Was Jesus Monetarily Wealthy

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. 

  

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16 thoughts on “Was Jesus Monetarily Wealthy

  1. Hello,

    I agree with you on this one! I just left a “prosperity” church and wrote a letter to the pastor telling him Jesus wasn’t rich. He wrote a book “prosperity with a purpose” where he tried to show that Jeusus and the Apostles were rich.

    I started a blog to post the article and write against the word/faith and prosperity gospel (no gospel at all).

    Its good to see others writing on this too!

  2. Hello Craig,

    Thanks for the comment. I’m happy to see that you’ve ridded yourself of the WoF movement and that you had the courage to stand up to your pastor. So many just sit there accepting whatever spews forth from the mouth’s of the false teachers and finally, when they don’t get delivered from poverty, healed or have their breakthrough they wind up leaving the church-and lose their faith in God.

    Demonstrating the real Jesus is the first step in exposing the WoF heresies. These heretics have done a great job promoting a false Jesus. I’m hoping that this blog will teach the following prior to my exposing WoF doctrines (heresies).

    • Who Jesus was and Is
    • Who God is
    • Who the Holy Spirit is
    • Who Satan was and is

    Once that is established, the walls of the heresy will begin to crumble-I hope. I’m going to link your site to my blogroll, Craig. Keep up the good work exposing the heretics!

    Phil

  3. We got the left foot of fellowship from our pastor recently for boycotting his Jesse Duplantis meeting. We had to obey our conscience and have since found out he has been materialistic all is life. That event helped us to crystallized a solidly anti-Word of Faith stance.

    Thankfully, we have found a sound church that is orthodox Christian and is distinctively pentecostal/charismatic. They also appreciate people who seek the Word intelligently rather than sucking up a pastor’s teaching like kool-aid.

  4. Luke 2:7 Jesus was born in an stable for livestock; His bed a manger.
    Luke9:58 He said while He lived on earth “The Son of Man has no where to lay His head”.
    Matthew 22:17-21 When the Pharisees tempted Jesus about paying taxes to Caeser. Jesus asked someone else for a coin.
    Mark 14:13&14 Jesus borrowed a guest room for the Lord’s supper.
    Mark11:1-6 He rode a borrowed colt.
    Matthew 27:57-60 He was laid in a borrowed tomb. (Please draw your own conclusion according to scripture.)

    Finally:
    Luke 12:15-21 And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”16 Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. 17 :And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ 18 “So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. 19 ‘And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat drink, and be merry.” ‘ 20 :But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ 21 So is he who lays up treasure for HIMSELF, and is not rich toward God.

  5. the bible clearly say that it is a shame for a woman to speak in church . all this pastor have their wife preaching and all those woman in these building are loud and rebellious. so these pastors are clearly putting their finger in god and saying that they are not going to obey god so why real christians leave these guys alone and get together and start a church for Jesus

  6. Sir: I believe Jesus was indeed a financially wealthy man, before and after his 30th birthday. Witness: being a carpenter was one of the most affluent artisan jobs available at the time. Virtually all furniture and ship-building was derived from carpentry work. Even the wood that was used for various purposes in that time was prepared first by carpenters: shaved, leveled and beveled. This would have made Joseph and Mary a fairly well off family.

    Again, during Jesus’ ministry (post-carpentry days), Jesus had thousands of people donating to him. Granted, most of that money was redistributed to the poor and needy, but the disciples financial needs, attended to by Judas, were more than sufficient to do extensive travel. This involved eating on the run, accomodations, etc., which any salesperson will tell you is not cheap if you have to accomodate 13 people instead of one.

    Further, there are no examples of how Jesus provided for himself (self-miracles for sustantion). There are several examples of miracles of providing for others (fish, bread, etc.) but none that say Jesus made his own lodgings or food appear. Again, this has the sense of some kind of self-sustaining wealth, when compared to the indigents to whom he ministered. There is no telling of how much his followers contributed or donated or gave to Jesus and his disciples either. Suffice it to say, they were fervent in believing in him, and the donations were in all likelihood, substantial.

    Jeff Feezle jefffeezle@ameritech.net
    1 317 841-0599

  7. Jeff,

    Your analogy is based mostly on extra-biblical information. If we study scriptures clearly, it will be hard for us to conclude that Jesus was a wealthy man here on earth.

  8. Jeff,

    Thanks for stopping by.

    (Jeff) Again, during Jesus’ ministry (post-carpentry days), Jesus had thousands of people donating to him

    (Phil) Where does it say this in the Bible?

