Archive for February 2009

Grace Giving

February 16, 2009

As we read through the writings of Paul, which were given to us in this dispensation, we find two entire chapters devoted to the subject of giving. This giving is clearly by grace, not law. Thus, Paul establishes a brand new standard of giving. According to Paul,

Giving Is a Grace

Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia; how that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality (II Corinthians 8:1-2).

Insomuch that we desired Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also finish in you the same grace also. Therefore, as ye abound in everything, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also(II Corinthians 8:6-7).

And not that only, but who was also chosen of the churches to travel with us with this grace, which is administered by us to the glory of the same Lord, and declaration of your ready mind (II Corinthians 8:19).

And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you (II Corinthians 9:14).

This Grace of Giving Abounds Even in “Deep Poverty”

How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality (II Corinthians 8:2).

If we wait until we are able to give, we may never give. God accepts our service of giving (as well as other areas) on the basis of what we have, not what we lack.

For if there first be a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not (II Corinthians 8:12).

Grace Giving Is Not by Commandment

I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love (II Corinthians 8:8).

And herein I give my advice: for this is expedient for you, who have begun before, not only to do, but also to be forward a year ago (II Corinthians 8:10).

Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver (II Corinthians 9:7).

Grace giving is neither by law nor legislation, but by grace. This new standard of giving does away with the law of tithing completely. Member’s of Christ – of the Body of Christ – cannot rob God (Malachi 3:10).

Grace Giving Is By Divine Example

I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love. For we 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 (II Corinthians 8:8-9).

Grace giving is not a bondage, but rather an outworking of divine grace which enables the believer to be a channel of grace to others.

Grace Giving Is Motivated by Love

I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love (I Corinthians 13).

Love always gives, For God so love the world that He gave … (John 3:16).

God Rewards Sacrificial Grace Giving

Sacrifice is not giving up something that you want, but something that you need. Remember that grace giving operated in the saints of Macedonia while they were in deep poverty.” This is the type of giving that God rewards.

But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall also reap sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully (II Corinthians 9:6).

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work (II Corinthians 9:8).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Bible Student’s Notebook

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