Rich beyond belief

Suppose you were walking down the street one day and someone approached you and gave you every penny he ever had plus all the riches anyone could imagine. You’ve never met him; there’s no reason you would deserve the wealth you’ve just received, except that the person you’ve just met wants you to have it.

 This kind of thing would never happen, would it? There’s not one chance in a billion of anything like this.

 But, it’s already happened. Listen to Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians 8:9 which says, “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might become rich.” The phrase, “through his poverty,” is in the instrumental case, which means this is how you became rich.

 What Paul is talking about is how Jesus gave up his place in heaven with God the Father to come to earth, debase and humiliate himself as a traveling, impoverished preacher, and suffer, bleed and die to redeem us all from our sins. In doing this, Jesus gave us the richest gift anyone could ever have ― salvation from sin and the possibility of heaven ― giving us wealth untold.

 If you have obeyed the gospel, you might have left home this morning with only $5 lunch money in your pocket, but you have wealth untold. If you’ve never obeyed God, then it’s time to recognize the forgiveness Jesus labored to give you.

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