This study shows how we are no longer subject to the laws of tithing and reveals that cheerful giving is the new way of the New Covenant.
This is Part 2 of 2 of the study about Tithing
by Mitch Kuhn
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Act 20:35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
It’s not that giving to others will result in the giver being blessed with great physical riches, the reward is treasures in heaven. Giving to other members of the body of Christ in need is a way to store up riches where they cannot be lost or destroyed.
Mat 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth And rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
Mat 6:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither Moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
Mat 6:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Here is a study about what and where is heaven:
I can say from personal experience that ministering to the Body of Christ when I have an abundance of any physical resource, has brought me tremendous joy and peace in my Spirit. I have experienced the promises of this verse in Malachi.
Mal 3:10 NKJV Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the LORD of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.
I certainly haven’t gotten rich due to giving, and in fact have less money today that I had before I realized these truths. What I do have is tremendous peace, joy, and a great love for the body of Christ.
There is no blessing however when our giving is grudgingly and not with joy.
2Co 9:7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
You can’t fake joy, God either has given you a joyful spirit and the resources to give, or he does not. Paul explains to the Corinthians that God is the one giving the resources to do the good works that he gives them the desire to do.
2Co 9:8 NKJV And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.
2Co 9:9 As it is written: “HE HAS DISPERSED ABROAD, HE HAS GIVEN TO THE POOR; HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS ENDURES FOREVER.”
2Co 9:10 Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness,
2Co 9:11 while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God.
There are many blessings when we have a joyful spirit to share what we have with the Body of Christ, but that does not mean we get rich!
Pro 19:17 NKJV He who has pity on the poor lends to the LORD, And He will pay back what he has given.
Pro 28:27 NKJV He who gives to the poor will not lack, But he who hides his eyes will have many curses.
God will supply what we NEED; he does not tell us to give that we may have every desire and lust of our flesh.
Jas 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
Psa 37:25 NKJV I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread.
Psa 37:26 He is ever merciful, and lends; And his descendants are blessed.
These verses describe the thoughts and desires of someone filled with the spirit of God.
Pro 30:7 NKJV Two things I request of You (Deprive me not before I die):
Pro 30:8 Remove falsehood and lies far from me; Give me neither poverty nor riches— Feed me with the food allotted to me;
Pro 30:9 Lest I be full and deny You, And say, “Who is the LORD?” Or lest I be poor and steal, And profane the name of my God.
1Ti 6:6 NKJV Now godliness with contentment is great gain.
1Ti 6:7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
1Ti 6:8 And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.
1Ti 6:9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition.
1Ti 6:10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
1Ti 6:11 But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.
If we have the spirit of God within us, then we will be compelled to help our brothers and sisters in Christ according to the ability God has given us.
Jas 2:15 NKJV If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food,
Jas 2:16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?
Jas 2:17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
1Jn 3:16 NKJV By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. and we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
1Jn 3:17 But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?
1Jn 3:18 My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.
Paul tells the story of the churches in Macedonia, despite being in deep poverty, implored (begged) Paul and those with him to take their gifts so that they could minister to the other saints.
2Co 8:1 Moreover, brethren, we make known to you the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia:
2Co 8:2 that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded in the riches of their liberality.
2Co 8:3 For I bear witness that according to their ability, yes, and beyond their ability, they were freely willing,
2Co 8:4 imploring us with much urgency that we would receive the gift and the fellowship of the ministering to the saints.
2Co 8:5 And not only as we had hoped, but they first gave themselves to the Lord, and then to us by the will of God.
So you can see that it’s not about how much we give, it’s about the condition of our heart when we give. It does not matter if we give 1% or 80%, $1, or $10,000…. what matters is that we have a joyful, willing spirit and give according to our ability.
Remember the story of the widow’s two mites.
Luk 21:1 And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury,
Luk 21:2 and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites.
Luk 21:3 So He said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all;
Luk 21:4 for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.”
So if you don’t have a willing heart to give, DON’T GIVE. Pray to God and ask him to guide you to what you should do. In due time he will give you joy to do his will.
There is also a great deal of guilt and coercion regarding giving to those that teach us the word of God. Many pastors and ministers will tell you that they are preaching to you the words of life so you need to pay them as God’s ministers.
Well, they are right and wrong at the same time. Ministers of the Gospel are certainly worthy of wages, just like the Levites were worthy of the tithes that they received for the work they did in the temple. Paul explains this in 1 Corinthians 9.
1Co 9:6 Or is it only Barnabas and I who have no right to refrain from working?
1Co 9:7 Who ever goes to war at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat of its fruit? Or who tends a flock and does not drink of the milk of the flock?
1Co 9:8 Do I say these things as a mere man? Or does not the law say the same also?
