1.Giving is an expression of the royal family honor code.
16:26, "For Macedonia and Achaia have decided with pleasure to make a
special offering to the poor believers who are in Jerusalem."
2:10, "They only asked us to remember the poor; the very thing I was also
eager to do."
c.Charity is from God; socialism and
welfare are from man.
2.Giving is an expression of free will, without gimmicks,
Corinthians 8:3, "I testify on the basis of their ability and beyond their
ability they gave willingly."
giving was a sign of their spiritual growth.
3.Giving is an expression of mental attitude in every
circumstance of life.
Corinthians 8:2, "That in the midst of severe testing and great pressure, the
superabundance of their happiness and their deep poverty overflowed in rich
though under adversity, they shared the happiness of God.And having that mental attitude, they gave
even while in deep poverty.
must express an attitude toward the Lord before it can express an attitude
Corinthians 8:5, "And not even as we anticipated, but they gave first of
themselves to the Lord, then they gave to us by the will of God."
were occupied with person of Christ and had personal love for God the Father
which motivated their giving.
5.Giving depends on the consistent learning of truth after
Corinthians 8:7, "But just as you excel in everything in faith-rest and in
doctrine and in knowledge and in all diligence and in love from you to us, you
also excel in this grace giving."
is associated with impersonal love, not with personal love!This is grace giving.
for giving is derived from the dispensation of the hypostatic union and is
predicated on grace.
2 Corinthians 8:9, "For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that
though He was rich [eternal God], yet for your sake He became poor [true
humanity], so that you through His poverty [being judged for our sins] might
7.Giving is a mental attitude related to an overt act.
Corinthians 8:12, "For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable
on the basis of what one has, not on the basis of what one does not have."
counts for giving, if you have nothing to give.
is related to motivation from the doctrine that the Christian moves to the
launching center of the soul.
Corinthians 9:7, "Each one, as he has determined in his spiritual heart,
so give, not from distress of mind or under compulsion or pressure of emotions;
for God loves a gracious giver."
in His matchless grace provides both the spiritual motivation and monetary
capital for grace giving.
Corinthians 9:8, "And God is able to make all grace abound to you, that in
always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have abundance for every
in His matchless grace provides both the monetary capital for grace giving and
makes it part of your Christian service.2
Corinthians 9:10, "Now He who supplies seed for the sower and bread for
food, will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of
11.Generosity of mental attitude results in
generosity of giving.2
Corinthians 9:11, "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
is never a strain.
12.Giving is a result of Christian service.2
Corinthians 9:12, "For this service which you perform is not only supplying
the needs of God's people, but is also overflowing in many expressions of
thanksgivings to God."