Chapter # 6 Paragraph # 2 Study # 3
October 20, 2013
Dayton, Texas
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<301> Thesis: Because there is no external difference between "reaping" when the "sower" is unidentified and when the "sower" is the person "reaping", it is crucial that we understand that "sowing to the Spirit" boils down to maintaining a fixation of "faith" at all times. Introduction: Let's say you are driving 90 in a 60 mph zone and you hit another vehicle and are severely injured. In a sense, you are "reaping corruption". Then let's say you were doing 60 in that zone and were hit by someone doing 90 and you were severely injured. How is that not "reaping corruption"? It appears to me that we often misunderstand what the Bible says because we plug its statements into our orientation ... and come away confused. What Paul is addressing in this paragraph is, clearly, the very present danger of sowing the wrong kinds of seeds and setting ourselves up for living with consequences that will not, and cannot be, pleasant. And this leads to the most pertinent question of all: of what do the "seeds" consist and what is the nature of the consequences? So, let's try to answer these questions as we look into Paul's words.