Cor. Chapter 9:1-15
verses for this week: 2
Pet 1:10 Wherefore the
rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election
sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
Introduction: Last week in Chapter 8, we saw the Corinthians
being exhorted to match the generosity that the Christians in
Macedonia had shown towards the poor saints in Jerusalem.
The people did give with great dedication and sacrifice, and
the church chose three men including Titus to take the money to
Jerusalem much to the delight of Paul.
This week we see the churches in Macedonia and Achaia
choosing Paul to accompany other to administer the offering they had
2 Corinthians 9:1 For
as touching the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me
to write to you: 2 For I know the forwardness of your mind, for
which I boast of you to them of Macedonia, that Achaia was ready a
year ago; and your zeal hath provoked very many.
collection we are discussing this week is the same one we covered in
last weeks study. We
discussed how many had lost their jobs due to their stand for
Christ, and these other churches which truly had branched out as
missions from the Jerusalem church were coming to the people’s
aid. Some of the verses
concerning these collections are in I Cor 16:1-4, II Cor 8:9, Romans
15:25-28, Acts 20:4, and Acts 24:17.
Due to space and time, we will read just a couple of these.
concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to
the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. 2 Upon the first day of the
week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered
him, that there be no gatherings when I come. 3 And when I come,
whomsoever ye shall approve by your letters, them will I send to
bring your liberality unto Jerusalem.
4 And if it be meet that I go also, they shall go with me.
Acts 20:4 And
there accompanied him into Asia Sopater of Berea; and of the
Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus; and Gaius of Derbe, and
Timotheus; and of Asia, Tychicus and Trophimus.
the Roman letter, Paul gives the grounds of obligation to justify
the collections by his Gentile converts when he told them:
15:27 It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the
Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their
duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things.
verse 1, Paul says it is superfluous (meaning unnecessary) for him
to write concerning the collection when he recalls how forward the
Corinthians were a year ago in planning this offering. He had
boasted of their willingness to help and to take up this offering.
It was a great thing when the church gets behind others in
need and respond to situations like what the church was facing there
in Jerusalem. When
we hear of a need, and we give to that cause, it both helps those in
need and honors God that we have a heart of giving.
A Christian should be known as one who is willing to help and
to give when asked. Because the Corinthians had this great zeal, it stimulated
others to do the same and to be involved.
What you and I do will affect others.
We should realize this and always be involved that others
might see that example and be exhorted to greater service.
Col 3:23 And whatsoever
ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
Col 3:24 Knowing that of
the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye
serve the Lord Christ.
6:10 For God is not
unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have
showed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints,
and do minister.
3 Yet have I
sent the brethren, lest our boasting of you should be in vain in
this behalf; that, as I said, ye may be ready: 4 Lest haply if they
of Macedonia come with me, and find you unprepared, we (that we say
not, ye) should be ashamed in this same confident boasting.
sent the brethren from Macedonia to Corinth before him so that his
friends could see for themselves that what he had boasted of them
was true. Of course if
they all came and no offering was prepared, Paul would be greatly
embarrassed. It is not good to have trust in unfaithful men and women, but
it is a great thing to be involved with those that love the Lord and
always do what they promise they will.
Tim 2:1 Thou
therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
2 Tim 2:2 And the things
that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit
thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
2 Tim 2:3 Thou therefore
endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
2 Tim 2:4 No man that
warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he
may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
2 Tim 2:5 And if a man
also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive
2 Tim 2:6 The husbandman
that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.
Tim 2:7 Consider what I
say; and the Lord give thee understanding in all things.
5 Therefore I
thought it necessary to exhort the brethren, that they would go
before unto you, and make up beforehand your bounty, whereof ye had
notice before, that the same might be ready,
as a matter of bounty, and not as of covetousness.
wanted to make sure that they had the offering complete prior to his
arrival. This would
give him more time to deal with spiritual matters rather than to be
involved in raising money that to them might seem covetous.
When God’s Church is functioning properly, the pastor will
not have to be making ongoing appeals for money.
The people will have a heart of giving, and the money will be
there to meet the needs of the people.
I heard a story of a church not far from our area that had
hired several people to work fulltime as they prepared to build a
church school and a new church.
I personally know one of these families, and the man quit a
fulltime job to work fulltime in the church.
When payday came, there was no money, but the people were
told that a grant was in the process, and just to keep working and
it would all work out. After
three months of working on faith, no money showed up and those
families were forced into bankruptcy.
Without some of the members stepping in, even the pastor
would have lost his home. None
of this should have happened if things had been done God’s way.
The bible teaches us to do things decently and in order.
If a grant was required for all of these things to happen, no
work should have been begun and no people hired until that money was
in hand. We
certainly are to have faith, but we are to also have an effective
business plan in place before we set out to do a work for the Lord.
If we manage our personal lives and businesses with good
common sense, we should be even more careful with the finances of
the church lest we bring reproach upon the name of God.
