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The Scofield Bible Commentary, by Cyrus Ingerson Scofield, [1917], at

2 Corinthians Chapter 8

2 Corinthians 8:1

co2 8:1


In 2 Corintians 8-9, the apostle sums up the Christian doctrine of giving. It may be thus summarized:

(1) It is a "grace," that is, a disposition created by the Spirit. (Co2 8:7).

(2) In contrast with the law, which imposed giving as a divine requirement, Christian giving is voluntary, and a test of sincerity and love. (Co2 8:8-12); (Co2 9:1); (Co2 9:2); (Co2 9:5); (Co2 9:7).

(3) The privilege is universal, belonging, according to ability, to rich and poor. (Co2 8:1-3); (Co2 8:12-15); (Co1 16:1); (Co1 16:2).

(4) Giving is to be proportioned to income. (Co2 8:12-14); (Co1 16:2). The Old Testament proportion was the tithe, a proportion which antedates the law. (Gen 14:20).

(5) The rewards of Christian giving are:

(a) joy. (Co2 8:2).

(b) increased ability to give in proportion to that which has been already given. (Co2 9:7-11).

(c) increased thankfulness to God. (Co2 9:12).

(d) God and the Gospel glorified. (Co2 9:13); (Co2 9:14).

2 Corinthians 8:12

co2 8:12


See (Co2 8:10-12).

(See Scofield) - (Co2 8:1).

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