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Now, let me show you some things about amassing Abrahamic wealth in Second Corinthians 9:8-15 which proves the above statement once and for all.
2 Cor 9:8-15
8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:
9 (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.
10 Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;)
11 Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.
12 For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;
13 Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men;
14 And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you.
15 Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift. (KJV)
This question always arises, "How do I know that it is God's will for me to have wealth and prosperity"? The person who asks this question doesn't have a problem with God's ability to make us rich. They know He has power enough to make us rich "if it be thy will". Abraham had the opposite problem. He doubted if God was able. He did not doubt that God was willing. He doubted His ability. Today, we don't doubt his ability. We doubt His willingness. In the balance of this chapter, I am going to prove to you that it is the will of God for you to be wealthy and rich beyond your wildest dreams.
Verse 8 declares that "God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work". Look first at the word "abound". It means to have more than enough. But, this definition of "abound" does not do the word justice here. Baur, Arndt and Gingrich, on page 651 in their lexicon declare this word means, both transitively and intransitively, to be rich, to make extremely rich. Note well at this point that the purpose of God's grace in this passage is that this "abounding" or "making extremely wealthy" might come our way.
Next, look at the expression, "God is able". Unlike Abraham, we know God is "able". Our problem is still "will" He? Furthermore, the way this is translated, "God is able", doesn't help us unravel this knotty question of "Will He?", either. This translation, "God is able", makes it look like God's "ability", here, is contingent upon something. Since the translation "God is able", is silent as to whether or not it is His will to make us rich, it makes His "ability" look like it is contingent upon it being His will. In other words, this translation demonstrates that God has the capability to make us extremely wealthy, but it doesn't answer the question, "Is this His Will"?. I hear people all the time say, "I know God has the ability, (is able), to bless me financially. But is that His Will"? I hear people all the time say, "I know God is able to heal my body. But is that His Will"? Furthermore, this translation, on the surface, doesn't appear to answer the question, "Is it God's will to make me rich and wealthy"? But, we shall see momentarily that this translation is woefully inadequate.
Here is what the Greek text actually says. See the little word "is". This word "is" is not in the Greek text. It is in italics in your Bible which simply means that it was added by the translators to make the meaning clearer. But, this addition of "is" in italics, muddies the water to the point where we can not tell what this verse actually says. In the preceding paragraph we saw that the addition of "is" makes it appear that God's being "able" is contingent upon His "will". But, when we eliminate "is" we eliminate the contingency aspect of it.
Now, let's demonstrate this by taking a closer look at this word translated "able". The Greek root from which comes this translation "able" is the Greek root from which comes our English word "dynamite". Literally, this word means power, explosive power. It means dynamic. It is translated in its various forms in our English Bible by the words "power", "authority" and "able". Now notice something else. This word "dynamite" is a Greek present active indicative verb. The indicative mood, as it is in English, is the mood of reality. It's the mood which states the actual and the real. In addition, we must note that the Greek present means "continuous action in present time". Therefore, the present tense, combined here with the indicative, states what God is really, actually, continuously doing now, contingent upon nothing, including His will. Based on the above, here is how our verse literally reads.
8 And God IS POWERING UP AND DYNAMITING all grace toward you TO MAKE YOU EXTREMELY WEALTHY; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:
To put it another way, God, by his powerful grace, IS MAKING you extremely wealthy, CONTINUOUSLY.
8 And God, IS CONTINUOUSLY MAKING YOU EXTREMELY WEALTHY by His Powerhouse Grace; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:
In other words, this passage says nothing concerning what God's ability is contingent upon His will. The Greek text, here, speaks directly about what His will is concerning wealth BASED UPON WHAT HE IS ACTUALLY DOING NOW! This passage says that making us wealthy is something that He is actually doing NOW. God is "dynamiting" His grace to continually make us wealthy now. This is the Greek present active indicative used here. God is powering up His grace to us for the purpose of making us wealthy. It's not just something that He is capable of doing. It's something that He is actually doing. In other words, making us wealthy is something that God is actually doing for us with His powerful, dynamite grace. The Greek text will not support the idea that this is something that He might do if only it was His will. We can't read that into this verse. That's not in there. He really is actually doing it. Therefore, what He plainly states that He is actually doing, is most definitely His will. We don't have to worry about knowing God's will concerning wealth. It is God's will for His all powerful grace to make you wealthy. It is indicative. It's reality. It's actual. God is continuously powering up all grace toward us to make us extremely wealthy now. Why is He doing this? For what purpose is He continuously doing this? To answer this question, we must get to the second part of our verse which reads thus:
that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:
This is a Greek purpose clause which answers why God is making you extremely wealthy. Now understand, Greek purpose clauses operate by strict rules. Greek is the most exact language known to man. New Testament Greek was not as exact as Classical, but, it's still more exact than any language on earth today. So, these purpose clauses operate by very strict rules. "That ye" literally means in Greek "in order that ye". In other words, God is making us extremely wealthy "in order that" something might happen. This "something" will give us the purpose of why God is "dynamiting" His grace on our behalf. I like that. God is "dynamiting" all grace for us. God is "powering up" and "dynamiting" all grace for us. Why? Purpose clause! "In order that, in order that, in order that" you always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound (be extremely wealthy) to every good work.
