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Was Jesus Rich

What is the scriptural reference for Jesus' financial status? We know He had been a carpenter by trade and that the roman soldiers gambled for his seamless robe at His crucifixion. What else?

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(2Cor 8.9)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. this advice was given whilst Paul was encouraging the church to give to the poor.So dear Catherine at least one scripture stating Christ's poverty, and the reason why.
---Andy on 2/24/09

I have never seen a scripture telling ME about His financial status. "He was RICH". He was and is still God. Always will be. He owned the world when He was here and nothing has changed, He still does. The Bible tells me so. When wicked men were murdering Him, as some are still doing today, although they don't realize it, Jesus could've called out 12 legions of angels to help Him. [He did not], because of me. He sent Peter fishing so He could pay His taxes. [Money in fish's mouth]. Seems to me He was rich. Dah.
---catherine on 2/22/09

Christ the WORD who created all as God of the OT John 1:14, 1Corin 10:1-4

Christ Kingdom is not of this world John 18:36 ...his Kingdom has not come yet Matt 6:10

Christ did not seek anything of Satans world 2Corin 4:4 and that included riches Eph 2:2,3
---Rhonda on 2/22/09

Eloy- The Lord is sanctified. The Lord went camping sometimes.
---Betty on 2/13/09

.always on, In Jesus' 32 years in the Mediterranean he voluntarily chose to do without many of the luxuries and creature-comforts that humans hunger and thirst after.
---Eloy on 2/13/09

"Jesus created all things that are in heaven, and that are on earth, visibile and invisible, whether thrones, or dominions, or rulers, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will you all build me? says YHWH: or where the place of my rest? Has not my hand made all these things?" Colossians 1:16+ John 1:10+ Acts 7:49,50.
---Eloy on 2/13/09

Donna- What I say is this: Jesus was rich on earth and in Heaven. He did not believe in poverty or riches, but He did believe in blessings. To be poor is a curse and to be rich can be a curse. A person that is rich can be saved, yet a coveteous rich person cannot be saved unless they repent. God blesses His people. Nowadays people wonder why Christian ministries preach about blessings, but God Himself is the rewarder of those who do good in this life and the next. To do good is to belong to Him. Riches and honor come from the Lord.
---Betty on 2/12/09


I don't disagree with anything you say. I answered as I did because a few years ago some people were making a big deal about Jesus being materially wealthy...preaching that God intended for Christians to likewise have only the best and most expensive goods available.

Wealth is not always a sign of God's favor, just as poverty is not a sign of lessor spirituality. Jesus made it plain that His kingdom was not of this world.
---Donna66 on 2/11/09

Donna- Many people replied to that question, including you. Some people are interested about the life Jesus led. Make sure you know Him, for He is a king not, He is the King of Kings. You must mean this: what does it matter if Jesus was rich or poor? The answer is: He was rich in goods and faith and love for God and mankind, He was also rich in good works. He was blessed by God, and blessing means you're not poor. He had work to do, He had a house to live in, He had money to spend because He earned it. Men who don't work don't get rich. There came a time when Jesus gave up His worldly goods to preach. He did it because He had an unction. Love the Lord and be good. Your friends call you blessed.
---Betty on 2/10/09

What makes Jesus financial situation a concern to us today? Material goods were obviously not something He cared much about.
---Donna66 on 2/10/09

Many people care about money, but God cares about the heart. He left His home in Heaven and came to earth to see if there were any who cared about God. He found a few, then he went and got a job preaching. The preacher is worthy of his hire, Jesus said. Before that, He was a carpenter, and carpenters were rich not. Master carpenters did work for men who were rich, and Jesus did work for anybody. His work must have been perfect, for He was perfect. Scripture says He had His own house. Many people remember His seamless robe. Was not that from God? Turtledoves were also offered for perfection, not just for economy. Praise God.
---Betty on 2/9/09

Look at the gifts that the wise men brought to Him at His birth! Gold, frankincense, and myrrh! All of which were very valuable! Now consider if you were one of the wise men! How much of these things would you be trying to give to the Messiah? Then the scriptures tell us that Jesus made Himself poor so that others might be rich in faith. He was a master carpenter also, so I'm sure He was capable of making a pretty hefty living. I believe He used all of His wealth for the preaching of the gospel. As for His seamless tunic, it was the same garment of a high preist, if you do your studying of preist clothing! I believe His mother probably made it for Him, but that's just a guess. God bless!
---BryanG on 2/8/09

