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The Sacrifice of Praise (5 of 6)
2 Corinthians 8:1-2, 9
Our verse for this series has been Deuteronomy 26. ''There God said to the children of Israel, 'When you come into the land take some of the first fruits of all that you produced. Put them in a basket, place the basket before the Lord your God and bow down before Him.'' And that's what we are going to do tonight.
Now, the text for today is 2 Corinthians chapter 8. Beginning in verse 1 the Bible says, ''And now brothers we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. Out of the most severe trial they are overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor. So that you, through His poverty might become rich.''
And what Paul is saying is that the generosity of the Macedonian churches that resulted in their giving a sacrificial offering was their response to the grace of God. When he says ''For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ'' the word know there is the Greek word which means to know experientially, to know personally. It's not the word that means information. It doesn't mean that yes, you know the facts that Jesus came and died on the cross. It means that you personally have experienced the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, that you personally have realized what it meant, that Jesus Christ, though He was rich, yet for your sakes became poor so that you personally, through His poverty might become rich.
Now I want us to look at that verse. The first thing I want us to see is the glory of Christ's riches because the Bible says that Christ was rich. Now, how was Christ rich? Well, first of all, Christ was rich in possessions. The Bible says in Colossians 1:16 ''For by Him all things were created, things in heaven and things in earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities, all things were ...
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