2 Corinthians 9
-The gifts of generosity by the saints of Corinth is developed in this passage. Paul wants nothing of exaction (act of demanding to obtain, payment obtained by force) from them. He realizes that God loves a cheerful giver that is generous from the heart with the abundance that God has blessed (2 Corinthians 9:7, 11). The point is made abundantly clear: “whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully (2 Corinthians 9:6).” “He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness (2 Corinthians 9:10).” These are the things that produce thanksgiving to God in overflowing measures (2 Corinthians 9:11-12). It also gives God His proper glory as His treasures are shared rather than selfishly consumed (2 Corinthians 9:13). Christ is the expression of the ultimate and inexpressible (indescribable, not able to put into words) gift because of His coming in love, sacrificial death on the cross, burial, and blessed resurrection unto eternal life, which “gives” us everlasting hope (2 Corinthians 9:15). *Application* Seed gifts multiply the Kingdom of God. His inexpressible gift sets the tone for us to be generous in what we sow with the material, social, mental, and spiritual gifts we have been given from the Heavenly Father. The Bible promises that we will always reap what we sow, so sow bountifully and abundantly the righteousness of God from the heart good farmer (Galatians 6:7-9). In other words, we will always have a multitude of reasons to be thankful when we distribute the goodness of what God has originally given us. Give!
Verse to Memorize- 2 Corinthians 9:7, 15