“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: Jesus substitutionary work on the cross is the proof that he became poor.
Now, from our previous studies, it could be deduced that Jesus becoming poor was in view of man, who was poor in spirit. Thus, in him becoming poor, Jesus will thus identify with humanity (He will be spiritually destitute) which is his substitution on our behalf so that by faith in him in the resurrection, a man can be indwelt by God’s spirit and thus no more poor in spirit. Thus, the term, ‘he became poor’ was spiritual fact (Jesus was spiritually destitute for man). First, we saw in our previous study that He was God but because of man, He had to become a man to save man. And how was this be done, how will he identify with man who was poor in spirit so that when men identifies with Him in the resurrection, man will be rich in the spirit? This was be done on the cross. This is what Paul echoed in Philippians 2 “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 him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of man: and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death on the cross” (Philippians 2:6-8).
Thus, that obedience to the death of the cross was how He became poor. In other words, the cross is a clear display that Jesus became spiritually destitute on behalf of man. First, He stripped himself of being God and came as a man or was born a man or human being, and second, He identified with man who was destitute of the spirit on the cross where He took man’s place in death. Thus, the term, ‘though He was rich’ will refer to His status as God before He became a man or his fellowship with the Father before His death on the cross where He became man’s substitute. So, ‘He became poor’ means He took our place by His sacrificial death on the cross; that was the poverty; He was God but because of man, He came a man to save man; as a man, He was in fellowship with God but on the cross, He was out of fellowship with God because He became the substitute for man’s sins and therefore He became spiritually destitute just like man was spiritually destitute. He took our place, He identified with us so upon His resurrection, we can be rich (the riches of the spirit or the riches in the spirit). Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: Go for the precise and accurate knowledge of God’s word.
PRAYER: Thank you Lord for your spirit that dwells in me and by this, the things of the spirit and the things in the spirit flow through me naturally, in Jesus name, Amen.
QUOTE: The New creation is God’s handiwork; he is a creation in God’s image and likeness.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 2 CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 5; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 2