The Grace Way of Giving,
We are studying the principles of
giving under grace. This is the fourth in
the series. We have, we hope, made clear
to you now that
grace giving is first of all a mental attitude of orientation to grace. Consequently, the amount of money you give is
not the primary thing. It is the
orientation of your soul to the grace concept of this age which is the
feature. Once your soul is oriented to
grace, you will be able to move in the direction of grace giving. It doesn’t matter how much money you
how frequently and how regularly you give; if you are not oriented to
of God, you are not giving under grace, and your giving is not meriting
for you at the Judgment Seat of Christ.
But when you are oriented to grace, you will be able
to give even in
your poverty, and you will do it with happiness.
The second principle we have learned
is that grace giving
must be an expression of freewill apart from any human coercion. It must be entirely voluntary.
You and I are not used to being able to
exercise our freewill with our material things even in the ordinary
life. We are surrounded by a society and
an advertising system that places great pressures upon us from
So we have these days that are
converted into practical
religious holidays. Mother’s Day, so
can give mother a gift. Father’s Day
you can give father a gift, and thereby give a gift to the merchant. We have Christmas so that you can give
everybody a gift. We have birthdays and
anniversaries, all of which are carefully calculated by our society to
screws on you to draw your money out for some gift purposes. You’re used to having pressures put upon
to draw your money out of you. These are
attacks on your personal freedom and they are motivated by Satan and
create a great deal of conflict between people.
It is very difficult for people who are
legalistically oriented to the
pressures of special days to be able to be associated with a person who
relaxed and disassociated from the merchants’ pressures.
The true giving of which we are
capable will function
anytime and anyplace apart from human reasons.
As Christian priests, our giving must be private and
it must be free of
any pressures or gimmicks which include emotional appeals.
Grace giving is eager giving because it is
viewed as an honor.
Principle number three is that grace
giving requires soul
giving to the Lord first. How do you
give your soul to the Lord? You can
never give by grace until you have first given your soul and all the
that soul. How do you do that? You do that by your positive response to
Bible doctrine which brings the facets of your soul in tune with diving
viewpoint. When your soul is in tune with
God, you have given your soul to God.
Until your soul is in tune with God, you will never
be able to give
yourself to Him. Until you have taken in
Bible doctrine with a positive response, your soul will never get in
God. It is the Word of truth that phases
our emotions and our wills and our minds into God’s, all the way
So the Christian gives to commemorate
this grace of God to
him. He gives with no strings attached
because he has given his soul and he gives therefore unto the Lord. What the Lord does with it is the Lord’s
business. He doesn’t put any strings
upon it. He gives and God goes from
there. He knows that if he gives his
money to the Lord’s work on the proper principles that God will
not allow His
money to be squandered. He knows that
God will take to task anybody who misuses the Lord’s money which
has been given
in the right way.
The financial backing of the local
church by God’s people is
a key feature of the angelic warfare which surrounds you and me. God’s method for financing His work on
is to bring the church to completion and to maturity.
When this happens, project footstool will be
executed upon Satan. Remember what God
told Satan, by telling Jesus Christ to sit at His right hand until His
(the unbelievers) have been made His footstool.
When that happens, Jesus Christ returns to this
earth to rule in His
millennial kingdom. When He comes back
to rule, Satan and his demons are locked up and removed from the sphere
operation which they now enjoy. Satan is
doing everything he can to avoid that.
Do you realize that your giving is the
means by which God is
going to bring this about? Can you see
why Satan is taking churches that are playing cute games of religion,
pouring people into them and Satan is getting behind these people and
“Give like crazy, man. Give like
crazy.” And these churches are
in money because Satan wants to promote their religious programs.
Money is a key feature in the destiny
of Satan and project
footstool, and you as believers are the key.
So Satan is attacking this in order to delay it. He promotes false motivations.
