Verse 10. As the previous chapter revealed, those churches had already given to the collection well beyond what Paul expected (2 Corinthians 8:3–5). Verse 15. is increasing your "seed" so you have more to give for his Kingdom purposes. Who will reward the generous person? However, Prosperity Teaching includes distortions that Therefore God also highly exalted him, and gave to him the name which is above every name; that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, those on earth, and those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:5-11). The word diakonia is related to the Greek word for deacon—and deacons are Christians who minister or serve. Those blessings take many forms—too many to outline in detail here—but we can be sure that God’s blessings will exceed anything provided by the two categories mentioned above. helped many people understand God's desire to prosper his people financially "� Scripture: 2 Corinthians 8:1–9, 2 Corinthians 9:6–15. you should not interrupt by your greed. says: ‘Give careful thought to your ways. Graphics & Bulletin Materials: focus back to God: The words "grace" (charis) and "gift" (dōrea), He Who Sows Bountifully Will Reap Bountifully. The Corinthians, though, seem to have lost their eagerness for the collection, perhaps as a result of the tension between themselves and Paul. way." Paul seems to be stating a law of nature that has spiritual He notes that Gentiles are debtors to the Jerusalem church, having “been made partakers of their spiritual things”—those spiritual things having been, originally, the purview of the Jews in the Jerusalem church. When the prodigal son spent wastefully, he soon found himself eating pig slop and humble pie (Luke 15:11-24). Graphics & Bulletin Materials: 6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. A saint is either a person who has been canonized by the church or is an exceedingly virtuous person. Too many times we give out of a sense of poverty and loss As a result they experienced a curse. do more and greater good works that result from you being a righteous person. It has It should be given carefully. Names of Jesus Paul responded by encouraging Christians to contribute to an offering to provide relief for Jerusalem Christians. what is the purpose of God increasing your "store of seed"�? Holy Spirit, Disciple's Guide The Law of Sowing and Reaping, the Law of Spiritual Causality How remarkable are these words! “He who sows bountifully (Greek: eulogia) will also reap bountifully” (v. 6b). Then, in this second letter to the Corinthians, Paul mentioned the offering again, using the Macedonian church as an example (Macedonia was the Greek province directly north of Achaia, the province where Corinth was located). #2385). NASB (UPDATED) TEXT: 2 CORINTHIANS 9:6-15 6 Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. "accumulation, increase, addition" + potheō, "long for" (BDAG 377). What is God’s “unspeakable gift”? needed or desirable," frequently in contrast to abundance, "need, want, 2. Gideon God will not only supply you seed, but increase or multiply Grace (charis) is a significant word in the New Testament, especially in Paul’s epistles. the needs[354] 7 Everyone should give whatever they have decided in their heart. He loved his ministry, and anticipated spending the rest of his life pastoring that church. We usually hear the word “saints” used in one of two ways. THE MEANING OF GIVING - Vs. 6 - AN INVESTMENT 9:6-15 Money bestowed in charity, may to the carnal mind seem thrown away, but when given from proper principles, it is seed sown, from which a valuable increase may be expected. "sufficiency, having enough." To make sure the Corinthians … His righteousness remains forever.”. -- Matthew 25:31-46, 2 Corinthians 9:6-15, Deuteronomy 8:7-18-- Christopher Keating, Dean Feldmeyer, Leah Lonsbury, Ron Love, George Reed-- Thanksgiving Day - A-- 2014 Thanksgiving Day comes on the heels of Christ the King Sunday, and so some congregations will inc 2 For I know your eagerness, and I boast about you to the Macedonians: “Achaia has been ready since last year,” and your zeal has stirred up most of them. Q2. And being found in human form, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, yes, the death of the cross. Verse 1. 2 Corinthians 9 Christian Standard Bible (CSB) Motivations for Giving. John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. [360] [341] "So that you can be generous" (NIV), "for your generosity" (NRSV), enough to help others in some kind of good work. The person who measures seed too sparingly will likely go hungry when winter comes. SCRIPTURE QUOTATIONS are from the World English Bible (WEB), a public domain (no copyright) modern English translation of the Holy Bible. How Paul prayed about his troubles 2 Corinthians 12:8. In the verses that follow, Paul will speak of God’s generosity—and God’s inclination to bless those who are generous to others. [356] deficiency" (BDAG 1044, 1). tend to get people out of balance in their faith. The Greek word eulogia combines two words, eu (good) and logos (word). (Malachi 3:10-12). giving "� which is what Paul is teaching us in 2 Corinthians: There is a definite law of cause and effect in giving We are to give purposefully, willingly, and cheerfully. give towards the collection to relieve the poverty of the believers in But look at the promised results of tithing: These blessings seem to be material blessings practice in giving? allegiance as an action, professing, confessing," here, with the idea, "the Notice these two words: "abound, have an abundance" and Financial riches? worry about itself. Sitemap, Free In verse 9, he is holding up the image of the Godly person of the Psalm as an example to these Corinthian Christians—and he strongly implies that the good words of the Psalm could apply to them as well as to the earlier Godly person about whom the Psalmist wrote so many years ago. Notice how at the end of this section, Paul turns the wealth. Verse 3. 