nature. • An Appeal: Use your freedom to serve one another in love.

  21. Use Your Freedom to Serve (5:13-15) 13 You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve [literally, “render slave service to”] one another in love. • Paul warns here against a misuse of Christian freedom: libertinism – a view that since we are free from the law we are now free to sin! (cf. Rom 6:15) • Some would argue that the solution to libertinism is more law – Paul would not agree. The solution that Paul offers here is to serve one another in love. • We shouldn’t miss the irony that while Paul has spent most of this letter arguing against slavery (to the Law), he now argues for slavery – a good slavery where we serve one another in love.

  22. Use Your Freedom to Serve (5:13-15) 14 The entire law is summed up in a single command [as Leviticus 19:18b says] : "Love your neighbor as yourself.” • Paul speaks here of Christians fulfilling the law. Is it that having made such a great show of throwing the law through the front door, Paul now unobtrusively readmits it through the back door? Does v.14 indicate something of a fundamental inconsistency in Paul’s thought? (Richard Longnecker on Galatians, p.241-2) • A key thing to notice is that Paul does not speak here (nor in Rom 13:8-10 where he makes a similar statement) of “doing” the law, but of “fulfilling” the Law.

  23. Use Your Freedom to Serve (5:13-15) 14 The entire law is summed up in a single command [as Leviticus 19:18b says] : "Love your neighbor as yourself.” • The focus of Paul’s statement is not on law, but on love. • So it is love - love that responds to Christ’s love - that defines our new life in Christ (cf. 2:20). • Ultimately, we can fulfill the law by loving one another (in response to Christ’s love) because Christ, acting on our behalf came and fulfilled the law’s requirements (cf. Mat 5:17ff)

  24. Use Your Freedom to Serve (5:13-15) 15 If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other. • An alternative to the kind of love that we are to have for one another is described in the vivid illustration that Paul gives in vs. 15: We can end up like wild beasts who, in a fight to the death end up destroying each other.

  25. Living the Gospel in the Spirit (5:16-26) 16 So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. 17 For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law. 19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

  26. Living the Gospel in the Spirit (5:16-26) 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

  27. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians • Paul Gives a Short, Authoritative Greeting (1:1-5) • Paul Gives a Strong Warning (1:6-10) • Paul Proves That He Received the Gospel Directly from God – Not from Men (1:11-2:14) • Paul Defends His Law-Free Gospel Using Several Arguments (2:15-4:31) • Paul Teaches the Galatians How to Live Out the Law-Free Gospel. (5:1-6:10) • Living the Gospel in Freedom (5:1-15) • Living the Gospel in the Spirit (5:16-26) • Good to Others (6:1-10)

  28. Living the Gospel in the Spirit (5:16-26) • In the previous section of Galatians (5:1-15) Paul warned against two possible abuses of the freedom that we have in Christ: • Legalism – attempting to achieve right standing with God through law-keeping • Libertinism – viewing our “freedom” as a license to sin and abandoning all efforts to live holy lives. • In this section (5:16-26) Paul explains that as Christians we must live out the Gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit. • In doing this we will avoid the two pitfalls (legalism and libertinism) that he warned us about in the previous section.

  29. Living the Gospel in the Spirit (5:16-26) • The primary emphasis in this section is on how the Spirit helps us to avoid the pitfall of libertinism by preventing us from gratifying our sinful lusts. • But Paul also shows in this section how life in the Spirit leads us away from legalism: • But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law. (5:18) • Against such things there is no law. (5:23) • In referring to the Spirit’s work in leading us away from libertinism and legalism, Paul uses an number of different phrases that I believe are synonymous, though each phrase emphasizes a different nuance of the Spirit’s work: • “walk (“live” in the NIV) by the Spirit” (v.16) • “led by the Spirit” (v.18) • “the fruit of the Spirit” (v.22) • “keep in step with the Spirit” (v.25)

  30. Living the Gospel in the Spirit (5:16-26) • Throughout this section there is a tension between two ideas: • We are told that it is the Holy Spirit, who causes us to live the kind of virtuous life that is pleasing to God and that those who are not controlled by the Spirit are controlled by the sinful nature and cannot please God (cf. Rom 8:5-16, especially vs.8) • And yet Paul commands us to “walk in the Spirit” (5:16) and “keep in step with the Spirit” (v.25) which indicates that it is our responsibility to be under the Spirit’s control! • This tension is found throughout scripture, the most blatant example is found in Philippians 2:12-13 : • …continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. • From the standpoint of human understanding these two ideas seem difficult to reconcile, but the Bible teaches that both are true.