Luke 14:28 For which of
you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and
counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?
Luke 14:29 Lest haply,
after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all
that behold it begin to mock him,
Luke 14:30 Saying, This
man began to build, and was not able to finish.
1 Cor 14:40 Let all
things be done decently and in order.
The Happy Results of Liberality
But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly;
and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. 7 Every
man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not
grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
expressed in verse 6 has been called the “law of quantity.” The teaching here uses the example of how a farmer goes out
and plants his crop. If
he uses just a few seed, all he will expect to come up after the
rain is a few plants. But
if he plants many seeds, he will no doubt have a bountiful stand.
So if he wants to reap bountifully, he must sow bountifully. The same is true in the work of the Lord.
If we half heartedly invite people to church or never go out
on visitation, how will the lost be saved.
In other words, unless we are effectively sowing, there will
be no harvest. Not all
that we come in contact with will believe the Gospel, but if we
never put it forth, we are guaranteed not to reap.
We will reap in direct regards to how much we sow.
What you feel right down in your heart you ought
to give, that is what you should give. Verse 7 goes back to the fact that we
ought to give out of a heart of love.
Not of necessity, but because we love God. I once heard a man ask his pastor if he should base his
tithe off of his gross salary or off of his net check amount.
The pastor smiled and said “I guess it depends on whether
you want a “gross” blessing or a “net” blessing.
Pretty good answer. Love,
not algebraic expressions, should direct our giving.
Verse 7 speaks of the “law of quality.”
The widows two mites in the verses we read last week were
judged by the Lord to be more than the vast sums put in by the rich.
They gave a small percentage of what they had, but she gave
her all. The amount is
never as important as the way it is given.
Some have to make a supreme sacrifice to give $10, where
another can give $100 and it never phase them.
God looks on the heart and knows if we are giving properly.
Speaking of gifts, we are talking about amounts above the
tithe which is 10 per cent. Sometimes
special needs arise, and that is when special gifts are needed.
When a missionary writes of a sick child needing medical
attention or the need for a better vehicle, that gives us the
opportunity to give a special gift to meet those needs.
In the Believers Study Bible, several comments were made
about giving gifts.
“Generous gift” is a translation of eulogian
which is variously translated “blessing,” “benediction,” or
“benefit.” The idea here is that the Corinthians were to prepare
their “blessing” or “generous gift” for the saints in
Jerusalem. The gift was to be a result of willing generosity, not
The Christian gift of giving ought to be exercised as an act of
worship with preparation, purpose, and joy. Giving that is reluctant
or coerced is not pleasing to God, “for God loves a cheerful [hilaros,
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always
having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:
9 (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the
poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.
The same God
who loves a cheerful giver is able to “make all grace abound”
toward us. We do
not serve a limited God, but one who owns all the cattle on a
thousand hills. When we
need things, we need to come to God boldly, and when it is a true
need, I believe God will provide for us.
For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh
findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will
he give him a stone?
Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your
children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give
good things to them that ask him?
It is a rule
that God generally supplies such givers with all their needs and a
sufficiency to further assist others.
To be faithful in much, we must first be faithful in that
which is least.
dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for
ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour.
McGee had this to say about giving:
have never known anyone who has gone broke giving to the Lord’s
work. There may be some who have, but I have never met them in my
ministry. In believe that God will bless you. I don’t think the
blessings He gives to you will always be material blessings. A great
many folk think they can hold God to a promise of material
blessings. I don’t think you can. He does promise to bless us with
all spiritual blessings.
Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for
your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of
your righteousness;) 11 Being enriched in every thing to all
bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.
that bountifully sow, God is able to give more seed. I have never went out witnessing where I thought that I
had used up all the ability God had given me to reach others with
the Gospel. When
someone is excited about hearing about Jesus Christ, it makes me
even more excited about telling them.
God will supply all our needs, particularly in this area, if
we will be faithful to tell others about Christ.
When we give the right way, it says we will demonstrate
“thanksgiving to God.”
For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want
of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;
13 Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God
for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for
your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men; 14 And by
their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace
of God in you.
these Corinthians were giving would accomplish several results.
The needs of the poor saints in Jerusalem would be met, and
they would give many “thanksgivings to God”, as if receiving it
directly from His hand. By
this gift, they would bring glory to God, and those in Jerusalem
would then pray for them. All
of this would bring the churches closer together.
And all of us as believers need good relationships with other
Christians. We build up
one another when we live for God and exhort one another.
27:17 Iron sharpeneth
iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
be unto God for his unspeakable gift.
with a reminder of the greatest gift that has ever been given, and
that was Jesus Christ on the cross to pay the penalty of our sins. This was the supreme gift that has ever or shall ever be
given. If God so loved
us while we were yet His enemies, how much should this encourage us
to show liberality in our giving.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his
life for his friends.
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