Excel In This Act Of Grace
2 Corinthians 8:1-7
The practical exhortation in this passage is for giving.
Published June 1st, 2012
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The practical exhortation in this passage is for giving. Paul wants the Corinthian church to prepare an offering to be taken back to the persecuted saints in Palestine. At the heart of these verses though is the idea of Christian maturity. The Macedonians had showed their maturity of faith as grace-receivers in the way that they had become radical grace-breathers. Implied in everything Paul writes here in this passage is the question, "Where are you (Corinthian believers) at in the maturity of your Christian faith, and therefore how much of God's grace have you tasted?" Paul is saying to the Corinthian church, and to all those who know the grace of God, "We want you to know how God's grace is working in the Macedonia church producing the 'act of grace' (cf.Vv.6, 7) called abundant sacrificial giving, so that you may complete this 'act of grace' also among yourselves. The encouragement of this passage from God's Word is to be 'grace-tasters'-to long for, search, and hunger for the 'grace of God'-to get around any fountain from which it flows and can be found, so that we can be 'grace-breathers' to His glory and other's good. The inditement we can draw from these verses is that those who DO NOT give willingly, generously, and sacrificially are immature or lacking in their Christian faith (as defined by the degree to which one is a 'grace-taster/breather'). Giving is an 'act of grace' by those who know God's grace and are stunned by it, and risk all in excelling in it because they have the greater conviction that they have a greater and more abiding possession with Christ!
10000000033117 33117 Notes 2010-04-09 19:14:12 2010-04-10 19:30:20 The practical exhortation in this passage is for giving. Paul wants the Corinthian church to prepare an offering to be taken back to the persecuted saints in Palestine. At the heart of these verses though is the idea of Christian maturity. The Macedonians had showed their maturity of faith as grace-receivers in the way that they had become radical grace-breathers. Implied in everything Paul writes here in this passage is the question, "Where are you (Corinthian believers) at in the maturity of your Christian faith, and therefore how much of God's grace have you tasted?" Paul is saying to the Corinthian church, and to all those who know the grace of God, "We want you to know how God's grace is working in the Macedonia church producing the 'act of grace' (cf.Vv.6, 7) called abundant sacrificial giving, so that you may complete this 'act of grace' also among yourselves. The encouragement of this passage from God's Word is to be 'grace-tasters'-to long for, search, and hunger for the 'grace of God'-to get around any fountain from which it flows and can be found, so that we can be 'grace-breathers' to His glory and other's good. The inditement we can draw from these verses is that those who DO NOT give willingly, generously, and sacrificially are immature or lacking in their Christian faith (as defined by the degree to which one is a 'grace-taster/breather'). Giving is an 'act of grace' by those who know God's grace and are stunned by it, and risk all in excelling in it because they have the greater conviction that they have a greater and more abiding possession with Christ! notes
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2 Corinthians 8:1-7
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Γνωρίζομεν δὲ ὑμῖν, ἀδελφοί, τὴν χάριν τοῦ θεοῦ τὴν δεδομένην ἐν ταῖς ἐκκλησίαις τῆς Μακεδονίας,
We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia,
ὅτι ἐν πολλῇ δοκιμῇ θλίψεως ἡ περισσεία τῆς χαρᾶς αὐτῶν καὶ ἡ κατὰ βάθους πτωχεία αὐτῶν ἐπερίσσευσεν εἰς τὸ πλοῦτος τῆς ἁπλότητος αὐτῶν·
for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part.
ὅτι κατὰ δύναμιν, μαρτυρῶ,
For they gave according to their means, as I can testify,
καὶ παρὰ δύναμιν, αὐθαίρετοι
and beyond their means, of their own accord,
μετὰ πολλῆς παρακλήσεως δεόμενοι ἡμῶν τὴν χάριν καὶ τὴν κοινωνίαν τῆς διακονίας τῆς εἰς τοὺς ἁγίους
begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints--
progression
καὶ οὐ καθὼς ἠλπίσαμεν
and this, not as we expected,
ἀλλὰ ἑαυτοὺς ἔδωκαν πρῶτον τῷ κυρίῳ
but they gave themselves first to the Lord
καὶ ἡμῖν διὰ θελήματος θεοῦ,
and then by the will of God to us.
