Bible Study

Sowing and Reaping Galatians 6:7-10
The principle of seedtime and harvest was established by God when He created the earth. It is introduced in Genesis1:29, “Behold I have given you every herb bearing seed…” The literal rendering from Hebrew is “every herb seedling seed.” God revealed to Adam that the key to his increase and dominion on the earth was in sowing seed. God again emphasized this principle after the flood. “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest…shall not ceased” (Genesis 8:22).Our Lord Jesus used this principle to explain what He would accomplish by His death and burial. “Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone; but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit” (John 12:24)The principle of sowing and reaping works in every realm of life. Like a farmer who plants seed, we should expect to receive a harvest when we give into God’s kingdom.
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 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. 9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. 10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

  1. The Deception of Sin

a. Deceived By Satan
2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
1 Chronicles 21:1 And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.

b. Deceived By Sin
Job 4:8 Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.

c. Deceived By Self (the worst of all deceptions)
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
2 Timothy 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

  1. The Workings of Sin
    James 1:14-16 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren.

a. Sin’s Character – “own lust” b. Sin’s Conception – “lust hath conceived” c. Sin’s Culmination – “death”

  1. The Reaping of Sin – Galatians 6:7-8 “Be Not Deceived; God Is Not Mocked”

5 Laws of Sowing and Reaping or “Laws Of The Harvest”

a. The Principle of Sowing – “lust hath conceived” – You always sow before you reap
b. The Product of Sowing – “bringeth forth sin” – You always reap what you sow
c. The Payoff of Sowing – “tempted – lust – sin – death” – You always reap more than you sow
d. The Period of Sowing – “when it is finished” – You always reap later than you sow
e. The Perplexity of Sowing – “Do not err” – You are always shocked at the harvest

A. The Sorrow Of Sowing – 7-8

  1. The Deception Of Sowing To Corruption – 7 “Be not deceived”
    Romans 7:11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.
    James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
    1 John 3:7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
  2. The Discovery Of Sowing To Corruption – 7 “God is not mocked”

Romans 2:6-10 Who will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:

  1. The Deciding Of Sowing To Corruption – 7-8 “Whatsoever a man soweth … soweth to his flesh” – our decision

Romans 6:13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

  1. The Destruction Of Sowing To Corruption – 8 “Shall of his flesh reap corruption”
    Job 4:8 Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.
    Proverbs 1:31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.

B. The Satisfaction Of Sowing – 8-9

  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,
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.

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.

  1. 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.