The Apostle Paul Talks About Money

The apostle Paul did not shrink back from teaching on finances. He wrote the following instructions to the church at Corinth.

So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to visit you in advance and finish the arrangements for the generous gift you had promised. Then it will be ready as a generous gift, not as one grudgingly given. Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 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. As it is written: “He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.” Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 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 (2 Corinthians 9:5-11).

There is a lot of financial truth for us in this passage of scripture. Let’s take a careful look at the content of verse eight, “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.” Having all that you need sounds like having your needs met and abounding in every good work sounds like giving to others after your needs are met. Combining these two thoughts gives us another biblical example of God’s desire to bless us with more than enough. To say these scriptures are not referring to money, as some have done, is blatantly taking this passage out of context.

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