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2 CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 9

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1 For it is superfluous for me to write to you about this ministry to the saints;

 

2Cor 9,1-15

(130f) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> Committed to caring for the needs of the body >> Committed to supporting one another Ė Paul has been leading up to 2Cor 9-6 since chapter 7, which happens to be one of the most popular verses among pastors in convincing their parishioners to give money. Paul has come full circle regarding the gifts, only this time he speaks about them on a more practical level. He says the Corinthians are ready to give and is recommending them and praising them for their attitude about giving. In chapter 8 Paul talked about giving on a more general basis, but in this chapter the subject of giving has been more specifically directed toward giving money. He uses the word ďzealĒ to describe them, so if a person is financially zealous to give, it is an indication of their ability to receive in more spiritual ways, but if a personís faith never manifests in giving from their earthly means, then neither will they receive much from God in terms of spiritual gifts. God would much rather we be spiritual people than successful by the worldís standards. For this reason God seeks to reward our financial giving with spiritual blessings, which was Godís plan for the Corinthians. Being spiritual was something they wanted according to Paulís first letter to them; now this is their way to get there, but neither can they buy their way to new spiritual heights (Act 8,18-24).

(189d) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Holy sacrifice >> Costly sacrifice Ė Paul sharply rebuked the Corinthians for their lack of generosity in supporting the saints later in chapter eleven, referring to their earlier days, when he wrote his first letter to them. Since then they had matured, so when they gave, it was a healthy contribution. The Corinthianís giving was holy to the Lord. They came together as a unit and pooled their resources, and gave a lump sum to the Church to be distributed to those in need, as opposed to landing in the hands of imposters and shysters who would take advantage of peopleís generosity. This is a common problem today. There is a great truth in this passage if we can weed the junk teaching from it that we have heard from televangelists and the like who have falsely taught to "give in order to get". It makes sense that the Bible would teach us to give, and it is a solid doctrine that we are rewarded for being a blessing. We should therefore give to our hearts content. God has a way of returning it to us in one form or another. But donít give to get; all we will receive under those terms is the reward of a televangelist, which they have received in full.

2Cor 9,1-5

(8g) Responsibility >> Prepare to interact with God >> Preparing to receive from God -- These verses go with verse 8. God would rather repay us for our practical generosity in more spiritual ways, since God is Spirit.

2Cor 9,1-4

(122h) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Confidence in yourself as you die to sin >> Confidence in the Church through your ministry

(130m) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> Interdependent on each other >> Depend on your brother to walk in the gifts of Godís calling -- These verses go with verses 12-15

 


2-5 for I know your readiness, of which I boast about you to the Macedonians, namely, that Achaia has been prepared since last year, and your zeal has stirred up most of them. 3 But I have sent the brethren, in order that our boasting about you may not be made empty in this case, so that, as I was saying, you may be prepared; 4 otherwise if any Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared, we-not to speak of you-will be put to shame by this confidence. 5 So I thought it necessary to urge the brethren that they would go on ahead to you and arrange beforehand your previously promised bountiful gift, so that the same would be ready as a bountiful gift and not affected by covetousness.

 

2Cor 9,2-4

(83l) Thy kingdom come >> Be on the alert >> Remain on duty >> Be ready

(84d) Thy kingdom come >> Words of your mouth >> Boasting >> It needs to be said and no one else is saying it >> Boasting of my accomplishments in Christ

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2Cor 9-2

(11o) Servant >> Example of Godís people >> The Church

(96i) Thy kingdom come >> Attitude >> Positive attitude about giving -- This verse goes with verse 7

(101b) Thy kingdom come >> Zeal >> For the manifestation of Godís kingdom >> Zealous for good works

(179e) Works of the devil >> Practicing witchcraft >> Wolves >> Stir up the crowd >> Stir up the crowd for a godly motive

2Cor 9,3-7

(4e) Responsibility >> Advocate Godís cause >> Being accountable in your stewardship Ė God is not very materialistic, though the streets of heaven are made of gold, yet only to mock the lovers of money, such as prosperity teachers. They have the vision of Godís people growing richer and richer as they give more and more money to their ministries. They donít really believe this, do they? God rarely (actually never) integrates money as part of His vision. He sees it as a necessary evil as we should, if that. When you look at Jesus, He was by no means materialistic, yet some prosperity teachers audaciously claim He was a wealthy man. They are heretics who believe this! One thing is for sure, He could have been wealthy, but the more people gave to His ministry, the more He gave to the poor and to those who needed money more than Him. Thatís the problem with these prosperity teachers; they need money too much! Jesusí whole life was meant as an example for the way we ought to live. What about the poor who have nothing? Jesus lived their lives that they in turn might live more like Jesus, referring to purity and righteousness. If you want to lead an extravagant life, this is not something God will help you do. If you found a way to live extravagantly, do not attribute your success to God, because you invariably sacrificed His will to get there.

