An Appeal for Generosity
Dr. Miles Seaborn
2 Corinthians 8:1-15
INTRO. Paul believed his plan or scheme for supporting God's work in Jerusalem was from the Lord Himself! It was clear to Paul's heart as was the condition of the fellowship at Jerusalem. Mother church - not found in the Bible, but the expression of Christian concern and grace is found in this passage. This was a first century cooperative program - working, planning, praying, giving together that God's work might go no! A lot of criticism but the best method around yet.
In this passage Paul reminds the Corinthians of their duty and urges them to generosity.
I. HE CITES THE EXAMPLE OF OTHERS - 8:1-6
1. The generosity of the Macedonia church - poor, in trouble, but they gave all they had.
1) Poverty - down to the depth = war between Romans. Macedonia asked to have tax burden lifted - yet they gave.
2) Liberality = original Greek ''Singleness of heart''
3) Willing of themselves - Their choice, not drug out of them.
ILL. Jewish feast of Purim - a regulation which says that however poor a man is, he must find someone poorer than himself and give him a gift. It isn't always the most wealthy who are most generous. ''It is the poor who help the poor because they know what poverty is like.''
II. HE CITES THE EXAMPLE OF JESUS - verse 9
The sacrifice of Christ did not begin on the cross; it began in the council hall of heaven.
1. They know (knowledge by experience) the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. All who are saved have been so because Jesus in His rich pre- existent state ''came in to poverty''. (It means to literally become a beggar.) That we might come to a state of riches.
The abundant life - A.B. Simpson - the larger life
B.G. Myer - The exchanges life Ruth Paxson - life on the higher plane
In Paul's eyes, Christ is the reference for everything. To Christ's life and to Christ's spirit Paul refers all questions both practical and speculative for s ...
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