You can be of noble or royal birth and still be quite poor. If Joseph was a carpenter, he was self-employed and that is not always an easy life. You work very hard to earn a steady wage and you have to put some by for your old age or for times when there is some reason you are not able to work. Jesus was certainly not from a rich or well off background. His family did not have a family tomb. Two rich men Joseph of Arimethea and one other whose name escapes me now, asked for Jesus's body and put him in a tomb that one of them owned. They were influential men, because normally crucified bodies would be left out for the wild animals to devour and not even returned to the family.
---frances008 on 12/11/08

I never said they were rich, I said they weren't poor, and we don't know how much gold,ect. ect. they received from the wise men, so who knows?

However, they "did" own a home and Joseph did work and men with skills such as carpentry made more than most others,
In other words they didn't have to beg for alms as the Poor did...
---Duane_Dudley_Martin on 12/7/08

Youall seem to forget or didn't read that Joseph and Mary had to flee to Egypt for a number of years till Herods death.

The gifts that were given, were given to Jesus. His parents used what was given, in support of Jesus while they were exiled.
Would you expect anything less from them?

Joseph and Mary remained somewhat poor and lived off his work as a carpenter. Later according to the culture and tradition, Jesus would have learned Josephs craft.

And did not the people in His own town recognize Him as the Carpenters son. Carpentry was not a lucrative business then, and taxes were excessive.
They were not rich.
---Mike356 on 12/7/08

Was Joseph and Mary rich? Perhaps we can find the answer in the Bible.
Luke 4:24,22-23-24
22-And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord,

23-(As it is written in the law of the LORD, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord,)

24-And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.
The fact that two young pigeons were their offering to answer the question!!!
---mima on 12/6/08

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Joseph & Mary wasn't poor!
Joseph looked for an Inn to lodge at, But they were full, So with Mary about to give birth, Joseph took the only place left(The Stables)...

Then, when the 3 rich wisemen came to worship the Lord they found Joseph, Mary & Yahshua(Jesus)and gave them Gold, ect. ect.

A person had to have money to travel with caravans, and when they came back and moved to Nazareth they had a home and Joseph started working as a carpenter.

Joseph & Mary were well known by the High Preist and others in the Temple, Zechariah was/is the husband of Elizabeth who is the cousin of Mary.
Jesus teaching in the Temple at the age of 12, Yep the knew them well...
---Duane_Dudley_Martin on 12/4/08

Jesus was born a manger..Hello that's pretty poor.
He didn't come into the world the way jews thought he would.
He showed us where true wealth lies...with God in Heaven..He showed us our riches are in Heaven..the Kingdom of God!

Are rewards are in heaven.
---paul on 12/4/08

Jesus was rich.He was from house of David.He was a royal Man.
---bob on 11/8/08

2 Corinthians 8:9
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.

The Riches that are in Christ that is....not the riches of this world..
---kathr4453 on 10/10/08

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"Jesus created all things that are in heaven, and that are on earth, visibile and invisible, whether thrones, or dominions, or rulers, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool: what house will you all build me? says YHWH: or where the place of my rest? Has not my hand made all these things?" Colossians 1:16+ John 1:10+ Acts 7:49,50.
---Eloy on 10/1/08

Jesus was born in a stable because there were no vacancies in any of the lodgings in the city.
Luke 2:7
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Yes, Jesus was RICH!
Not just in SPIRIT but in REALITY. He was a carpenter BEFORE God called Him & said it was TIME. Why else would the Roman soldiers gamble for his robe? If it was not worth anything, they wouldnt have gambled for it.

The examples Jesus gives us in the Bible are what a love of money can cause. They are very good examples of idol worship (money, cars, and material things)
---ginger on 9/30/08

He was indebted to no man. He was rich in mercy, love, peace, realationship with Father God, forgiveness, loving his enemies.

He also took an empty man's boat and filled it with fish. He multiplied loaves of bread and fish and fed 5,000 people. He could have sold those fish and bread and made himself a good buck, huh? But he didn't.

