“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: If you are still seeing physical prosperity in the above text; then you have lost the truth of that text.
The above text is a text that will be well appraised when rightly divided. Having said and established in the previous study that the text above has nothing to do with prosperity, what then could the text have meant? Now, to arrive at a proper interpretation of the above text, let’s start by observing the term, ‘he became poor’. The term, ‘he became poor’ was translated from the Greek word, ‘ptocheuo’ which is a very strong word implying weak, affected, destitute. Literally, the word implies to become a beggar; someone who has nothing. This word, ‘ptocheuo’ was derived from the Greek word ‘ptocho’ which was used in Matthew 5:3 which we have examined in our previous studies, ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven’. Recall, the term, ‘poor in spirit’ (ptocho’) implies to be worthless, helpless, and destitute (of the spirit). Now, this understanding of the term, ‘he became poor’ in 2 Corinthians 8:9 referenced Matthew 5:3. Now, let’s see that it wouldn’t be the absence of money or the loss of material things/possessions but rather this is a spiritual fact. ‘He became poor’ does not mean he became broke or that he lost his material possessions because of us, but rather it will be used to explain a spiritual state Jesus took or became on our behalf. How does this come in?
Paul’s words in Philippians 2 gives us a lead, “who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross”. Observe the way the Amplified Version renders this text, “who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God God] did not think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped or retained , but stripped himself [of all privileges and rightly dignity],so that He became like men, and was born a human being” (Philippians 2:6 AMP). So, Jesus being poor will be a change of form from God to man in view of taking the place of man in death (the death of the cross) so that man who was poor in spirit upon identification with him will be rich in the spirit by the indwelling of the spirit. Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: Never ignore right Bible interpretation.
PRAYER: Father, I receive revelation knowledge as the knowledge of your word grows big in my inside like never before, in Jesus name, Amen.
QUOTE: God’s word not known is the believer’s identity unknown.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: 2 CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 5