2Cor 9-3

(171d) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Outward appearance >> Vanity >> Vain experience >> Emptiness is where God isnít

2Cor 9-4

(153k) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> God bears witness against the world >> Shame >> Living for Jesus exposes sin >> Your walk with God puts others to shame

2Cor 9,5-15

(192d) Die to self >> Result of putting off the old man >> Gain by losing >> Receiving from God by substitution >> Wheeling and dealing in Godís spiritual economy Ė Paul is talking proudly to the Corinthians, who if you remember in his first letter rebuked them for being disobedient in many aspects of the gospel, particularly regarding their means of spirituality. The Corinthians earnestly desired to wield the power of God, and Paul had to set them straight, not for wanting such a thing, but for seeking it in all the wrong places and with all the wrong motives. God would much rather reward us spiritually for the material gifts we use to help the saints, rather than simply give us our money back with interest, which the prosperity teachers have taught us over the years through their own greed. Weíve all heard it, that if we give, we will receive. Even Jesus taught us that (Luke 6:38). Still, that does not mean if I give money I will get money. God is far more interested in our spiritual enrichment than He is in our financial prosperity. He promised to be our provider, but He left it open just how He would make sure we always had enough. One thing I know, the more spiritual we become, the less earthly treasures mean to us. So it seems God builds contentment in us as we give. This He does as a favor to both us and Himself, repaying our generosity with spiritual blessings Ė we benefit by being more spiritual and God benefits by making it easier on Himself to provide our needs.

(235d) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Invest in the kingdom >> Tithing >> Offerings >> Help your weaker brother -- These verses go with verses 1-5. The subject of giving tends to be a high priority in most churches because of the high cost of Christianity today. People build giant cathedrals with no way of paying for them except off the backs of the congregation. Pastors, ďtie up heavy burdens and lay them on men's shoulders, but they themselves are unwilling to move them with so much as a finger Ē (Mat 23-4). It is nice to have a building dedicated to the ministry, but it is a very expensive way to conduct Christianity, and whether it is actually worth the expense is questionable, because there are alternatives. During the first and second century persecution was severe, so church was held in peopleís homes. If they assembled in a public facility, their enemies would learn about it and have them all arrested and thrown in jail with the pastor and others possibly losing their lives. The way they conducted church in those days was far more economical and effective in terms of church members interacting with one another in an environment of hospitality. When they did ask the Church members for a gift, almost the whole sum would go to people who needed it, but the way church conducts Christianity today, most the offering goes to paying the mortgage on the Church building.

(236h) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Invest in the kingdom >> Invest your treasures into the kingdom >> Invest everything you value

2Cor 9,5-7

(2g) Responsibility >> Avoid offending God >> Keep your commitments with those who are committed to you -- These verses go with verse 13

2Cor 9-5

(8n) Responsibility >> Prevent sin from coming between you and God

(21m) Sin >> Greed tries to satisfy manís need for security >> The love of money

(62k) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Being clever >> Making no provisions for the flesh


6 Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

 

2Cor 9,6-15

(11g) Servant >> Godís standard is in proportion to our output

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2Cor 9,6-14

(32k) Gift of God >> Father will honor your devotion to Him >> Honor a fruitful life

(218h) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> Godís will over man >> Reaping the harvest of obedience >> The harvest of righteousness

2Cor 9,6-13

(34l) Gift of God >> Be generous like your Father >> Give to your brother Ė This gift that Paul received went a long way in helping people in the Church, because there was no church building program or mortgage to sop up the peopleís resources. Some of the bigger churches have sent missionaries into the field, and of course they are financially supporting them. It is a huge undertaking to support their missionaries in conjunction with paying the mortgage on the Church building. Often, the missionaries are neglected under the shadow of the building program and they have to come home or find some other way to support themselves in the field, which takes up their time and energy that they would have rather devoted to the advancement of the gospel. This gift that Paul received from the Corinthians went a long way in helping the poor among the believers and financing Paulís missionary efforts throughout the known world, because there was no church building project or mortgage payment. Paul, Timothy, Titus and the rest, who were fulltime workers in the ministry required support, though occasionally they stopped and supported themselves, but they mostly lived through the help of the Church.

