Grace to be Blessed

Grace to be Blessed

John 1:16
16 From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.

John 1:16-17
16 And from his fulness have we all received, grace upon grace.
RSV
I. Have you ever given a gift that someone did not use? Juicer, gift card, clothing
A. Grace is not a one time transaction, but a continued gift giving by God.
B. God intends for you to receive and use every gift that grace purchased.
C. Grace is the payment that Christ made at the cross.

II. The most maligned gift of all is the gift of prosperity.
A. Bible speaks positively about prosperity.
B. Bible warns about the abuse of wealth.
C. Greed is not the sole domain of the very wealthy.

2 Cor 8:9
9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

2 Cor 9:8
8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
III. Paul links grace with abundance. He calls wealth “grace” abound to you.
A. Paul associates the actual substitutionary sacrifice of Christ with wealth.
B. I get the definition of being rich from 2 Cor 9:8: You have all your needs met so that you can help meet other people’s needs.
2 Cor 9:11
11 You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
C. Paul reiterates this definition in different words.

2 Cor 8:9
9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.
IV. Grace means that Christ paid for what you need.
A. Living by Grace is really trusting in the payment God made so that we can have salvation, health, prosperity, happiness.
B. A person who gives a gift is temporarily poorer.
C. There is no sacrifice if I give something but it does not make me suffer.
D. Paul speaks of the atonement in terms of Grace.
E. “Jesus Christ was rich.” He cannot help the poor if he is poor himself.
F. “He became poor.” First in terms of the incarnation.
1. Poor family, two pigeons.
2. Jesus came to the family to bless them. Immediately the family receives a large sum of money from the wise men.
3. Carpenter is a great skill, but Jesus leaves it. (Becomes poor to enter the ministry.)
4. His ministry makes people rich, He supplies. (water into wine, feeds the multitude, pays taxes through the coin in a fish’s mouth, he causes his disciples to catch fish)
G. Second he becomes poor in terms the cross.

Deut 28:47-48
47 Because you did not serve the Lord your God joyfully and gladly in the time of prosperity, 48 therefore in hunger and thirst, in nakedness and dire poverty,
IV. God describes poverty: “hunger, thirst, nakedness,” the phrase “dire poverty” is actually separated from the three words: hunger, thirst and nakedness. The three words define dire poverty.
Matt 25:42-43
42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
A. Jesus describes his poverty: “hungry.” “thirsty” “stranger” “clothes” “sick and in prison”
B. Jesus last meal was the Passover. He had not eaten breakfast or lunch.
C. Prison, all disciples abandon him.
D. Naked,
John 19:23-24
23 When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom.
24 “Let’s not tear it,” they said to one another. “Let’s decide by lot who will get it.”
This happened that the scripture might be fulfilled which said,
“They divided my garments among them
and cast lots for my clothing.”
So this is what the soldiers did.
1. Possible four groups of clothing: Tunic, cloak, belts, sandals, headband.
E. Thirst: John 19:28 Jesus said, “I am thirsty.”
F. Don’t spiritualize the riches. Take it for what it means.

V. I made a decision early in my walk with God that I would not allow his giving of his wealth to go to waste on me. I would gladly accept his wealth and have all my needs abundantly supplied with plenty to help others.
A. Just as I would not allow the price he paid for my salvation, forgiveness, victory over sin and the devil, and healing go to waste, I will not allow his being made poor for me go to waste.

2 Cor 8:7
-see that you also excel in this grace of giving.
VI. Jesus excels in the grace of giving, so we should too.
2 Cor 9:6-7
6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.
A. Your prosperity is tied directly with your own generosity.
B. If I want the grace of forgiveness, I must forgive.
C. Jesus life was sowing and reaping. He sowed by coming to a poor family, Mary and Joseph. He sowed by leaving his family business and going into the ministry. He sowed by giving his life on the cross.
D. Does anyone think that today, the Lord is poor? NO!

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