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Freely Received So Freely Give

Jesus says, "Freely you have received, freely give,'" in Matthew 10:8. What does this mean?

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What the apostles received freely that they are to give freely is eternal life through Jesus Christ.

"...the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Rom.6:23)

And it is because they believed in Jesus Christ

"...whosoever believes in Him shall not perish..."(Jhn.3:16)

It's this gift that they should give freely to those who will believe.

But how will they believe?

"... how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?" (Rom.10:14)

That's why in Mat.10:7 Jesus said: "...and as ye go, PREACH..." -- the apostles preaching is their way of giving freely that which they have received.
---manny on 11/20/08

There's more there than I can appropriately elaborate on utilizing the blog system. The bottom line is that our reward is Christ. Someone once said to me, "What if you got to the end of it all and all you got was Jesus? Would that be enough for you?" That question makes me smile.

"What shall I render to the Lord for His benefits toward me? I will take the cup of salvation and call upon His name."
---Linda on 8/21/08

God loved the world so much that he freely gave us his son Jesus to die for our sins. No greater love has the world ever known. We are to be imitators of God and show our love for a hurting world by also freely giving of our resources and time to help others who are not as fortunate as we are. Joy9988
---Joy_9988 on 7/4/07

God asks that we give our money in tithes and offerings to to spread the gospel, through our giving. His house should be full in order to do so. That is our responsibility. But we should never have to pay for a word of the gospel even though we are not ignorant that ministers need houses/vehicles/ to get about and live, it don't mean merc's and Lotus's and (mansions) thou unless it's for the poor/brethren/ministers to go and rest/eat/looked after for free.
---Carla5754 on 7/4/07

Christina, Josef...something else I have learned just in the past two years: many times people will open up their homes and their wallets to you but they never open their hearts. When that happens, the opening of their homes and their wallets equals "I now have the power and the right to tell you what to do in your personal affairs". That is not unconditional love. That is control....and it reveals the heart.
---Linda on 6/23/07

The same thing happens many times in corporate bodies. Those who give the most money have the most say as to what is done with that money. Those who aren't wealthy are left to "take it or leave it" because their opinion has not been well "funded". Jesus commended the widow, not the Pharisee.
---Linda on 6/23/07

Linda I was going to respond to this blog until I read your post. That was deep & beautiful. Between you , Christina & others that are rooted & grounded in Christ apart from the traditions of religion, it is hard to get a word in edgewise with out simply reiterating what has already been said:o) Keep blessing beloved.
---Josef on 6/22/07

I believe it means that we have been blessed by God and receive from Him freely, we do not earn salvation or His many other gifts to us. Since that is the case we should be as generous to Him and others. Not just with money, but with love, forgiveness, time and all other resources.
---maryj9396 on 6/21/07

Not only is it wrong in thought, it is impossible to sell the power of God. One can sell Bibles, Books,Seminars,Church sermans,Healings,Prophecies and on but there is no power in them and it is unholy. A worker can accept food and shelter for Godly work but may not beocme rich off of the Word of God as this is a GREAT SIN. OUCH!!
---jody on 6/4/07

Linda: "Those who believe they have earned from Father what they have put that same "earn requirement" on others. One cannot give away freely what one has not received freely."
a very good point, essential to what christianity is truly about, unlike other religions where heaven, rewards are earned.
---Christina on 6/3/07

So, God freely gave to the Apostles, and so He expected them also to freely give to people, rather than hoard what they had and judge about who was good enough for them to minister to >

God---so better and greater than THEY were---did not worry about how He was more than they were, but He gave to them freely, without worrying about if they were good enough for Him; so we need to be this way, also, with ANY person...freely loving ALL.
---Bill_bila5659 on 5/30/07

In the UK the churches dio not charge anyone for giving them the word.
So it would seem to me to mean that we should give of what we can give ... including our wealth time and talents to those who need them.
---alan_of_UK on 5/30/07

Do not charge to preach the word of God. Do not charge to pray for someone, heal, teach or share the Word of God with someone. This does not mean you cannot take a love or freewill offering. If someone wants to bless you this way, that is a loving thing to do.
---Robyn on 5/30/07

It should be taken in its proper context. The Apostles were given gifts that they were required to use and give also - basically do not hide your talents under a basket.

It also has that section on not carrying a purse or stave because a worker is worth his meat (wages) Matt 10:10. This is countered later, but the basic point is that your pastors deserve to be fed and clothed without having to beg for it.
---lorra8574 on 5/30/07

It means "NO CHARGE" for the word that was given and now "NO CHARGE" for the word that is given. The Church has wandered far away from that one.
---john on 5/30/07

I believe it means that what you have freely received of the Father is freely given. Father gives freely and those who receive of Him must receive freely so that He can freely flow through you to others. Those who believe they have earned from Father what they have put that same "earn requirement" on others. One cannot give away freely what one has not received freely.
---Linda on 5/30/07

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This is what distinguishes the believer from the world. The Word tells us that even the world will "pay back" those who have done them good but we are to do good to those who cannot pay anything back, reckoning that their debt has already been paid in Christ. 1 Corinthians 13 makes it clear that one can even give his own body to be burned and still not have love. There is still a motive factor there and many times fame is the reward.
---Linda on 5/30/07

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