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1. Introduction to Giving Brings Grace

 In this study, the action of giving brings grace to your life and ministry. We will answer the question is tithe valid under the New Covenant. ‘Abrahamic Covenant Brings Wealth’ was the introduction to wealth. We found that Abraham’s blessing of wealth is still available to us as believers.
In ‘Wealth in the Mosaic and Davidic Covenants’, we found that the Mosaic Covenant does not apply, but there is wealth available to us through the seed of David. And we will also see that the blessing of tithing still applies. However, if we want to receive super-abounding grace, then we need to give generously, with the right attitude, to the right person for the right need.


2. The Blessing of Giving.

A. It is More Blessed to Give Than to receive:

I have shown you in every way, by laboring like this, that you must support the weak. And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'”

Acts 20:35


3. The Blessing of Tithing.

A. Tithing in the New Covenant

Jesus talked to those who lived according to the Old Covenant about tithing, but there is no evidence that He required tithing in the coming New Covenant.


B. The Blessing Still Active.

However, Jesus not requiring tithing in the New Covenant does not mean that tithing does not have a New Covenant basis. In Abrahamic Covenant Brings Wealth, the Abrahamic Covenant’s blessing is still active.


C. Financially Rewarded.

Abraham tithed to Melchizedek (a type of Jesus the High Priest) and received the “rapidly increasing money supply”. Therefore the blessing of tithing (being rewarded financially for tithing) still applies today.

After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward’ (lit Hebrew rapidly increasing money supply.)”

Genesis 15:1

D. The Blessing of Malachi Therefore Still Applies

Therefore God’s challenge in Malachi still applies today

Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the LORD of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.

Malachi 3:10


4. Jesus’ Teaching on the Talents.


A. The Parable of the Talents.

This parable is included in Matthew 25:14-30 and thus is outside the 40-year prophecy we looked at in Jesus’ Last Days Prophecy. It, therefore, still applies to us today.


B. Unwise Use of the Lord’s Money.

Jesus taught the multitudes of people through parables because they could relate to the storyline. Even though this was a story Jesus created, Jesus portrayed the truth that a person who received one talent went and hid what belonged to God.

But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money.

Matthew 25:18

C. Building the ‘Kingdom of Heaven’.

The kingdom of heaven is the main focus in this parable. Therefore we need to take note that we need to use whatever Jesus gives us, including money, as a way of building His kingdom here on earth.

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them.

Matthew 25:14

D. Talents are the Currency of Wealthy People.

This message is related to the ‘rich’ people within the kingdom of God.
One talent is 33kg of gold with a value of 1.4million USD. The rich man gave one servant $7m, the other $2.8m, and the other $1.4m.


E. Talents Given by God in the Form of Goods and Possessions:

Again, here in this parable, Jesus is reminding us that whatever Jesus gives us needs to be used to build His kingdom here on earth, including our possessions.

For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them.

Matthew 25:14

F. The Person with Plenty of Finances is Expected to Invest to Get More: 

When the Lord blesses us abundantly, the son or daughter of God must show the same measure of generosity the Lord pours on us back into the kingdom. A good way of remembering this truth when we are to give abundantly is to use this term: “Let us partner with God’s heart of generosity.”

“So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’

Matthew 25:20-21

G. He Knew How to Multiply His Master’s Talents.

Although this man had received resources from the Lord to use for His kingdom, the man’s mindset of God being hard was not correct. We need to remember that our Heavenly Father is always good, wanting to bless us abundantly. Sometimes, we need to give even when we have little, like an act of faith.

“Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed.

Matthew 25:24

H. Ruled by Fear: The Wrong Concept of God

His wrong concept of God being hard, rather than good, meant he became afraid:
Fear is the opposite of faith, and so to work in the opposite spirit of fear, we need to give in confidence that God will always look after us.
If we withhold the blessing of the Lord poured out on us, then we also stop God from using us to bless others.

And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’

Matthew 25:25


5. Jesus’ Teaching on the Minas.

A. The Parable of the Mina.

The Parable of the Mina is in Luke 19:11-27

The nobleman going away to receive his kingdom is about Jesus receiving His kingdom at His coronation, 40 days after His death and resurrection.

