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Wealth is a subject close and dear to the hearts of all men—atheists, Satanists, Muslims, Buddhists and Christians alike.  It may well surprise some, especially those who have been deceived into taking vows of poverty, that wealth, in all its varieties, is also very dear and close to God’s heart.  For God is wealthy as He has said, “The silver is Mine and the gold is Mine.”[1]  “Every animal of the forest is Mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills.”[2]  “Every living soul belongs to Me…”[3]

There is nothing in both the physical and the spiritual realms that has been created that does not belong to God, except sin.  Sin is the only thing that God did not create, and therefore, the acquisition of its ownership and usage by His image, Adam, without proper authority, required recompensation and payment to the owner, the originator of sin.  So, when we say Jesus died to pay for our sin; that is just what He did.  He paid the price of our usage of something that did not belong to us or God, but belonged to Satan.  Thus, when God made Him who was without sin to be our sin offering, He paid for and acquired the ownership of it so that He could do with it as He wished and willed.  Since God hates sin, sin that is owned by God will be destroyed.  But sin that is not owned by God will pay its wages to those who do not want to belong to God and they will live the consequences of their decision in the second death.

The destruction of sin and all things that are contaminated by sin shows the wealth of God, if you understand what true wealth is.  Even though it cost the life of His only Son to pay for our usage of sin so that the sins, which we have used, acquired and committed, now rightly belong to God in the same way as a father pays for a car stolen by his son.  God is wealthy enough to destroy sin; just as the father buys the car the son has stolen only to destroy it.  It takes a very wealthy man to destroy something that costs a lot of wealth. 

As you have learnt, the wealth of God is measured not in silver, gold or material possessions, not even how large His universe is, but in His Son and His sons and daughters.  How wealthy God is and how much God hates sin is that God can afford to destroy something that cost Him the life of His only begotten Son.    Understanding how wealthy God is and how much He hates sin will help you to apply yourself in the getting, producing and creating of wealth, as well as the spending of that wealth in a way that is considered profitable by God.  All wealthy persons, be they God or men, are wealthy because they understand and apply successfully the principles of wealth in order to increase their wealth, that is, they are wealthy because they have spent and invested their wealth profitably.

Money is not wealth, but a manmade measure of wealth, a convenient way to evaluate the worth of something as compared to another.  The amount of money anything is worth is merely an expression of the sum total of its rarity or commonness, quality, workmanship, desirability and availability.  As such, money on its own means nothing, and the love of it becomes the root of all evil, for the love of money is the love of nothing, and the love of nothing goes against all four commands of God and against the very Person of God, for God is love and He so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.

Having more money means riches but not wealth, because in a system that is run on scarcity, it means you can acquire that which is rarer, more durable, more desirable and of a better quality.  However, money loses all relevance if the system is run by perfection in abundance, that is, when everything is available at the best possible quality and workmanship for free.  Then there is no buying or selling, and without buying and selling there is no need for money.  Men’s monetary system values silver and gold because of its durability and scarcity, but in God’s New Jerusalem, it is used to pave the streets because of its durability and because it is so common.

Thus, the valuation of anything in God’s wealth system cannot be measured by money because God has such abundance and such ability to produce even more in abundance.  So, in order to understand and be able to be profitable in the application of God’s wealth so that you are a profitable servant, you must learn to value all things with a different system.  Even though we are still living in this world with its system of valuation based on lack, we are not of this world, so that our real valuation system must not be based on this world’s standards.  We will use the world’s money system and even acquire more money, but only because it is a convenient way to do some things for the moment, and because we are not yet at full power.

However, before anything is brought up to full throttle or power, it is essential that its operators understand the basic application of all its principles beforehand.  Thus, though we need and use money still, we do not love money, but rather we use it to facilitate what we love to do.  This is the real use of money.  Even those who are not of the kingdom understand this principle – it is only the citizens of the kingdom who do not[4] – that it is to ease and facilitate the acquisition of things of real wealth.

Thus, how do we then have a system of valuation whereby the preciousness and therefore the value of any substance can be appreciated?  Instead of money, a system where all things are available in abundance, then the valuation of any matter and the system by which exchange is facilitated must be based on the enjoyment of the acquisition and utilisation of the matter or product.  Thus, that which is enjoyed the most is acquired the most, and valued the most, even though there is so much abundance, and that which is not enjoyed is kept to a minimum and even disposed of so that no one even remembers it, even if it were in abundance.

