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The Cheerful Giver

John Collins10/30/20122 Corinthians 9 describes the offering system in the church under the New Covenant of Grace.

Now that the high priests no longer store and make ready for the sabbath days, weeks, and years, Paul tells us the correct way to give.

He says that any person who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly.  Anyone who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.  You must give according to what you have decided in your heart, and not give under any sort of compulsion.  God loves a cheerful giver.

God is able to provide abundant grace to you, and supply all of your needs at all times.  He will ensure that you may abound in every good work that you do.  

Paul said that it is written:  "He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever."

He said that the same God that supplies seed for the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and make your harvest of righteousness bountiful.  You will be enriched in every way, so that you can be generous in every way!

Paul says that it is our being generous that thanksgiving is given to God through us.  Our ministry is not only supplying the needs of the saints, but overflowing to others in many thanksgivings!

By the minister's approval of this service, they will glorify God because of you.  Your cheerful giving comes from within the heart, the confession of the gospel of Christ!  The generosity of your contribution for them and for others glorify God!

Paul said we should freely give while our ministers pray for you, passing the grace of God upon you.  

Thanks be to God for His inexpressible gift!

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Do we freely give, or do we hoard?  Do we give only to those we feel worthy, or do we freely give to all?  Are we thankful that God provides abundantly so that we may give to others and share the Gospel?  Do we thank God daily for His inexpressible gift?

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