The purpose of this Blog to to stimulate the senses and help us all self reflect, as we sow in life, or spirit so shall we in business. Keep your garden clean.
Then David said to Nathan, "I have sinned against the LORD." Nathan replied, "The LORD has taken away your sin. You are not going to die. But because by doing this you have made the enemies of the LORD show utter contempt, the son born to you will die."
2 Samuel 12:13-14
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 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. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
In 2 Samuel 12:13-14 we read, "Then David said to Nathan, ‘I have sinned against the Lord.’ Nathan replied, ‘The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die. But because by doing this you have made the enemies of the Lord to show utter contempt, the son born to you will die.’" In verse 15 we read, "After Nathan had gone home, the Lord struck the child that Uriah’s wife had born to David, and he became ill," and in verse 18 we read, "On the seventh day the child died."
This passage teaches us about the spiritual law of sowing and reaping, a law that all Christians must consider as they live their daily lives. As we study it, we must keep in mind that this is not a word spoken to a pagan, but to a believer, King David. We find the same idea repeated in Galatians 6:7-10, which speaks about sowing to one’s sinful nature. It is a passage written to God’s people, the church of Galatia, not to pagans. That is why I say those who profess to be Christians must pay attention to the spiritual law of sowing and reaping.
Our Actions Matter
You have probably heard the slogan, "Once saved, always saved." The idea behind it is that it doesn’t matter what Christians do; they will be saved because they invited Jesus into their hearts. Those who use this slogan will quote Paul’s words in Romans 5:20, "Where sin increased, grace increased all the more," but what they are really saying is, "Let us go on sinning that grace may abound." They will say, "I believe in eternal security" and then they sin without fear of any consequences.
I want to tell you that such notions are delusionary. Not only are such people ignoring Paul’s declaration in Romans 6:1, "What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means!" but they are also ignoring his words to the Galatians, "You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature. . ." (Galatians 5:13). In Galatians 6:7 Paul instructed, "Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows." We cannot sow weeds and reap wheat, nor can we sow thorns and reap strawberries. Hosea tells us if we sow wind, we will reap a whirlwind, and if we sow to sin, we will reap destruction, not righteousness. That is why "Once saved, always saved"—this claim to justification without clear evidence of sanctification—is nothing but equivocation and sheer prevarication.
The God who justifies us will also sanctify us. The writer of Hebrews tells us, "Without holiness no one will see the Lord" (Hebrews 12:14). Yes, I believe in eternal security of all true believers because it is clear biblical doctrine, but I also believe that true believers will practice holiness as they strive to please the God who saved them. I also believe that if believers sin, they shall suffer serious consequences both in this present life and in the life to come. In other words, it matters how a Christian lives, and this understanding should stimulate all true believers to holiness
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