Notice something extremely important here. "In order that" designates why God is dynamiting all grace to us. It says why He is doing it; so that you "always having all sufficiency". Look at the word "sufficiency". This is a word that comes from the Greek verb ARKEO which means "to ward off" or "to defend against". That word is used about a dozen times in the Greek New Testament. Whether the verb form or the noun form is used, without exception, it always means to ward off or to defend against a hardship caused by the lack of something. A lot of people worry and wonder if God ever took away Paul's thorn. God absolutely did take away Paul's thorn, because when Jesus said to Paul, "My Grace is sufficient for thee", He used the same word, ARKEO. It is translated "sufficient". What that means is this; "Paul, I am going to defend you against that thorn. I am going to ward that thing off for you". This statement is in the Greek present tense which means continuous action in present time. Therefore, Jesus Christ not only got rid of that thing, but He kept on getting rid of it for the rest of his Life.
In verse 8 also, the word "sufficient" means "to ward off" and "to defend against". So what this passage is saying here is this; God is dynamiting all this grace to us for a twofold purpose. The first part of His purpose is this; in nothing will there ever be a hardship created by lack of anything. He is dynamiting all of this powerful grace to you so that you might be sufficient and have all these adverse consequences, (caused by lack of something) warded off of you. The second part of His purpose in making you extremely wealthy is this: He does it so that you might abound to every good work.
Previously, we noted the word "abound" translates a Greek word which means "abundance", "more than enough", "to make extremely rich or wealthy" and "to overflow". God is dynamiting all grace so that it "abounds" towards you. In other words, "so that it continuously makes you extremely wealthy". The word "abound" is used twice. God will "power up" all grace toward us in such a way that all His grace will overflow us. God will give us an over flow. God will not just give us enough, gentle reader. He will give us an over flow. It's like the Grace of God is contained in a giant water tank setting up on a tower. There is enough water in that water tank to totally supply an entire town and a valley. When the need arises, God will dynamite that thing so that we will be caught in a flood of over flowing grace. There is so much grace that will come from God that will just flood over us. Out of that flood, that over flow, all the adversity caused by the lack of anything, will be swept away, and therefore, I am totally self sufficient by the powerhouse grace of God. Hallelujah! Out of that over flow from God He wants me to take what I need and then He wants me to take some of that overflow and be an over flow myself to every good work.
God deals with you through His grace, His over flowing. But He deals with good works through you. God gives His grace directly to you. But He wants His good works supported through you taking some of that over flow and over flowing to the good works. Giving is like planting a seed. 2 Corinthians 9: 6-7 says:
2 Cor 9:6-7
6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. (KJV)
If you sow sparingly, you will also reap sparingly. If you sow bountifully, you will also reap bountifully.
Then, verse 7 says for us to determine the purpose of our giving. It says "as he purposes in his heart, so let him give".. Purposes what in his heart? Purposes the kind of harvest he needs. If he needs a big harvest, give a big seed planting. Now, everybody here has some seed. If God's given you any kind of a job, that's over flowing grace. If you doubt that, ask the guy that doesn't have one. It's over flowing grace. Out of that over flowing grace, your needs are being met and you have an abundance left over to support and overflow to good works. Out of those over flows, we are to plant some more seeds in the various, different good works. They must be good works. We saw previously that "abound" means to "make someone extremely rich". Therefore, out of our overflow, we are to make every good work "extremely rich" so they will be able to minister to others without hindrance.