Therefore He said: “A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and to return. So he called ten of his servants, delivered to them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Do business till I come.’

Luke 19:12-13

B. Wise Use of the Lord’s Mina.

“And so it was that when he returned, having received the kingdom, he then commanded these servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called to him, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.
Then came the first, saying, ‘Master, your mina has earned ten minas.’

Luke 19:16

We can see in this parable that Jesus has given money to his servants to trade. Trading is not the same as giving alms to the poor, as in the scripture below.

But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,
that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.

Matthew 6:3-4

Giving to those in need is different from doing a business deal. Giving and business deals are two completely different actions with entirely different results.

  • Doing a charitable deed, it is to bless others without the expectation of the receiver ever paying us back. Indeed we are meant to do it in secret and then forget it. However God will not forget, rewarding us openly in due time. The type of reward is not specified, so it could be any type of blessing!
  • When Jesus gives us a mina to trade with – money- there is an expectation from our Lord that we will wisely discern the best way to invest. We then come back to him with our full knowledge of how much we have gained for the Kingdom of God!

We need to remember that Jesus is using a mina, a small amount of money available to everybody, not just the wealthy, and that the Lord distributed to each of his servants an equal amount.


C. The Mina is the Currency of the Poor.

This message is related to the ‘poor’ people in the kingdom of God

Sixty Minas is equivalent to one talent. One Mina is equal to USD 500,000. That may sound a lot by non-residents of the USA, but if you think that the average person works 50 years of their life, that is $10,000 per year. The poverty line for two adults and two children in the USA is $26,200 per year!


D. The Lord Distributes the Minas Evenly.

He gave them the same amount (one mina plural is many minas).

So he called ten of his servants, delivered to them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Do business till I come.’

Luke 19:13

 And:

“Then another came, saying, ‘Master, here is your mina, which I have kept put away in a handkerchief. 

Luke 19:20

E. Being Faithful in Very Little.

Jesus recognises that the amount the poor have is minimal:

And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.’

Luke 19:17

F. The Rewards of Being Faithful.

Faithfulness with finances results in spiritual authority over much:

And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.’

Luke 19:17

G. A Fearful Perception of the Character of God.

The danger for ‘poor’ is looking at the situation and judging God’s character as hard and severely stern, rather than generous:

For I feared you, because you are an austere man. You collect what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’

Luke 19:21

H. Sowing into the Kingdom.

The way out of poverty is by acting opposite to the spirit of fear. We do this by depositing and sowing into the kingdom of God.

For I feared you, because you are an austere man. You collect what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’

Luke 19:21

I. Being Pragmatic to Get Out of Poverty.

The nobleman commanded those who received the ten minas to “Do Business”.

The Greek word for business is:

g4231. ραγματεύομαι pragmateuomai; from 4229; to busy oneself with, i.e. to trade: — occupy.
AV (1) – occupy 1;
to be occupied in anything

carry on a business
to carry on the business of a banker or a trader

Pragmateuomai is where we get pragmatic, defined as:

relating to matters of fact or practical affairs often to the exclusion of intellectual or artistic matters practical as opposed to idealistic

Merriam Webster Dictinary

We need to be pragmatic if we want to learn from this parable. Being pragmatic is not about giving to the poor; it is about investing in the kingdom. The parable of the minas is about those who are lower socio-economically and how they handle the money that God has given them. He wants the poor to get out of poverty, but they need to do it themselves by sowing pragmatically in business and occupation.

Jesus teaches in the parable of the minas, that the way out of poverty is to do business, or to be pragmatic.


6. Sowing Generously – Giving Brings Grace and you Reap Eternally.

A. Giving Generously.

We have seen that Jesus did not specifically teach us to tithe but give to God generously because we have received much. God looks at the attitude of the heart. Under the law, God expected people to give 10%. Ten per cent would be considered the minimum of being generous.

B.Talents and Minas – Return of Investment

We have seen that sowing applies to the rich (talents) and the poor (minas).

