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The Poor Have the Gospel Preached unto Them


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The Poor Have the Gospel Preached unto Them

The Poor Have the Gospel Preached unto Them Matthew 11:5: “…the poor have the gospel them. This created an immediate impoverpreached to them.” ished situation. 1. What does it take to preach the gos- Children who were under age at the time, pel to the poor? when their mother became a widow, of 2. Who are the poor that Christ denot- course, added to the number as well as those who were handicapped and couldn’t ed when He made that statement? work. 3. What responsibility do we have to see that the gospel is preached unto the poor? The common factor in these cases that made these individuals poor was the fact Let’s first define what Christ meant when that they didn’t even have clothes to wear or a meal to eat unless someone took pity He said, “the poor.” In that time and on them. They were totally dependent on place, there was no welfare system, no governmental assistance to needy families, others for their needs. and no support system set in place by the ruling power to make sure that the less Now, there was another class also includfortunate citizens were taken care of. ed in those numbers whom Christ called “the poor.” These worked jobs perhaps, Women did not work; that was not an op- but as the Bible says in one place, they tion. A working male was the only means “could not get much.” They had insuffiof income that a female had. She remained cient to be able to take care of themselves in her father’s house if she were not mar- or meet their needs. It was not through ried and when she got married she went to their own laziness or slothfulness, but for whatever reason they had fallen into a low live with her husband. state. That’s why the church had to take on the care of widows who were widows indeed and whose husband died or was killed and left them with no able male child, or male relative to take them in or take care of

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The common factor is that these people likewise could not meet their daily needs. It’s not that they didn’t have as much as they wanted, but they were poor because they didn’t have enough to meet their basic needs (food and raiment). www.calledchosenfaithful.com


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The Poor Have the Gospel Preached unto Them

The Poor Have the Gospel Preached unto Them more intently to your message once you’ve Now understanding this, we can better an- taken care of the needs of his body. swer the question, what does it take to preach the gospel to the poor? Is this always the rule? No. Peter and John met a man at the gate and they didn’t have If they don’t have the means to meet their any silver or gold. Yet, they didn’t try to daily necessities, that puts a responsibility preach to him either. They took care of his on you to be in position to help them meet physical need. Then, later he was present to hear them declare the truth about Jethat pressing need. sus. Why? Because the Word of God says clearly, “If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, and one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?” (James 2:1516). This is critical whether we say this applies only to saints or to everyone because the purpose of going to preach to them is that they become a saint and their becoming a saint will not immediately change their natural state.

We can’t leave off preaching the gospel to the poor because the Word of God lets us know that the poor are generally more receptive to the gospel than the rich. 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?” We realize that the commandment is to “preach the gospel to every creature;” get it into the hands of whoever you can, but when “the poor have the gospel preached to them” in the Bible way, they are more likely to grab hold of it.

“The poor have the gospel preached to them.” Beyond the responsibility to provide a brother or sister with what they Now, let’s look finally at the last question: have need of, there is the reality that a tru- What responsibility do we have to see that ly hungry person may be able to listen the poor have the gospel preached unto them? Copyright 2013 CCF Writers

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The Poor Have the Gospel Preached unto Them

The Poor Have the Gospel Preached unto Them Now, what is our responsibility? Let’s look at 1 Timothy 6:17-18: “Charge them that Galatians 6:6: “Let him that is taught in are rich in this world, that they be not the word communicate unto him that highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, teacheth in all good things.” but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that I used to think that this scripture was talk- they be rich in good works, ready to dising about a person who knows the Word tribute, willing to communicate.” giving some insight to someone who teaches the Word, but that’s not what it’s There are two different things mentioned saying. Let’s look at that word here: “readiness to distribute” (Paul wrote “communicate” again in another place. in Romans 12:13 “distributing to the necessity of saints”) and “willing to comPhilippians 4:14: “Notwithstanding ye municate.” One deals with what we menhave well done, that ye did communicate tioned already (giving to others who have with my affliction.” need) and the other deals with helping to meet the need of those who are perpetuating the Gospel- the one who teaches (“the Hebrews 13:16: “But to do good and to ox that treadeth out the corn;” 1 Timothy communicate forget not: for with such 5:18). sacrifices God is well pleased.” When a person endeavors to go preach the gospel to the poor, it may not be that those he’s taking the gospel to can support him or that they would know or understand the need to support him at the outset. In Hebrews, he speaks of the sacrifice of Therefore, we who have this world’s praise- continually giving thanks to God- goods, see our brother have need, and but he goes on to add that they should also shut up our bowels of compassion from be good and communicate, or give, behim, how dwelleth the love of God in us? cause those sacrifices were also pleasing to (ref. I John 3:17). God. Paul, we know in Philippians, was speaking of their former benevolence to him and how it had ceased, but now, at the last, they had given to him.

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The Poor Have the Gospel Preached unto Them

The Poor Have the Gospel Preached unto Them Now, earlier we defined poor, but here we I hope that we understand 4 things condefine rich. If you have this world’s goods, cerning what we have written out here: you fall into the rich category. If you have 1. Just because a person has less than more than enough to buy yourself food me doesn’t mean that they are “the and raiment for the day or if you can give, poor.” Jesus indicated this in the give what you can. If you don’t think you Word. can give, but God impresses you to give, 2. Just because I don’t have a million give what you can’t. dollars in the bank or I am not living in a large fine house, doesn’t mean that I’m not rich according to the Trusting God is not just for our benefit. Word of God. Trusting God is for the benefit of His king3. Just because I have certain obligadom being perpetuated. Living by faith is tions or am in a certain financial staliving by God’s commands no matter what tus doesn’t mean that God excuses it costs us personally. This is faith also: me from giving altogether. trusting God to provide our needs when 4. Just because we give our tithes and we’ve first sought the welfare of His kingofferings doesn’t mean that we have dom. done our part in perpetuating the gospel.

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