He promotes false appeals. He
promotes false objects for your
giving. He suppresses all the teaching
and learning of Bible that he can because this will prepare your soul
giving. He substitutes all kinds of
false methods of giving in order to restrict, really, the amount of
One of the fantastic and smartest
moves that Satan ever made
was to get Christian churches to promote tithing as God’s method
giving. Tithing automatically ensures a
low level of giving—enough to sustain the operation, but it holds
a low level
of giving because it never touches the expanding incomes of people as
years their incomes get larger. There’s
a certain point, and some of you are asking the question:
How far do I go in putting up a bigger room
on my house? How far do I go in buying a
second property? How far do I go in
updating my furniture when my income expands?
Because you are God’s own priest, the answer
to that question is within
your own soul. You must make the
decision as to how big of a house you need to live in, what kind of
furniture you need, and at what point you have come to the level of
effective execution of your ambassadorship with the money that God
If your product is puny and weak and
negligible in your
ambassadorship, but your offices and base of operation are luxurious
expensive and everything you could ask for, I would suspect that
wrong. The product ought to far
outdistance and be far in abundance from the base in which you operate. The base should be sufficient for you to
However, there is a time to improve
what you’re living
in. There is a time to update what you
possess. There is a time to make
provision for the things that you may possess that will enhance your
the cause of your ambassadorship. That
includes what will enhance it for your relaxation, for your
everything else that’s involved in your social activities.
2 Corinthians 8:6-7
In 2 Corinthians 8 we pick up the
story at verse 6. This verse is a
transitional verse. Paul is now going to
switch from talking
about what the Macedonian churches did, and the example that they were
principles of grace giving, and he is now zeroing in on the Corinthian
to whom he is writing, and to deal with the problem of giving as it
the Corinthian church which was a wealthy church. So
we have in verse 6 the appeal. Paul says,
“Insomuch that we besought Titus,
that as he had begun so he would also finish in you the same grace
also.” “Insomuch” means
“with the result that.” What
he has been talking about relative to
the Macedonian giving has now led him to say something to the
their giving. They have responded among
the Macedonian churches in a sacrificial way.
Paul now is encouraged by the performance of the
Macedonians to urge the
same upon the Corinthians relative particularly to the Jerusalem relief
that they were collecting for the saints of Jerusalem who were under
suffering and hardship.
So this phrase reminds the Corinthians
that they have a
responsibility in giving just as the Macedonians did.
“For as much as they did this, now you should
do this.” This little phrase is also
reminder to us that all of us have a part in giving.
There is nobody who is excluded from the
practice of giving. It’s a spiritual
and it has to be done on a spiritual basis.
It is the extension of our spiritual life. If you are a born again person, you have a
spiritual life, and therefore you are included in the grace of giving.
If you’re sitting here this
morning and you’re thinking up
excuses and reasons why your poverty status and your payment status and
obligation status should exclude you from giving, you’re wrong. Now you’re your own priest.
Nobody is going to push a plate under your
nose so we can see what you do or don’t do.
You’re still going to be able to walk out the
Lord and ignore the
offering box if you choose to do it.
This is between you and your God.
But make no mistake about it that if you are a
believer, if you are born
again, you have a spiritual life and part of the expression of that
life is giving, and if you do not give, you are failing in a duty that
placed upon each of us. That is behind
this little expression.
“Insomuch as…” “…
with the result that…” “What
Macedonians did, you Corinthians should be aware that you too have a
do. Verse 6 says, “…besought
Titus…” The word
“besought” in the Greek
is “parakaleo.” This is a word
means “to appeal to” or it actually means “to
exhort.” You exhort by rebuking. So it has the connotation on the one hand of
comfort. It really means to call a
person alongside of you to comfort him.
But it connotes the idea of exhortation which
therefore means “to appeal
to” and maybe even strongly in a way to rebuke. Here
it means primarily “to appeal to.” It’s
an exhortation to Titus but it is an
exhortation in the form of a request.
This is not a command. He’s
asking Titus to do something.
In the Greek tense it is what we call
the aorist tense which
indicates one point of action and the suggestion here is that the point
which he asked Titus to do this, Titus said, “Yes.” We know from the Word of God that Titus was
sent to Corinth relative to the Jewish relief fund, and he does it here
voluntary basis. Titus has been in
Corinth previously. He was there the
year before. He was there as Paul’s
troubleshooter. The Corinthian church
had given Paul a lot of trouble. They
had given him much abuse. They took this
man of God and as you read through 2 Corinthians, you see how they
servant of the Lord.