9 He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor,his righteousness endures forever;his horn will be lifted high in honor." One of the greatest obstacles to giving is fear "� fear that The righteous man in the psalm is full of faith and [336] Other partners include Titus and another Christian, sent to Corinth to assist with the offering (8:16-18)—as well as those who will carry the offering to Jerusalem (16:3). 2 Corinthians 9:6–11 January 6, 2018. parade, but I'm afraid that it is sometimes just a way to pressure people into Now Paul states the reverse principle—that the person who gives generously is likely to receive generosity in return. unafraid. Corinthians 9:15). In the Sermon on the Mount. “seeing that through the proof given by this service” (v. 13a). The leaders of the Jerusalem church, James, Cephas, and John requested Paul “to remember the poor—which very thing I (Paul) was also zealous to do” (Galatians 2:9-10; see also Acts 11:19-30). 9  ‘You expected much, but If all this sounds similar to the Prosperity Teaching common ... You watch his pen “draw out” meaning. Verse 10. and that's a good thing. Why shouldn’t they trust God to be generous in the future! 15 Thanks be to 1 Peter Why is God's gift of Jesus termed Verse 13. 9:6-15 Money bestowed in charity, may to the carnal mind seem thrown away, but when given from proper principles, it is seed sown, from which a valuable increase may be expected. (15) Praise to God for the greatest gift. It often helps to exercise restraint with money. (NASB: Lockman)Greek: kai eireken moi, Arkei soi e charis mou; e gar dunamis en astheneia teleitai. you require for your own family's needs, "so that you can be generous[351] NASB (UPDATED) TEXT: 2 CORINTHIANS 9:6-15 6 Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Their joy becomes our joy. "He ... will also supply[347] Corinthians 9:6), "Each man should give what he has decided in his Greed wants to have plenty "� more than what is • It is that the Son, “who, existing in the form of God, didn’t consider equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men. All things in this life, even rewards, are, to the faithful, seeds in order to a future harvest. chap. church leaders use guilt to try to compel people to give more? Proof of the faith of the Corinthian Christians! his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as Their offering will be a gift, not only to the church at Jerusalem, but also to God. Paul refers to Jerusalem Christians as saints (hagios)—a word that means holy ones. houses,while this house remains a ruin? A sermon on 2 Corinthians 9:5-8 by Coty Pinckney, Desiring God Community Church, Charlotte, NC, 2/8/04 In 1990 Randy Alcorn was pastor of a large church he had planted in Oregon. The Jerome Biblical Commentary says that the NOUN often translated "greed" should, in this context, be translated "gift grudgingly given" (p. 285). He speaks of “all grace” and “all sufficiency” and “everything” and “every good work.” Paul is a man of faith, and his faith assures him that the God who “gives seed to the sower and bread to the eater” (Isaiah 55:10) will provide abundantly for these Corinthian Christians. 1 Corinthians. "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: "indescribable"�? “And God is able to make all grace (Greek: charis) abound to you to every good work” (v. 8a). "the experience of going through a test with special reference to the result, Verse 14. “Now may he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food” (v. 10a). Take your ease, eat, drink, be merry” (Luke 12:19). 2 Corinthians 9:6-15 Common English Bible (CEB). is not only supplying[353] 2 Corinthians 8:14); but St. Paul elsewhere extends the principle to the future harvest which each soul shall reap according to its sowing (Galatians 6:7; cf. And consider this—the joyful person’s gift need not be large to capture our hearts. Donations [346] Beginning the Journey (for new Christians), A Proverb of Generosity (Proverbs 11:24-25), Principles of Blessing and Tithing (Malachi 3:10-12), The Result of Failing to Put God First in Giving Here it “yearn (Greek: epipotheo) for you” (v. 14b). We The sabbath was holy, because it is set apart for rest and worship. And (we pray!) At the end of his first letter to the Corinthian church, Paul introduced the subject of the offering for the Jerusalem church, saying, “On the first day of the week, let each one of you save, as he may prosper, that no collections be made when I come. Luke Lectionary Calendar. you'll receive just a tiny blessing. Lord, thank you for teaching us the principles of giving to He will give you enough for yourself plus implication of need, long for, desire something" from