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A Sermon on Galatians 6:7-8

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. (ESV)

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The world is full of so much suffering. Why are things the way they are? Why is evil present? In this sermon on Galatians 6:7-8, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones provides answers to these difficult questions that have haunted people for millennia. Ultimately, all the bad we see in the world traces back to the Garden of Eden and man being deceived by Satan. What was man deceived about? First, man is decieved about himself. Man thinks he is powerful and smart enough to figure everything out without the help of God. Second, man is deceived about God; people not only doubt the existence of God, but also His ability to work in the world with the amount of evil that is present. Third, deception has occurred regarding life in this world. Satan has convinced man that there are no absolute moral standards and consequences, and that this life is the only one— thus, there is no need to worry about the consequences our actions have, because we need to have as much fun as we can before we die. Because people are deceived in these areas, they sow according to the flesh. To combat this, Dr. Lloyd-Jones says that we must believe and understand that God has created everything for a reason and that our lives have consequences now, and into eternity. This, he says, is how we understand evil in the world and the message that can undo it. 

Additional Scripture Translations

Galatians 6:7-8, New American Standard Bible

7Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a person sows, this he will also reap. 8For the one who sows to his own flesh will reap destruction from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit.

Galatians 6:7-8, King James Version

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.

About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.