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Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | September 4, 2018

An Indescribable Gift (2 Cor. 9:15). Dr. Robert L Horton

Paul concludes a two chapter section of 2 Corinthians with an exclamation of praise: “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” (9:15). His discussion in chapters eight and nine was so encouraging that he could not think of words to describe its greatness. Now you would think that an indescribable gift from God would be something spectacular that we receive from Him. Yet, Paul is not talking in these chapters about our receiving anything. God is giving a gift, but we are not the recipients of it, at least not directly. These chapters are all about our giving money. Paul is exhorting the Corinthians to give. So how is the giving of believers a gift from God?

As Paul encourages the Corinthians to fulfill their previous commitment to take up a collection for the poor in Jerusalem, he describes also the results that flow from their contributions. Those that give participate in “the fellowship of the ministering to the saints” (8:4). In other words they along with Paul join in ministering to those in need. Giving is a grace (8:6-7), an evidence of God’s work in the life of believers. It demonstrates “the sincerity of your love” (8:8) and “proof of your love” (8:24): love for the Lord and for others. Generous giving leads to bountiful blessings (9:6). “God loves a cheerful giver” (9:7). For such givers, “God is able to make all grace abound” (9:8). Giving to the needs of others causes them to give fervent thanksgiving to God (9:11-12) and to pray for those who have helped them (9:14). Paul sees these results as great gifts from God to His people. May we recognize giving as a gift from Him as well.

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