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Riches to Rags

January 27, 2011

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 (2 Corinthians  8:9).

“Christ went from riches to rags so that we might go from rags to riches.”

“What are these riches? . . . it is more likely that here he thinking of the riches of salvation. No fewer than eight riches have been mentioned thus far in the letter:  the down payment of the Spirit (1:22; 5:5), daily renewal (4:16), an eternal weight of glory (4:18), an eternal house in heaven (5:1)ending fellowship with Christ (5:8), new creation (5:17), reconciliation (5:18) and righteousness (5:21).”

Linda Belleville, 2 Corinthians (IVPNT), p. 217.

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