In such a system of exchange and valuation, where enjoyment is the currency, then having abundance of all things is no problem.  Indeed, valuation of a matter, which occurs in abundance based on the currency of enjoyment, will automatically dictate the longevity of the matter and the duration of its presence in circulation in an economy where all things are available in abundance and even perfection.

As an example of what is available in abundance, but not enjoyable, and hence will not endure in circulation in an economy where things are valued and exchanged based on enjoyment, suffering is what comes to mind.  Suffering is available in abundance in this world in all its different facets and dimensions, but it is not something enjoyed by God.  It had its place in the plan of God for redemption, but it was so unenjoyable by God that Christ is crucified once for all and never again.  Jesus Christ Himself shared and took on our sufferings beyond anything that any man can endure in such abundance that, indeed, Jesus lived a life so abundant and rich in suffering that it is written:  He was despised and rejected by man, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.[5]  It does not mean He enjoyed it, He endured it as a dutiful Servant and Son out of love for His Father and God, but did He enjoy it?  No, that is why in His kingdom, there is no more suffering and sorrow, and no more tears.  In His presence there is only eternal joy and at His right hand pleasures unimaginable.  God so did not enjoy the suffering of His Son, the crucifixion of His Son, that Jesus will never have to suffer again to pay for the sins of men.  Once is enough.

Thus, although suffering is available in abundance, and more can be produced, its value based on enjoyment is not worth reproducing for future use.  Like a cheap product made to stand in the gap until something better is available, which is disposed of and never produced again, so suffering is relegated to the rubbish heap.  Thus, in the new eternity of the new Heavens and the new Earth, there is only a remnant of suffering in the Lake of Burning Sulphur to be enjoyed by those who originated it and those who tried to impose it on Jesus again.  For the blasphemy of the false prophet was that he sinned in such a way that Jesus would have to be crucified all over again in order to redeem his unauthorised use of sin—in the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit.  For the false prophet is one who has matured, having been enlightened, tasted of the Heavenly gift, who has shared in the Holy Spirit, who has tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come,[6] who falls away and binds himself to God’s enemies to fight against Jesus.  He is such a disgrace to the Holy Spirit’s work that he is the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, and as such is cast into the Lake of Fire alive, for Jesus did not pay for the sin of disgracing the Holy Spirit, only the sin of disobeying God.

As part of our training in learning to apply wealth correctly, it is the wisdom of God to allow us to taste all things so that we may learn and judge or decide for ourselves what is enjoyable and what is not enjoyable.  God allows all men to taste the fruit of their plans, actions and words so that men may decide what is enjoyable.

When Adam and Eve sinned, God gave them the foretaste of the fruit of sin when He said to Eve, “With pain you will give birth to children…” and to Adam, “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil will you eat of it, all the days of your life.”[7]  God took away the enjoyment that Eve was meant to have in birthing children and replaced it with pain, and He took away Adam’s enjoyment of working the soil as a gardener and replaced it with pain, to show us how unenjoyable sin really is.  That is why God never created sin amongst all that He created.

The so-called punishment of Adam for his sin is really not punishment, but rather, God giving Adam the desire of his heart, to experience the fullness of the effect of sin in his life, so that he would never use anything God did not make, ever again.  God created a system that had its perfection based on the harmony of obedience so that all involved could enjoy the creation together, and it was a system of giving in abundance to produce enjoyment. 

The grass gave of its leaves to the animals and the animals gave of their dung in abundance for each other to enjoy without anything suffering death.  For the richer the dung, the more the plants produced leaves and fruit, and the richer the leaves, the richer and more abundant the dung.  Surprised that in the application of wealth, I speak of dung as something to be highly valued?  You see, the dung we know is the dung of a sin-affected system.  No one except Adam and Eve has ever beheld the dung of a sin-free system.  God telling Ezekiel to cook his bread over dung was not just to show Ezekiel how horrible Israel had become to God, but to remind us that if sin was not present, even dung is precious, acceptable and desirable.  It is no wonder God hates sin, as the smell of dung now is a reminder to all how noxious the effect of sin is. 

So it is not because God is cruel or a sadistic tyrant that we will also suffer for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but rather, it is so that we might truly become like Him as well—so like Him that we will enjoy the same things and despise the same things, so that we will also ensure that suffering will not be reproduced or remembered when this present system is disposed of and all things are made new.

