December 15, 2023 – Friday
2 Corinthians 9:13 NKJV
13 while, through the proof of this ministry, they glorify God for the obedience of your confession to the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal sharing with them and all men,
2 Corinthians 9:13 ESV
13 By their approval of this service, they will glorify God because of your submission that comes from your confession of the gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others,
2 Corinthians 9:13 NET
13 Through the evidence of this service they will glorify God because of your obedience to your confession in the gospel of Christ and the generosity of your sharing with them and with everyone.
In this verse we have in the NKJV and the NET, they have they glorify God for the obedience of your confession to the gospel of Christ and they will glorify God because of your obedience to your confession in the gospel of Christ respectively. But the ESV has they will glorify God because of your submission that comes from your confession of the gospel of Christ
Whether it is obedience or submission it is to one’s confession of the gospel of Christ. Note that all have the following (NKJV) and for your liberal sharing with them and all men, (ESV) and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others, and (NET) and the generosity of your sharing with them and with everyone.
Paul is making the point that the giving of the Corinthian Christians was clear proof of their obedience or submission to their confession of the gospel of the Messiah. Thus, a giving and charitable heart is evidence that they are obedient to the confession of the gospel of Christ. Guzik writes that, This meant God was really doing a work in the hearts of the Corinthian Christians, and that was something worth thanking God for.
Barnes’ Notes on the Bible states, There was a real and sincere submission to the gospel of Christ, and that was manifested by their giving liberally to supply the needs of others. The doctrine is, that one evidence of true subjection to the gospel; one proof that our profession is sincere and genuine, is a willingness to contribute to relieve the needs of the poor and afflicted friends of the Redeemer. And unto all people. That is, all others whom you may have the opportunity of relieving. They were supplying gifts for the needs of fellow Christians in Israel who were in great need of assistance.
Earlier in this chapter Paul had this to say (NKJV), 6 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. It was not common to help those who were not family.
Bottom Line: If you have confessed your faith in Christ and His work on the cross, it would be expected by the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit for one to be a generous and liberal giver. It is difficult to be otherwise when we consider all that Jesus did for us.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Help us to put our faith in Your Son to work in our daily lives and in our helping out others in need, especially our brothers and sisters. Your will, will be done. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Still writing and working for the Glory of God