The Great Example

ByVal Girilovitch

The Great Example

Appeal is made, however, to a higher standard than even the liberality of those churches. The great incentive is the grace shown in the poverty of Christ and the enrichment we have derived from it. “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that ye though His poverty might become rich” (2 Cor. 8:9). With this we may put into connection that other word on grace in 9:8, “And God is able to make all grace abound unto you; that ye, having always all sufficiency in everything, may abound unto every good work” (five comprehensive “all’s” and “every’s,” representing various forms of one word in the original). The example of Christ (8:9) and the power of God (9:8)! These are designed to kindle our liberality. That the grace of ministering to need is specially in view is clear from what follows: “As it is written, He hath scattered abroad, he hath given to the poor: his righteousness abideth for ever.”

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