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Summary: Believing that God loves you and turning to Him for help moves His heart with joy. This kind of weakness and need results in the blessing that comes to those who are poor in spirit.

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DO YOU BELIEVE THAT I (GOD) LOVE YOU?

Pastor Daniel J. Little - The Landmark Church, Binghamton, NY

adfontes.djl@gmail.com

2 Corinthians 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.

When Paul writes saying For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, “grace” means God’s always present “conscious will” to love you. God’s will to love you is such an all pervasive influence that you cannot find a place on the earth where there is no sign of it. So pervasive, so limitless is God’s grace that any direction you attempt to run from it you are still running into it; run as fast as you will, the borders of God’s love simply expand under your feet at a faster rate than you can run. Romans 5:20 … where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.

Romans 5:20 (Amplified Bible) But where sin increased and abounded, grace (God’s unmerited favor) has surpassed it and increased the more and super-abounded,

The Apostle Paul says that this grace is not theoretical but as real as the unseen air we breathe. Grace is the atmosphere of spiritual reality that God means for us to experience and thrive in.

It seems to me that Paul bends right down where we are seated and gets very close to our faces and says; “…for your sake Jesus became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.”

Paul often speaks of this environment of wealth.

Romans 2:4 the riches of God’s goodness that leads to repentance?

Ephesians 1:7 we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

Ephesians 1:18 … that you may know …the riches of the glory.

Ephesians 3:8 … preach … the unsearchable riches of Christ;

Colossians 1:27 that God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

1 Timothy 6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches , but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy; KJV

What ever riches Jesus laid down when He took on our flesh and human experience, those riches are for us. For our sake he laid them down and now they are safely kept in God’s presence as an inexhaustible supply for all our needs.

Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

If we can discover the nature of Jesus’ poverty we can then determine the nature of our riches in glory through Jesus.

Jesus poverty did not begin in the power department. He did all kinds of very powerful and miraculous. He was able to breathe this power upon His disciple that they might go out and use it in His name.

The poverty that Jesus experienced in becoming one of us He gave up His own eternal and unbroken and immediate fellowship in the love of God. For all eternity His relationship with God was more immediate than the relationship between your thumb and index finger, but when He became flesh for our sake that immediacy was greatly hindered.


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George Rathmell

commented on Mar 17, 2012

Great Thoughts. May we remember them.

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