2Ti 2:15 Study earnestly to present yourself approved to God, a workman that does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.
The above verse is one of my favorites. Unfortunately, the followers of the vast majority of preachers on faith based television networks seem to ignore this very wise instruction from the Apostle Paul to Timothy. It seems these followers fall for everything that comes out of the mouths of these ministers. One such teaching is the belief that Jesus was a wealthy man while on earth in the flesh. Was Jesus monetarily wealthy while living in the flesh here on earth? Prosperity teachers like Creflo Dollar would like for us to believe this to be true. Below is a verse that teachers like Dollar use to promote this teaching.
2Co 8:9 for you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Although he was rich, for your sakes he became poor, so that you, through his poverty, might become rich. (ISV). Now, let’s look at this verse more closely.
“Although he was rich”. Prosperity preachers like Creflo Dollar use this verse to claim that Jesus was rich. Yes, prior to coming here as an earthly male, Jesus was rich. John 1:1-2 tells us that Jesus was with God in the beginning. Jesus was in heaven with his father. So yes, Jesus was rich with the fullness of the Godhead. Let’s look a little deeper at the same verse. “For your sakes he became poor”. Jesus left the riches of heaven to dwell amongst men. The word poor here means “to be a beggar” or to “become indigent”. Beggars and indigent people are hardly wealthy people. Paul is saying that because of
Adams transgression, Jesus became a servant, like a beggar or an indigent person. In no way does this imply that Jesus was a wealthy man while he was here on earth like the prosperity preachers have a desire for us to believe.
“So that you, through his poverty”. Paul is comparing Jesus to an indigent man while here in the flesh on earth. Jesus chose this indigent lifestyle to teach us humility. Jesus emptied himself of all the riches that heaven and the Godhead had to offer to dwell amongst men and live an impoverished lifestyle. This in no way implies that Jesus was rich. “Might become rich”. The word rich does imply wealth but not necessarily monetary wealth. The word rich means the riches and the Glory of eternal life in heaven with the Lord Jesus Christ. Prosperity preachers say this means money. Tell fellow believers in places like Sudan God wants them to have financial wealth. They will laugh at you.
Clearly, this verse is taken out of context and is incorrectly exegeted. Jesus wasn’t financially wealthy while He was here on earth as a mortal man. He was wealthy in the things that mattered most; he was humble, wise and had a love for others. Jesus was spiritually wealthy, which is far more important then being financially wealthy. Spiritually wealthy people enter into heaven. Wealth and riches can’t buy us eternal life in heaven. Jesus continually taught (Luke 18:18-25) this and practiced this throughout his mortal life here on earth. Satan knew who Jesus was while here on earth and he knows who Jesus is in heaven. Satan doesn’t want you to know either the mortal Jesus or the eternal Jesus. To say that Jesus was monetarily wealthy is a lie from the pits of hell. Satan doesn’t want us to know who Jesus was while here in the flesh and he doesn’t want us to know who Jesus is now. Satan uses these prosperity teachers to distort the truth of who Jesus was and IS. Satan knows that if he can distort the truth about the Messenger he can easily distort the message.
I eagerly look forward to your questions and comments regarding the topic “Was Jesus monetarily wealthy”. Please, use scripture to reference your points.