The one who receives instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor. Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction;
Whoever 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.
See what large letters I use as I write to you with my own hand! (ah, so bold type was a means of emphasis-or yelling-then, also). Those who want to impress people by means of the flesh are trying to compel you to be circumcised. The only reason they do this is to avoid being persecuted for the cross of Christ. Not even those who are circumcised keep the law, yet they want you to be circumcised that they may boast about your circumcision in the flesh. May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation. Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule—to the Israel of God.
From now on, let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.
At first, I was looking at verses 6-8 as a means of looking at certain preachers today who, instead of preaching the Word, teach their own agendas and theories. What they sow, they’ll reap. They’re sowing Godless seeds. They’ll reap godless believers of their own theories (or non-Christians under a Christian church’s label).
For example: Youth Groups
Many just want numbers so they’ll look good and healthy. But by doing so with such a focus, they’re not building them up knowing Jesus as Lord, but building up themselves as pack leaders. Such a youth group will die off in time, but it sure looks good in the beginning to the naive. But if your focus is on Jesus and making genuine disciples, then the numbers will come in due time and your students’ faith will be solid and fruitful!
I can see this in here, but I think it has more to do with the issues of the people trying to push circumcision upon the Galatians (v. 9-16 reveal this), for their purpose was to gain reputation, not for the Galatians’ sake, but for their own (a longer explanation of Jesus’ in Matthew 6:2)
Plus, he throws in that even those who are circumcised don’t even follow the full Law (Gal. 3:10, Deut. 27:26). So therefore:
- They’re taking advice from lawbreakers
- They’re circumcised, yet still not saved.
And Paul’s trying to help them understand that they’re above these false teachers, upgraded even. So why would they want to step down to the downgraded version?