“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: The reason for Jesus becoming poor was for the salvation of man.
In the course of this study, it has been seen that what Paul communicated in the above text were spiritual truths. And thus, the terms he used were spiritual terms. In other words, we can deduce that the statement, ‘though he was rich’ was a spiritual truth; ‘yet for your sakes, he became poor’ was a spiritual truth; ‘that ye through his poverty might be rich’ was a spiritual truth. Now, recall that the term ‘his poverty’ refers to Jesus’ suffering. This is because when he gave himself up to die on the cross, he became poor. This shows us why the words that came out from his mouth as documented in the synoptic gospels are clear evidence of the fact that He became poor. Thus, the suffering of Jesus was seen on the cross. No wonder Jesus in Luke 24 echoed this fact to his disciples in his teaching. It reads “ought not Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them the things concerning himself” (Luke 24:26-27). Apostle Peter also alluded to this same fact: “Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: searching what manner of time the spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow” (I Peter 1:10-11). In essence, the sufferings of Christ will refer to His poverty while the glory that should follow referred to His riches. It must be noted that these blessings are immaterial in nature.
Therefore, 2 Corinthians 8:9 was not referring to physical properties. In the context of this text, Paul was teaching people to give and the people he used as an example of giving were physically poor, but spiritually rich. The believer has been made rich spiritually to give physically. So, the glory that followed Jesus could not have been referring to physical things. What was done by Jesus or what Jesus became will either be His poverty or His wealth. So, our poverty became His. Therefore, Jesus who was rich in the spirit became poor in the spirit by identifying with us (or taking our place) so that by identifying with Him in the resurrection, we become rich in spirit which is by the indwelling of his spirit in our hearts. This indwelling of His spirit in our hearts is salvation. Hence, Jesus becoming poor though rich refers to Him giving himself to die for the salvation of man. We are rich (in spirit). Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: Declare that you are rich in spirit.
PRAYER: Thank you Jesus for your love demonstrated for me by your suffering and the glory that followed. I declare that I am the living expression of your glory in this world, in Jesus name, Amen.
QUOTE: The man poor in the spirit become rich in spirit by the indwelling of the spirit.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 14; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 2