For example, in 2 Corinthians 10:2 you
will read how they
told Paul that his trouble was that he was carnal.
He was just a big fat carnal cat in their
view. In 2 Corinthians 10:10 they called
him a coward. They said,
“You’re a big
man, Paul, when it comes to writing a letter, but when you’re on
the scene to
speak, you’re very puny.” They
he was undignified as a minister because he supplied his own finances
employment rather than to take their gifts (2 Corinthians 11:7). They were of the attitude that if you’re
real minister with dignity, you don’t get your hands dirty. Instead, when nobody else would do the
maintenance around the properties, the apostle Paul found himself with
chore because some things can’t wait to be done.
So he didn’t wait for the believers who were
carrying the load and not getting moving because they were too busy.
His authority as an apostle was
challenged because they
said, “He’s not one of the original twelve” (2
Corinthians 11:5, 2 Corinthians
12:11-12). They said he had no
credentials of letters or of commendation to show.
They said, “When you come to us, you
bring us any letters of recommendation from anybody in authority.” The false teachers were coming into Corinth
and they were unrolling their big fat papyri filled with
Dr. so-and-so and Rabbi so-and-so and evangelist so-and-so. “Paul, who do you think you are? You don’t come around with any letters
credentials (2 Corinthians 3:1).
They accused him of being a braggart
and boastful (2
Corinthians 10:8-15). The reason they
did this is because when he talked he didn’t hold his hands
behind his back and
look down on the floor and shuffle his feet around as he talked to the
congregation and the power structures in the church.
They accused him of being deceitful (2
Corinthians 12:16)—of being a liar. They
insinuated that he embezzled funds which had been entrusted to him in 2
This will give you just a little bit
of the feel of their
church at Corinth. When we say that this
was a carnal bunch of people, I mean it was a bunch of characters such
could find no place else in the New Testament world.
The treatment of Paul is a reoccurring
pattern throughout history. It’s the
reaction that you may expect from the old sin nature against agents of
doctrine. It is inevitable, sooner or
later. Anybody who’s going into the
ministry has missed something if in a pastoral theology course they
this out to you because sooner or later you will become the football of
contending elements within the congregation who want to use you as a
symbol. Gradually you discover that and
you learn how to neutralize and you learn how to cool off and you learn
put some protective barriers around yourself, but always expect it from
other direction. Paul knew it well. It is the reoccurring pattern of the old sin
nature to resist and to strike down truth.
That’s what they’re striking. Of
all things, they’re striking truth. Sure
they have a case. They’re very
because they’ve talked to somebody who has talked to somebody and
something and they know something. So
the fools are able to rally and to carry on.
Well, Timothy was sent to Corinth with
1 Corinthians to
straighten out this carnal church. But
Paul seems to have some misgivings about sending Timothy.
There seems to be something about Timothy’s
temperament that Paul had some reservations because in 1 Corinthians
he asks the Corinthians not to frighten Timothy or to despise him. That’s a terrible thing to have to say
your troubleshooter that’s coming in to straighten out a church
high in carnality, and say, “Now look folks, here’s my man. He carries my authority. Please
don’t be mean to him or despise him or
mistreat him.” Paul had asked
handle this job, 1 Corinthians 16:10 tells us, but Apollos said,
you. I don’t want anything to do
that church at all,” which was a pretty smart thing for Apollos
to say relative
to a bunch of carnal. That’s the
thing in the world to say, “No thank you.
I don’t want anything to do at all when it
comes to straightening them
out, to teaching them anything.”
However, somebody has to do it. It’s the job of spiritual
responsibility. So the apostle Paul had
a duty to perform relative to the church at Corinth in spite of the way
had bloodied his character in his dealings with them.
So Timothy’s mission seems to
have been a failure because
when he returned to report to Paul, things were really bad. The other reports that came to Paul indicated
that things were really bad in Corinth.
They were riding high in abuse of the tongues
practice. They were riding high in their
right down the line, rampant in toleration of sin.
So into this tense situation, Paul
sends a man, apparently,
that he thinks can handle the job, and that’s Titus.
This tells us something about Titus.
