1 Corinthians 1:5 (AV)
5 That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;
It is because of grace that in every thing we are enriched. The Greek word ploutizo [ploo·tid·zo] means “to make rich” or “to be richly furnished.” The question we should ask is, “Made rich or richly furnished in what?” Some would say “Just name it and claim it” and you will be rich in this world. Often, the prosperity crowd forget to look at context when reading the Bible. Context is king because the Bible explains itself and keeps us from going off track.
We are enriched in every thing by Jesus Christ in two things: in all utterance, and in all knowledge.
- In all utterance. The word utterance is Greek word Logos. It is different from the Greek word, Graphe. For example, the word graphe is found in 2 Timothy 3:16, “All Scripture (graphe) is given by inspiration of God.” The Scripture you hold is the graphe. The Logos is the graphe spoken by a living voice. It is anything reported in speech. Therefore, when Jesus is described as the Logos, he is the living, breathing, embodiment of the Word. We are enriched by speaking the logos, and hearing the logos. A good example of how logos and graphe go together is found in Revelation 1:3, “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words (logos)…and keep those things which are written (grapho)….” We are enriched by the Word of God!
- And in all knowledge. It follows that knowledge flows from the utterance of the Word of God. Bible study increases knowledge. A phrase I like to use with my church is, “Do you want to be smarter? Learn the Word of God.” Because of grace we are enriched when we read and hear the word–the result is an increase in knowledge, i.e., we become smarter.
The take away from Paul’s exhortation is simple: Read, hear, and grow in the Word. That is how to become rich.