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FRAMEWORKS: 1 Corinthians 16

In this ‘Framework' we use our usual text PLUS comment style to enable you, as simply as possible, to catch the sense of his writing.


FRAMEWORKS: 1 Corinthians 16: Finally


v.1-4 The Collection for the Lord's People
v.5-18 Personal Requests
v.19-24 Final Greetings


[Chapter 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 blessings.]



v.1-4 The Collection for the Lord's People


v.1  (Finally some ‘house-keeping' – taking collections) Now about the collection for the Lord's people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do.

v.2 (set 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.

v.3 (the 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.

v.4 (and it would be taken there by apostles) If it seems advisable for me to go also, they will accompany me.


[Passage Synopsis: The example of taking a regular weekly collection for the needs of the church is established.]



v.5-18 Personal Requests


v.5 (he 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 through Macedonia.

v.6 (hopefully 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.

v.7 (he 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.

v.8,9 (but 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 me.

v.10,11 (bless 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.

v.12 (Apollos 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.

v.13,14 (be alert, stand strong, abound in love) Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love.

v.15,16 (let 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 at it.

v.17 (thanks 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.

v.18 (they are good men) For they refreshed my spirit and yours also. Such men deserve recognition.


[Passage Synopsis: The comings and goings of the apostolic members is seen, and leaders praised for their example.]



v.19-24 Final Greetings


v.19,20 (greetings 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.

v.21 (Paul adds his own greeting in his own hand) I, Paul, write this greeting in my own hand.

v.22 (be 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.]

v.23,24 (concluded with grace and love) The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. My love to all of you in Christ Jesus. Amen.


[Passage Synopsis: He concludes with greetings, warnings and blessings.]