I feel emboldened to make a strong statement which will stir up some religious devils. Here it is:
JESUS DIED TO MAKE YOU A TYCOON.
Now I am aware that even people who believe in prosperity will think that to be a crass statement but sometimes truth is only heard when it is framed in a provocative manner. The reality is, this statement is all Bible. Let me prove it:
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich. 2 COR 8:9 NKJV
Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”),that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. GALATIANS 3:13,14 NKJV
Can it be plainer? Jesus became poor on the cross so that we could be rich. Most people don’t know it but crucifixion was an economic judgment in the Roman mentality; it signified Rome’s ability to reduce people to utter destitution. Jesus endured this complete impoverishment for our sakes. In short, you getting rich is part of the atonement!
I realise some desperate souls have tried to make the “become rich” part here relate to “spiritual” riches. However, the context is clearly financial. The passage in Galatians further underscores the glorious truth that Christ hung on the tree to get Abraham’s billionaire blessing upon us. Abraham was VERY rich in cattle, silver and gold (the commodities of God) and had his own private army. He was the confederate of kings and was blessed in everything. In modern language, he was clearly a multi-billionaire.
The blessing of Abraham was both personal and corporate. Individual descendants of Abraham could expect to walk in it (see Deuteronomy 8:18). Also, there was a national birthright blessing passed from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob down to Ephraim. Christ’s becoming a curse took care of both aspects of this and allows us to walk in Abraham’s billionaire blessing today!
In polite circles it may be considered rude and crude to talk so plainly about money but I am not being polite here. Jesus suffered unspeakable agonies to get you righteous, delivered, healed and funded to tycoon levels at least. When you believe this, it shows up in your life. The point is not how many millions or billions you manifest – the point is that God is your infinite Source. Money is but a byproduct. If you chase after it, you have missed the real message and you will pierce yourself through with many sorrows.
I see it all the time – people who shun the simple message that God made you rich at the cross will do the strangest, most degrading things to get money. I’m talking about holier-than-thou preachers who look down their nose at those of us who say God wants you rich but who will hustle and prostitute themselves in disgusting ways.
Now I am not preaching what men call the prosperity gospel. That is a racket. “Give big to God and He’ll give big to you” and all such. What they mean is “Empty your pockets and make me rich.” You see, the Bible says being rich is a GRACE matter, not a “Give till it hurts” matter.
“But what about sowing and reaping, Preacher? Isn’t that God’s way of making Christians rich?” No, it is God’s way of making EVERYBODY rich. You see, some of the biggest sinners on the planet work sowing and reaping all the time. They buy stocks at £1 each and sell them at £100 each. Farmers who don’t know Jesus know how to multiply seed and get rich. Sowing and reaping is not God’s supernatural way of enriching the Christian. You get rich at the cross!
God makes you rich before you ever get to sowing. He multiplies seed for sowing!! Where the man who doesn’t know Jesus invests £100, God makes sure you have ten times that to invest. But you won’t learn this by listening to the swindlers.
Anyway, Jesus died to make you a tycoon. That might shock you a little, especially if you have some religious demons. But if we all accepted it, being a tycoon would soon be just the norm anyway. The Puritans could accept such things. They knew their God and they knew their Bibles. They knew poverty was of the devil, too. And they knew the secret of defeating the love of money. Do you?