Years ago I read Watchman Nee’s book, “The Release Of The Spirit.” It was about our outer man (soul) and our inner man (spirit). I vividly remember the illustration of a kernel of grain. I marveled at how intricately God made seeds to reproduce.
Genesis 1:29 says, “…I have given you every herb that yields seed…and every tree whose fruit yields seed…” There is a seed within the seed. Mark 4:27-28 says, “…the seed should sprout and grow…For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the fruit in the head.”
What we sow we reap. We don’t reap it in the same season that it is sown in. We sow one seed, but we reap exponentially. Genesis 8:22 says, “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest…shall not cease.”
Let’s apply this now as sowing to our flesh. Galatians 6:8 says, “…will of the flesh reap corruption…” The husk of our flesh is corrupt. Here is the truth of a believer. Romans 6:4 says, “Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of faith.”
Newness of faith is speaking about our inner man. We are given a charge in Ephesians 4:22 23 says, “That you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind.”
Here is what happened to that old man at salvation. Romans 6:6 says, “Knowing that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.”
We do not have to sin!! Sin is a choice, because we are no longer enslaved to it. Verse 1 asks us this question, “…Shall we continue to sin that grace may abound?” I love Paul’s empathic statement in verse 2, “Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?”
When we read these verses, they reveal the hidden chaff. It is believing satan’s deception! He works through lies. He cannot tell the truth. When we are tempted to go away from Scripture’s commands and truth that keeps us free, we will fall into sin—pure and simple.
The one who is deceived does not know that they are deceived. They are hardened and their heart became calloused when they ignored the promptings of the Holy Spirit’s warnings. Hebrews 3:12 says, “Beware, brethren…” The writer is addressing everyone who has believed for salvation.
Verse 13 says, “…lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” James 1:16 says, “Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.” Galatians 6:7 says, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.”