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Grace, Equity, Participation: The Economy of God in 2 Corinthians 8:8-15

Awet Iassu Andemicael

This essay considers Paul’s first-century “fundraising missive” in 2 Corinthians 8–9, focusing on 2 Corinthians 8:8–15. In it, Paul poses three hermeneutical puzzles around grace, equity, and participation that together establish the theological framework of his appeal and reveal the inner dynamics of the economy of God’s kingdom. The Holy Spirit invites us into participation in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, which liberates us to be vulnerable enough to enter into the collective engagement that is inseparable from the common good. Within that community, the superabundance of God’s grace enables us to “finish doing” what we have started (2 Cor. 8:11)—what has been started in us—by living fully into the transformative economy of God, who promises to make all things new.

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