Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Financial Prosperity; The Communal Life


This is an addition to a series on financial prosperity. I believe no topic in Christianity is complete without talking about the communal aspect of it all. You might also want to read the full series.

"But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift." (Eph 4:7).

There are various grace in Christ and each of this grace is meant to benefit the whole body of Christ. Christ has set some with the gift of healing, so that through these ones those who do not have enough faith to receive healing directly from Christ can receive it through these gifted ones. Christ wants to ensure that each of his member benefit from the things he has won for us. He has won healing for us, for by His stripes we are healed (Isa 53:5). And to ensure that all benefits from this healing he has placed in the body the gift of healing — men who supernaturally draws healing from him.


"Since you excel in so many ways—in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us—I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving... For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich." (2Cor 8:7,9).

Just as he was wounded so that we might be healed, he also became poor so that we might be rich. This means, in his body he has given riches that all might benefit.

"Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing." (Rev 5:12).

He was slain to receive riches in his body. And to ensure that his whole body benefit from this riches he has place some in his body with the supernatural ability to make wealth. We can see the evidence of this truth in the Old Testament.

“And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day." (Due 8:18).

The Old Covenant is a shadow of the New Covenant, and in the Old Covenant we see a gift of the ability to make wealth. If this is found in the shadow, the lesser covenant, why would it be missing in the perfect covenant, the reality of the shadow. There is no need to argue about it, in the New Covenant there is a gift, an ability to make wealth. This ability is accessible to everyone by faith, yet not all may operate in it, because there are those that are not mature enough in this area. Just like healing, it is there in the body but sometimes some people can't access it, and they need help from the rest of the body, especially from those who are well gifted in this area.

In his body, Christ has set men that are gifted with the supernatural ability to make wealth. Yes, there are men who have this special gift where angel work with them, they receive supernatural help from God and things just supernaturally fall into place when it comes to making wealth. You may not know them but they exist and as the body of Christ grows into fullness we would see more of these people. Yes, this ability to make wealth is available to all in the body, yet there are some that have it more than others, and these ones — like those with healing gifts — are supposed to allow other member of the body benefit from this wealth. They are suppose to share their wealth with the rest of the body, this is the reason Christ gave them this gift. He became poor so that his body might enjoy wealth, the wealth belongs to the whole body.

The healer do not have the gift of healing for himself, the prophet do not have the gift of prophecy for himself, whatever gift that any member has is for the whole body. This is the life of the body, it is a communal life, they life for each other, share everything with each other. The riches of the wealthy is not for the wealthy, but for the body. God did not give him wealth so that he can live an extravagant life. It has given him this grace so that those who have not been able to draw directly from Christ, the wealth he has won for them, will receive it through these special ones. Because of the Individualism that has plagued Christianity we have emphasize financial prosperity in an individualistic way, but it is not individualistic. The body of Christ is one, they live a shared life, everything that one own belongs to all.

Not all can have the gift of healing, not all is a prophet, not all can performs miracle, so also not all would become supernaturally wealthy. Lack of this understanding is the fault plaguing the prosperity preaching of today. We preach that all can be supernaturally wealth, but this is not often so. Many struggle and struggle yet they can't enter this grace and they get frustrated and disillusioned. Some have been able to mature in this area, while Christ has given some this special gift of making wealth so that they can share with those who cannot enter into this grace, this way all will benefit, whether mature or immature — one way or the other, all will partake from the riches that Christ has won for them.

"If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, If one part flourishes, every other part enters into the exuberance." (1Cor 12:26).

The body is one, when one suffer then all must come under that suffering. If a brother is suffering poverty then the rest must come under that poverty or else give whatever they have to bring that brother out of the poverty. It is better they suffer the poverty together than one is suffering and the other is enjoying — that is body life. This is how the body of Christ is expressed.

"Of course, I don’t mean your giving should make life easy for others and hard for yourselves. I only mean that there should be some equality. Right now you have plenty and can help those who are in need. Later, they will have plenty and can share with you when you need it. In this way, things will be equal." (2Cor 13-14).

You do not give and become poor so that your brother would be rich, rather you give to maintain that equality. What I am trying to say is that if you have a loaf of bread and your brother has non, you are not suppose to give your brother the whole bread and then stay hungry. Rather you break the bread into two halves, so that you the brother can have the same measure. That equality of the body must be maintained. If you are flourishing then all your brethren must flourish with you or else don't flourish at all.

That attitude that when you get supernaturally blessed by God financially then the best you can do for your brother is to tell him the principle and leave him to continue to suffer until he presses upon God and receive the same financial blessing, such an attitude is not Christian. What is Christian is refusing to enjoy the blessing until your brethren comes and enjoy it with you, you are to share with your brother — the Christian life a shared life.

You share your knowledge of the principle and also your blessing (the wealth) with the brethren, that is Christianity. The body of Christ is a community and every resources in this community should be evenly distributed. The Life that comes from the Lord must be evenly distributed, the healing that comes from the Lord should also be distributed, so also is the wealth. Everything must be shared, all must partake of the fullness of Christ.


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