  31. Living the Gospel in the Spirit (5:16-26) 16 So I say, live [literally, “walk”] by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature [literally, “flesh”]. • To “live” (or walk) by he Spirit, means that we are to have the Holy Spirit inwardly motivate us to live a life that is pleasing to God. • If we conduct our lives in this way, Paul gives us a promise: we will not fulfill the desires of our sinful nature. • Unlike the imposition of the Law or legalism, which attempts to change behavior through external pressure, the Spirit works through internal motivation – primarily through love (cf. 5:5-6). • We see a similar idea in Eph 6:6b – like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart.

  32. Living the Gospel in the Spirit (5:16-26) 17 For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. • “For”– Paul elaborates on how it is that those whose conduct is directed by the Spirit will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. • The Spirit and our sinful nature are opposing forces that operate within us. • So when we operate under the power of the Spirit, we will not do those things that we would normally want to do if we were acting in accordance with our sinful nature.

  33. Living the Gospel in the Spirit (5:16-26) 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law. • To be “led by the Spirit” is another way of saying to “live by the Spirit”, to have the Holy Spirit motivating you from within to live a life that is pleasing to God. • A life “led by” or “lived by” the Spirit is a life that not only delivers us from a life of sinful indulgence but also delivers us from the tyranny of being under law.

  34. Living the Gospel in the Spirit (5:16-26) 19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery… • Paul considers sinful behavior, the outworking of our sinful nature, to be self-evident. Even pagans show an inborn ability to recognize such things as wrong: • Even Gentiles, who do not have God's written law, show that they know His law when they instinctively obey it, even without having heard it. They demonstrate that God's law is written in their hearts, for their own conscience and thoughts either accuse them or tell them they are doing right. (Rom 2:14-15 NLT)

  35. Living the Gospel in the Spirit (5:16-26) 19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery… 21 … and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. • Paul then begins to list specific examples of the “works of the flesh” (ESV). • The list is not intended to be exhaustive as indicated by the phrase “and the like” (vs.21), but this list is given so that we can have a better idea of what Paul means by “the works of the flesh”. • Notice the outcome of a life that is characterized by this kind of behavior: such people are not truly saved.

  36. Living the Gospel in the Spirit (5:16-26) 19 The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; • sexual immorality – primarily to sexual intercourse outside marriage, but can refer to other kinds of sexual sin. • impurity – broad term, can refer to immorality, indecency, sexual impurity • debauchery – living without any moral restraint; licentiousness, sensuality, lustful indulgence, indecency, flagrant immorality

  37. Living the Gospel in the Spirit (5:16-26) 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions • idolatry – the worship of idols – not only of graven images but of any substitute for the living and true God. In Col 3:5, covetousness is described as a form of idolatry. • witchcraft – magic potion, charm, casting of magic spells, sorcery • hatred – animosity, hostility • discord – strife, selfish rivalry, fighting • jealousy – envy • fits of rage – anger, wrath, fury, intense feeling • selfish ambition – a hireling, self-interest, rivalry • dissensions – standing apart, causing disunity, divisions • factions – heretical sect, false party or teaching

  38. Living the Gospel in the Spirit (5:16-26) 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. • envy – jealousy over the good success of another (cf. Mt 20:15) • drunkenness – intoxication • orgies – carousing, revelry, excessive feasting

  39. Living the Gospel in the Spirit (5:16-26) 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. • Having listed the behaviors (“works of the flesh”) that characterize the life of an unbeliever, Paul now lists the qualities which characterize the life of genuine Christians, which he describes as “the fruit of the Spirit”. • These two sections contrast the ugliness of the works of the sinful nature with the beauty and attractiveness of the fruit of the Spirit, thereby motivating us to turn away from the works of the flesh and turn towards the fruit of the Spirit.

