It is encouraging to know that we serve a God, who loves us so much that he provided a way for all of us to be reconciled to him through the sacrifice of Jesus. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge and condemn the world [that is, to initiate the final judgment of the world], but that the world might be saved through Him.
The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows]. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. What an awesome King we have!! Most earthly kings want all the good of the land for themselves.
Our King wants us, the citizens, sons and daughters of His Kingdom to be blessed in abundance. Having the Holy Spirit of God living on the inside of us, is by far the greatest blessing anyone could ever imagine. Books have been written about the things Holy Spirit does for us. This is perfect provision if we will listen and obey. John [Full Chapter]. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—.
But the [a]Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be [a]witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth. We saw in Genesis 8 when God declared to Noah that seedtime and harvest would forever remain in the earth. The Apostle Paul included this principle in his writings to early Christians in Corinthians and Galatians.
But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows [a]bountifully will also reap [b]bountifully. In the spirit realm, we determine our harvest by what we have sown. Much like in nature, if you sow a small amount of seeds, you will have a small harvest of produce. Sowing a large amount of seeds, will produce a larger harvest. The importance of sowing with gladness is expressed in this scripture.
This is easy to understand. We would all rather receive a gift from another person because they loved us and not because they had to give us something. The reward for giving in a way that pleases God is that He will make His unmerited favor manifest in our lives, so we will have enough for our needs and will have an abundance to give to others. Now [a]may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, [b]supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, 11 while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God.
Now He who provides seed for the sower and bread for food will provide and multiply your seed for sowing [that is, your resources] and increase the harvest of your righteousness [which shows itself in active goodness, kindness, and love]. You will be enriched in every way so that you may be generous, and this [generosity, administered] through us is producing thanksgiving to God [from those who benefit]. The Amplified version of this scripture provides added meaning and encouragement.
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Supply, multiplication, increase, enrichment, generosity, and thanksgiving to God all flow from God to us through our giving. Do not be deceived, God is not mocked [He will not allow Himself to be ridiculed, nor treated with contempt nor allow His precepts to be scornfully set aside]; for whatever a man sows, this and this only is what he will reap. For the one who sows to his flesh [his sinful capacity, his worldliness, his disgraceful impulses] will reap from the flesh ruin and destruction, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. So then, while we [as individual believers] have the opportunity, let us do good to all people [not only being helpful, but also doing that which promotes their spiritual well-being], and especially [be a blessing] to those of the household of faith born-again believers.
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We will reap good things in our lives, love, joy, peace, and other fruits of the Spirit if we have sown those things into the lives of others. It is important to read the verses before this profound promise because they tell us the history of these Philippian believers. Nevertheless you have done well that you shared in my distress. Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only.
For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities. Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account. Indeed I [a]have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God. When we realize the relationship these believers had with Paul and the many times they had helped him, we see the promise of sowing and reaping being confirmed.
They had sown into his life time and time again.
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Thus, he could confidently promise them that God would supply all their needs. Some believe this is just a common greeting among friends. The Amplified Version shows a definite prayer and desire for blessings to come to Gaius. Our soul consists of our mind, our will, and our emotions.
For these elements of our being to prosper, we must have a mind that is renewed to the Word and will of God. We are to bring every thought captive to the knowledge of God.
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To prosper in the emotional area requires guarding our feelings, to not be offended, to be angry and yet sin not, to resist fear, doubt, unbelief, jealousy, envy, and bitterness. This is a lifelong process of submitting to the promptings of Holy Spirit and obeying the Word of God. From the Garden of Eden to New Testament times, scripture provides evidence of the nature and desire of God to be a benevolent king in His Kingdom on earth.
He desires to have a loving relationship with man in which He is willing to make all needed provision available to us. The jar of flour was not spent, neither did the jug of oil become empty, according to the word of the Lord that he spoke by Elijah.
And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God. Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your cattle, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.
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Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you. You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. He will give the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the later rain, that you may gather in your grain and your wine and your oil.
Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine. To the choirmaster. Of the Sons of Korah. According to Alamoth. A Song. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.
John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.
The blessing of the Lord makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it. I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it. You visit the earth and water it; you greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; you provide their grain, for so you have prepared it.