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concessive
ground
εἰς τὸ παρακαλέσαι ἡμᾶς Τίτον ἵνα καθὼς προενήρξατο οὕτως καὶ ἐπιτελέσῃ εἰς ὑμᾶς καὶ τὴν χάριν ταύτην.
Accordingly, we urged Titus that as he had started, so he should complete among you this act of grace.
ἀλλ’ ὥσπερ ἐν παντὶ περισσεύετε,
But as you excel in everything--
πίστει
in faith,
καὶ λόγῳ
in speech,
καὶ γνώσει
in knowledge,
καὶ πάσῃ σπουδῇ
in all earnestness,
καὶ τῇ ἐξ ὑμῶν ἐν ἡμῖν ἀγάπῃ,
and in our love for you--
ἵνα καὶ ἐν ταύτῃ τῇ χάριτι περισσεύητε.
see that you excel in this act of grace also.
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10000000033117 33117 Arc 2010-04-09 19:14:12 2010-04-10 19:30:20 editing 2 Corinthians 8 1 8 7 2 Corinthians 8:1-7 47 NT tisch esv i84118 i84119 i84102 Γνωρίζομεν δὲ ὑμῖν, ἀδελφοί, τὴν χάριν τοῦ θεοῦ τὴν δεδομένην ἐν ταῖς ἐκκλησίαις τῆς Μακεδονίας, We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, i84120 i84103 ὅτι ἐν πολλῇ δοκιμῇ θλίψεως ἡ περισσεία τῆς χαρᾶς αὐτῶν καὶ ἡ κατὰ βάθους πτωχεία αὐτῶν ἐπερίσσευσεν εἰς τὸ πλοῦτος τῆς ἁπλότητος αὐτῶν· for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. i84121 i84122 i84104 ὅτι κατὰ δύναμιν, μαρτυρῶ, For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, i84105 καὶ παρὰ δύναμιν, αὐθαίρετοι and beyond their means, of their own accord, i84106 μετὰ πολλῆς παρακλήσεως δεόμενοι ἡμῶν τὴν χάριν καὶ τὴν κοινωνίαν τῆς διακονίας τῆς εἰς τοὺς ἁγίους begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints-- progression i84123 i84107 καὶ οὐ καθὼς ἠλπίσαμεν and this, not as we expected, i84124 i84108 ἀλλὰ ἑαυτοὺς ἔδωκαν πρῶτον τῷ κυρίῳ but they gave themselves first to the Lord i84109 καὶ ἡμῖν διὰ θελήματος θεοῦ, and then by the will of God to us. alternative ideaexplanation 1 concessive 2 1 ground 1 ground 1 i84125 i84110 εἰς τὸ παρακαλέσαι ἡμᾶς Τίτον ἵνα καθὼς προενήρξατο οὕτως καὶ ἐπιτελέσῃ εἰς ὑμᾶς καὶ τὴν χάριν ταύτην. Accordingly, we urged Titus that as he had started, so he should complete among you this act of grace. i84126 i84127 i84111 ἀλλ’ ὥσπερ ἐν παντὶ περισσεύετε, But as you excel in everything-- i84128 i84112 πίστει in faith, i84113 καὶ λόγῳ in speech, i84114 καὶ γνώσει in knowledge, i84115 καὶ πάσῃ σπουδῇ in all earnestness, i84116 καὶ τῇ ἐξ ὑμῶν ἐν ἡμῖν ἀγάπῃ, and in our love for you-- ideaexplanation 1 i84117 ἵνα καὶ ἐν ταύτῃ τῇ χάριτι περισσεύητε. see that you excel in this act of grace also. ground 1 1 1 1 tisch 25 esv 25 a 50 discourse
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