Titus was obviously not the type that Paul
had to say, “Please don’t frighten him.”
Titus was not the type who was going to walk in and
stand up and take a
look at a bunch of spiritually disoriented characters, while they stand
there and abuse him out of their malcontent attitudes, that he’s
succumb and be crushed by their human viewpoint evaluations. Titus was not the sweetness and light
boy. Titus had the language, he had the
personality, he had the know-how, and he had the understanding to be
see through the characters that were functioning with such high and
power within the church at Corinth.
Titus no doubt laid doctrine on the
line, and he was not
intimidated by the money people in the church even though he came to
the money matter, as among other things.
Titus does not seem to be the professional preacher
type at all. When Titus got through, there
undoubtedly fewer members in the church at Corinth, but the result was
revival. The result was that people were
put downwind of themselves in such a way by this man that they could no
scoot off someplace else and play a pretense of spirituality that was
really true. The result was that all
through that congregation confession of sin began to be made. Carnality began to decrease in the Corinthian
church, and spirituality became the order of the day.
Titus was successful in this mission. He reported to Paul in Macedonia, and Paul
was so overjoyed by the reports that Titus brought him that he sat down
wrote 2 Corinthians. We have this in 2
Corinthians 7:13-16. Titus carried this
book of 2 Corinthians back to the church at Corinth in order to
Jerusalem relief fund which had been begun by them a year before. The spiritual change that came over the
Corinthian church was such that now they were eager to share even with
believers, of all things, who were just the opposite of what they were
Now those Jewish believers were very
legalistic. They were very cut and dried. When you walked into the Jewish assembly,
there was no makeup on the ladies, and the skirts were all very long
appropriate length, but when you went into Corinth, things were really
and things were really stylish. They
were just the opposite kind of temperaments of congregations. But something had happened as a result of
Titus’s on-the-line ministry of the Word, and these people
realized they needed
to either get straightened up with the Word or get dealt with by God,
the other. And they straightened up with
the Word, and spirituality moved into that church, and they were eager
a part with these Jewish believers to whom they felt indebted for their
faith in the Lord.
So Paul’s appeal has not been
one of emotional pictures that
he drew for these people of starving children in the streets of
old ladies lying dead grasping for the last morsel of bread that they
have while a dog came up and snatched it out of her hand, and all the
that you could have imagined in order to bestir those people to rush to
offering box and say, “I’ve got to help those people.” Instead, he sent Titus, and he said,
teach the grace principles of giving.
Get them straightened out on their spiritual lives. Take to task those who are false voices, and
I commit you to God’s care. Timothy
hasn’t been able to pull it off. Apollos
won’t touch it. You’re all I
And Paul was terribly worried about
this church. As a matter of fact, Titus
was delayed. The Bible tells us that Paul
concerned and agitated over the fact that Titus had not returned. He thought, “Oh man, this indicates that
things are worse than I thought they would be.”
But when Titus finally did come back and meet him in
said, “It has changed. God has done
work, and people have responded.” And
was on the basis of doctrinal principles.
So the outward action of these Corinthians was
reflecting the condition
of their souls because they were giving expression to what they really
The Corinthians were not poor. They lived in the great commercial of the
Roman Empire. It was a place of
luxurious living. However, Paul was not
interested in getting their money. He
was interested in teaching them doctrine so as to get their souls right
could give in a way that was useful to the Lord. Paul
is not catering to the rich people in
this church. He is not standing there,
and Titus did not stand, with a grinning mouthful of teeth smile on his
the people walked out the door with his hand extended as he (brushed
with) … the rich people and the power structure in order to get
the money. He was not begging. He didn’t use Madison Avenue techniques
order to finance the Lord’s work.
Instead, the spirit of Paul was such that if God
would not supply it
through people who will respond to doctrine, then shut the doors and
up. But don’t continue on a false
of self-deception that we are doing God’s work because we can
fill the pews and
pay the bills.
The Corinthians were invited thus to
test their own grace
orientation with this Jerusalem relief fund.
God gives us all we own. Giving
is not a test of our financial status.
Giving is always a test of our grace orientation.
