by Eddie Snipes

Biblical Teaching on Wealth
Eddie Snipes
Genesis 17:2-8; Luke 6:34-35, 14:12-14; John 15:7-8; 1 Corinthians 4:9-13; 2 Corinthians 8:1-4; Philippians 4:14-16; 1 Timothy 6:3-10

In recent years there has been a growing misunderstanding about what the Bible teaches about wealth. It is now commonly taught that wealth is a God-given guarantee. It is supposedly guaranteed because of God's covenant with Abraham. It is argued that we are under that same covenant. All we need to do is look at the covenant God made with Abraham and we will see that wealth and health is not even mentioned. God made a two-fold covenant with Abraham. Look at these passages:

Genesis 15: 18 On the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying: "To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the River Euphrates --

Genesis 17:

2 "And I will make My covenant between Me and you, and will multiply you exceedingly." 3 Then Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying: 4 "As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations. 5 "No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations. 6 "I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. 7 "And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you. 8 "Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God."

Even the casual reader can see the promises of this covenant: your descendents will inherit the land and I will make you a great nation. God renamed him from Abram, which means 'exalted father' to Abraham, which means 'father of a multitude'. When God called Abraham at the beginning, God did give him a ...

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