God’s Laws of Provision, Generosity and Thankfulness 2 Corinthians 9:10-15

2 Corinthians 9:10-15 “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. 11 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. 12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. 14 And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. 15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!”

2 Corinzi 9:10-15 “Colui che fornisce al seminatore la semenza e il pane da mangiare fornirà e moltiplicherà la vostra semenza, e accrescerà i frutti della vostra giustizia. 11 Così, arricchiti in ogni cosa, potrete esercitare una larga generosità, la quale produrrà rendimento di grazie a Dio per mezzo di noi. 12 Perché l’adempimento di questo servizio sacro non solo supplisce ai bisogni dei santi, ma più ancora produce abbondanza di ringraziamenti a Dio; 13 perché la prova pratica fornita da questa sovvenzione li porta a glorificare Dio per l’ubbidienza con cui professate il vangelo di Cristo e per la generosità della vostra comunione con loro e con tutti. 14 Essi pregano per voi, perché vi amano a causa della grazia sovrabbondante che Dio vi ha concessa. 15 Ringraziato sia Dio per il suo dono ineffabile!”
     Paul has been teaching about the believer’s responsibility in being generous to the work of God. These verses are the application to the message. The word “supplies” in the original language comes from a word associated with directing a choreographic dance. In other words, God orchestrates the process of getting the seed to the sower. The sower then has bread AND seed which can be multiplied over and over again. Paul conveys three facts that follow the faithful sower: he will be enriched in every way, generous on all occasions and should always give praise to God, the Supplier. All believers, no matter what seed they have been given, are encouraged to pursue these same spiritual laws of God.
     Paul continues the application by stating that their generosity will affect all aspects of their spiritual life; namely that they will see God’s faithfulness in their own life, others will be blessed giving praise to God and God would honor them in their faithfulness.
     Finally, Paul concludes his teaching with a prayer: “Thanks be to God” for Jesus Christ, the gift who is unspeakable (“indescribable”). We who have benefited so greatly from the gift of Jesus should, in turn, be generous to the work of God. The Corinthians listened to Paul and followed his example in 2 Cor. 9:2  For I know your eagerness to help, and I have been boasting about it to the Macedonians, telling them that since last year you in Achaia were ready to give; and your enthusiasm has stirred most of them to action.”
Pray with me: Lord, I know You are the One who supplies all my needs (spiritually and physical). Help me to reciprocate to others and teach them as well to be faithful to Your laws of provision, generosity and thankfulness.

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