2Cor 9,6-11

(206c) Salvation >> God makes promises on His terms >> Conditions to promises >> Conditions to receiving in the natural >> Conditions to partaking in the natural realm Ė This is one of the more popular passages in the Bible about the promise of giving, having a blessing of enrichment appended to it, where the giver stands to benefit most in the exchange, even more than those who are on the receiving end. This is what the Bible teaches from genesis to revelation, and it speaks the same about forgiveness. However, nowhere does it say that God will return the blessing to the giver in the same form that he gave it. For example, if he gave money, God does not promise to give money back to him, but perhaps something else. Compare that to the language Paul used to describe the resurrection in 1Cor 15-37,38, ďThat which you sow, you do not sow the body which is to be, but a bare grain, perhaps of wheat or of something else. But God gives it a body just as He wished.Ē What we sow does not return to us in the same form, but in a form that is infinitely greater in eternity, and Paul promises that even in this life we will be enriched, but in order to receive the blessing we must give.

2Cor 9,6-10

(23j) Sin >> Poverty (Oppression) >> The solution to poverty

(127e) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Goodness >> Rewards for doing good >> Sow the seeds of goodness >> goodness yields a harvest of righteousness

(230h) Kingdom of God >> Godís kingdom is a living organism >> Mystery of godliness >> Mystery of the trinity >> Obey the mystery of godliness like Jesus did

2Cor 9,6-8

(31j) Gift of God >> Gift of His grace >> Being responsible with it -- These verses go with verse 15

(116j) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Through giving

2Cor 9-6

(226h) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Rewards of heaven >> Levels of reward >> God rewards us to the degree of our faithfulness Ė  The Corinthians were leaders in giving. Paul praised them as examples of how to give, and was very proud of them, knowing that God would give them the desire of their hearts, which according to his first letter to them was to be spiritual. They wanted to wield the sword of the Spirit and now they will have that opportunity through giving. God may send money your way as a reward for being generous, but generally God uses every opportunity to mold us closer to the image of Christ, and money simply doesn't have that effect. There were those in the Church who were poor; in fact the Bible says that the gospel was preached primarily to the poor, who were most receptive to the gospel, and for this reason there are a lot of poor people in the Church. God uses the poor as opportunities for others with greater means than themselves to bless them, so that God can in turn bless the giver with His own gift. Those with money feel no need for God, and the rich think they are God; this is why God thinks twice about using money as a "blessing."

 

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7 Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

 

2Cor 9,7-10

(90l) Thy kingdom come >> The called >> Godís purpose for us is to fulfill His calling >> Our purpose is to do Godís will

2Cor 9-7

(74g) Thy kingdom come >> Heart is central value system >> Manís treasure chest Ė Paul taught that whatever is in our hearts is how we should give, not to give beyond our means or desire, otherwise it wouldnít be sincere or even real, because later we may regret it, and then we would resent it. These things are like poison in the stew, and if they were allowed to fester and grow would work to distance us from the body of Christ. Although giving a bigger gift may seem on the outside a good thing, yet the net result may be destructive. It is better to give what we are willing than to give what we are not, because the reward is in our willingness to give, not in the money itself. In the case when we give more than in our hearts, there is no reward, no growing and no benefit. The only benefit is in the money itself, which does very little to help the heart grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Give money to the saints and all it does is help them live another day, but our willingness can help them live for Jesus another day, and this is what we are trying to instill Ė encouragement. Our willingness encourages them to believe they are making all the right decisions in following Jesus, because they have us as examples. For this reason God loves a cheerful giver. Our willingness blesses God, and our gift blesses the recipients of our generosity. We accomplish more blessing God than we do the poor, for in blessing God we feed the poor, plus we encourage them to live for Jesus, but in merely feeding the poor, they have their reward in full. Perhaps giving money is one of the least spiritual things you could do, yet it takes the most faith and it holds some of the best results. God is a giver, and without His gift no one has anything, so to give what we have to help others is to be like God. That is the objective to be more like God every day.