As you give your seed to make good works "extremely rich", that seed is going to come back to you. You are going to reap much more than you sowed. I say this not out of law. There is no law involved. I am saying this so you can prosper. For when you, out of your over flow, begin to support and plant seeds in these various good works; that seed will come back 30, 60,100 fold. You see, when God set up this economic system, He gave an over flow out of which two things are to happen. Number one you are to be totally self sufficient. You are to have absolutely no adversities caused by lack of anything. Second, you will have the ability to over flow to other good works. That is what that verse says. You are to have no lack; that's what God has already set up and has running. If in fact, it is not operating like that for you, do you know what happened? You blocked up the dam.
Do you know how you blocked up the dam? You won't hear or if you hear, you won't receive it, and when you don't receive it, you measure it. You put measures on it. You put limits on it. Any time you do that you slow up the flow. And when you slow up the flow, your reaping will suffer. Therefore, you must open up the dam by giving or planting the proper amount of seed.. It's out of God's over flow that you are making an over flow of your own. And as you give a part of that over flow to the good works, God will bless you financially.
Can I give you a personal experience that demonstrates the above? Once, there was a person I knew that needed a few bucks and I knew they needed it then. The Spirit of God just said to me, Give that person some money now and told me how much. I gave this individual $100. Two days later, there was a person who came up to me and said the Spirit of God spoke to me and said for me to give you this. That person gave me an envelope. I opened that envelope and there was $300 in it. Before I even opened the envelope, the Spirit of God said "You really needed that $100 you gave that person the other day didn't you"? I said, "Yes". So I got the envelope and opened it and He said, "Do you still want your $100 back"?
Do you see how this works? There's no need for anybody reading these pages to be up against it financially. The only reason we are up against it financially is we have not been planning for the proper harvest. If you want to reap a harvest, a consistent, healthy, balanced harvest; you don't plant a seed and skip thirty feet and plant another one when you ought to be planting something about every nine inches apart because as you plant, you are determining the harvest you are going to reap. You know, we have too many Burger King Christians. We all want it our way. You know they say come to Burger King and we will make it your way. Well, you see we all want it our way. But remember this, only a dummy is going to eat up his own seed.
If we do it the way God said do it, we are going to have (1.) no adversity created by lack in anything. That is what that word sufficient means. You check this in any Greek Lexicon. It means to ward off and to defend against. It is always translated by some form of the word "sufficient". It means to ward off and defend us against an adversity caused by the lack of something. (2.) We will have an abundant over flow of grace demonstrating there is no lack that can ever occur to you. (3.) Out of that over flow He wants you to set up your own little over flow. For the over flow you set up determines from that day forward the amount of over flow that comes back to you.
For the over flow you set up determines from that day on the amount of over flow that God makes come back to you.
Jesus said the good ground hears and receives what it hears without putting limits on it. When you hear and receive without putting limits on the Word, that means you are going to act on it to the fullest. That person will receive the hundred fold. Period. Now, Concerning wealth for you as a Christian, He has a set of rules we must play by. If you will hear me and receive what I have said to you without limits and measures and act on it, the hundred fold financial reaping is guaranteed to you. You will have no lack in any area of your life. The Bible says God is dynamiting all grace to the over flowing point of making us extremely wealthy. Remember the Greek purpose clause. You are to have no adverse consequences caused by a lack in anything so that you might over flow to every good work.
There are many "good works". So, get serious about it and ask, "Lord, which good work do you want me to over flow to"? Perhaps He will tell you to make TBN extremely wealthy. Perhaps He will tell you to make a book, tape and healing ministry like this one extremely wealthy. Perhaps it will be an evangelist or a missionary. But He will tell you about those he wants you to make extremely wealthy. When he tells you which one(s), then ask Him, "How much"? Having done so, you will find your financial life is going to turn completely around. You will be blessed and prosper financially beyond anything you ever thought possible: thirty, sixty, or one hundred fold. I am not talking about 100% return on the money. I am talking about one hundred times the amount of the investment. Now that's heavy. Am I right? I gave $100, I got back $300. Isn't that beautiful? But, this is the exciting part! I have already sown another $100 of that $300. Plus, I'm not through reaping from the first $100 yet. Pretty soon, it is just going to build itself into something like a snow ball rolling downhill. It is going to be an over flow. That's how it works. That's what God said.
Father, in the Name of Jesus bless us now financially. Amen.
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