  40. Living the Gospel in the Spirit (5:16-26) 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. • Paul’s probably uses “fruit” in the singular to show us that the Spirit produces these things in us as a unit. • Referring these qualities as the “fruit of the Spirit” draws attention to the fact that it is the Holy Spirit who produces these qualities in us.

  41. Living the Gospel in the Spirit (5:16-26) 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. • love – first in the list, this command is of supreme importance as we saw earlier (5:6, 13-14) and includes many, if not all, of the other qualities: • Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. (1Co 13:4-7)

  42. Living the Gospel in the Spirit (5:16-26) 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, • love – to value and recognize the worth of others, to desire the well-being of others • joy – on a surface level joy is the happiness that results from pleasant circumstances. But Christian joy is grounded in something that is true even when we find ourselves in unpleasant circumstances: that we have a hope (confident expectation) of sharing in God’s eternal glory: • And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. (Rom 5:2b-4 NIV)

  43. Living the Gospel in the Spirit (5:16-26) 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, • peace – in scripture means not just the absence or war and fighting, but includes the idea of wholeness and wellbeing. Christians experience peace in a number of ways: • We have peace with God (Rom 5:1) • We have a peace that “transcends all understanding” and guards our hearts and minds (Phil 4:7) • Christ characterizes us a “peacemakers” (Mat 5:9) • patience – endurance of wrong without anger • kindness – goodness, showing benevolence to others • goodness – kindness, perhaps generosity (cf. Mat 20:15) • faithfulness – trustworthiness, loyalty, especially to God

  44. Living the Gospel in the Spirit (5:16-26) 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. • gentleness – being considerate and courteous to others • self-control – having the ability to restrain yourself from over-indulgence or addictions, particularly in things like: sex, food, or alcohol. • As long as anyone lives according to these virtues which Paul has listed, they will never be in danger of violating any reasonable law (whether the Law of Moses or otherwise). • In saying this, Paul is no doubt getting in a jab at the Judaizers who sought to bring about the Galatians’ sanctification by imposing the Law on them. • But he is also contrasting the way of the Spirit with the way of law-keeping: the way of the Spirit is to live with virtue beyond anything that any law requires or could ever bring about. It is an entirely different mindset!

  45. Living the Gospel in the Spirit (5:16-26) 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. • “Those who belong to Christ” – those of us who are true believers in Christ – were represented by Christ when He was crucified on the cross. • As a result, because Christ was being punished on our behalf, all of the sins that our sinful nature (with its passions and desires) would ever produce (past, present, and future) have been paid for. • Therefore we are no longer to obey the dictates of our sinful nature and its evil desires – it was crucified on the cross with Christ and therefore we should have nothing to do with it.

  46. Living the Gospel in the Spirit (5:16-26) 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. • We were given a new spiritual life (regeneration) by the Holy Spirit, therefore we should now keep in step with (be in line with, walk in the footsteps of, live according to the standard of) the Spirit.

  47. Living the Gospel in the Spirit (5:16-26) 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other. • As an immediate application of what Paul has been teaching the Galatians about not gratifying the desires of the sinful nature and instead keeping in step with the Spirit, he makes a specific application to something that was evidently going on in the church at that time.

  48. How Do We Live By the Spirit? • Recognize that you are responsible for your own behavior: • You are commanded not to sin. When you sin – you are guilty and will be held accountable. • You are commanded to obey God from the heart. You are expected to make every effort to do so. If you fail to do so then you are guilty and will be held accountable. • Recognize apart from the work of the Spirit in our hearts, we would never obey God. • Therefore to the extent that we do find ourselves living in obedience to God we are to give God all the credit and give Him praise and thanks for changing our hearts. • When we do sin, we are to take full responsibility. We must repent and confess our sin to God and receive forgiveness because of Christ’s intercession for us and we should give thanks to God for His mercy.

  49. Doing Good to Others (6:1-10) 1 Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. 2 Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3 If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, 5 for each one should carry his own load. 6 Anyone who receives instruction in the word must share all good things with his instructor.

  50. Doing Good to Others(6:1-10) 7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.