New Defender's Study Bible Notes
6:7 whatsoever a man soweth. The principle of reaping only what has been sown, using the familiar practice of farming as the illustration, occurs very frequently throughout Scripture. Note in the New Testament, for example, Matthew 7:16-17; 13:3-43; I Corinthians 15:35-44; John 4:35-38; 12:24; II Corinthians 9:6-7; and Hebrews 6:7-8; and in the Old Testament Psalm 126:5-6; Proverbs 11:24-25; and Ecclesiastes 11:1,6. “Be not deceived” (note Galatians 6:3) in thinking otherwise. Even though God forgives our sins through Christ when we repent and confess them, their physical and mental repercussions often will unavoidably continue to be experienced in this life. It is much better to avoid them in the first place by walking in the Spirit and obeying God’s Word.
6:8 corruption. The word “corruption” here is actually that which leads to destruction, as in II Peter 2:12.
6:9 due season. The fruit reaped occurs in a later season than the sowing. It is of the same kind as the seed sown (I Corinthians 15:36-38; James 3:12), and is in proportion to the amount sown (II Corinthians 9:6-7). Yet it is of higher degree than the form in which it is sown (John 12:24).
6:9 faint not. The connotation of “faint” here is “relax.” The Christian must not relax in his ministry of seed-sowing, until the Lord comes (James 5:7-8).