Temple Baptist Church - 3-4-2018
A. Last week, we looked at the first of the three types of believers mentioned, the carnal man overtaken in a fault. He sowed to the flesh and is reaping corruption. His spiritual condition is so dire that he cannot easily help himself and must be restored by another.
B. This morning, I want to look at the spiritual man who sows to the Spirit and reaps eternal things. He is the one who needs to be able to restore the overtaken.
1. We lose so many people by allowing them to “fall between the cracks.” They get out of the will of God and have a hard time finding their way back spiritually. We have a responsibility to each other in burden bearing.
2. I am not excusing the overtaken but rather explaining. God gives to every believer the Spirit of God, the Word of God, and the local church but some still like the integrity or spiritual character to confess, forsake, and get things right with God. They are the ones who have been taken captive by Satan at his will.
2 Timothy 2:24-26 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, (25) In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; (26) And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
C. As we get into the message, it is pertinent that I take a short look at the dangers of restoration. There are a couple of things listed that the spiritual man who tries to restore the overtaken must realize.
1. He is to restore in “the spirit of meekness.” Realizing that we are but flesh also. But for the grace of God go I! I have often said that I have never met a spiritual man who considered himself spiritual. At the same time, we can know that we are living a victorious Christian life and desire the same for the fallen.
1 Corinthians 10:12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
2. He is to restore in consideration, ‘lest thou also be tempted.” Men are overtaken in different sins and, therefore, the restore must refrain from areas where he has the same weakness. The one who is restoring also must maintain a proper spiritual distance from the appearance of evil. He cannot go where the sin is taking place lest he also be tempted by the same wicked flesh.
1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.
D. Sowing right is imperative to standing right! Not to sow right is to end up in one of the other two spiritual conditions found in our text: overtaken in a fault or weary in well doing.
E. Sowing to the Spirit or the Satisfaction of Sowing.
1. The Direction Of Sowing – 8 “To the Spirit” Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, (The inward fruit of the Spirit is a result to sowing to the Spirit. Hearing him speak in a “small still voice” that only the child of God can recognize.
John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
2. The Desire Of Sowing – 8 “Shall of the Spirit reap” Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Sowing to the Spirit is a desire live for Christ and not the world. Being heavenly minded and of much earthly good.)
John 6:27 Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.
3. The Dividends Of Sowing - 8 “Life everlasting” Galatians 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. (Sowing to the Spirit is trading the temporal for the eternal, the corruptible for the incorruptible.)
2 Corinthians 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
Matthew 6:19-20 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: (20) But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
4. The Discipline Of Sowing - 9 “Let us not be weary ... faint not” 1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. (Sowing to the Spirit takes spiritual discipline which brings about spiritual integrity which brings about spiritual character. Living for Christ is a hard road and one less often traveled.)
5. The Dereliction Of Sowing - 9 “Weary in well doing” James 5:7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. (Sowing to the Spirit is often hard and lonesome. Many get tired along the way.)
Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
6. The Duty Of Sowing – 10 “Good unto all men ... especially ... household of faith”
1 John 3:13-19 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. 14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. 15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. 16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 17 But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? 18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. 19 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.