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Giving Is Better Than Receiving (10 of 11)
Series: What's In It For Me?
This is a message of Paul to the Ephesians elders where he had spent two years laboring and built his most successful church and one of the most spiritual churches in the New Testament. I want you to notice these words as the apostle Paul addresses the people with whom he has worked, to whom he has poured out his life for two years, to people that he loves and those who loved him and he give them his farewell address. He is a beloved pastor and they will see his face no more. He is going away and he will never again pass that way again. So this is a very emotional moment as the gathers with the leaders of the church. They are his friends, his colleagues, his peers, and his beloved fellow believers.
Acts 20:32-38 "So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. I have coveted no one's silver or gold or apparel. Yes, you yourselves know that these hands have provided for my necessities, and for those who were with me. I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all. Then they all wept freely, and fell on Paul's neck and kissed him, sorrowing most of all for the words which he spoke, that they would see his face no more. And they accompanied him to the ship."
Now I want you to notice the verse where he said, "remember the words of the Lord Jesus how he said, 'it is more blessed to give than to receive.'" You will not find this verse in the four gospels, it only appears here. It is only given to us by the apostle Paul. You know we have the Beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount, but this is an additional beatitude. It is ...
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