Rich in Christ?

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich. 2 Corinthians 8:9

The Apostle Paul says here Jesus was “Rich” and then made “Poor” so we can become “Rich”, what is Paul talking about here? This scripture sounds like ever prosperity gospel preachers dream, however lets examine this scripture in true context

If you read the complete chapter you see Paul was commending the Church of Corinth for being generous and taking care of each others needs, Paul uses this moment to try and describe what Jesus did for us

I believe this teach best parallels his teaching in Philippians 2

 

who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, Philippians 2:6

 

Although Jesus is God (Rich)

but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Philippians 2:7

Jesus made himself a bond servant (Poor) to be the atonement for our sins

Through Jesus sacrifice on the cross (Poverty) we are made (Rich) eternal life

Paul is almost using a parable here , where he’s showing our inheritance into the Kingdom of God through the sacrifice of Christ being like gaining great wealth while being poor

“For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? Mark 8:36

As Jesus taught, Earthly wealth is pointless. Only the blood of Jesus Christ can save your soul. Everything on the Earth will eventually fade away but the inheritance through the grace of God by our Lord Jesus Christ is eternal Amen!

 

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