(78n) Thy kingdom come >> Putting your heart on display >> The result of a renewed mind

(87ia) Thy kingdom come >> Obedience >> Those who obey believe in God >> Those who obey the Holy Spirit -- This verse goes with verses 10-13

(96i) Thy kingdom come >> Attitude >> Positive attitude about giving -- This verse goes with verse 2

(106n) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >>

(125i) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Joy is the result of giving

 


8-10 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed; 9 as it is written, "HE SCATTERED ABROAD, HE GAVE TO THE POOR, HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS ENDURES FOREVER." 10 Now He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness;

 

2Cor 9,8-12

(249d) Priorities >> Godí s preeminence >> Wealth >> True perception of wealth >> Do not trust the carnal perception of wealth >> Do not try to hold on to your money Ė God gives a promise to those who give money, or perhaps even a cup of cold water, in support of the saints. He promises to increase their abundance for every good deed. To those who share their good fortune with others, money is a gift from God, which increase their ability to do good from the heart and multiplies in value throughout eternity to the glory of God, but those who think their money is their own, its value is based on the fair market, and when they buy something for themselves, they have their reward in full. Increasing the ability to do good is not about getting more money; increasing wealth does not increase your willingness to give. Instead, the more money you have the less willing you are to give it, but the more you give the more you are willing to give. If anyone has given to donations and then had them call you right back asking for more money, they have done their homework; they have collected their statistics and discovered the same thing and are trying to take advantage of you. The more money you give, the more willing you are to give of yourself, your time and energy, your sweat and ultimately perhaps even your blood, like so many of the most devout saints throughout time. The more of yourself you give the more spiritual you become, and the more spiritual, the less you care about money. The less you care about money, the more willing you are to give it. This is how God wants to reward you Ė spiritually, so you have something to offer, that your gifts may increase in value and frequency.

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2Cor 9,8-11

(31d) Gift of God >> God is our Father >> His favor enriches your life Ė God makes His grace abound to those who give, but He is not interested in giving His grace to people who will hoard it, as in the parable of the man who wrapped His mina in a handkerchief and buried it (Lk 19,20-26). This was an analogy of God giving His grace to someone who did nothing with it, his master calling him a worthless slave. Everybody seems interested in receiving the grace of God, but not all are givers. There are people in the Church who give more than others, and there is more than money that we can give. People who are not givers, then, have no excuse, for there are some people who donít have money, but they could give of themselves instead, their time and energy.

(46aa) Judgment >> Spiritual warfare >> Subjecting your flesh >> Violent take it by force >> Taking the sinful nature by force

(222k) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Do not give what is holy to dogs >> Give to him who has >> Whoever has shall more be given Ė Whatever fruit is the ministry of our giving begins with giving ourselves to God, so that we may receive His grace that inspires us to give further as a prerequisite to receiving more of His grace in a snowball effect. It is like the story of Jesus feeding the five thousand, handing the bread and fish to His disciples who distributed it among the people (Mat 14,13-21). God made sure another loaf of bread and another fish was available when Jesus dipped His hand into the basket, because He was giving it away, but those who dip into the basket without intending to give will come up short. As we give, we receive, and what we receive is not always what we gave. Jesus gave a loaf of bread and received another loaf of bread to give, but He received more than that, and so did His disciples, whom Jesus included in His giving, who allowed the flow of heavenly resources to continue until the five thousand were satisfied. They also received as Paul said the harvest of righteousness, interpreted as faith. Giving is cause for God to manifest His power, and the disciples realized that when God was willing to meet their needs. God is all about giving, and those who are chronic givers have Godís heart and His attention. When we give Him our hearts and then give Him our possessions, God will give in overflowing expressions of grace, keeping our baskets primed with our needs. We have finite resources, but we donít need to twist Godís arm to give, because that is His specialty, not only replenishing the fruit of our giving, but also adding to our hearts. When God ministers to us through our giving He increases a willingness in us to give until the need is met and God is glorified. If it is a human effort, then the human will be praised, but if it is a divine effort, then God will get the glory through our giving.

