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The Right Support     2 Cor. 8:8-15; 9:6-11     April 25, 2010


Introduction

       Do you find it interesting how people spend money for all kinds of entertainment and pleasures and then

can’t give to special offerings for the Lord’s work? It sure interest me. The church in Corinth became a good example of giving and Paul said, they first gave themselves to the Lord. Commitment to the Lord always generates The Right Support!


 

 1.   The Right Support . . Encouraged Through Sincerity. 8:8-9

       A.   The Right Support Encouraging Looking At The . . Sincerity. 8:8

       8 I speak not by commandment, but I am testing the sincerity of your love by the diligence of others.

 

       B.   The Right Support Encouraging Looking At The . . Sacrifice. 8:9

       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.


( Life Application Study Bible.)

8:9 There is no evidence that Jesus was any poorer than most first-century Palestinians; rather, Jesus became poor by giving up his rights as God and becoming human. In his incarnation, God voluntarily became man—the person Jesus of Nazareth. As a man, Jesus was subject to place, time, and other human limitations. He did not give up his eternal power when he became human, but he did set aside his glory and his rights (see the note on Phil 2:5-7).

( Life Application Study Bible.)


(Ryrie Study Bible.)

8:7-15 Some purposes in giving are (1) to abound in all aspects of Christian experience (v. 7), (2) to prove the reality of one's love (v. 8), (3) to imitate Christ (v. 9), and (4) to help meet the needs of others (v. 14).

 

 

2.   The Right Support . . Extends It’s Support. 8:10-15

       A.   The Right Support Extends The . . Attitude Of It’s Support . 8:10-12

       10 And in this I give advice: It is to your advantage not only to be doing what you began and were desiring

       to do a year ago; 11 but now you also must complete the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to desire

       it, so there also may be a completion out of what you have. 12 For if there is first a willing mind, it is

       accepted according to what one has, and not according to what he does not have.

 

       B.   The Right Support Extends The . . Abundance Of It’s Support . 8:13-15

13 For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened; 14 but by an equality, that now at this

       time your abundance may supply their lack, that their abundance also may supply your lack — that there

       may be equality. 15 As it is written, "He who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered

       little had no lack."*    NKJV


( Life Application Study Bible.)

8:10-15 The Christians in the Corinthian church had money, and apparently they had planned to collect money for the Jerusalem church a year previously (see also 9:2). Paul challenges them to act on their plans. Four principles of giving emerge here: (1) Your willingness to give enthusiastically is more important than the amount you give; (2) you should strive to fulfill your financial commitments; (3) if you give to others in need, they will, in turn, help you when you are in need; (4) you should give as a response to Christ, not for anything you can get out of it. How you give reflects your devotion to Christ.




8:12 How do you decide how much to give? What about differences in the financial resources Christians have? Paul gives the Corinthian church several principles to follow: (1) Each person should follow through on previous promises (8:10,11; 9:3); (2) each person should give as much as he or she is able (8:12; 9:6); (3) each person must make up his or her own mind how much to give (9:7); and (4) each person should give in proportion to what God has given him or her (9:10). God gives to us so that we can give to others.


8:12 Paul says that we should give of what we have, not what we don't have. Sacrificial giving must be responsible. Paul wants believers to give generously.

(Life Application Study Bible.)


(Ryrie Study Bible.)

8:12 Giving should be commensurate with what one has (1 Cor 16:2).


8:14-15 Paul is saying that, though now it is the believers in Jerusalem who need help from the Corinthians, some day the reverse might be true. In either case God will supply the need just as He did with the manna for Israel in the wilderness (v. 15).

(Ryrie Study Bible.)


(Dake Annotated Reference Bible.)

Verse 10

a [a year ago] About a year ago you started the growth of this grace. Now it is time to finish it (2 Cor 8:10-12).


 Verse 13

a [for I mean not that other men be eased, and ye burdened] I do not mean that some be burdened and others eased, but that there be equality. At this time you can share your abundance and supply their need. It may be that circumstances will change and they may by their abundance supply your need (2 Cor 8:13-14).


Verse 15

a [He that had gathered much had nothing over; and he that had gathered little had no lack] Quoted from Ex 16:18.

(Dake Annotated Reference Bible.)


 

3.   The Right Support . . Enriches It’s Support. 9:6-11

       A.   The Right Support Enriches The . . Sowing Of It’s Support . 9:6-7

       6 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap

       bountifully. 7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves

       a cheerful giver.

 

       B.   The Right Support Enriches The . . Sufficiency Of It’s Support . 9:8-9

       8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all

       things, may have an abundance for every good work. 9 As it is written: "He has dispersed abroad, He has

       given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever."*

 

       C.   The Right Support Enriches The . . Supply Of It’s Support . 9:10-11

       10 Now may* He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you

       have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, 11 while you are enriched in everything for all

       liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God. NKJV



(Life Application Study Bible.)

9:6-8 People may hesitate to give generously to God because they worry about having enough money left over to meet their own needs. Paul assured the Corinthians that God was able to meet their needs. The person who gives only a little will receive only a little in return. Don't let a lack of faith keep you from giving cheerfully and generously.


9:7 A giving attitude is more important than the amount given. The person who can give only a small gift shouldn't be embarrassed. God is concerned about how a person gives from his or her resources (see Mark 12:41-44). According to that standard, the giving of the Macedonian churches would be difficult to match (8:3). God himself is a cheerful giver. Consider all he has done for us. He is pleased when we who are created in his image give generously and joyfully. Do you have a difficult time letting go of your money? It may reflect ungratefulness to God.


9:10 God gives us resources to use and invest for him. Paul uses the illustration of seed to explain that the resources God gives us are not to be hidden, foolishly devoured, or thrown away. Instead, they should be cultivated in order to produce more crops. When we invest what God has given us in his work, he will provide us with even more to give in his service.

(Life Application Study Bible.)


(Ryrie Study Bible.)

9:8 God will supply the generous giver with enough to meet his own needs and enough to give for every good deed.


9:10 The generous giver will be given increasing means to give (multiply your seed for sowing) and increasing fruit. See Hos 10:12.

(Ryrie Study Bible: Expanded Edition © 1986, 1995 by the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago.)


(Dake Annotated Reference Bible.)

Verse 7

1.    He must give willingly from the heart.          2.    He must not give grudgingly.

3.    He must not give of compulsion.                   4.    He must give cheerfully.


Verse 11

a [Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God] God increases riches to be used for His glory and the good of people. 2 Cor 9:9-10 should be read in parenthesis and this verse connected with 2 Cor 9:8.

(Dake Annotated Reference.)