December 15th, 2017
He Became Poor
2 Corinthians 8:9 (KJB) 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 be rich.
When a man hears the word “poor” he most often thinks in term of financial poverty or a lack of funds. Financial woes are not the meaning of the word poor as used in this verse.
“he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor…” refers to Jesus Christ’s spiritual richness and His spiritual poverty. It was nothing to do with His finances for God does not have any need for finances, material wealth, and He never relies upon a “Wall Street” economy to bring about His will.
Jesus Christ became poor spiritually leaving the richness of heaven being willing to be sent this earth according to the will of His Father God. Jesus Christ gave up every rich spiritual blessing He was divinely surrounded by in the eternal realm to come to this spiritually poor, or poverty stricken, earth for the spiritual benefit of mankind.
There was no available pathway for a man to come to the eternal realm for the enjoyment of the many spiritual riches and blessings or have a personal fellowship with Jesus Christ because of the presence of sin. Jesus Christ gave up heavenly riches to come to spiritual poverty on this earth so that you and I could move from our spiritual poorness to the spiritual riches available in heaven in fellowship with God.
This spiritual windfall was made possible for every person through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This completed transaction of divine spiritual work eradicated the presence and power of sin which is naturally at work in the life of every man since his natural birth.
Yes, you and I were born spiritually poor but Jesus Christ came to this earth to make it possible, through faith in His finished work of Calvary, that we could become spiritually rich; now and forevermore in the eternal realm.