So “Insomuch… with the
result that… we besought in a grace
way,” and Titus responded willingly to take this job, “that
as he had
begun.” Literally, “even as he
begun,” indicating an incomplete purpose.
This introduces what Paul urged Titus immediately to
do—to return to
complete that offering. “As he had
begun” is a triple compound word. In
Greek it looks like this:
“pro” and “en” and “archomai.” “Pro”
means “before.” “En”
means “in.” “Archomai”
means to “begin.” Thus it is
“to begin before.” This is
something that they had gotten into
before. This is a reference to
ministry in teaching doctrine which resulted in revival and resulted in
readiness to give to this offering for the saints.
“So he would also finish,”
that he would continue and
complete, he would bring to an end. The
word “finish” in the Greek is “epiteleo.”
This means “to finish.”
something we should notice about this.
This is in what the Greek calls the subjunctive mood. This means it’s potential.
It’s a possibility. He
is going back to these people and they
have begun this offering before.
“Proenarchomai” is indicative.
That means it’s a fact. This
“epiteleo” is the subjunctive and that means it’s
potential. That is, it’s a
possibility. They had begun to collect
this offering, then
something happened a year ago and things sluffed off.
Now the spiritual condition has been
revived. Now it is possible for them to go
on. But the question is:
will they go on? This
is left in the open. There is a question
of spiritual progress or
spiritual backsliding since Titus’s absence.
What will happen when he returns?
What will he find? To
consistent in your giving, you must be consistent in your spiritual
life. The indicative shows that the
were stable when he left. The
subjunctive shows he doesn’t know what the caliber may be when he
back. The stability of your spiritual
life will be reflected by what you respond to.
If you react to somebody that gives you an emotional
pitch, it probably
reflects a spiritual quality in you. If
you react against somebody’s putting a gimmick on you to give, it
got some spiritual know-how. If you
react against some pressure device or some appeal for human good, it
you’ve got some spiritual insight.
That’s what was true of these people and Titus
left them. What may be true is a question.
So he says, “With the result
that we besought Titus, that as
he had begun, so he would also finish in you (that is, in reference to
this offering project, the same grace also.”
This word grace is the Greek word
“charis,” and here it refers to the
grace of giving this gift for the relief of the saints in Jerusalem. It is the same grace that Paul has been
relative to the Macedonian church as they responded to the needs of the
Christians. Responding to grace is an
expression of thanksgiving.
Sometimes we say we are going to
“say grace” when we sit
down to a meal. “Grace” is an
of thanksgiving. It’s called
grace.” So we may say here, Paul
verse 6: “With the result that we
to Titus, even as he had begun on a previous occasion, so also he could
complete with reference to you this favor also.
Now in verse 7 we have a commission to
the Corinthians. Verse 6 is the transition. Verses 7 through 15 now take up the picture
as it deals in the Corinthian church.
First of all, he notices their abundance. Therefore, or it would be better
because it’s just a continuation—not a new break into a new
subject: “Moreover, as ye
abound.” We have that word that we
have met before,
“perisseuo.” This means to
not just to abound. It’s present
which means continually their state their state in spiritual material
things. “As ye super-abound in
everything” means that in all spheres of their lives the
were really well off. When it came to
spiritual things, they were well off.
When it came to material things, they were well off. They were well off in their soul life. They were well off in their spiritual
life. The fact was that God had blessed
the Corinthians as he had few of the New Testament believers.
“Moreover, just as in everything
you super-abound.” Now the point of
this verse is that this
super-abundance is stated as a cause for their liberal and willing
giving. Paul outlines for us the major
which they super-abounded. These things
enabled them to give liberally under grace.
Here are the elements:
He says, “As you have
super-abounded in the sphere of
faith.” In the Greek that is
“pistis.” This is more than
the faith in
Christ unto salvation. That’s not
in view here. This is faith which is a
factor in making that system that we talked about this morning in your
that God has provided: making that
system operate, that grace system by which you perceive spiritual
Here’s how it works:
Here is your mind with two sides to it.
You have one side of the mind which is the
perceptive side where you
learn things. You have another side
which is the directive side that gives directions and from which you
decisions. Now what faith does is to
take doctrine which a pastor-teacher gives to you under instruction,
you are filled with the spirit, you have the filling of the Holy
are able to learn doctrine. That
doctrine which you learn then comes under the examination of your faith.
