9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.
Grace and peace be unto you my brothers and sisters,
The above text is interesting and contains a revelation regarding God's grace and God's will for our lives. In the previous verse Paul writes that he is testing the sincerity of the readers love by the diligence of others. In 2 Corinthians chapter 8 Paul subject is giving and he uses Jesus Christ as the example or the pattern of giving. Jesus Christ was rich according to the text but he became poor that through his poverty we who believe in him may become rich. Through out religious circles a large number of folk suggests that Jesus was poor therefore; his followers should be poor and take a vow of poverty like Sister Teresa of the Catholic church and as many others have, as if having wealth is sinful or worldly. Some suggest that the riches that Jesus had and have were only spiritual riches but the bible the declares the earth is the Lord's and the fulness thereof, it declares that the gold and silver is God's and the cattle upon a thousand hills is the Lord's. The riches are both spiritual and material which are being referred to in this quote," Jesus became poor that you might be rich". Jesus exchanged his spiritual riches(Holiness and righteousness) for you spiritual poverty called (sin). Not only was there a spiritual exchange but there was also a material exchange because the bible declares that the wealth of the wicked is stored up for the righteous and it is God who gives us the power to get wealth. The blessing of the Lord maketh one rich and added no sorrow. In conclusion, the revelation in this text is that it is God's will for you to be rich spiritually and materially, if that is not the case then this scripture would be a lie and have no need to have been written," 9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich". I know what you are thinking, well if that is so, why aren't all believers rich? My question to you is, " why are people still perishing when Jesus stated that" It is not his will that any man should perish"(not be saved)? Therefore because it is GOD'S will it does not negate that some will not believe and thus will not act upon God's will and that is why all believers are not rich and that is why people are still perishing.
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