Saturday, 24 July 2010

2 Corinthians 9

Here's how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.


Susan said...

Really like v.8

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

all all things...having all that you need.

Susan said...

v.11 You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

We are made rich by God so we can be generous.

Susan said...

v.12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.

Generourisity doesn't just provide for needs. It sets in motion a chain reaction that results in thanksgiving to God; praise to God (v.13); and intercession (v.14).

Susan said...

v.10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.

Here we see that our giving is compared to sowing seed. So what we give is not a loss. It comes back to us as "seed" (not necessarily as money or possessions). It also comes back to us an enlargement of the "harvest of our righteousness" (again, not necessarily material gain).

So do we give just to get something in return?

Probably not, but Jesus encouraged people to lay up treasure in heaven and taught people about rewards. I think giving comes out of loving, nevertheless it is not unBiblical to encourage people with the hope of rewards/blessings connected with giving.