A More Wonderful Fact — His Riches our Riches, Part 2

A gospel message from A. C. Gaebelein

2.  A More Wonderful Fact


“For ye know the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that ye through His poverty might be rich” (2 Cor. 8:9).

If we have wondered at His eternal Riches, how much greater must be our amazement that such a One, whose Riches are incomprehensible, became poor. Indeed it is more wonderful that He became poor and furthermore that He became poor for our sakes.

“Your sakes.” This precious Gospel text before us enlarges and expands and opens up the gracious, unfathomable depths of God’s Love. We shall find that He, Who was so rich, became so poor in that He was stripped of all He had. And it was for us, reader. It was for my sake and for your sake. Can we ever hear enough of it? Do we ever get tired of hearing that which is, the old, but ever new, the blessed account of His Love? There are too many who seem to have gotten beyond the facts of the precious Gospel.”We want something deeper than the Gospel,” some said to this writer some short time ago. It did not take us long to find out that they had never actually fully tasted nor received even the basics of the sweetness of “the old, old story of Jesus and His Love.” The one who knows the gospel and lives in fellowship with the Father and the Son can never hear it enough. The more we hear, the more we realize its preciousness and its marvelous depths. It is not possible to get beyond the Gospel of the grace of God. “Amazing Grace,” it is in every way!

But let us look at this more wonderful fact, that, “He became poor for your sakes.”

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Wonderful — His Riches our Riches, Part 1

A Gospel Message by Arno C. Gaebelein

“For ye know the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that ye through His poverty might be rich.” 2 Cor. 8:9


These beautiful words, which we find written in connection with Christian giving, contain the blessed Gospel in a most precious fullness. Like the great heart of the Gospel in John 3:16, it is so very simple and yet so very profound that its depths have yet to be fathomed.

The Holy Spirit through the prophet Isaiah, when announcing the birth of the Savior and the gift of the Son (Isa. 9:6), gives as one of His names “Wonderful.”

Even so He is.

He is wonderful in His Person and His Work.

He is wonderful in all He has done, in what He is doing and in all He will yet do.

His words, His acts, His Love, His Grace, His mercy, yes, all are wonderful.

Three wonderful facts are found in 2 Cor. 8:9.

Each fact becomes more wonderful than the previous one.

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Of Him are Ye in Christ

By Russell Miller
Scripture Reading: I Corinthians 1:30

To be out of Adam and “in Christ” is a very marvelous thing. No human effort or merit could accomplish such a thing. But the Lord Jesus Christ, through His finished work of redemption, has reversed what the devil through Adam wrought for mankind. The Bible plainly describes what we were in Adam and how “the works of the flesh” degrade his descendants.

Tit 3:3–5 : “For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. [4] But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, [5] Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;”

In what Christ accomplished is our position and standing “in Him”, and instead of sin and unbelief Paul declares:

1Co 1:30 : “But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, Who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:”

Praise the Lord. Now, by the grace of God, we may enter the presence of God’s holiness without fear, for His wrath was poured out against sin upon His Son. This glorious position by virtue of just simply being “in Christ” is ours to enjoy forever. What a wonderful Saviour is Jesus my Lord! May we never lose sight of it, nor what He did for us on that cruel cross.

1Co 1:31 : “That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.”

The Unpardonable Sin

The Unpardonable Sin (Part 1)

This is from the website of Grace Bible Church of Fort Worth, Texas.  The original article can be found here — Part 1Part 2.  These appeared in their “Timely Messenger” publication in February and March of 2004.

By Gregg Bing

“Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.” (Matt. 12:31-32)

The “sin and blasphemy against the (Holy) Spirit” that Jesus speaks of here is what is commonly referred to as the “unpardonable sin.” Many people worry about committing such a sin, even today during this present age of grace. Can a person commit such a sin today? In order to answer this question, we need to determine just what this sin against the Holy Spirit is, and we need to look carefully at the context in which Jesus made this statement to see whether or not this passage of Scripture is even applicable to us today.

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No Respect of Persons

Romans 2:11 – 16 — “For there is no respect of persons with God.

“For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.”

No one has any right standing with God in and of themselves.  There is NO RESPECT OF PERSONS WITH GOD.  We are moving to find that the Jew, the children Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob by birth, has no better place of standing before God in his own righteousness than the Gentile.  Before moving on to that point, however, we will discuss more on God’s judgment in dealing with mankind in general.

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And Let all the Angels of God Worship Him

Hebrews 1:4 – 8 — “Being made so much better than the angels, as He hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

“For unto which of the angels said He at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten Thee? And again, I will be to Him a Father, and He shall be to Me a Son?

“And again, when He bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, He saith, And let all the angels of God worship Him. And of the angels He saith, Who maketh His angels spirits, and His ministers a flame of fire.  But unto the Son He saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever:  A sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of Thy kingdom.”

Judgment Without Bias

Romans 2:1 – 11 — “Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things. But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things. And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? Or despisest thou the riches of His goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; Who will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: For there is no respect of persons with God.”

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Mary Did You Know?

One of my favorite Christmas songs is “Mary Did You Know” by Buddy Greene.  I was privileged to see my daughter’s school choir perform it this year, and as I think about it, the song is very fitting for a study in the first chapter of Hebrews.  We would ask Mary, did you know this:

Hebrews 1:1 – 4 — “God, Who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, Whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also He made the worlds; Who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; Being made so much better than the angels, as He hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.”

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The Judgment of God

Romans 1:24–32 — “Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, Who is blessed for ever. Amen.

“For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: and likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.

“And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”

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God Hath Spoken

This is the first in a study that I am beginning on the Epistle to the Hebrews.  Before going straight into the study, I want to bring you into my understanding of the place and the context of this epistle.  It has long been a controversial epistle in regards to authorship, audience, and intent.

It is no secret that the twelve apostles were all Jews, or better yet, men of Israel, Hebrews.  In their ministry before the cross, they were sent to preach to the Jews.  In Matthew 10:5 & 6, the Lord told them explicitly not to go to the Gentiles or to the Samaritans, but to go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.  The Lord Himself said explicitly in Matthew 15:24 that He was not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.  In Romans 15:8, the apostle Paul reminds his readers that “Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God to confirm the promises made unto the fathers”, and any reader of the four Gospels would have to conclude that His ministry was indeed to Israel.  He did not come to take away that which God had promised, but to confirm it. Continue reading “God Hath Spoken”