2Cor 9-8

(8g) Responsibility >> Prepare to interact with God >> Preparing to receive from God -- This verse goes with verses 1-5

(116h) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Our adequacy is from God

2Cor 9-9

(141d) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Old Testament bears witness to the new >> It bears witness to Jesus >> Prophesy about Jesusí ministry >> Jesus as the savior

2Cor 9,10-13

(87ia) Thy kingdom come >> Obedience >> Those who obey believe in God >> Those who obey the Holy Spirit -- These verses go with verse 7

2Cor 9-10

(30d) Gift of God >> Prepare to receive from God >> God supplies our needs under certain conditions Ė God never promised He would increase our money supply; he promised to increase the harvest of our righteousness. He promised to supply our needs while multiplying our seed for sowing, not for eating the seed, with the hope that it increases our harvest of righteousness. God wants righteousness to sprout from the seed of money that we sow. Normally if you sow a corn seed you reap a corn plant, but God is not interested in corn; He expects righteousness to sprout from sowing money. Too often these verses are interpreted as though the will of God were all about money and it simply is not. God wants to increase our ability to do righteousness, and only part of that is increasing our money supply. God is not interested in making us financially wealthy, but spiritually wealthy. Righteousness is all about being spiritual, and most of being spiritual is about giving, and part of giving is about money. So money plays a small role in Godís will as you would expect. Money is a good thing to give, because the recipient can transform it into whatever he or she needs.

(60h) Paradox >> Two implied meanings >> SeedóMoney / Good works

(76o) Thy kingdom come >> Desires >> Word is food >> Harvesting the word of God

(229f) Kingdom of God >> Godís kingdom is a living organism >> Kingdom grows by itself >> God causes the growth >> God uses us to cause the growth


11-15 you will be enriched in everything for all liberality, which through us is producing thanksgiving to God. 12 For the ministry of this service is not only fully supplying the needs of the saints, but is also overflowing through many thanksgivings to God. 13 Because of the proof given by this ministry, they will glorify God for your obedience to your confession of the gospel of Christ and for the liberality of your contribution to them and to all, 14 while they also, by prayer on your behalf, yearn for you because of the surpassing grace of God in you. 15 Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!

 

2Cor 9,11-15

(82i) Thy kingdom come >> Prayer >> Thankfulness >> Giving thanks for His blessings Ė  Another promise of giving is that we will be enriched to do good and to increase our righteousness in all things spiritual, yet too often pastors use these verses to teach that if the congregation gives to the ministry, God will give them their money back with interest. All this willingness to give is producing thanksgiving to God. Paul spoke about this praise as though it were a form of currency. Gratitude toward God completed the upward spiral of giving and receiving and the ever increasing value of their gift and its hope of supplying those in need with everything they lacked including faith and trust in God and loyalty toward one another.

(131f) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> Brother depends on you >> To do the will of God

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2Cor 9,11-13

(120k) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Contentment >> Content with your standard of living >> Free from greed

2Cor 9-11

(250b) Priorities >> Godís prerequisites >> Sequence of priorities >> In all things ... >> Be obedient in all things Ė The net result of our giving will make us further ahead in ways we havenít even considered. As in all things, it is better to let God direct us in our giving, both in what we give, how much and to whom, because without direction and with the best intentions we could be giving to a scoundrel, who will blow our gift on his vises; meanwhile the person truly in need is still suffering. There are three elements of our giving: what we give, how much we give and to whom we give. These must be under the control of the Holy Spirit in order to receive a full reward, for the one who walks by the Spirit is guaranteed to be enriched in every aspect of his life. When we allow the Holy Spirit to make the big decisions in our lives, we will be enriched, and there can be no greater decision than our giving. The domino effect that often plays with the people we meet opens doors we didnít even know existed. There is no better way for the Holy Spirit to interject Himself in our circumstances and into other people's lives than through giving.

2Cor 9,12-15

(117gb) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Eyes of your spirit >> Vision >> Real-eyes Godís purpose for the Church >> Understand Jesus' exalted position with the Father Ė If we really believe in the ministry, we will give money to it, and it wonít even seem like a sacrifice. If we believe in our local church, tithing will be some of the most exciting acts of faith we will do. People can give their time, their energy and their services of just about anything that would be asked of them, all without the need for faith, but people will not give money to their local church outside of faith. Only faith can reach into their pockets and pull out those dollar bills. People are willing to come to church every Sunday, stand up and sing Godís praises nice and loud, wear their best clothes and their biggest smiles, all without faith, but giving money requires a genuine faith, and even more than that, vision. If a person had a vision of their local church, trusted that it was headed in the right direction and believed that the ministry was led by the Spirit, he might consider giving everything he has to the ministry, according to his faith.

