“a go-to text on giving, that isn’t about giving”…
2 Corinthians 9/10 are go-to when it comes to encouraging giving, but they’re more about living.
All Bark No Bite
In chapter 9 Paul is dealing with this issue of folks accusing him of boldness in letter and weakness in person. Paul addresses this head on and says what I write you in correction, I live out in person. He says I’m meek in person, not weak – and so we said he is not after behavior modification but rather real and deep life change.
A Unified Church
Paul has been encouraging their unity and here the giving he is encouraging is for the purpose of giving to the newly-Christian church at Jerusalem. The giving is to address their deep poverty and as such this text is not one about giving to the local church, that much is assumed, rather this is about giving to missions from the grace-impacted believer who desires to see grace on others lives.
Paul gives them this word of encouragement, and so do I:
4 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,
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Grace and peace,