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The Principle of Grace: Do We Reap What We Sow?

May 8, 2019

There is a principle of law in the Bible that says, “You reap what you sow:”

Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction. (Galatians 6:7-8)

If that was all we had in the Bible, none of us could have hope before God.

But there is also the principle of grace: “Here the saying holds true: ‘One sows and another reaps’” (John 4:37). Grace means that you can reap what someone else has sown.

The heart of the gospel is that we get to reap what Jesus has sown.

Thank God that the principle of grace is bigger, greater, and stronger than the principle of law. Here is good news for every person today. You do not need to reap what you have sown. You can reap what Jesus has sown!

Jesus did the great work of living that perfect life, and then of laying it down for you. He labored and toiled and suffered and died to sow the seed; we get the joy of reaping eternal life through faith in him. 

The pain was his; the blessing is ours. We reap that for which we did not labor (John 4:38).

Our ministry is to bring in the harvest that Christ has sown. We get the great reward of gathering fruit for eternal life, so that Christ, the sower, and we, the reapers, may rejoice together in his promises, with an inexplicable joy forever and ever.

[This sermon clip was taken from Pastor Colin’s sermon, “He is the Savior,” from his series Meet Jesus – Part 2.]

The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the president and teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.

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