By Pastor Larry
THE RULE OF FIRST MENTION
An important rule for interpreting scripture is the rule of first mention. If you want to understand a doctrine, trace it back to the first time it was mentioned in the Bible.
For example, many people say the doctrine of prosperity is false teaching, and they often criticize those who teach biblical prosperity. Some go as far as saying God wants His people to be poor.
Are they right?
What’s the first thing God said to Adam? The first word Adam heard God speak was a word of Prosperity.
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. (Gen 1:28)
The first instruction God gave Adam was, “Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth.”
Fruitful means to increase. Multiply means to increase exceedingly. Replenish means to overflow with abundance. In other words, God said, “Adam, I created you to prosper.”
Here’s the picture. God created man in his image. Then He spoke to Him (first mention). What He said is important. Also, what He didn’t say is important.
He didn’t say, “Look around. See all this abundance? It’s not for you. Try to get by with as little as possible. Yes, I’m rich, but I want my children to be poor. ”
Stop right here! Now, dial it back. Didn’t God make man in His own image? Yes, He did. Is God poor? No, He’s rich! Therefore, we should be like our Creator, right?
God had a purpose for mankind, whom he created in His own image. That purpose — we call it original intent — is to prosper. Now, let’s make it personal: God’s will is for you to prosper.
Let’s go back to verse 28. It says, “God blessed them.” Whom did He bless? At this time it was only Adam and God, but all of humanity was in Adam. He blessed all of us. The word He gave Adam is His will for us, today.
How did God bless them? He commanded them to prosper. Therefore, prosperity is a blessing from God.
If, in the beginning, it was God’s will for His children to have overflowing abundance, when did that change? He originally wanted us to prosper, but since then He’s changed His mind? Now, He wants us to be poor? You know that’s not so. Let’s observe the rule of first mention: If prosperity was His will for us back then, then it’s His will for us now.
Child of God, don’t let the naysayers talk you out of your blessing. I’m anointed to help you enjoy Your Good Life.
No, according to the rule of first mention, God’s original intent was for His people to prosper.
— Pastor Larry
Your Prophet of Prosperity
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