$$$ Money Matters $$$ – Part 2

Posted: September 29, 2015 in Bible Study, Crowns, Giving, Gospel, Money, Salvation

We all need money or a medium of exchange with others if we want to secure their goods and/or services. Money is not evil in itself (1 Timothy 6:10) but it can be secured illegally (Ephesians 4:28) and used for inappropriate purposes (Isaiah 55:2; James 4:3). It is a part of this present world system over which the devil rules (Ephesians 2:2; Genesis 4:20). The maturing Christian is told, Do not love the world or the things in the world…” (I John 2:15-17). We can’t love God and the diabolical world system that is passing away, at the same time.

So what? The believer needs to learn how to use the present world system without abusing it (1 Corinthians 7:31). When he does this, he will bring glory to God and blessing to others along life’s path. Most of the Christian’s rewards will be “out of this world.” We’re Managers, Not Owners.

God Owns Everything

He created it. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1; See Psalm 50:10; 89:11; 95:5; Haggai 2:8; John 1:3). This includes the visible things (2 Corinthians 4:18; Hebrews 11:3) and the invisible things (Romans 1:20; Colossians1:16; Hebrews 11:1).

He maintains it. “[He] created the heavens and stretched them out, [He] spread forth the earth and that which comes from it, [He] gives breath to the people on it…” (Isaiah 42:5, 6). Being omnipotent, He holds all the molecules together (Colossians 1:16, 17; See 2 Peter 3:10-13). He has allowed the devil and mankind to govern the earth for a little while (Ephesians 2:2; Genesis 1:26).

He purchased it. “[He] bought [us] at a price…” (1 Corinthians 6:20). This included all of humanity (1 Peter 1:18, 19; See Psalm 2:8, 9; Revelation 19:16). But the full benefits of salvation only come to those who believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior (1 Timothy 6:17; 2 Peter 1:3).

God Has Entrusted To Christians

Spiritual Blessings. We have all spiritual blessings from the moment of our salvation (Ephesians 1:3; Psalm 103:1-22). They are all undeserved on our part and come through faith (Ephesians 2:8, 9). Most Christians don’t know how blessed they really are. Every true Christian is said to be “in Christ” by the spiritual baptizing work of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13; 2 Corinthians 5:17). If you’re a Christian, what do you know about your position in Christ and your possessions in Christ?

Emotional Blessings. While “peace with God” comes once and for all at the moment of our salvation (Romans 5:1), the “peace of God” comes and goes as the believer mixes or fails to mix the promises of God with faith (Hebrews 4:2; See Psalm 4:7, 8; 97:11). Since the soul of the believer isn’t saved yet (1 Peter 1:9), the saved spirit of the believer (1 Corinthians 6:17) must maintain control over the soul (i.e., the emotions) and the body that isn’t saved yet either (Romans 8:23). Only then can a believer hope to earn the “incorruptible crown” (1 Corinthians 9:25-27) to give to the Lord when he sees Him face to face at the Bema Seat Judgment (Revelation 5:10; See 1 Corinthians 3:12-15;1 John 3:2).

Material Blessings. The Old Testament Jews were promised material blessings if they were obedient to the Mosaic Law (Deuteronomy 28:1ff). But if they were disobedient, they would be cursed and chased out of the land that God promised to them (Deuteronomy 28:15ff). One day they will get all the land from the Mediterranean Sea to the Euphrates River (Genesis 15:18-21). God has not cast His people (i.e., the Jews) away forever (Romans 11:1). New Testament believers are promised food for our stomachs and clothing (i.e., a covering) for our bodies (1 Timothy 6:8). But God has blessed us with for more than just these things. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights…” (James 1:17; See 1 Corinthians 4:7). Have you thanked Him for what you have? Have you thanked Him for the things you don’t have that easily could become idols to you?  Don’t make things into idols that could come between you and God (1 John 5:21; See Exodus 20:4-6; Galatians 5:20). Delight yourself in the Lord, not in things. “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4).

God Expects Us To Manage His Resources Well

Accountability. We’re to act like stewards (i.e., managers), not owners (1 Corinthians 4:2; See Ephesians 3:1ff). We will give an account to God someday as to how we spent our time, talents (spiritual gifts) and treasures (Romans 14:12; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 1 Peter 4:10). We are not to give needless offense to other people (Romans 12:18; 1 Corinthians 10:32; 2 Corinthians 6:3).

Rewards and Crowns. There are five crowns that Christians can earn for God’s glory (1 Corinthians 3:11-15). The “Incorruptible Crown” (1 Corinthians 9:25), the “Crown of Rejoicing” (1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20), the “Crown of Righteousness” (2 Timothy 4:8), the “Crown of Life” (James 1:12; Revelation 2:10), and the “Crown of Glory” (1 Peter 5:4). Do you how to earn them?

Future. Most of our rewards for faithful service to God and others are yet to come (Romans 8:18). “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that you labor is not in vain in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58). So “Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (Galatians 6:9).

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