Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 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 6:7-8
Sowing and Reaping, by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. A sermon on Galatians 6:7-8.
Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.
~ Job 4:8
Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. ~ Proverbs 1:31
Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord.
~ Proverbs 6:14
The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward. ~ Proverbs 11:18
For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk: the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up. ~ Hosea 8:7
Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you. ~ Hosea 10:12
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; ~ Romans 2:6-9
But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
~ Luke 16:25
But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. ~ 2 Corinthians 9:6
What is Man?
What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? ~ Psalm 8:4, Psalm 144:3, Hebrews 2:6
Look at Man. Look how hopeless he is. Look how weak he is. Look how infinitely insignificant and small he is. Look how he has ruined life in this world: past and present. Pay attention on how he will continually ruin life in future days.
The root of the matter is this: Man thinks he is something, when he is nothing–due to his own deception about himself.
The explanation for the condition of the world, and the fallen and depraved condition of man; the devil’s work of deception; the manner of man’s deception; the non-religious view of life and modern morality; the importance of sowing correctly.
Life is a matter of sowing and reaping, and what a man sows, that shall he also reap. There are certain moral laws in operation in this world that are absolute. All of us are responsible beings, and we shall all die and stand before God in judgment and give account of the deeds done in the body. And our eternal destiny will depend upon what we have done in this life and in this world.
Life therefore is a tremendous matter. It is the most serious thing conceivable, because what we get in this life and what we will get through all eternity depends upon whether we sow to the flesh or whether we sow to the Spirit. Very well then, the most important thing to discover in this world is, how does one sow to the Spirit? How am I so to live that I shall reap the blessing of joy and happiness and peace in this world and in the world to come forever and forever? The great apostle Paul answers the question. He puts it in this glorious and tremendous statement: “God forbid that I should glory….” The thing is unthinkable, he says, that I should glory in anything “save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world” (Galatians 6:14). This is the thing that he preached. And this by the grace of God is the thing that I am privileged to preach to you. The preaching of the cross, the preaching of the death of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross, is the very heart and center of the Christian gospel and the Christian message.