    (Jeff) Granted, most of that money was redistributed to the poor and needy, but the disciples financial needs, attended to by Judas, were more than sufficient to do extensive travel
    (Phil) Judas was a thief. If there were so much money in the bag, why would he sell Jesus out for 30 pieces of silver? Extensive travel? Jesus and his disciples walked most of the time.If Jesus was so rich, why did He send the disciples out with no money (Luke 9:1-6)?

    (Jeff) This involved eating on the run, accomodations, etc., which any salesperson will tell you is not cheap if you have to accomodate 13 people instead of one.

    (Phil) Jeff, are you trying to compare the times of Christ to modern days? You’re reaching man. They slept outside. They cooked outside. Jesus was on the run throughout His earthly ministry.

    Jeff, can you please explain the following verses to me?

    Matthew 8:20 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”

    2Corinthians 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.

  9. We are doing a ministerial group study on this very subject at the church I attend…One scripture that I plan to us is Mark 10:17-30…this is the story about the rich young ruler…he came to Jesus one day and ask what must I do to inherit eternal life…well you know the story…he went away sorrowful after Jesus told him to sell what he had and give to the poor. Jesus had a problem with people who trusted in riches….TRUSTED IN RICHES….the disciples was astonished at what Christ had said to them. They thought that wealthy people were automatically blessed and would be saved and have eternal life. Of course you cannot buy your way into heaven….although some would try it if they could…..Anyway…People proceeds to say…WE HAVE LEFT ALL TO FOLLOW YOU!!! Christ responds with Mark 10:29 and 30

    29And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s,

    30But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.

    I believe Christ is saying that if you give up your eartly wealthy for my sake and the gospels, it will be given back to you in this life time….but along with persecution….That means to me that you will be blessed with wealthy..BUT PEOPLE WILL TALK ABOUT YOU….but that doesn’t mean it was wrong to have. Other people just can’t handle you being wealthy….And two, I have come to this conclusion….I think God has left it up to us, whether to be wealthy or not…… some one made a comment earlier on this page about TELL THE PEOPLE IN THE SUDAN THAT GOD WANTS THEM TO BE WEALTHY THEY WOULD LAUGH AT YOU….Has anyone thought that they just don’t believe that God can take them away from all that and actually make them wealthy…and maybe not even wealthy, just better off than they are…..WE ARE SUPPOSE TO GIVE PEOPLE HOPE IN THIS LIFE…what better way to give people hope that to tell them that they don’t have to stay in the condition that they are in right now. Christ heal the blind people, Christ healed the lame, Christ healed the deaf, So why can’t he fix a person’s poverty if they believe and have faith that he can.

  10. Except a man be born again(saved) he can not see the kingdom of God. Kingdoms are realms…kingdoms are a system of governance. if the citizen of that kingdom is in another location he is still ruled by the system of governance from where he came.

    When you became born again, though you are on earth you do things the way God says it should be done, hence you see the Kingdom of God…you see the way he does things.

    So let start here… The disciples asked Jesus “who then can be SAVED” after they heard what He told the young ruler. Why? Because they were rich.

    I will not knock anyone’s opinion down but i have STUDIED my bible and upon revelation Jesus has built His church, of which i am a necessary member, and so i write.

    It’s a personal choice to be wealthy or not in this life time. God says “those who (lay hold of the gift of righteousness) get SAVED and abundance of grace shalll reign in this life (NO REIGNING IN HEAVEN) by One, Jesus Christ”. Besides if your faith comes by the word of God and you live by faith 24/7 if you give towards the spread of the Gospel, you shouldn’t be poor AT ALL. IT IS UNSCRIPTURAL TO GIVE ACCORDING TO THE BIBLE TO GIVE AND BE POOR.

    Paul like most of the apostles was always on the run for his dear life until he ended up being monitored by the romans while he preached the gospel FREELY…though he was under watch he had all the resources to continue the spread of the gospel freely. IS YOUR LIFE IN DANGER? WHY COMPARE YOUR MATERIAL LIFE WITH THEIRS?

    God gave His only Son (and the bible constantly likens this to planting a seed) and after Jesus rose He calls us the branches because He is the vine that grew from the seed(Himself). This also tells us we can give to get out of a situation. God’s own situation was that He lost man and wanted him back. It is more than a principle, this is life. through out the old testament till today only those who gave where wealthy, and lived long despite some mistakes they made. He is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob…He doesn’t liken Himself to poverty at all…all this men shook rulers because they had wealth

    (download eSword) Look at the actual hebrew word for love in John 3:16 it is different from love (affection) we should have for each other. God so AGAPAO the world that He gave…totally different from AGAPE. AGAPAO is a driving force makes you do something drastic, like our Lord Jesus did, dying for us on the cross. Such a force makes you GIVE as long as you are like Him, as He is so we are in this world. All those prosperity teachers have been giving that’s why their words affect people lifes…you can never attain such effect on people until you become a giver.

