Christ’s Intentional Poverty—Our Potential Richness
2 Cor 8:8-9 I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love. 9 For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich. KJV
The Corinthian church was caught up in their outward activities of tongues, prophecy, and signs and other worldly activities. Many things can go on in a church that does not please God but pleases the world.
The sincerity of one’s love is tested by one’s practice of generosity. God say’s; what to do and what not to do.
Jesus said in John 14:15 “If you love me keep my commandments.”
John 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. KJV
Jesus admonishes his children in 1 John 3:18 My little children, let us not love in WORD, neither in TONGUE; but in DEED and in TRUTH.KJV
How vain! And how many have been deceived and become disillusioned by the words, “I love you”, spoken in vain. Rather love is reflected in the personal sacrifices one makes on behalf of another.
Rom 5:8 But God commendeth (DEMONSTRATED) his love (ACTION) toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died (DEED) for us. KJV
- His love is tested by His practice of generosity
- His love is tested by His practice of humility
- His love is tested by His performance of Death
- His love is demonstrated by His love for all mankind as he is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
- His love is demonstrated in truth, as He is the truth, spoke the truth, and performed the truth
How should we demonstrate our love? As Jesus Christ did. Our attitude should be one of HUMILITY, TRUTH, SERVANT, performing a SEPARATED walk, NEW CREATURE in CHRIST, DEAD to this WORLD activities, and ALIVE and ACTIVE in HIS CHURCH.
Phil 1:21 “FOR ME TO LIVE IS CHRIST AND TO DIE IS GAIN.” KJV
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