The more I read the scriptures, the more I see God’s provision for our lives that extends beyond healing to an abundant life that is so strong we literally cannot die. Recently I was perusing Galatians 6 when I came across the following verses, ones I have read many times before but saw something very different this time through:
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” Galatians 6:7-8
What I observed this time through is that this passage speaks not just of sowing and reaping, but of how we sow and reap either death or immortality. In fact, it makes a mockery of God to think that if we sow to the spirit we will reap anything other than eternal life, and that if we sow to the flesh that we will reap anything other than corruption and degradation of our bodies instead of the abundant life God has promised for us. If we break it down, this passage shows us we have a choice, whether we want to sow to the flesh and die, or sow to the spirit and live forever.
It is quite encouraging to me to come across these “hidden” verses on immortality as I read through the Bible because so much of it is hidden in plain sight. The message of the Good News of Jesus Christ has for so many years been convoluted and sin-focused, but now an upgraded version of the Gospel is appearing — not a NEW gospel, as some might think, but one that is more comprehensive of the fullness of life, blessing, and abundance that Jesus purchased for us on the cross. God’s plan for us is far better than we have imagined, to the point that we almost have to throw out most of what we have learned EVER about Jesus and the cross to start over from the beginning and see it in a brand new light. God’s desire for us is that we should LIVE, and so as John 3:16 says, he sent his son that we might not perish (die), but have everlasting life. Praise be to God for His boundless grace and resurrection life that He extends to us now and always.