1Co 9:9 For it is written in the law of Moses, “YOU SHALL NOT MUZZLE AN OX WHILE IT TREADS OUT THE GRAIN.” Is it oxen God is concerned about?
1Co 9:10 Or does He say it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written, that he who plows should plow in hope, and he who threshes in hope should be partaker of his hope.
1Co 9:11 If we have sown spiritual things for you, is it a great thing if we reap your material things?
Mandated tithing to the Levites in the Old Testament is a shadow of joyful and willing giving to those that share the truth of God with us. HOWEVER, a true minister of God does not pressure or extort money out of those whom he teaches.
1Co 9:12 If others are partakers of this right over you, are we not even more? Nevertheless we have not used this right, but endure all things lest we hinder the gospel of Christ.
Paul did not take try to get money out of the Corinthians, because that would hinder the gospel of Christ. He knows that people will joyfully help him spread the Gospel when God gives them his Spirit. He does go on to clearly explain his right to receive money for his labor in the Spirit.
1Co 9:13 Do you not know that those who minister the holy things eat of the things of the temple, and those who serve at the altar partake of the offerings of the altar?
1Co 9:14 Even so the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel.
1Co 9:15 But I have used none of these things, nor have I written these things that it should be done so to me; for it would be better for me to die than that anyone should make my boasting void.
Paul also explains to the Galatians that they should share what they have with those that teach them, because they will reap a good reward.
Gal 6:6 NKJV Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches.
Gal 6:7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.
Gal 6:8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.
Again, this reward is not physical; it is about rewards in the spirit. If we love the world and spend all the abundance the Lord gives us on unnecessary worldly lusts, we will reap corruption.
However, if we love God’s truth and are truly grateful for those he has sent to teach us, it is only natural that we will share our abundance with them so they can continue spreading the truth to others.
The word used in Galatians 6:7 above for “share” is the Greek word G2841.
Koinoneo – Phonetic: koy-no-neh’-o
This same word is used in Philippians, but is translated as “communicate”.
Php 4:14 Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate (G2841) with my affliction.
Php 4:15 Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only.
Php 4:16 For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity.
Php 4:17 Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.
The Philippians Church willingly and joyfully shared what they had with Paul so that he could share the Gospel with the Thessalonians. Again, Paul did
not want to hinder the message by asking for monetary support, so here is what he did in Thessalonica.
2Th 3:6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.
2Th 3:7 For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you;
2Th 3:8 Neither did we eat any man’s bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you:
2Th 3:9 Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us.
Giving is to be willing and joyful, as Paul has clearly explains. If we do not have a spirit to give, but rather hoard riches and spend them on our lust, here is what happens.
Gal 6:8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.
James explains this further by rebuking the rich.
Jas 5:1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.
Jas 5:2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.
Jas 5:3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.
Jas 5:4 Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth.
Jas 5:5 Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.
Jas 5:6 Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you.
The laborers that have reaped down their fields are those that were sent to teach them the truth. Jesus talks about these laborers as well.
Mat 9:35 And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
Mat 9:36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.
Mat 9:37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;
Mat 9:38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
At first we are just like the carnal Corinthians who question Paul’s apostleship and do not have the ability to support his proclamation of the truth, with joy. Then we mature and become like the Philippians who joyfully support Paul’s work to spread the Gospel, and like the churches in Macedonia that implored Paul to accept their gift and allow them to participate in ministering to the saints.
Beware that there are many false prophets who will come to you claiming to be men of God, but teaching the doctrine of devils. Look at their fruits, do they speak to you like Paul, or do they try to extort money out of you.
Mat 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Mat 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
Mat 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
This study below will help you to identify false prophets that are greedy for filthy lucre compared to true men God preaching the truth.
Keep in mind that there are very few in this life that will have the Spirit of God. These people make up the body of Christ and are very precious to him. We should do good unto all men, but our focus must be on those that have his spirit within them.
Gal 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
Mat 26:6 Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper,
Mat 26:7 There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.
Mat 26:8 But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, to what purpose is this waste?
Mat 26:9 For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.
Mat 26:10 When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me.
Mat 26:11 For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.
Mat 26:12 For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial.
Mat 26:13 Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.
Search for those that have God’s spirit and pour your precious ointment on them. Give them your love, your time, your spiritual treasures, and share your physical resources as needed. You will be tremendously blessed in your spirit with great peace and joy.
So in summary, there are no New Covenant commands to give any particular percentage of our resources. We are told to share what we have with our brothers and sisters in the body of Christ, including those that teach us. This giving is to be done willingly and joyfully according to how God has supplied each of us. When we do give out of a truly joyful spirit, compelled by our gratitude for what we have received from God, we will be tremendously blessed in our spirit and have neither riches nor poverty in the physical.
I hope and pray this study will be used by God to set you free from the bondage of the law and lead you to freedom and joy in Christ.
With Much Love in Christ,