There is also in your being, along
with your emotions and
your will—all part of your soul, your human spirit.
Now when you take what you have learned of
the Word of God, and you have understood it as a believer, you’re
these principles of giving, you learn them and you understand them,
react to them with your will. If you act
in a positive response, that means an act of faith.
That’s what this is. That
faith takes and teaches your human
spirit. So God has taught your spirit a
principle of truth. Now you know a vital
bit of information. What you have up
here in your mind we call “knowledge.”
It’s information. It’s
understanding. The one part of your
mentality is called the “mind.” The
other part is generally called the “heart.”
It directs to actions of various kinds.
When you take this knowledge and you believe God, it
comes down here
into your heart and it becomes full knowledge.
That’s something very different.
What you have up here in your mind is not usable. That’s just information.
You and I have things that we understand
about the things of God that never affect our lives.
It’s information that is not usable. But it is here (in the heart) that we are
ready to respond to God. What we have gone
through in faith and positive response becomes useful, and that’s
our heart. That’s why our hearts are
guided into actions that are pleasing to God.
The only way we can please God is in response to His
So he says we have faith here which
converts knowledge to a
usable form of full knowledge, and in the Corinthian church, they were
their knowledge toward God in prayer and in their faith rest, and they
exhaling toward man in a relaxed mental attitude, that
“agape” love. These people had
faith in abundance. They could just
believe God. Now Paul says that’s
really great. That is a great thing about
you people that
when you hear the truth now with the revival that has taken place, I
that there is an abundance of the quality of believing God among you.
Now he also says that they were also
not only abundant in
faith, but they were secondly abundant in the Word.
Now the Word here is the Greek word
“logos.” This is a reference
to the Word
as doctrine. This stresses the
substance, the content of the Word of God.
These Corinthian Christians prospered because they
expositors of the Word who were delivering abundance of sound doctrine
church. This is what their abundance of
faith responded to. They were responding
to this Word. Here it is right here
right under the word “doctrine.” That’s
the Word. They were responding to the
Word in an abundant way with their faith, and their faith was filling
human spirits so that their minds, their hearts had some guidance.
the heart is usable in your living. When
you have doctrine up here in the mind, you get God’s divine
viewpoint. You get a frame of reference
learning deeper doctrine, and you have a conscience here which is
God’s values and God’s standards.
Now there was a third thing they had. That was that they had an abundance of
knowledge. The word
“knowledge” here is
the Greek word “gnosis.” This
this thing that they had up here in their minds. That’s
the knowledge up in the perceptive
mind. “Gnosis” is what they
church from the pastor-teacher. They
learned. They listened to it under the
filling of the spirit and they learned it.
Now they have knowledge, but “gnosis,”
though they had it in abundance
because they were being taught, will not guide your life.
It has to become something that is full
knowledge, or the Greek word is “epignosis.”
Up here in your mind you have “gnosis.”
In your human spirit you have full knowledge or
Now because the Corinthians had ample
they were able to have an abundance of divine viewpoint through their
knowledge. Thus you have this
picture: “Logos” or doctrine
Bible is transferred to the perceptive mind as knowledge or
“gnosis.” It is converted by
faith (“pistis”) into full
knowledge (“epignosis”) in the human spirit, and now this
Christian is in the
position to give under grace. Until this
happens in your life, you will not be in a position to give under grace. Until you have a human spirit that God has
taught with the fullness of His Word, you won’t know how to act
and how to
respond. This directs all of your
emotions and all of your will. Your mind
is telling your emotions what to do.
Your mind is telling your will what to do, not the
other way around
where your emotions are dominating your soul.
And they do this, he says, “in
all diligence.” This is the Greek
word “spoude.” This connotes
an eagerness or a vigor. It describes the
way the Corinthians applied
themselves to the Word and the things of the Lord.
Now that they were spiritually straightened
out, the tongues problem had been brought under control.
Their spiritual abuses had been
corrected. They were eager in their
response which reflected that they were building up full knowledge in
spirits. They were catching on to what
Because they were diligent, they were
applying themselves to
learning the Word, so they understood it.