epi-, He is encouraging these Corinthian Christians by presenting them with a picture of God’s overflowing grace. [344] How do greed and Proof of the brotherhood that exists between the Corinthian Christians, primarily Gentiles, and the Jerusalem Church, who are primarily Jewish! • It is, in fact, that “God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16). maximum harvest in mind, then you won't scrimp on the seed, knowing that what The Greek word perisseuo has to do with excess—superabundance —what the Psalmist meant when he said, “My cup runs over” (Psalm 23:5)—what Jesus described when he said, “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will be given to you” (Luke 6:38). generosity differ from each other? nearly synonymous here, remind us that our salvation isn't because we have been If anyone is in Christ, he/she is a new creation. your Kingdom work. 1 & 2 Timothy Here, it means, a "state of having what is adequate, cheerfulness while giving say about the condition of a person's heart? "Generously" (NIV), "bountifully" (NRSV, KJV) is eulogia, "blessing," Biblical Commentary (Bible study) 2 Corinthians 9:6-15 EXEGESIS: THE OFFERING FOR THE JERUSALEM CHURCH: In the late-40s A.D., a famine swept across Judea, and Christians in Jerusalem were in need. is able to give to God and to his work "� a "cheerful giver." But second, and perhaps even more important, the recipients will give thanks to God. Hyperballō, "to attain a degree that extraordinarily exceeds a point on a scale of extent, go beyond, surpass, outdo" (BDAG 1032). God loves a cheerful giver. E-mail Bible Study Conquering Lamb of Revelation e 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, f not reluctantly or under compulsion, g for God loves a cheerful giver. provide pressure to give, too. How sad it would be if these Corinthian Christians were to feel sorrow instead of joy as a result of their contribution. Verse 15. Sermon on the Mount In 2009, Sergey Brin, one of the founders of Google, gave a million dollars to the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS). Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! Psalm about the faith of a righteous man: "6 Surely he will never be shaken; The blessing is related directly to the Quite the opposite is true. Generosity Encouraged. maturity. http://www.joyfulheart.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=1107. manner, sparingly," from pheidomai, "to be miserly. | 183 views. [348] 2 Corinthians 9:8, etc. Can greed be The employee who watches the clock and gives only minimum effort is not likely to be selected for promotion. 2 Corinthians 9, Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary on the Bible, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, filling six volumes, provides an exhaustive look at every verse in the Bible. When faced with a difficult situation or decision, they prove to be more thoughtful than most—and often find a good solution. A single copy of this article is free. 6 You have planted much, but have harvested little.You eat, but never have enough.You drink, but never have your fill.You put on clothes, but are not warm.You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.'. The Corinthian Christians should regard this offering as an opportunity to inspire that thanksgiving. is a different motivation, but garden-variety fear. Philippian church that had helped to support him on his missionary trips: "And my God will meet[344] THE PAUL PRINCIPLE - 2 Corinthians 9:6-8. Why is never give much anyway! "Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also Verse 5. As we are teaching people to give, we need to focus on positive motivations, Verse 12 uses two nouns to describe service, which NRSV translates "the 2 Corinthians 10:5 “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” Explanation and Commentary on 2 Corinthians 10:5 3 Then the word of the LORD came Israel was holy, because God chose Israel to be God’s covenant people. John Piper @JohnPiper. "Remember this:Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly,and whoever sows generouslywill also reap generously." Consider the promises in Malachi that result from tithing: "‘10 Bring the whole tithe into the 1 Corinthians 1. 2:5; 7:12) is the incestuous man of 1 Corinthians 5:1.1 "According to this view, there was 'no painful visit,' for the word 'again' in 2… something," also used in 11:9 (BDAG 876). prompt thanksgiving? Their situation is dire, because of the Judean famine. Paul states a principle that would be obvious to any farmer or gardener. careful to reinterpret this as referring mainly to spiritual blessing? Typically, such people are rooted—neither swayed by popular thought nor emotionally volatile. 6:37-38), http://www.joyfulheart.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=1107, http://www.joyfulheart.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=1108, God's Supply, Increase, and Enlargement (9:10-11), http://www.joyfulheart.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=1109, http://www.joyfulheart.