Chapter 9 verses 6 to 15

Chapter 9 verses 6 to 15Monday 8th May 2017

Posted by Neil Todman

Read 2 Corinthians 9:6-15

Paul concludes this section on giving with an appeal to the Corinthians to be joyfully generous- verses 6 and 7.  Don Carson’s sermon on 2 Corinthians chapters 8 and 9 on The Gospel Coalition website is quite brilliantly titled, “Laughing all the way from the bank”.  That sums up the spirit of these final verses. As we give generously with joy in our hearts, God blesses us and others through us.  Here Paul gives us three compelling reasons to be joyfully generous.

Firstly, we can depend upon God as we give- verses 8 to 11. Verse 8 reminds us of an essential truth: “God is able”.  He has all the grace we need.  He has control over all things at all times.  So he is able to supply all that we need to complete all the good works he has prepared in advance for us to do (see Ephesians 2:10). Verse 9, quoting Psalm 122 verse 9, reminds us that in the end whatever we give is from God and his ultimate purpose is to display his righteousness in our lives.  Verses 10 and 11 underline these same truths.  As we depend upon our heavenly Father our lives more fully reflect the righteous life of his perfect Son.

Secondly, others can give thanks to God for our gifts- verses 12 to 14.  Verse 11 ended saying the gifts given would “result in thanksgiving to God”.  The idea behind the collection for the churches in Judea was to alleviate their sufferings, but would achieve far more than that.  It would thrill the hearts of the believers who received the gift because it would be a sign of God’s work in the lives of the Corinthians, making them one family in Christ.

Thirdly, all of us can give thanks to God for his gift- verse 15.  Whatever we give, God has given more.  Whatever our faith costs us, God has paid a higher price.  His gift to us, the gift of his One and Only Son, is beyond description.  His self-giving, joyful, generous love to us in Jesus should cause us to praise our God and put our money where our mouth is.

Reflection

Give thanks to God for his gift of Jesus Christ.  List as many blessings as you can that you have generously been given in Him.