The Effects of the Grace of God
II Corinthians 8:1-5
January 27, 2008
INTRODUCTION: This passage serves as a lengthy discussion of the collection given by the Macedonians (Thessalonica, Philippi, & Berea) for the poor, struggling Jewish believers in Jerusalem. Paul may have been the source of grief for some of them affected by their condition. During his days before Christ, he persecuted the church at Jerusalem and consented to the death of Christ's followers, therefore, we have widows, orphans, etc.
This passage details the beautiful description of the Macedonians in the way they respond to the project before them. The text speaks of the why, what, who, and when of giving.
The key word of this passage is the word grace. Grace is defined as unmerited favor - it is "God's riches at Christ's expense." In the context of receiving His grace as a gift, it means to take something that belongs to someone and credit to another's account. It is a one-sided transaction.
Romans 4:3, "For what does the Scripture say? 'Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.'"
Abraham did nothing to accumulate it; God simply credited it to him. I thank God for the effect of grace. I am saved by grace, I am kept by grace! It is grace that gave us the church, grace gives us our hope; it is grace that gives forgiveness, fellowship, heaven. Grace has affected my past, present and my future. Grace has touched every area of my life! It has touched my wife, my family (children/grandchildren), my work, my worship, and my worth. It has touched my mind (the way I think), my life (the way I act, live); grace sure makes a difference in life as a whole.
2 Corinthians 8:9, "For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich."
I. THE EXPRESSION OF GRACE. 1
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