Having acquired a proper education of what is truly valuable and what is disposable, however useful, then you are ready to learn to apply wealth in order to acquire, produce and create even more wealth,[8] to produce in increasing abundance things that are enjoyable to God.  And in your application of wealth to produce wealth, waste nothing.  When a business learns to eliminate waste, a business has begun to maximize profit.  And profitability is what God expects from His servants and His sons in their application of wealth to produce more wealth.  That is why God told us, “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit.”[9]  God knows best of all more than anyone else how to be profitable.  For not only does He profit, He makes sure that His profit lasts forever—no worldly corporation can boast that and no worldly kingdom or empire can boast that either.  Their profits come and wither to dust with time, their riches and glory all give way to death and decay, but God alone can teach us to profit in a way that never decays, never withers, but lasts forever and not only lasts forever, also increases forever.

For from the sacrifice of His one and only Son, God has received many more sons and daughters who will live with Him forever without losing the Son He invested, for although Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins, He was raised to life again by the Holy Spirit’s power declaring Him to be the Son of God.  God received His profit in us, and His capital back in Christ, and even His original investment was improved, for Christ having suffered was now made perfect. [10]  Perfection Himself became perfect through suffering, and though unenjoyable, was worth while, but because it was unenjoyable, it will never be used or thought of again, except by those and for those who refuse to repent of sin.

From His words, He expects 100, 60, 30 times as much from the Kingdom of Heaven,[11] but from the Kingdom of God, He expects 30, 60, 100 fold[12] and a 100 fold gain,[13] so that I hope you can see that sowing the word of God in those who belong to the Kingdom of God yields a much higher yield than those in the Kingdom of Heaven.  That is why God invests His power in the Kingdom of God and not in the Kingdom of Heaven because of its much higher yield.  The mercy of God is such that He would invest His word to receive a harvest in the Kingdom of Heaven, but it is the harvest of His word in the Kingdom of God that is much greater and richer, and being the wealthy Person that He is, the mindset of God is always for the increase of wealth and profit—just not the way the wealthy of the world thinks. 

But then, by now, you, I hope, have realised what the world calls wealthy is really poverty by God’s standards.  Jesus made this clear to the church when He said, “You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’  But you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.”[14]  The harvest of His word from the Kingdom of Heaven is enjoyable, but it is not as enjoyable as the word harvested from the Kingdom of God, where the word has power to do what it was sent forth to do.  The word of God returned to God without power is like the talent returned to the master with some interest.  But the word of God returned to God with power is like the 10 talents that the good and faithful servant returned,[15] which is much, much more enjoyable.

When you begin to learn the basic principles of the application of wealth based on enjoyment as God enjoys, then you will learn to invest everything you have more wisely and more profitably from your silver and gold, your money, time, life, family, houses and fields, to the things of real value, your faith, your wisdom, knowledge and understanding, and so on, even your eternity.  You will begin to learn to be a profitable son or daughter of God who brings great joy and delight to the Father as well, so that the humble heart of God will throb with love and swell with pride until He roars from Zion, “These are My sons.  These are My daughters—listen to them!” to the praise and glory of Jesus Christ who purchased us for Him by His blood.

It is not the place for this lesson to teach you the details of the application of wealth, but rather the eternal principles.  The details and the skills necessary to execute the application perfectly will come to all who listens to Jesus and hears His words and puts them to practice, for He is the Way, the Truth and the Life of true wealth.  Amen

 

 

Supplement:

So, for example, concerning the use of worldly wealth, that is, silver, gold, money, time, health, that which is considered valuable by the world, Jesus said, “I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.”[16]  So then, ensure every time you spend money, health or time, that you win friends for yourself, because you are ensuring a welcome into eternal dwellings.  And if winning friends for yourself ensures such a reward, then how much greater the reward when you spend it to win friends for Jesus and the Father, and above all else, for the Holy Spirit? 

If you want your worldly wealth to increase, use it according to Jesus’ words, and it will increase.  Use it to make enemies and you will become bankrupt eventually, for example, the Soviet Union.  The more friends than enemies you make with worldly wealth, the longer you will enjoy more worldly wealth.  But the more enemies than friends you make with worldly wealth, the quicker you will loose it all and be welcomed nowhere. 


 

[1] Haggai 2:8

[2] Psalm 50:10

[3] Ezekiel 18:4

[4] Luke 16:9

[5] Isaiah 53:3

[6] Hebrews 6:4-5

[7] Genesis 3:16,17

[8] Deuteronomy 8:18

[9] Isaiah 48:17 NASB

[10] Hebrews 2:10, 5:9

[11] Matthew 13:23

[12] Mark 4:8

[13] Luke 8:8

[14] Revelation 3:17

[15] Matthew 25:20

[16] Luke 16:9

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