God expects both the rich and poor to get a return on investment.


C. The New Covenant Principle of Giving is Clarified in:

But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

2 Corinthians 9:6
 
D. Definition of the Word Bountifully.

The word bountifully (Gk εὐλογία eulogia;) is where we get the word eulogy. When someone dies, at the funeral, people give eulogies, where they speak glowingly of the person. Speaking glowingly of God is what happens when we give generously. Although the person will speak glowingly of you, in Gre, it refers to God speaking glowingly of you. The context also intimates that there will be financial reaping as well.


E. Investing in People.

It is good to remember the adage: a rich person gives to people, but a wealthy person invests in people to receive a reward. 


F. Giving to Jesus Though Our Tithe.

When Abraham gave to Melchizedek, he was giving to Jesus.

And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, called by God as High Priest “according to the order of Melchizedek,” 

Hebrews 5:9-10

G. Sowing into Eternity.

Melchizedek had no beginning and end; therefore, Abraham was sowing into eternity. We need to have the same thinking with our giving – sow into eternity.

For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, to whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all, first being translated “king of righteousness,” and then also king of Salem, meaning “king of peace,” without father, without mother, with no genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, remains a priest continually.

 Hebrews 7:1-3

Having no beginning or end means that when we sow by faith into the kingdom of God, we need to be thinking of our eternal reward. 
Therefore we need to be asking ourselves this question: Is what we are giving going to be reaping a reward in eternity?


7. Attitude of Giving Determines Reward.

A. Giving Brings Grace.

It pleases God when we give cheerfully. We need to believe that God’s grace takes over when we give, and He increases the blessing. Giving brings grace! Carrying on from sowing generously, Paul says:

So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.

2 Corinthians 9:7
 
B. We need to be Purposeful in Our Giving.

Purposeful giving means that we decide beforehand how much we will give. Are we going to give 10% to the church this week, or above 10%? It is a good practice to pray and ask the Lord how much we are to give whenever we see a need arise. Many times, when my wife and I pray concerning money to share, we hear God’s voice say the same amount!


C. Not Grudgingly Speaks of Our Attitude Towards Giving:

When we give grudgingly, we have a negative attitude filled with fear that we will not have enough for ourselves. Moreover, when we operate out of a negative mindset, we cannot hear the Voice of the Lord over our thought process.


D. Not Out of Necessity, Means we do Not Give Under Compulsion.

In other words, we need to let giving flow from our HEART, not from a sense of religious DUTY. When we allow our giving to flow, it reveals a heart filled with generosity and appreciation of what God has provided for us. If we do that, God can make all grace abound to us. Remember that giving brings grace!


8. Sowing Generously – Giving Brings Grace and you Reap on Earth.


A. Grace is the Reward for Sowing Generously:

The next verse explains the reward, and the context is financial:

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.

2 Corinthians 9:8

The word abundance in Greek means super-abounding.


B. Super-Abounding in All Kinds of Grace:

When we give: 

  • generously, with the 
  • right attitude, to the 
  • right person, for the 
  • correct need, then there is 
  • an over-abounding grace poured into our life.

C. We Will Have All Sufficiency in All Areas of Our Life.
  • In our relationships,
  • our finances,
  • and in your ministry.

D. Abundant Grace for Every Good Work.
  • Grace to give more
  • Grace to destroy the works of the devil just like Jesus did: heal the sick, preach the gospel, proclaim freedom, raise the dead, set the captives free:

how God anointed (put your name here) with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.

Acts 10:38

Because Jesus healed the sick, raised the dead, proclaimed freedom, set the captives free, and we are in Christ and co-heirs with Him, we can do the same.

So we find that giving brings grace in the power gifts as well: As it says in Romans:

Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: …

Romans 12:6


Giving Brings Grace! To understand grace, please look at Grace 101 and Grace 102.

Let us partner with God’s heart of generosity

Like Abraham, giving the tithe (tithing) into the kingdom of God is an excellent place to start in releasing reward and grace.



© Use by Permission Awakening Impact Ministries / Dr Neville van Eerten 2022

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