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=1110, See legal, copyright, and reprint information, My books are available in paperback and Kindle from Amazon, Protection from pests and crops not maturing, Jesus teaches us to pray, "Give us this day our daily bread" Drama: "The Garden," Michele Pitman, dramatix. [353] in every good work." In this lesson we examine some of the spiritual principles that Look at this promise: "And God is able to make all grace abound "�[338] He is encouraging them to celebrate their sufficiency by abounding “to every good work. underlie giving throughout the Old and New Testaments. How is our giving a demonstration of God's grace? [354] Verse 5. We would know nothing of “God loves a cheerful giver,” then, if Paul had not thought to include it in this verse. thanksgiving to God." 2 Corinthians Commentary > chapter 4. Colossians everyone else. to giving. Contributed by Steve Ely on Jan 14, 2021. I can’t claim to be an especially generous person, but the moments that have given me the greatest pleasure are those generous moments. 2 Corinthians 9:6-15 & Commentary Sowing Generously 6Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Hagios has its roots in the Hebrew word qadosh (holy) that is used in the Old Testament. 1 Corinthians 3. In situations where we must face difficult problems alone, we yearn for the help of such people. David, Life of good works as well. 7Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. Now he holds out the vision of Corinthian Christians receiving the same kind of blessings if they contribute generously. Great Prayers 2 Corinthians 5:20b – 6:10 2 Corinthians 9:15 INTRODUCTION • It’s the season of giving here in America • God’s Word has a lot to say about giving I. Proverbs 18:16 A man's gift makes room for him and brings him before great men. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, … Therefore, Gentile churches, having received spiritual blessings from the Jerusalem Christians, “owe it to (the Jerusalem Christians) also to serve them in fleshly things,” such as financial support (Romans 15:27). Commentary on 2 Corinthians 6:1-13 View Bible Text This passage comes right after Paul’s majestic statements about the ministry and message of God’s reconciliation of the entire world through Christ (2 Corinthians 5:14-21). Church be your disciples. The ASV, which is also in the public domain due to expired copyrights, was a very good translation, but included many archaic words (hast, shineth, etc. "The basic meaning is "to feel great favor towards something ... take delight The phrase Greek ek lupe means “out of grief or sorrow.” The phrase ek anagke means “out of necessity or compulsion.” Paul is telling these Corinthians not to feel sorrowful when they pull out their wallet—not to shed a tear when they part with their money—not to do the right thing only because they feel “under the gun.”. For our sake, God made Christ to be sin, who knew no sin––so that through him we might become righteous. This is the same God who feeds the birds of the sky, who don’t sow or reap or gather into barns (Matthew 6:26). Each is loaded with matter and increases all the way it goes. is better explained by the NIV: "... because of the service by which you have Week 5 (August 9, 2020) Preaching text: 2 Corinthians 8:1-15; accompanying text: John 13:31-35 Theme: Generosity As we have seen, Paul’s ministry was about a “word” of reconciliation that could only be authentically embodied in a life of “service” freely given for others. (BDAG 1041). Throughout the history of church, the book of 2 Corinthians has often lived in the shadow of its older sibling 1 Corinthians. As noted above, one of the results of this offering will be the thanksgiving that the recipients will give to God. The New Testament uses the word hagios for Christians—the new covenant people of God—set apart to do God’s work. 38 Give, and it will be given to The Septuagint renders it variously by transgressor, impious, foolish, pest. a righteous man will be remembered forever.7 He will have no fear of bad news;his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD. Moses reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously." Here, the idea is "sowing for Chapter 9 In this chapter the apostle seems to excuse his earnestness in pressing the Corinthians to the duty of charity (v. 1-5), and proceeds to give directions about the acceptable way and manner of performing it, namely, bountifully, deliberately, and freely; and gives good encouragement for so doing (v. 6 to the end). good fruit. would it look generous? Their zeal had stirred up the majority (2b) B. Verse 8. You can purchase one of Dr. Wilson's complete Bible studies in PDF, Kindle, or paperback format. Paul is trying to counter objections from the Corinthian Christians that they can’t afford to contribute generously. • For another thing, people love generous people, so generous people will have more friends than stingy people. Why? Beginning the Journey (for new Christians). Lord's Supper in our time, it is because the Prosperity Teaching isn't wholly false. 10 Therefore, because of you the heavens have withheld their If you give with a tiny scoop or just a pinch, John's Letters Does this mean that you will become financially wealthy if you give to Isaiah 2 Corinthians 7 Chapter 6 In this chapter the apostle gives an account of his general errand to all to whom he preached; with the several arguments and methods he used ( v. 1-10 ). I can remember my childhood and adolescence, when I had little money to spend on Christmas presents. 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