“For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich” (2Co 8:9).
When we properly study today’s text, we realize very quickly what it means by the Grace of God in Christ. Whatever must be the Grace of God in Christ must be exclusive to the believer. This is why we know for sure that material prosperity, cannot be the Grace of God in Christ. Money is not exclusive to the believer.
So the word rich in today’s text has nothing to do with money. In fact, the word ‘rich’ is used several times to describe what we have in Christ. And it isn’t money, it’s much more. One of such places is James 2:5. “Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?’’ A man of faith is rich because he is an heir of the kingdom.
In the same way, ‘poverty’ is used often in scriptures to refer to the state of one’s soul. Mat_5:3 says: “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” It is the grace of God in Christ that cures the poverty of man’s spirit.
So what is this grace of God in Christ? How did he become poor that we might become rich? This is how: God took on human flesh and died a sinner’s death so that everyone who believes will not perish but have eternal life.
Halleluyah. God commended his love to the condemned; while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. He rose again for our justification. We receive his sacrifice by grace through faith. This is the grace of God in Christ.