Who paid his bills? His Father, Our Father. Jehovah Jirah, the Lord our Provider.

What did Jesus need financial status for?

What do you think you need financial status for? When I needed money last year, I went to God in prayer and asked for it. Two weeks later I got it.

HE is an all-sufficient God. He doesn't need financial status, He has much more than that.
---donna8365 on 9/30/08

--BuckwisdomJr.: **** There is absolutely no scriptural reference to Jesus being wealthy. *****

When you spiritually discern the scriptures, you will hear/see that the wealth of Christ came from the wholeness of God's Word!!!! The world equates wealth by all that you can physically show them at any one time. But spiritually wealth is equated by having a heart to do the Will of God.

Spiritually or materially, Christ was the wealthiest man to ever walk the face of the earth. All of Gods creation is moved by the voice of His Word because He only spoke the Will of His Father. Christ paid His taxes, with the money from the mouth of a fish. He did not need to store up money in the bank. He just needed to speak it when He required it.
---Shawn.M.T on 9/29/08

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In the time of Jesus the blessing of the Abrahamic Covenant was NOT in effect.
Isreal was a captive-oppressed and poverty stricken people under the sovereign rule of pagan Rome.
There is absolutely no scriptural reference to Jesus being wealthy. There are many that plainly declare he was not: including some by his own admission.
Regarding his taxes: it should be noted that the Roman standard was not like our American system. EVERYONE under Roman rule paid a mandatory tibute regardless of their income.
---BUCKWISDOMJR on 9/28/08

Yes, He was rich and still is rich. One scripture that comes to mind is when He told Peter to go fishing and he will find some money inside the fish's mouth, to pay both of their "taxes".
---catherine on 8/29/08

the question is his 'physical being' not spiritual or emotional. how did he make a living? people have responsibilities of working & not sitting down waiting for money to come in not like what pastors & televangelist do. christ worked & not took advantage of tithe or hand out. pastors / televangelist should set the example & not take advantage of tithe
---mike on 8/29/08

I am only quoting the bible.
Joseph was a poor man, Mary was also, proof in the fact that they gave two young pigeons as a sacrifice for Jesus in the temple. (the poor peoples gift. Jesus continuously denounced the rich (in opposition to the popular tought of his days) saying that it would be more easy for a camel to enter through the eye of a needle than for a rich to enter in heaven. Lazarus and the rich another example. the poor widow and so on. Jesus did not have anything against the rich, yet he saw the danger. and he was poor so sais the gospels let us not twist the gospels for our own fantasies.
---Andy on 8/29/08

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Jesus, being a Jew, was part of the covenant of Abraham. All of the covenant men of God in the Old Testament were prosperous. The blessing of God was on their lives. Consider Abraham: "Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold" (Gen 13:2). Why would Jesus be any different?
Do we try to justify our current financial condition by saying that Jesus was poor? Do we judge the Word of God by our experiences?
---Ralph_Boardman on 8/3/08

2 cor 8.9 for you know the grace of God that Jesus Christ however he was rich BECAME poor so that you might be rich.Our prospertity depends on the fact that Jesus was poor, and not nessecarely on the amount we give. even the gospels say that Jesus had no stone to put his head on. and next to his dresses he owned nothing. food was given by women disciples everything he was dependend for that is what the bible teaches me.
---Andy on 3/28/08

One of my favorite WOWS!>>>Concerning taxes. Whe Peter said, "from strangers", Jesus said to him, "then the sons are exempt". However, so that we do not offend them, go the sea and throw in a hook, and take the first fish that comes up, and when you open its mouth, you will find a shekel. Take that and give it to them for you and me.>>[Matt. 18:26,27]
---catherine on 3/25/08

Yes Jesus was rich. He had all the riches of his Fathers way of living (Gods Kingdom)Thats all any of us need. [+ He had inherited wealth, Joseph was from the royal line of David. Many of these families used daily their gold vessels & plates. He worked, carpenter work was more intricate & skilled than today, thus paying more. At birth he was given the gifts traditionally offered to kings & nobles.]
---chrissy on 3/24/08

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I just read the book The Secret, and in it the author redfers to jesus, among others, as a millionaire. Is this true? As far as I know jesus was not.
---amanda on 5/30/07

