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His Winnowing Fan Of Judgement: Wheat Or Chaff?

Matthew 3:12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

In the Gospel of Matthew, we encounter a vivid imagery of Christ with His winnowing fan, a symbol of divine judgment and discernment. The winnowing fan, an agricultural tool used to separate wheat from chaff, becomes a metaphor for Christ’s role in distinguishing the righteous from the unrighteous. Goodbye chaff – Hello wheat!

The Winnowing Fan of Judgment

The winnowing process involves tossing the harvested wheat into the air so that the wind may blow away the lighter chaff, while the valuable wheat grains fall back to the ground. This action is not merely one of separation but also of purification, ensuring that what remains is worthy of storage. This verse encapsulates the essence of Christ’s discerning power, holding the winnowing fan that will thoroughly cleanse the threshing floor.

The Wheat and the Chaff

The wheat represents those who are true followers of Christ, bearing good fruit and living in accordance with His teachings. These individuals are gathered into the ‘garner,’ a place of safety and salvation. Conversely, the chaff symbolizes those who reject the gospel, bearing no fruit, and are thus discarded and destined for the unquenchable fire.

Reflections on Divine Harvest

As we reflect on this imagery, we are reminded of the importance of self-examination and living a life that aligns with the values of the Kingdom of Heaven. The winnowing fan in Christ’s hand is a reminder of the ultimate judgment that separates the true from the false, the sincere from the insincere.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I don’t want to be bandied about in the “wind.” I want to stand rooted in Christ, unmovable and part of the big harvest of righteous fruits and labor.

I am sorry for those that are “chaff” and pray for their salvation before the great harvest takes place. I am in awe of my God, and love all things about Him, and that includes His “judgment.” Because when we do all that we are supposed to do, according to His plans and purpose for our lives, we will welcome the day of judgement, and look forward to the rewards we will receive in the Kingdom of God.

Think of the analogy. Wheat is solid and doesn’t bandy about in the wind as chaff does, because wheat is the product of growth and fruition that springs forth.  Chaff blows around, unsteady, swirling in the winds. When we stand in faith, we are solidly rooted, and nothing can uproot or turn us loose from the LORD.

With faith we stand firm in our belief that Christ is our Savior and our mighty LORD of lords. He is the King of kings. And He is above all. We know He redeemed us with the highest price of all – His life!

Take time to explore and reflect on your own spiritual state, and to strive for authenticity in your faith journey, knowing that Christ’s discerning eye is watching-till such time as He will be separating the wheat from the chaff with divine precision.

How do you see yourself? Are you the chaff? Or are you the wheat? Are you prepared to stand face to face with Christ- with His winnowing fan in hand?

“Heavenly Father, I stand before You, mindful of the winnowing fan in Your Son’s hand, may I be found as wheat, worthy of Your garner, and not as chaff, blown away by the winds of judgment. Grant me the grace to live life that reflects Your love and righteousness. Purify my heart and let me be gathered into Your eternal kingdom. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.”


C D SWANSON is an Author and freelance writer, a contributor to various websites, a member of Faithwriters, and has a website. It is her greatest joy to write what’s in her heart, and thus her favorite form of expression is in her devotionals. She and her husband share a deep love of God and dote on their fur baby Mickey. Retired Director from Long Term Healthcare, she continues to be an advocate for many. To check out other writings of this author you can go here:

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  1. A very rich assessment of these verses that is to test our ways and choices before the day of judgement. A great read and a need for everyone to examine themselves. Well done!

  2. Hello Cora,
    Thank you so much for your encouragement and comment.
    I appreciate it and you, so much!
    Have a blessed day my friend~

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