Job 7-9; 2 Corinthians 8

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

From the notes: The dialectic of Jesus’ experience, expressed earlier in terms of life and death (2 Cor 5:15), sin and righteousness (2 Cor 5:21), is now rephrased in terms of poverty and wealth. Many scholars think this is a reference to Jesus’ preexistence with God (his “wealth”) and to his incarnation and death (his “poverty”), and they point to the similarity between this verse and Phil 2:68. Others interpret the wealth and poverty as succeeding phases of Jesus’ earthly existence, e.g., his sense of intimacy with God and then the desolation and the feeling of abandonment by God in his death (cf. Mk 15:34).

It can be overpowering to meditate on how the King of the Universe – who is the source of all – loves His humble creatures that much, that for our sake he became the poorest of men, and suffered the most ignominious of deaths.  “O happy fault, O necessary sin of Adam which gained for us so great a Redeemer!”

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