For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich. – 2 Corinthians 8:9
LIGHT FOR NOW: Through Christ’s generosity, man is no longer spiritually destitute.
We read in John 19:30 ‘When Jesus therefore received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost’. What did Jesus declare ‘finished’? Definitely, He was not referring to His life, which is eternal. Christ was talking about the ceremonial laws and the commandments which man could not keep! Jesus fulfilled the laws and the commandments to the later and brought their effects to naught! Consequently, He boldly declared ‘It is finished’!
No man could keep the law (Matthew 5:17; John 8:1-8). Without the law there can be no sin recorded for man, but through the redemptive sacrifice of Jesus Christ, law, sin and death were brought to a finish. That is why Brother Paul informed the church in Rome, and to all believers that Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believes (Romans 10:4).
Christ met all the requirements of the law, and automatically, sin became irrelevant and death was nullified. Christ’s substitutional death for humans was an expression of the depth of love He has for them. What an extraordinary love that God would die for mortal man! What extravagant Grace of God! Paul rightly used the sacrificial death of Christ to teach generosity in the place of giving.
In what sense was Christ rich and how did He become poor for the sake of man? Recall that Paul in today’s text was not talking about Christ being physically poor, rather he was referring to Jesus being spiritually poor as expressed in Matthew 5:3 ‘Blessed are the poor in the spirit; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven’. Being ‘poor in the spirit’ implies to be spiritually destitute. For a moment, Christ became spiritually destitute and died, and consequently gave men the right and privilege to be Sons of God (John 1:12). Through Christ’s generosity, man is no longer destitute, but he is rich in spirit. Christ lives in believers. When you receive Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, the Kingdom becomes yours.
Believers are admonished to soberly reflect on this Truth, and thereby be generous in giving.
INSTRUCTION: Give generously.
Prayer: I have the grace to give generously and willingly because Christ lives in me, in Jesus Name!
QUOTE: It takes a spiritual man to give.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EXODUS CHAPTER 29; EVENING: Romans CHAPTER 1