Superfluous #2

Friday, June 10, 2022

“For as touching the ministering to the saints, it is superfluous for me to write to you: For I know the forwardness of your mind, for which I boast of you to them of Macedonia, that Achaia was ready a year ago; and your zeal hath provoked very many” (2 Corinthians 9:1,2 KJV).

What does “superfluous” mean?

Remember, as per Leviticus 22:23, “lacking” is on one extreme of the spectrum and “superfluous” is on the other end. This concept agrees with the dictionary definition: the prefix “super–” is derived from the Latin for “above, beyond,” whereas “fluere” means “to flow.” To be “superfluous,” therefore, is to overflow. Let us now take what we have learned about this term and plug it in to today’s Scripture so we can amplify Paul’s words to Corinth.

Today’s Scripture is actually part of a larger context—namely, giving under grace. Chapters 8–10 outline the principles of how we should give our resources (money and other material goods) for the furtherance of the Lord’s ministry. Bear in mind: we do not (!) appeal to the so-called “10 percent” tithe of the Law of Moses, for that was “perform to get the blessing or fail to perform to get the curse” (Malachi 3:8-12). God’s legalistic words to Israel under the Law in Malachi (Malachi 1:1) are wholly contrary to His words in the Dispensation of Grace, 2 Corinthians 9:7: “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let [allow, not demand!] him give; not grudgingly [reluctantly, unwillingly], or of necessity [commandment-keeping, requirement, forced giving, extortion!]: for God loveth a cheerful [wholehearted, happy, excited] giver.”

Never once does the Holy Spirit through Paul ever order us to give a certain percentage of any amount (including “10 percent!”). All we do is “give ourselves to the Lord” (2 Corinthians 8:5), and the Word of His Grace (not Law!!!) will work in us believers to give of our assets to accomplish the work of the ministry. Provided we are willing to forsake the preconceived notions we learned in our denominational systems, it will be quite clear how God’s grace motivates us to give.

We want to transition now to focus particularly on Paul’s “Acts” ministry, “the ministering to the saints” of today’s Scripture, and the role “superfluous” played in that regard….