Elder Truman Keel

Gal. 6:8 “For 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”

Whether I am or not, I should be an authority on the flesh because of my vast experience in trying to oppose it and yet seemingly yielding to it so many times. I think we have a good description of the warfare in us in (Gal.5:17) “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.” In this text, the word lust means a strong desire.

Brethren, we can take this as evidence that we are born of the Spirit. Before you were regenerated, there was no spirit of God in you to have a strong desire (or war) against the flesh. I am fearful, that to many times I yield to the flesh and as the scriptures say, one is contrary to the other.

The flesh has no strong desire to satisfy anything but the flesh. If we sow to our flesh (live our life satisfying the desires of the flesh) we shall of the flesh reap corruption. Notice who is doing the sowing. There is no good thing in the flesh. (Rom. 7:18) “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.” I am persuaded that the flesh cannot sow to the Spirit. They are opposites.

I have concluded that he that soweth to the Spirit is born of the Spirit and is in possession of everlasting life. In (V7) God has promised us, we are going to reap whatsoever we sow. That should cause us to be careful what we sow. Notice (V9) “and let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” As he has used the words well doing I think he is encouraging us to continue to sow to the spirit. I think we can all agree, sowing to the Spirit is well doing. Notice the continuation of his subject in (V10). “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”


In (II Cor. 9:6) as the apostle Paul was writing to the brethren at Corinth and encouraging them to make up their bounty before hand, had this to say, “But this I say, he which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.” I am persuaded this same principle will apply to the child of God as they go through life sowing. If we plant a pasture and spare the seed you will not reap as much as you would have you sowed the seed in abundance. If we don’t sow any spiritual seed, we need not go to the field with our sickle. There won’t be anything to harvest.

In the language of the Apostle Paul, I beseech you brethren, by the mercies of God that you go about sowing to the Spirit. It seems, even as in the days of Samuel, that the word of the Lord (the truth) is precious in our day. We see it trampled under foot. The entire world is sowing to the flesh. How refreshing to see a little remnant sowing to the spirit. Children of God, be not weary in well doing and in due time you will reap.

May God give us the leadership of the Spirit and use us to glorify His name.