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, ESV)

This is one of my favorite verses in the Scriptures.  Paul is not writing about the incarnation of Christ when he pens this verse to the church in Corinth; he is instructing the Corinthians on giving.  He sets down the advent of Christ as the ultimate example of giving.

We were made rich by the gift of salvation because Jesus became poor though he was rich with his position as God the Son.

I love the way the ESV translates this verse.

The UBS commentary here reads: “He was rich and he became poor are not to be understood in terms of financial wealth. Rich refers to Christ’s divine existence prior to the incarnation. Became poor refers to the incarnation, that is, to his birth as a human being.”

Chrysostom adds: “If you do not believe that poverty is productive of great wealth, think of the case of Jesus and you will be persuaded otherwise. For if he had not become poor, you would not have become rich.”

To Chrysostom I can only say, “Amen to that, brother!”

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