    You all should focus more on the new creation realities and all this things you want to understand will come easily. Scriptural understanding comes when you do and not only hear. Take heed how/what you hear. All what Jesus was telling THEM NOT YOU concerning wealth was before there were born again Christians. And those who wanted to follow him BEFORE the “new creation”(born again) had to leave those things so that they will be free to work with Him. You are born again, you were not one of the disciples following him in the regeneration Matthew 19:28. They have a reward, in heaven, for their faithfulness with Him for helping Him towards His death (He rose HALELUJAH!) for the regeneration to be possible, your reward for your faithfulness and not critisism is different from theirs and in heaven.

    If Jesus said those disciples who left houses and material stuff will get a hundred fold back, then they got it. you don’t get a hundred fold in eternity or in heaven. Don’t let the enemy rid you of your wealth. The prodigal son came back home to a party and his brother was complaining…His father told him nothing stopped him from enjoying himself. When you start prospering, Kingdom of God style, your family will complain. You think you get to the “property teachers”? Their prosecution started at home. Thats why i urge you to STUDY and DO more with the power you have.

    Have you studied Mark 16:15-17(as i personalise such great scripture); this is how you can tell that i am born again, in Jesus name i drive out demons; i speak in new languages Tongues(;
    Mar 16:18 i pick up serpents; and [even] if i drink anything deadly, it can not hurt me; i lay their hands on the sick, and they get well.

    Jesus uses future tenses because they were gonna witness what it is to be born again, so he gave them that.

    Make a personal decision and enjoy it!
    You are blessed!

  11. Hey Moses,

    If the disciples were rich like you claim they were why did Jesus need a miracle to pay His taxes (the coin in the mouth of the fish)…

    If the disciples were rich why did Judas betray Jesus for 30 pieces of silver? That wasn’t a lot of money then Moses. Why is that?

    If Jesus was rich like you said then why did He walk nearly everywhere He went and borrowed a donkey to ride into Jeruselem?

    HMMMMM…..

    BTW: Please stop posting the same comment on any article you find about the WoF movement……

    Thank you!

    Phil

  12. The important thing is to properly understand what is meant by prosperity.Essentially,I believe Biblical prosperity entails the fulfillment of God’s plans and purposes in our lives.It is the kind of approval Jesus got at His baptism that assures us of God’s stamp of authority on what we do.

    Many are the examples of believers in the Bible who were bereft of material possessions(Lazarus the beggar,who went to heaven),who had poor health(Timothy).Elisha indeed died of an illness, although he performed several miracles in the power of the Lord.But the anointing in the dead prophet’s bones was potent enough to raise a dead body to life!
    The health and wealth,prosperity gospel has got it all wrong.They indeed are preaching a different gospel.

  13. Jesus talks about Money and “Poor” because of a deeper message. Othewise it is all relative.

    Many don’t understand his teachings because they are too close minded–which is the reason why he hid certain miracles and told stories in parables.

    He doens’t with for his children(sheep) to use money as an idol. He also doesn’t want for his children to be poor, just for the sake of being “poor”. That doesn’t even make sense.

    He was rich, but didn’t use his goods in ways that would take him away from his focus.

    • Hi Sam,

      This was my very first article I wrote for this site a few days short of six years ago. It’s nice to see people are still reading it.

      You didn’t interact with anything I wrote but that’s ok. Jesus wasn’t “rich” but if what I’ve presented isn’t enough to convince you I guess nothing else will.

      Take Care,

      Phil

  14. I heard a story once about a Baptist preacher at a church in poor rural area who made the comment that he had all the money he needed. 2 visitors couldn’t believe their ears until he backed it this way: He held out a $50 bill and stated that was all he had. When that was gone, he believed God would provide another.

    I believe Jesus was rich that way. I don’t think he ever lacked that way. But somehow, I don’t think the puny little material things of this world impressed him.

    All this focus on material wealth is focusing on the wrong thing. Seek FIRST the kingdom of God. The other things that will be added to you? Side thought. Fringe benefit, but should never be the focus.

    Got to make sure you’re careful not to worship America’s idol of choice: materialism.

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