Do we reap what we sow?

Galatians 6:6-8

6Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.

7Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

8For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

If this is true, how does it fit in with the faith alone theology?

In Catholic Teaching, it fits perfectly. To sow is to work. If we sow with our good works, we will reap eternal life. That is how it fits in the Catholic Teaching.

Let us read further:

Gal 6:1 Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, 

Being caught in a TRANSGRESSION means being caught in a sin against the Law:

1 John 3:4

Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is thetransgression of the law.

Therefore, this verse confirms that the law is still in effect.

you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness.

This support given to the brethren is part of the Commandment to love one’s neighbor.

Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted.

This avoidance of temptation refers to the temptation to transgress the law, i.e. sin.

Gal 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 

The law of Christ is the law of love fulfills the law of the Commandments:

1 Corinthians 9:21

To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.

Gal 6:3 For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 

This is actually a reproval of those who claim to be saved without awaiting God’s judgement. In other words, a rejection of so called, once saved always saved. As the Apostle states elsewhere:

1 Corinthians 10:12

Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

But if we continue reading the entire Chapter, we see how plainly St. Paul teaches faith and works:

4But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.

5For every man shall bear his own burden…..

9And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

10As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

Now, I don’t believe there are any COINCIDENCES in Scripture. Scripture is inspired by the Holy Spirit. So lets look at verse 15:

15For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.

And compare it to:

Galatians 5:6

For in Jesus Christ neicircumcision availeth any thing, noruncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

And to:

1 Corinthians 7:19

Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.

Is that merely a coincidence?  If not, can anyone deny that St. Paul teaches faith and works?

I can’t.

Sincerely,

De Maria

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