Cor. Chapter 16
verses for this week: 1 Pet 5:6 Humble
yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt
you in due time:
week in Chapter 15, Paul not only explained what the resurrection
meant, but went on to explain how he had not declined to preach the
Gospel and tell of the resurrection at every opportunity.
We go into the last chapter of I Corinthians today as we
begin with the topic of finances in the church.
1 Cor 16:1
Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given
order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.
1 Cor 16:2
Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by
him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings
when I come.
people of the church in Jerusalem were really struggling at this
time. Many had lost
their jobs as persecution had come upon the church, but they did not
give up but held strong to their convictions.
Paul tells these here in Corinth that they, too, need to give
to the saints there in Jerusalem.
When you and I here of someone in need, we can either respond
and receive a blessing from the Lord, or we can turn a deaf ear and
miss out on a golden opportunity.
The bible commands that we do good to all men, especially our
fellow Christian brothers and sisters.
As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all
men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
2 teaches us that on each Sunday, we are to bring our tithes and
offerings into the church as God has blessed us during the past
week. Some people like
to store up their gifts and give to special situations.
This might be commendable in certain ways, but when it comes
to our tithes, I’m confident God is pleased when we bring these
offerings to our local church.
If you support other works besides your local church, you
certainly should never use your tithes for this purpose.
A tithe was at least 10 percent of what you receive.
When we give through our church, the church gets the honor
and glory. God
has promised that Christ would receive honor and glory through the
church age without end.
Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout
all ages, world without end. Amen.
were commanded to bring forth as they had been prospered. We are promised that God has enough to prosper every man in
A Psalm of David. The earth is the LORD'S, and the fulness
thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
is said in the bible concerning the first day of the week. It was on the first day after the Sabbath that the priest
offered the first fruits of the land.
And he shall wave the sheaf before the LORD, to be accepted
for you: on the morrow after the sabbath the priest shall wave it.
And ye shall offer that day when ye wave the sheaf an he lamb
without blemish of the first year for a burnt offering unto the
first fruit was a type of the death, burial, and resurrection of
John Chapter 12, A seed had been planted and came forth producing
much fruit. Jesus
refers to His own death and resurrection as a corn of wheat falling
into the ground and dieing.
And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the
Son of man should be glorified.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall
into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it
bringeth forth much fruit.
Vernon McGee in his commentary on I Corinthians had this to say
about the first two verses:
begins this chapter by talking about taking up an offering! You
would think that after Paul had discussed the Resurrection, that
most glorious doctrine of the Christian faith, he would say,
“Brethren, we are up in the heavenlies, so let’s just stay up in
the clouds.” Instead, all of a sudden it seems like he has pulled
out the plug. We find that we have just gone down to the very
bottom. He is talking about a collection of money for the poor
saints in Jerusalem.
pious folk say, “You shouldn’t talk about a collection—that is
a material matter. You should talk only of spiritual things.”
Generally those people don’t want it talked about because the
subject is a little bit embarrassing for them. Paul is going to lay
out a method for Christian giving.
I hope you have your Bible open and that you will watch very
carefully because I am not going to read it correctly. “On the
Sabbath day let every one of you give tithes and offerings so that
there will not be an offering when I come. It may be that when I get
there we will have a special offering or probably a retiring
offering.” Somebody will say, “You surely didn’t read it like
it is.” No, I didn’t. But I read it the way it is often
let us read it the way Paul wrote it.
Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him
in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings
when I come [1 Cor. 16:2].
the first day of the week.” If you don’t meet on the first day
of the week to worship God, then you will want to meet on that day
to make your offering, which is a part of worship. That is
ridiculous, of course. When he says to bring your offering on the
first day of the week, this was the day on which the church came
together to remember the Lord Jesus in His death and His
resurrection. He rose on the first day of the week, which is Sunday,
not the Sabbath day.
“Let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath
prospered him.” He says nothing about tithes and offerings. They
were to put aside their offerings as God had prospered them. 
Plans Prior to coming to Corinth
1 Cor 16:3
And when I come, whomsoever ye shall approve by your letters,
them will I send to bring your liberality unto Jerusalem.
1 Cor 16:4
And if it be meet that I go also, they shall go with me.
says that the church was to choose who was to take this offering to
the church there in Jerusalem.
Every local church should be autonomous and take care of
their own business. The only head of the church should be Jesus Christ.
member of the church was to take part in this giving to the saints
there in Jerusalem. Just
think of what could be accomplished in the work of the Lord if every
Christian took an active part in giving.
How we spend the money in our pocket speaks a lot about the
true feelings we have in our heart.
