Aug. 13. Concluding Statements to the Corinthians

I Cor. 16:1-24

Paul turned his attention next to the question regarding the collection for the poor saints (Jewish Christians) in Jerusalem. One of the goals of Paul’s travels was to collect a contribution from the Gentile churches to aid the church in Jerusalem. The church at Antioch had started this aid several years earlier.

Since the first day of the week was the day Christians worshipped, Paul instructed the Corinthians to use this period as a time to contribute of their means for distribution to the Jerusalem church. Notice the significance of the first day of the week. Jesus was raised from the dead; appeared to His apostles; the church was established and the disciples met to break bread (eat the Lord’s Supper) on the first day of the week.

It was suggested by Paul that someone other than himself should be responsible for delivering the contribution, but if his going was necessary, they could go with him.

Paul informed the Corinthians of his plans to visit with them. He would see them after passing through Macedonia from Ephesus. His plans also called for him to stay in Ephesus until after Pentecost and it was possible that he would spend the winter at Corinth with them.

Timothy and Erastus had been sent by Paul to minister to the Macedonians and other churches along the way and Timothy was to go on to Corinth. He instructed them to respect him, even though a young man because he was doing the work of the Lord.

The final question from the Corinthians was regarding Apollos. He had gone from Ephesus to Corinth before Paul had arrived in Ephesus. Possibly because of the factions in Corinth, he had left and returned to Ephesus. Paul informed them that Apollos was not ready to return, but would go back to them at a convenient time.

As Paul began to end his epistle, he gave a brief summary of the problems that he had addressed with the Corinthians. He instructed them to, “Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. Let all that you do be done with love.”

The churches of Asia and also Aquila and Priscilla sent greetings to the Corinthians. This couple had been of great assistance to Paul during the eighteen months that he was in Corinth. They had followed him to Ephesus during his second missionary journey.

After having dictated the letter to a secretary, Paul added a salutation in his own writing. This authenticated his letter. He also added a statement expressing his love and care for the Corinthians as he called for the grace of Christ to be with them.