“For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
It is one thing to have the “these things” of verses 5-7 as ours, but it is another to super-abound in them.
The root of the word “abound” is “more.” More means greater in quantity. Sometimes this word means super-abound (Ro 5:20; 6:1; 2 Co 4:15; Php 4:17; 2 Th 1:3; and in this verse). “Abound” carries the idea to cause an increase in the degree of some experience or state. The increase comes with such a considerable extent that the result is abundant.
Ro 5:20, “Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more.”
Where sin came more and more, grace super-abounded more than people could sin. God’s grace extends to more and more people in abundance.
2 Co 4:15, “For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.”
God provides more than enough to meet our material needs.
2 Co 8:14-15, “But by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may supply their lack, that their abundance also may supply your lack—that there may be equality. 15 As it is written, ‘He who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered little had no lack.’”
God expects an abounding life, not a life void of the riches of His grace.
The Spirit-filled life overflows to others (Eph 5:18-25). It is like an artesian well whose source is higher than the place of its emergence. The outflow is natural. The source of power for the Christian life is God the Holy Spirit. The Christian life that does not flow over never blesses others. You cannot overflow until you are full.
Eph 5:18-21, “And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit. 19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, 20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another in the fear of God.”
Others get that overflow.
Do you have a strong spiritual heartbeat? Are you thrown sideways if someone criticizes you? Are you limping toward heaven? Are you marching your way to heaven?
1 Co 3:1-4, “And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. 2 I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able; 3 for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men? 4 For when one says, “I am of Paul,” and another, ‘I am of Apollos,” are you not carnal?’”
1 Th 3:12, “And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as we do to you.”