Grace and Spirit Vs Law and Flesh
In the first few verses of this Chapter, Paul says that when someone is caught in sin, spiritual people should restore such a person. A person who is only guided by the Law will condemn the person without any compassion. The danger of that is revealed in the latter part of the verse where the bible says lest you be tempted too. Religious people like to judge and condemn according to strict rules however, they themselves cannot keep their rules. In Verse 13 Paul says most who are circumcised do not even keep the law themselves. But a spiritually mature person understands the power of the flesh (we all are tempted) and also understand the power of the Holy Spirit and the fruit of the Holy Spirit, hence can correct someone with compassion and in love. (This does not mean overlooking sin, discipline is still necessary).
In Verses 7-9, scripture uses sowing and reaping to enforce the thinking that one who sows to the flesh, will also reap from the flesh, but one who sows in the spirit will reap from the Spirit. Very interestingly, verse 7 says “do not be deceived, God is not mocked, whatever a man sows he will reap.” Why would the word say God is not mocked. People think sowing and reaping does not work because of the time it takes to reap what you have sown. It also says do not loose heart, in other words people give up in doing good. However, the Word encourages us that God is aware of the time it takes to reap and that people want to give up. The Word encourages us that God’s principle of sowing and reaping works, hence the saying God is not mocked whatever a man sows, he will reap.
Verse11-15: the bible again brings in the flesh and Law. Paul reminds us here again not to depend on the works of the Law, but the work of the cross. He says if he will walk by this rule, mercy and peace will be upon him. What rule! The cross of our Lord Jesus Christ and that we are a new creation through the cross.