Was Jesus Rich??? ABSOLUTELY He was rich in LOVE, PEACE, LONGSUFFERING ETC ETC..He is rich in anyways as He could have anything He wants at the tips of His fingers. Remember, He made the world. I would love to be rich in His love...that is why I keep the 10 commandments which is a transcript of His Holy character which I need 2conform 2 Amen...
---jana on 5/15/07

God created us, the universe, billions of stars, incredible physical energy and beauty - King of Kings - and yet He chose to be born into a humble stable surrounded by a donkey, horse and poor shepherds - chose the life of a carpenter. And never had more wealth than this.
---Ed on 4/27/07

"..the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head" (Matthew 8:20). Jesus was not materially rich as the false Prosperity doctrine teaches.
---Helen_5378 on 4/26/07

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Matthew 8:20, "And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head."
---Bruce5656 on 4/26/07

QUOTE: ''He was the king of King and the Lord of Lords yet he made himself of no reputation. OUR EXAMPLE IS MAKE OURSELVES OF NO REPUTATION AS HE DID'' UNQUOTE.
---carla5754 on 9/11/06

Carla5754, you said he made himself no reputation? Quote: (yet he made himself of no reputaton. Our example is to make ourselves of no great reputation as he did.) If that were true then he would not have had the multitudes following Him everywhere He went. What He had far surpassed monetary value. Oh, He had a reputation, one that has never been matched since.
---Dottie on 9/10/06

He was rich in houses and land yet He was known to be rich in Mercey and Love compassion and forgiveness. He could have called down a host of angels to fight for him he gave his life. He shoud be born in a Palace but chose a stable. He should have rode in a chariot yet he chose a Mule. He should have been above all the rulers yet they crucified him. He was the King of Kings anf Lord of Lords yet he made himself of no reputaton. Our example is to make ourselves of no great reputation as he did.
---Carla5754 on 9/9/06

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Our LORD Jesus riches were all in heaven, that is why it says He was rich, yet for our sakes became poor. He owns EVERYTHING! He was born in a manger to be able to live the lives of the "least of these" to whom he wants us to care for. How could he have been our example if he were born to kings in a palace? Not to mention He would not have fulfilled prophecy. He wanted us to see that nothing should come between us and God.
---Dottie on 9/8/06

**Jesus did not think of earthly riches that is why He did not talk about money as a lot of the modern-day Word of Faith preachers do.**
A few years ago I saw an interesting tract called "Rich Religion: the hundred-fold heresy" on this very topic. I wonder how the Properity Gospel squares with the Apostolic teaching to avoid those who say that godlinesss is gain.
---Jack on 9/7/06

Jesus was so wealthy in the Spirit that through His resurrection He gives that wealth to us for eternity. That is wealthier than any worldly definition of wealth.
---Ryan on 9/6/06

Jesus was rich financially. 2Corinthians 8:9 shows it. In Matthew 8:20 Jesus wasn't saying He was homeless, but on His trips He didn't have a home in every town He went to.
---Rickey on 9/6/06

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I think if you read the Gospels a little more carefully, you'll see that this "seamless robe" was procured by the Roman soldiers as part of their mockery of Him.
---Jack on 9/6/06

Jesus financial status: He multiplied fish and fed thousands. He filled Peter's boat with fish for Peter to sell or feed his family with. He created a coin in a fish's mouth so he could pay his taxes. He prospered in all his ways even as his soul prospered, amen?
---Donna9759 on 9/6/06

Will Jesus doesn't seem to have been too well-off financially(worldly speaking). But he was an outstanding fishermen!!!
---mima on 9/6/06

I do not believe that Jesus had a "financial status" as such. However, Scripture does bear out that Jesus was not rich, as some try to claim. "...the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head (Matthew 8:20). Jesus did not think of earthly riches that is why He did not talk about money as a lot of the modern-day Word of Faith preachers do.
---Helen_5378 on 9/6/06

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Jesus had what he needed. When he paid his taxes he got the money out of the mouth of a fish. When there were a few thousand people who needed food he didn't get his party catered but he found a little fellow with a few loaves and fishes and fed them all supernaturally. He didn't own any property or have a pension or rrsp's but gave everything he had so he could have us.
---john on 9/5/06

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