1 Corinthians 16
this ‘Framework' we use our usual text PLUS comment style to enable
you, as simply as possible, to catch the sense of his writing.
1 Corinthians 16: Finally
The Collection for the Lord's People
Synopsis: A concluding
chapter with domestic comments, first about taking collections
in their care for the mother church, and then comments about potential
apostolic travels, and finally sending greetings, warnings and
The Collection for the Lord's People
some ‘house-keeping' – taking collections) Now
about the collection for the Lord's people: Do what I told the
Galatian churches to do.
up a practice of doing it on the first day of the week - Sundays)
On the first
day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money
in keeping with your income, saving it up, so that when I come
no collections will have to be made.
goal of this offering was clearly to support the needy mother
church in Jerusalem) Then,
when I arrive, I will give letters of introduction to the men
you approve and send them with your gift to Jerusalem.
it would be taken there by apostles) If
it seems advisable for me to go also, they will accompany me.
Synopsis: The example
of taking a regular weekly collection for the needs of the church
hopes to come back to them after some more travels) After
I go through Macedonia, I will come to you—for I will be going
to stay a while) Perhaps
I will stay with you for a while, or even spend the winter, so
that you can help me on my journey, wherever I go.
wants his stay to be of a reasonable length) For
I do not want to see you now and make only a passing visit; I
hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord permits.
he's got to stay on in Ephesus for a while to make the most of
the opportunity that is opening up there) But
I will stay on at Ephesus until Pentecost, because a great door
for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose
Timothy when he comes to you) When
Timothy comes, see to it that he has nothing to fear while he
is with you, for he is carrying on the work of the Lord, just
as I am. No one, then, should treat him with contempt. Send him
on his way in peace so that he may return to me. I am expecting
him along with the brothers.
should be coming too) Now
about our brother Apollos: I strongly urged him to go to you with
the brothers. He was quite unwilling to go now, but he will go
when he has the opportunity.
alert, stand strong, abound in love) Be
on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.
Do everything in love.
some of those who entered the kingdom first remain your examples
and leaders) You
know that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in
Achaia, and they have devoted themselves to the service of the
Lord's people. I urge you, brothers and sisters, to submit
to such people and to everyone who joins in the work and labours
for the three who came from you and blessed us) I
was glad when Stephanas, Fortunatus and Achaicus arrived, because
they have supplied what was lacking from you.
are good men) For
they refreshed my spirit and yours also. Such men deserve recognition.
Synopsis: The comings
and goings of the apostolic members is seen, and leaders praised
for their example.]
from the church in the area where they are) The
churches in the province of Asia send you greetings. Aquila and
Priscilla greet you warmly in the Lord, and so does the church
that meets at their house. All the brothers and sisters here send
you greetings. Greet one another with a holy kiss.
adds his own greeting in his own hand) I,
Paul, write this greeting in my own hand.
clear on the gospel – unbelievers are cursed and will have to
face the Lord when he comes) If
anyone does not love the Lord, let that person be cursed! Come,
Lord! [The Greek
for ‘ Come, Lord' reproduces an Aramaic expression (Maranatha)
used by early Christians.]
with grace and love) The
grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. My love to all of you in
Christ Jesus. Amen.
Synopsis: He concludes
with greetings, warnings and blessings.]