ABOUND IN THESE

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2 Corinthians 8:5-8 (KJV)
And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.
Insomuch that we desired Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also finish in you the same grace also.
Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.
I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love.

I am going to continue on in our study of 2 Corinthians chapters 8-9.

This should be a very familiar passage to most of us as we use it every year during our missions emphasis and to teach Faith Promise giving for missions.

I teach at least one lesson from these chapters every March.
Missionaries preach and teach very often from them as well.

Last lesson, two weeks ago, was a general survey of the two chapters concerning the subject of giving.

The passage I want to teach from this morning is rooted in the foundation of giving but I want you to notice remarkable in vs 7,
Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.

In 1 Corinthians 1:7 (KJV) the Bible says
So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:

As many errors as this church had, they also had some very positive qualities.

The Bible says they abounded:
I. IN FAITH
vs 7
Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, …

The word means, “conviction of the truth”.[1]

For the purposes of this point I am going to pit truth against science.

Almost all of us have come to view science as truth.
After all, haven’t we been taught that the scientist’s occupation is to discover truth?

What we have seen demonstrated since some time in February, is that the scientists are never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.[2]

America’s top experts on disease and the control of it change their minds almost daily.

· Wear masks
· Don’t wear masks

· Virus spreads by contact
· Virus doesn’t easily spread by contact

· Isolation is the only safe way
· Isolation is not a safe way

· Virus is deadly
· Virus is not as deadly as first thought

The word science means “knowing” or “knowledge”.
Scientists will say some like this, “We know that the virus can live on surfaces for 5 hours.”
But then further observation and study will be done and two weeks later they will say something like, “We now know that the virus isn’t easily spread by contact with surfaces.”

If they now “know” this thing, then they did not know what they said they knew two weeks earlier.
Furthermore, we cannot trust what they say they now know, because they do not know that further research and study will disprove what they say they now know.

On the other hand, the word truth means simply, “what is true” or “what is not hidden.”

The only thing we can ever know is true is the Word of God because it is God’s revelation. It is what God has uncovered for us to see. It is not hidden from us because God revealed it.

The Bible says of the church at Corinth that they abounded in faith, the conviction of the truth.

II. IN UTTERANCE
vs 7
Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, …, and utterance, …

Albert Barnes says that this was their ability to instruct others.
· They had spiritual gifts to teach what they knew to be true[3]
· They had opportunities to teach what they knew to be true[4] and
· They had put forth the effort to teach what they knew to be true

It’s one thing to know the truth.
It’s quite another to be able to teach it.

I suggest that every Christian ought to seek out opportunities, ask God to enable them, and then put forth purposeful effort to speak to people about the Lord.

III. IN KNOWLEDGE
vs 7
Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, …, and knowledge, …

What came to mind is 1 John 1:1-3 (KJV)
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
(For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

This kind of knowledge is intimate and personal.

Jesus said, John 10:1-5 (KJV)
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.
And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.

It’s one thing to know what the Bible teaches.
It is another thing to know the voice of Jesus.

I think this is one of our most basic troubles today. Almost everyone knows something about what Christianity teaches.
Very few know Jesus personally.

IV. IN “ALL” DILIGENCE
vs 7
Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, …, and in all diligence, …

This simply means that they were “at the ready.”
They were prepared, willing and busy about those things they ought to do.

It says “all diligence” meaning that they were diligent about the whole thing of Christian life, not just the parts that were their favorites.

V. IN LOVE
vs 7
Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, … and in your love to us, …

What is significant here is that the Bible gives direction for this love. It was love for the Apostle Paul, for the one who had corrected them in 1 Corinthians.

Albert Barnes suggests that their love was manifested by their readiness to receive or obey Paul’s commands.

They had abounded in all of these. The Bible’s conclusion then was that, they would do well to abound also
VI. IN GIVING
vs 7
Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, …, see that ye abound in this grace also.

Thayer’s definition of abound is, “to exceed a fixed number of measure…”

Whatever we have been giving, let’s exceed that.

[1] Thayer Definition
[2] 2 Timothy 3:7 (KJV)
Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
[3] 1 Corinthians 1:7 (KJV)
So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:
[4] Corinth was a busy port town and would have presented many new people with whom to share the Gospel.

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