2 Corinthians Chapter 8
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Matthew Henry's 2 Corinthians Chapter 8 Bible commentary...
The apostle reminds them of charitable contributions for the poor saints. (1-6) Enforces this by their gifts, and by the love and grace of Christ. (7-9) By the willingness they had shown to this good work. (10-15) He recommends Titus to them. (16-24)1-6 The grace of God must be owned as the root and fountain of all the good in us, or done by us, at any time. It is great grace and favour from God, if we are made useful to others, and forward to any good work. He commends the charity of the Macedonians. So far from needing that Paul should urge them, they prayed him to receive the gift. Whatever we use or lay out for God, it is only giving him what is his own. All we give for charitable uses, will not be accepted of God, nor turn to our advantage, unless we first give ourselves to the Lord. By ascribing all really good works to the grace of God, we not only give the glory to him whose due it is, but also show men where their strength is. Abundant spiritual joy enlarges men's hearts in the work and labour of love. How different this from the conduct of those who will not join in any good work, unless urged into it!
7-9 Faith is the root; and as without faith it is not possible to please God, #Heb 11:6|, so those who abound in faith, will abound in other graces and good works also; and this will work and show itself by love. Great talkers are not always the best doers; but these Corinthians were diligent to do, as well as to know and talk well. To all these good things the apostle desires them to add this grace also, to abound in charity to the poor. The best arguments for Christian duties, are drawn from the grace and love of Christ. Though he was rich, as being God, equal in power and glory with the Father, yet he not only became man for us, but became poor also. At length he emptied himself, as it were, to ransom their souls by his sacrifice on the cross. From what riches, blessed Lord, to what poverty didst thou descend for our sakes! and to what riches hast thou advanced us through thy poverty! It is our happiness to be wholly at thy disposal.
10-15 Good purposes are like buds and blossoms, pleasant to behold, and give hopes of good fruit; but they are lost, and signify nothing without good deeds. Good beginnings are well; but we lose the benefit, unless there is perseverance. When men purpose that which is good, and endeavour, according to their ability, to perform also, God will not reject them for what it is not in their power to do. But this scripture will not justify those who think good meanings are enough, or that good purposes, and the mere profession of a willing mind, are enough to save. Providence gives to some more of the good things of this world, and to some less, that those who have abundance might supply others who are in want. It is the will of God, that by our mutual supplying one another, there should be some sort of equality; not such a levelling as would destroy property, for in such a case there could be no exercise of charity. All should think themselves concerned to relieve those in want. This is shown from the gathering and giving out the manna in the wilderness, #Ex 16:18|. Those who have most of this world, have no more than food and raiment; and those who have but little of this world, seldom are quite without them.
16-24 The apostle commends the brethren sent to collect their charity, that it might be known who they were, and how safely they might be trusted. It is the duty of all Christians to act prudently; to hinder, as far as we can, all unjust suspicions. It is needful, in the first place, to act uprightly in the sight of God, but things honest in the sight of men should also be attended to. A clear character, as well as a pure conscience, is requisite for usefulness. They brought glory to Christ as instruments, and had obtained honour from Christ to be counted faithful, and employed in his service. The good opinion others have of us, should be an argument with us to do well.
Gift's 2 Corinthians Chapter 8 comment about verse 9 on 1/25/2014, 11:35pm...
its a very touchy verse...it shows nd confirms tht the Lord really loves us
Isaac Ogbotor's 2 Corinthians Chapter 8 comment about verse 9 on 1/16/2014, 3:23am...
For I know that I will never be broke a single day of my life because Christ went broke for my sake, this knowledge automatically makes me to prosper and walk in wealth everyday of my life!!!
BSP's 2 Corinthians Chapter 8 comment on 10/02/2013, 8:22pm...
Verse 2 of this chapter really shows the love of the Macedonian Christians in action. They themselves were in deep poverty and undergoing tribulation, but they begged to be able to give to their fellow believers in the faith. It goes to show that even if we have a little we should always strive to show a generous attitude in giving to others. This doesn't always have to be money. It can be our time, our energy, or other resources. It reminds me of Galatians 6:10, which encourages us to "work good towards all, but especially toward those related to us in the faith."
R. D. Mattock's 2 Corinthians Chapter 8 comment on 3/21/2013, 8:27am...
Verse 2, It’s important for us to acknowledge that hardships, trials, tribulations and troubles are a necessary part of life. John 16:33 "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." In the world we will have tribulations and troubles -- sicknesses, family tragedies, out of work, financial difficulties, family problems, earthquakes, floods etc., business failure etc. It is a given, but Jesus says, "be of good cheer". He is saying that we must learn how to find joy in the midst of life's hardships, because He has overcome the world. James tells us to count all of this joy. James 1:2-4, My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. How many of us really take this verse seriously? The truth is, if we really desire the liberating power of God's Spirit and kingdom in our lives, we must find joy in life's hardships. Two reasons why we need to learn how to enjoy life's hardships. 1. The Storms of Life Help To Keep Us On Track With God. Psalms 119:67, Before I was afflicted I went astray, But now I keep Your word. There's a story of a woman who became the victim of amnesia. For three months she wandered, but during a severe thunderstorm she suddenly remembered who she was and where she was from. How often the storms of life bring us back to our senses! God sends them not to destroy us but to help us. Many people can look back and thank God for the storms that brought them back to Him! 2. Struggles And Hardships Sift Out The Impurities In Our Lives. Hebrews 12:27-28, Now this, "Yet once more," indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. A Christian man lost his home and mill when a flood washed them away. He was brokenhearted and discouraged as he stood surveying his loss. Just then he saw a glittering object that had been uncovered by the waters. It was gold! The disaster he thought had made him a beggar had actually made him wealthy. So, the Lord often works through our troubles to strip away certain cherished possessions to show us the better treasures of His love and power. How thankful we should be that in every storm of affliction we have the assurance that the Lord has a good purpose in view! The more joy we are able to find in the midst of life's hardships the stronger and more secure we will be as individuals, who are now able to walk in victory and succeeding in the issues of life. Nehemiah 8:10 “...for this day is holy to our LORD. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” It all boils down to the fact that hardships are a part of life and there is no way we can escape them in our lives. They serve a meaningful purpose.
Clint's 2 Corinthians Chapter 8 comment on 10/16/2012, 5:55pm...
@Risper, you are wrong because THE WORD says if we have food and raiment we are to be content!
Berni's 2 Corinthians Chapter 8 comment on 9/24/2012, 6:37pm...
I often thought this chapter was like motivational talk to give generously to Jerusalem, the mother church. If the Philippians, who are poor, can give generously, so could the wealthier Corinthian church, but better! It came across like a telethon.
Timothy Wayne George's 2 Corinthians Chapter 8 comment on 7/23/2012, 8:33am...
Thank God that Jesus even though he was rich, for our sakes became poor, so that we through his poverty might become rich. God knows our spiritual condition, and has provided all things for us to be enjoyed in Christ Jesus the Lord. God wants us to be rich in faith. For faith is our victory over this world. Thank God for workers like Titus who helped the Apostle Paul with the Macedonian Church. As we serve one another in the body of Christ we share in the eternal riches that comes with being partners in the grace of God. Jesus told us not to lay up riches on earth where moth, and rust would corrupt. Rather we are to send our riches ahead of us to heaven where neither moth, rust, nor thieves break in and steal. Thank the Lord for his faithfulness.
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