“You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, so that by His poverty He could make you rich.” 2. Corinthians 8:9 NLT
This is an often-misquoted Bible scripture by pastors in order to tell their followers that Jesus came to make them financially rich.
But this verse is about the apostle Paul encouraging the Corinthian church to add giving to the impressive list of things in which they excelled.
“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.” 2. Corinthians 8:7 NLT
To do so, they had to model their behavior after Christ, who, though He possessed infinitely more than they did, had become poor for their sakes!
Paul wanted the Corinthian church to follow the example of the other churches in Macedonia, about whom he said:
“They are being tested by many troubles, and they are very poor. But they are also filled with abundant joy, which has overflowed in rich generosity. For I can testify that they gave not only what they could afford, but far more. And they did it of their own free will.” 2. Corinthians 8:2-3 NLT