SOWING AND REAPING

Sunday Morning:November 30, 2003

Text: Galatians 6:7-9Be 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.

GOD IS NOT MOCKED

Galatians 6:7Be not deceived; God is not mocked [present, to turn up the nose, despised]: for whatsoever a man [may] soweth [present active subjunctive], that shall he also reap (a cash crop).

HE DOES WHAT HE SAYS

Lamentations 2:17The LORD . . . hath fulfilled his word that he had commanded in the days of old:. . . .

SEED YIELD AFTER THEIR KIND

Genesis 1:11-12And God said, Let the earth bring forth . . . 12. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind . . .

LAW OF THE HARVEST

2 Corinthians 9:6 But this [I say], He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.

YOU SOW WITH A PURPOSE

Galatians 6:8For he that soweth [present active] to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption . . .

PLANED HARVEST

Leviticus 19:19Ye shall keep my statutes. . . . thou shalt not sow thy field with mingled seed:. . . .

TO THE FLESH

Galatians 5:19-21Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are [these]; Adultery, . . .21Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told [you] in time past, that they which do [present, practice] such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

DAVID SOWED IN LUST

2 Samuel 11:3-5And David sent and inquired after (no accident) the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite? 4. And David sent messengers, and took her;. . . 5. And the woman conceived,

DAVID PLANTED

2 Samuel 12:9-14Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed (murder) Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon.

UN-PLANED CROP

10. Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife. 11. Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun (broad day light). 12. For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.

DAVID CONFESSED HIS SIN

13. And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.

STILL CONSEQUENCES

14. Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.

REAP CORRUPTION

Galatians 6:8For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; . . . .

LOSS OF KINGDOM INHERITANCE

Galatians 5:19-21Now the works of the flesh are manifest, . . . they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

UNDESIRABLE CROP

Hebrews 6:7-8For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God:8But that which beareth thorns and briers [is] rejected, and [is] nigh unto cursing; whose end [is] to be burned (suffer loss of a profitable crop).

REAP AGELASTING LIFE

Galatians 6:8For . . . he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap (works) life everlasting [agelasting] (not salvation).

AGELASTING LIFE DEFINED

1 John 2:25And this is the promise that he hath promised us, [even] eternal [agelasting] life (inheritance).

OUR INHERITANCE

Hebrews 9:15And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, . . . they which are called might receive the promise of eternal [agelasting] inheritance.

SOWING TO THE SPIRIT

Galatians 6:8For . . . he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap (works) life everlasting [agelasting] (not salvation).

SPIRIT OF HIS SON

Galatians 4:6. . . God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

THE SPIRIT OF HIS SON

Mark 14:36And he said, Abba, Father, all things [are] possible (confidence in God) unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt (confident in His will).

OBEDIENT SPIRIT

Philippians 2:7-8But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, . . 8. . . he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

A FERVENT SPIRIT

John 4:34Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

NOT MEAT THAT PERISHETH

John 6:27Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life (profitable crop), which the Son of man shall give . . .

DENYING YOURSELF

Matthew 16:24-27Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.25For whosoever will save his life (sowing to the flesh) shall lose [perish, wrong crop] it: and whosoever will lose [perish (sow to the Abba spirit)] his life for my sake shall find it (reap the right crop).26For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world (flesh), and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?27For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward (reap right crop) every man according to his works (sowing to the spirit of Godís Son).

LAY HOLD ON THE BEST CROP

1 Timothy 6:11-12But thou, O man of God, flee these things (sowing to the flesh); and follow after (sow to the spirit) righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. 12. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on (reap) eternal life, whereunto thou art also called . . .