- William T. Howe Ph.D.
May 23, 2023
The Bible Edge
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Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
An unconditional promise found in God’s Word is that every person reaps that which they sow. This is not only a universal law of God, it is an unconditional promise of God. Make no doubt, that which a person reaps is conditional on that which they sow. The very next verse in the Bible proves that. 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 (Galatians 6:8). But the fact that we reap that which we sow is a promise that has no condition. It is a promise that either comforts or drives fear into the heart and soul.
A corn farmer sows the seeds of corn. That farmer will reap ears of corn. This is a law of nature. It is not natural to sow the seeds of corn and reap beans. Everyone knows this, it is no great thing to understand the law of sowing and reaping in the natural world. But spiritually? Too few understand this as a spiritual law, for as an act of the spirit a person forgives another for wrongdoing. The one that forgives is sowing the seed of forgiveness. Someday, when the one who forgave needs forgiveness, it will be there. They will reap forgiveness because they sowed forgiveness. Proof? Matthew 6:14-15. For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Herein He shows both sides of the issue, forgiveness and unforgiveness. Forgive and you will be forgiven. Forgive not and no forgiveness will be found. This is the law of sowing and reaping in spiritual form.
It works with anything. Sow honor, reap honor. Sow love, reap love. Sow understanding, reap understanding. Concerning this unconditional promise of sowing and reaping, understand this simple three-point sermon that probably every preacher has preached at some time or another, in one way or another. 1) We reap what we sow. 2) We reap later than we sow. 3) We more than we sow.
In consideration of the corn farmer 1) The corn farmer reaps corn from the seed of corn that was sown. 2) The farmer reaps more than he sows in that one seed will bring forth multiple ears on a stalk. Each ear has many kernels. And 3) It usually takes anywhere from 60 to 100 days from sowing the seed of corn to reaping the corn cobs. The same principle is true with spiritual things. God’s Word says it like this: And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap if we faint not. Galatians 6:9. There is a “due season” to sow and there is a “due season” to reap.
This law of sowing and reaping is an edge in life, a Bible Edge. For it reminds us that by sowing good seed today, we will reap a good harvest sometime in the future.
William T. Howe, Ph.D.