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The New Testament Plan for Financing the Kingdom of Christ (2 of 2)
Jesse M. Hendley
Now, friends, if you have your Bibles, turn with me to Luke, chapter 19, and we are taking up the second study of the New Testament plan that God has given us of financing His work. We found out from Second Corinthians chapter 8, and from other statements Paul makes, that the Law of Love is the law that governs our giving unto the Lord. In First Corinthians 16 Paul speaks of the collection. "Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. Upon the first day of the week, let everyone of you lay by him in store as God has prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come." There you see the New Testament Law of Love.
Now God has a plan for carrying on His work, and He has laid it out it His Word. I called your attention to the fact of the JOY of stewardship and of the CURSE of stinginess as found in the Bible. The word "covetousness" could well be translated "stinginess," because it carries with it the resultant thought. Under the Old Testament plan God gave the Law, the law of the tithe-plus-the-offering for the carrying on of His work. In the New Testament we found that God gives to us something far greater, far more important, far more stirring. That is the Law of LOVE! The Law of Love. The New Testament Christian is not under Law. He is under LOVE. He doesn't give from Legality; he gives from LIBERALITY, because he loves the Lord! LOVE TO CHRIST is given to us as THE MOTIVE by which we are to give, in Second Corinthians 8. That is an important thing for every one of us to see. No real Christian would think of giving to God anything LESS than the tithe of his income. In the Old Testament the saint of God, under Law, gave a tithe and offering. In the New Testament, under Grace, which is far greater, the saint of God will GIVE FAR MORE unto the Lord. May the Lord help us to see that today. Love al ...
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