What is God’s Idea of Wealth?

Col 2:2-3 that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Paul was writing to folks he knew on behalf of other believers who hadn’t actually met him face to face. Paul wanted to share with them the very most important thing he could share: his spiritual wealth. Though he certainly had the means to live comfortably in the world, he counted understanding and wisdom of God as more valuable than anything worldly. He sought to share these treasures. No matter your opinion of Paul, he wrote more words that are today accepted as part of the New Testament than any other single author. Nearly all of them are letters to distant believers with whom he desperately desired to share the riches of his trove of wisdom poured out to him by the Spirit.

Pr 10:22 The blessing of the Lord makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. (alternate: and toil adds nothing to it) I included the sub-note with this verse because it sounds more logical in English this way. Eph 2:8-9 proclaims grace comes by faith and not by works. This verse from Proverbs explains that the blessings of the Lord not only make us rich, but (using the alternate interpretation) no works we can do will change His blessing of richness. To me this confirms yet again that Jesus never changes, his words are a constant, and that salvation has always been available through unearned grace requiring only earnest faith.

This post is an excerpt (Question 10.1) from my book Ask James one.

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About Lance Ponder

Christian author of "Ask James one"; public speaker; husband and father. Available to speak on Creation and the Gospel.
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2 Responses to What is God’s Idea of Wealth?

  1. Jerry Hill says:

    Since you have gone, I will post this as my Xanga blog today, Lance. It is the very message I am called to proclaim.

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