You know how full of love and kindness our Lord Jesus Christ was. Though he was very rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich.
2 Corinthians 8:9(NLT)
I was in a religious church for the first 10 years of my christian life. I have never heard them preached the above verse. Why? It appears that this verse must be very dangerous to them.
They are right. This verse contains the truth that exposes the flaws of their religious doctrines. No matter how creative these religious people are in manipulating the Bible, the truth remains the same, at the Cross Jesus died poor for us to be rich.
While the Bible contains a lot of verses on the promise of prosperity, what makes the above verse so special is the writer Paul links the promise of prosperity with the Cross. When Jesus died at the Cross he has not only taken away all our sins, he took away all the consequences of our sins as well. He took all our poverty so that we can be rich!
This means as a christian, my prosperity is secure. Jesus suffered poverty at the Cross for my prosperity. A christian who rejects prosperity from God is insulting Jesus. In other words, christians have no right to be poor. There is no verse in the Bible that promises poverty to believers and those who obey God. Poverty has been consistently used in the Bible as a penalty for sins, never as a reward.
Thank God, at the Cross, when Jesus died for our sins he also took away the penalty of sins. At the Cross Jesus took our place to receive the punishments that we deserve. He received the poverty and sickness that we deserve. In return he gives us the health and wealth that we do not deserve. A poor christian is a contradiction in terms.
Why? He loves us. God our father wants us to go back to him and enjoy all the prosperity he has prepared for us. Unfortunately sin stand in the way. The only way to overcome sin is through redemption. Someone must receive the punishment to stop its effect. During the Covenant Of Law that began at Mount Sinai up to Jesus’s death at the Cross, the only way to temporarily cover the effects of sin was through animal sacrifice.
At the Cross, Jesus became our sacrificial lamb who took all our sins and the punishments for sins that we deserve. Since he himself is sinless, his sacrifice has provided with a permanent solution for sin. The moment you have received Jesus into your life, God sees you differently. God can no longer see your sins because all your sins are with Jesus at the Cross. Sin has no longer any power over you. God is not against you for your sins. God is for you against your sins.
With all your sins out of the way, you are righteous in God’s sight. The reward of the righteous is prosperity.
6 The house of the righteous contains great treasure, but the income of the wicked brings them trouble.