The meaning of, and background to, the well-known expression "It is more blessed to give than to receive.

Well-Known Expressions

It is more blessed to give than to receive

Meaning:

The spiritual benefits of unselfishness outweigh material possessions

Background:

Interestingly, although the concept is clearly at the heart of much of Jesus's teaching, he is not recorded as using the expression itself in any of the four gospels that record the events of his life. Instead it is first found in The Acts of the Apostles, when Paul ends his address to the Ephesian elders saying, "In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'" (Acts 20:35 NIV).

It is generally agreed that the Acts of the Apostles, which records the movements of the apostles in the immediate aftermath of the death of Jesus up until the death of Paul, is primarily written by the same author as the Gospel of Luke, not least because both books contain a preface that is addressed to "Theophilus". Traditionally, Luke is believed to be a companion of Paul, possibly a physician, who wrote both books around 60 AD.

Although referred to as the Acts of the Apostles, almost half of Acts is devoted to Paul. Looking at the New Testament as a whole, almost half of the books (13 of the 27) are generally believed to be written by Paul, although the authorship of a few is disputed.

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