(123h) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Love >> Spiritual affection >> Ministry of the saints >> Caring f or each others needs

(130m) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Unity >> Interdependent on each other >> Depend on your brother to walk in the gifts of Godís calling -- These verses go with verses 12-15

(237j) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Transferring the kingdom >> The Church is transferred to the kingdom >> Citizens of heaven Ė If the local church is doing exploits for God, cultivating faith in the word of God and establishing maturity in His people, that is all the reason we need to give our money to it. How valuable is the body of Christ in a world that hates God? If our local church is a place where we can go to spiritually feel safe, if it is the only place we know where faith in Jesus is nurtured, how valuable is that? We can experience these things in our homes, but where publicly can we go to share our faith, bearing our hearts to people who, if it werenít for faith, would be perfect strangers? If these things are happening in our local church, we must give our money to it. Try to imagine a world that is devoid of public facilities where we can entrust our souls to people we know only by faith. It is the local church where we can give of ourselves and be received by those of a common faith. Our brothers and sisters in the Lord know us better in the spirit than our immediate families. How valuable to us is a sense of belonging? Everybody needs that! We need to feel that we belong somewhere, and the local church provides that. On the one hand, if our local church is a place where people go as a mere weekly activity and there is no real vision, then who could blame anybody for not giving more than the bare minimum? On the other hand, if our local church is on fire for Jesus and is committed to the faith and devoted to establishing the Kingdom of God in the world, saving souls and maturing the body of Christ, we canít put a price on that. It is worth everything we have.

2Cor 9,12-14

(142d) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> Having a good reputation >> A reputation of good works

2Cor 9-13

(2g) Responsibility >> Avoid offending God >> Keep your commitments with those who are committed to you -- This verse goes with verses 5-7

(150d) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Works of the Church bear witness to Jesus >> Confessing the salvation of Christ >> Confessing Jesus because you are saved Ė This was the second epistle he wrote to the Corinthians; in his first epistle Paul was not so convinced of them. There was a lot of teaching in First Corinthians about how to conduct oneself in the house of God and how to behave as Christians. In other words, the epistle of Fist Corinthians is a good example of what the apostles and their helpers taught all the churches that they founded in their infancy. As they matured they would teach them material such as contained in Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, etc. The Corinthians were a very immature people, and Paul in the second epistle to them in the ninth chapter, talking about making a financial contribution, finally became convinced that they really did believe in God, because they gave from their financial resources.

(156c) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of salvation >> Loving God is evidence of salvation >> Expressing your feelings toward Him

(244i) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Literal manifestations >> Literal manifestation of Godís word >> Manifesting the righteousness of His kingdom Ė Paul talks about a proof given by the ministry, proving its legitimacy. The freewill offering the Corinthians gave legitimized their faith. What can prove our faith more than giving? People can talk big, but when it comes to genuine faith they often donít have much to give. The fact that the Corinthians gave, though they were poor, yet their giving became to Paul proof of their faith as a legitimate ministry and as the genuine people of God. Some people pledge large sums of money, but Paul was never convinced until the giving actually happened. This money that they were able to collect was a literal manifestation of their faith. Now Paul knew the Corinthians were bona fide members of Godís Church. Nothing convinced Paul that they were the legitimate people of God until they gave of their financial resources. He preached and preached to them chapter after chapter and wrote book after book, until finally toward the end of the second epistle he told them that of all the things they did and were willing to do, nothing convinced him of their faith more than their giving of money.

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2Cor 9-14

(36a) Gift of God >> Gifts from the Holy Spirit >> To him who has shall more be given

(83c) Thy kingdom come >> Results of prayer >> Prayer unites the body

(93i) Thy kingdom come >> Following Jesus >> Through men >> Follow the example of others

(116b) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Through worship >> In prayer Ė There are those in the body of Christ who yearn for believers, other brothers and sisters in Christ and the true children of God, to enjoy their presence and ministry that God is building in their hearts. The next best thing to this is to pray for them, and in this way God is able to open a window where they can deposit spiritual gifts into them through prayer, and developing a connection with them by faith. In their mindfulness of the Corinthians they remember the things they asked God to give them and by faith understand that they have come into possession of these things and are walking in them and are now ready and able to share more with their fellow saints than before they prayed. They have deposited gifts and ministries in the people of God, using that transaction as a means of communing with them, in hope that they will meet them in the flesh and see the gifts they requested from God on their behalf. (See: Rom 1-11; 1Cor 5,3-5.)

(143i) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> Popularity >> Sought commendably >> Being sought for your relationship with God

2Cor 9-15

(31j) Gift of God >> Gift of His grace >> Being responsible with it -- This verse goes with verses 6-8

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