by Jerry Vines

Hilarious Giving
Jerry Vines
2 Corinthians 9

We are going to look at this entire 9th chapter today. This is the second chapter in this series right in the middle of this book study that has to do with the subject of Christian giving. Paul began back in verse one of chapter eight: Moreover brethren we want you to know of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia. He had been talking about the matter of their giving. So for two chapters we have the lengthiest section of the entire Bible of guidelines about how God’s people ought to give. So, this ninth chapter takes up the subject of our attitude and what it should be concerning the matter of giving.

I’ve come to believe that how a person reacts to the subject of giving is a pretty good indication of the condition of their heart. When the Lord Jesus came into the world the Bible tells us He came with the attitude of giving. Jesus said one time, ‘‘The son of man came not to be ministered unto but to minister and to give his life a ransom for many.’’ What we know about the Lord Jesus and what the Bible teaches concerning His coming is that He came willingly, voluntarily, and freely from his heart he was willing to give himself unto us. One time Jesus said about his going to the cross and his dying: ‘‘no man taketh my life from me, but I give my life.’’ Jesus was saying that he gave with an attitude of an open and free heart.

One of the sayings of the Lord Jesus which Paul gives us is found in the book of Acts where he says that our Lord said, ‘‘it is more blessed to give than to receive.’’ When you search the gospel for that statement you don’t find it anywhere. Yet Paul uses it in such a way that it must have been a statement that Jesus used so many times people were familiar with it. Jesus Christ who had an attitude of giving from his heart, gave of himself freely and voluntarily. In so doing he had a very happy and a very fulfilled life.

Along the way Jesus would heal a man who was ...

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