Wealthy People in the New Testament
Most of Jesus followers were not wealthy, but a few notable ones, like Joseph of Arimathea (v. 57), were. We can learn a great deal from the wealthy people recorded in the New Testament, about the dangers and the disciplines of money.
What They Did With Their Wealth
Lessons to Be Learned
|Zacchaeus the tax collector |
|Before faith, cheated citizens and abused the poor. |
After faith, repented and made restitution.
|(1) Ill gotten gain must be repaid. |
(2) God saves and changes usall the way down to our pocketbooks.
|Joseph of Arimathea|
(Matt. 27:56-61; Mark 15:42-46; Luke 23:50-53)
|Pre-paid his own funeral|
Donated his tomb for the burial of Jesus
|(3) Forsaking treasures on earth for the kingdom will be rewarded|
|Women supporters of Christ|
(Luke 8:3; 23:55-24:10; Mark 15:40; 16:1)
|Supported Jesus work|
Assisted in His burial (probably donated expensive perfume).
|(4) Generosity characterizes those who follow Jesus.|
|Roman centurion who believed.|
(Matt. 8:5-13; Luke 7:5)
|Showed kindness toward the Jews.|
Paid for the building of a synagogue.
Showed compassion for his ill servant.
|(5) When we love people it shows in the things we do and the projects we support.|
|Rich young ruler|
(Matt. 19:16-30; Mark 10:17-31; Luke 18:18-30
|Unwilling to part with his wealth when tested by Jesus||(6) Those who cling to wealth have difficulty getting into the kingdom.|
(7) Righteousness cannot be earned, but must be received as a gift.
(8) “Many who are first will be last, and the last first.”
|Philemon (Philemon 1)||Owned slaves and other property.|
Forgave a runaway slave, both morally and financially.
|Joseph, called Barnabas|
|Sold land and gave the proceeds to believers.||(10) Partnership in the Gospel may mean putting your money where believers hurt.|
|Ananias & Sapphira|
|Sold land and tried to deceive the church about the proceeds to gain a reputation||(11) God is not fooled by gracious appearances but sees the heart and acts accordingly.|
|Rich Christians written about by James (James 2)||Exploited the tendency of some to cater to them because of their wealth.|
Dragged other believers into court and slandered Jesus name.
|(12) God favors those who are rich in faith; they will inherit the kingdom.|
|Lydia (Acts 16:13-15, 40)||Hosted the first church in Europe in her home.||(13) We should use our resources and homes to accomplish Gods purposes.|
|Cornelius the Centurion|
|Generous to the poor.|
Sought out Peter concerning the faith.
|(14) Fear of God should prompt us to admit our own need for a Savior.|
|The Ethiopian Treasurer|
|Nurtured his belief in God by traveling to Jerusalem.|
Invited Philip to explain more about the faith.
|(15) Stewardship of money and study of Scriptures go hand in handas do business trips and worship services.|
|Simon the Sorcerer|
|Longed for spiritual power and thought it could be bought and sold.||(16) The gifts of God cannot be bought.|
Your checkbook is a diary of your values. God calls believers to be compassionate, merciful, and just to all. Does your checkbook reflect such values? Does it show a pattern of godly concern for people'