So they had this full knowledge.
The next phrase, “In your love to us,”
they abounded in their love
toward the apostle. This is
love, mental attitude love, which was producing a relaxed mental
their souls. This love was the result
again of doctrine down here in their human spirits.
That’s how they learned to love God, to love
one another, and to love their husbands and wives.
The Corinthians had been bitter at
Paul previously. They had impugned his
character and his
motives. Now they were overflowing in an
abundance of love. Why?
Because when they were impugning him, they
were shriveled up here in the content of their spirits.
When they got with the Word, it straightened
them out and suddenly their eyes took on God’s focus. They began seeing things about Paul the way
God looks at them. They began feeling
toward him the way God feels toward him.
They began making the decisions toward him that God
makes, and it was a
whole different picture.
So we read, “Moreover, just as
in everything you super-about
in the sphere of faith, in the sphere of doctrine, in the sphere of
in the sphere of application, in the sphere of love, from you to
us.” Now here is the application: “… that ye abound in this grace
also.” Again it introduces this
that you super-abound, and this time it’s present, active,
subjunctive. Now here is something
interesting. This time it’s
subjunctive. Here is what Paul actually
says: He means to super-abound in giving. It’s present tense so it’s to be
constant pattern of super-abounding.
It’s active voice so they are to do it.
But it’s subjunctive so it means maybe they
will and maybe they
won’t. Maybe they will be liberal
faithful in their giving, or maybe they won’t.
When Paul begins verse 7, he says, “As ye
super-abound in everything,” he
uses the indicative mood which means it is real, it is true, you do
in all these things that he lists here.
But when he gets to the end of verse 7, he uses the
“super-abound,” but this time he puts it in the possible
potential mood of the
subjunctive which means that now it’s a question of whether
they’re going to
respond with their wills to super-abound in giving.
Paul says, “You do super-abound
in the elements of full
knowledge within your human spirits. Now
it is a question of whether you will apply yourself to super-abound in
this grace also.” This is emphatic,
position, “this grace,” this important thing of giving. He also makes this comparison in verse 6
where it says that “as Titus had begun this offering,”
that’s indicative. “So he
would complete” is questionable
subjunctive. It depends on them. So here’s an interesting contrast of the
that says this is for real and the mood that says this is possible of
may do now. The Corinthians have begun
to give in a grace way, and they have an abundance of spiritual
blessings. That’s true.
Now the question is: do
the potential to finish this grace giving, and will they do it in a
super-abundant way, the way God has treated them? God’s
way is to call for a stable consistency
in our giving.
So we translate, “Moreover, just
as in everything you
super-abounded in the sphere of faith, in the sphere of doctrine, in
of knowledge, in the sphere of application, in the sphere of love from
us, in this grace of giving also be super-abounding.” Here is the grace giving principle which is
taught in these two verses: Christian
giving stems from the believer who is functioning daily under this
learning doctrine. Now this is a grace
system of perception. This system has
nothing to do with your IQ. It has your
willingness to receive the Word.
So Christian giving stems from a
under a daily contact with learning the Word of God.
Without spiritual stability through this
grace system of perceiving spiritual things, there can be no grace
giving. A Christian’s giving thus
will reflect his
level of functioning under the grace system of perception.
If you are a person who will not give
liberally, then the problem with you is not to berate yourself or to
resolves, but to say, “What in the world is wrong with me and my
the grace system of perception?
Something is wrong. I’m
functioning under the system that God has given for developing a
within my soul, and that’s why I’m falling down.” That’s exactly why.
Now Christians in this day of apostasy
are going to have to
get into the Word under this grace system of learning things lest we
fail in our giving, and thus hinder the Lord’s testimony, and aid
Satan in his
attempt to delay project footstool.
Yours is the greatest opportunity of all believers
in history, in a
nation which is madly bent on an emotional binge. Our
nation and its leaders are caught up in emotional
direction of most of what they do, and we are on a doomed course as you
increasingly going to become aware. Now
the time is for you and me to get up front when it comes to giving just
are up front when it comes to God’s blessings.
Dr. John E. Danish, 1971
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