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5 “that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge…”
that you were enriched in everything
“That” shows the result of the grace explained in verse four. This means that the Corinthian church was enriched by the grace of God with an impact.
2 Co 8: 7 But as you abound in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us—see that you abound in this grace also.
The word “enriched” comes from the Greek word plutocrat. A plutocrat is a very wealthy person. The Corinthians were very wealthy with two gifts in particular. Corinthian believers were not self-made; they were God-made. The Greek indicates that God enriched the Corinthians at the point of their salvation. They were in a state of poverty and utterly destitute until they came to Christ. Now they possess great spiritual wealth as plutocrats.
The Greek indicates that the Corinthians actually received this wealth at one point in the past (their salvation). It was not something they earned or deserved.
The phrase “in everything” is the quantity of grace. God enriches us in all that we possess by grace. God withholds no spiritual blessing or provision.
“By Him” qualifies “in everything.” Jesus is the only sphere of enrichment. Again, Paul reminds them of the motif of positional truth. This is the starting place of correction.
The believer has constituted benefits for serving God.
Our lives may not reflect the riches God bestowed on us. God gave these riches at the point of salvation, therefore, this is our constituted wealth. Yet, we may not live up to this standard. We live as spiritual paupers if we do not understand and apply God’s spiritual riches to our lives. Some wealthy people do not live according to the standard of their wealth. This can be true of us. God expects us to spend our spiritual wealth. We cannot exhaust those resources.
We create a great problem with our checking account if we do not stop to examine the balance in our account. We cannot spend spiritual truth until we grasp it.