“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: Salvation is the reason for the above text.
From our previous studies on this subject, it is clear what the statement ‘He became poor’ means and moreover what the statement ‘though He was rich’ implies. Both statements were spiritual truths and thus neither had anything to do with Jesus being rich physically and then chose to be poor physically so that man might be rich physically. To further buttress these facts, the term, ‘his poverty’ in the above text refers to His suffering. When Jesus gave Himself up to die (on the cross), He became poor. That giving of Himself to die on the cross was the suffering and that is where the poverty could be tracked. He became spiritually destitute, hence his cry in Matthew 27:46 which reads, “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli: Eli; lama sabachthani? That is to say, My God My God, why has thou forsaken me”? The word, ‘forsaken’ means to be left helpless. In other words, Jesus on the cross became helpless because He was spiritually destitute, in that He became the substitute for man’s sin. So, on the cross, Jesus was helpless (He became poor). He became the substitute for man’s sin and was out of fellowship with God because of man. No wonder, Paul before chapter 8 of 2 Corinthians had already explained this spiritual truth of Jesus becoming poor in chapter 5. It reads, “for he hath made him to be sin for us who knew no sin: that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Jesus became sin for us, so that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. Sin and righteousness are spiritual facts and not physical facts. In other words, sin and righteousness used here (2 Corinthians 5:21) are spiritual terms. More so, it was on the cross that Jesus was made sin. It was on the cross that He became sin. We can therefore say that Jesus becoming sin on the cross was the poverty. This could also mean that it could be safely inferred that we becoming the righteousness of God in Him will be our riches, that is, since He, Christ becoming sin will be the poverty, then the statement ‘that ye through His poverty might be made rich’ will be we being made the righteousness of God in Christ. Therefore, what Paul was communicating in 2 Corinthians 8:9 are spiritual truths of Jesus taking our place as our substitute with salvation in view. Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: Acknowledge that you are rich in the spirit as you are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.
PRAYER: Thank you Lord for your love for me demonstrated in your sacrificial work on the cross, in Jesus name, Amen.
QUOTE: The substitutionary work was necessary if salvation was to be made available to all men.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 2 CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 5; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1