If we are greedy and tight with our money, we probably are
not walking in the Spirit the way God would have us to walk.
Don’t misunderstand, God wants you first and foremost, even
if you can not for some reason give to the church.
But a liberal heart in giving is an honor and helps the work
of the Lord to go forth.
2 Cor 9:7
Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him
give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful
2 Cor 9:8
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye,
always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every
1 Cor 16:5
Now I will come unto you, when I shall pass through
Macedonia: for I do pass through Macedonia.
1 Cor 16:6
And it may be that I will abide, yea, and winter with you,
that ye may bring me on my journey whithersoever I go.
1 Cor 16:7
For I will not see you now by the way; but I trust to tarry a
while with you, if the Lord permit.
you remember our earlier studies, Paul had intended to go through
Macedonia before coming to Corinth.
Paul now planned to spend the winter with them if the Lord
allowed it. It is important that we always acknowledge that
what we do is truly in God’s hands.
If HE wills, we will do this or that.
Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into
such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get
Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is
your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time,
and then vanisheth away.
For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live,
and do this, or that.
1 Cor 16:8
But I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost.
1 Cor 16:9
For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there
are many adversaries.
in the Lord’s Will, planned if possible to stay in Ephesus until
Pentecost. Pentecost of
course was the feast of the Jews.
It was 50 days after the passover feast.
And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the
sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave
offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete:
Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye
number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the
said in verse 9 that a great door of opportunity had been opened
is the one who is able to open us doors and he is the one who can
shut the door.
I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open
door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and
hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
had his adversaries on every hand.
We too, when we try to accomplish a work for the Lord, will
find those against us. But
in that day, we need to look to God for our strength.
When we are being led in the Spirit and are truly in God’s
Will, we are in the majority even if it us just ourselves and God.
Concerning Timothy and Apollos
1 Cor 16:10
Now if Timotheus come, see that he may be with you without
fear: for he worketh the work of the Lord, as I also do.
1 Cor 16:11
Let no man therefore despise him: but conduct him forth in
peace, that he may come unto me: for I look for him with the
find that Timothy was doing the same work as Paul.
Timothy was a young pastor at this time, and Paul wanted the
people to treat him in such a way that he could preach without the
fear of man. No pastor
can be totally effective in preaching God’s word when he has
people against him in the church.
God wants all of us to be on the same page and doing the same
thing, which is uplifting Jesus Christ and preaching the Gospel.
When our minds are all the minds of Christ, there will be
tranquility and peace. Paul
warns them that no one should despise Timothy.
Sometimes, seasoned Christians do not want to listen to the
preaching and teachings of a younger man.
If God has placed this man in the ministry, we need to listen
and learn from what he is saying. I believe that God will bless us when we get behind
young men and support them with our encouragement and prayers. This is also true of our young people in the church.
They, also, need our support and affirmation.
1 Tim 4:12
Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the
believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in
faith, in purity.
1 Tim 4:13
Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to
1 Tim 4:14
Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by
prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.
1 Tim 4:15
Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that
thy profiting may appear to all.
1 Tim 4:16
Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in
them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that
1 Cor 16:12
As touching our brother Apollos, I greatly desired him to
come unto you with the brethren: but his will was not at all to come
at this time; but he will come when he shall have convenient time.
had wanted Apollos to come to Corinth, but he had not been able to
come at the present time. Paul
wanted the church to know his desire and that when a more convenient
season came, Apollos would come to visit them.
Our fellow Christian brothers and sisters can be such a
blessing to us.
Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of
A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken
in due season, how good is it!
of Being a Christian
1 Cor 16:13
Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be
1 Cor 16:14
Let all your things be done with charity.
are to be people who are alert and watching.
When God cut down the numbers that Gideon was to take to
battle, only those men who lapped out of their hand were chosen. I think that points out how they were being alert and looking
out for the enemy. We
are in a battle today with
Satan, and God needs men and women who will watch, and stand fast in
the faith. Not many
care enough for the things of God to make up the hedge, but God
still needs Christians who will make up the hedge and be on the
And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the
hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should
not destroy it: but I found none.
Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I
send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
whatever things we do, we are to do these things in love.
1 Cor 16:15
I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas,
that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted
themselves to the ministry of the saints,)
1 Cor 16:16
That ye submit yourselves unto such, and to every one that
helpeth with us, and laboureth.
1 Cor 16:17
I am glad of the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and
Achaicus: for that which was lacking on your part they have
1 Cor 16:18
For they have refreshed my spirit and yours: therefore
acknowledge ye them that are such.
Corinthians were called upon to submit themselves unto these that
were labouring with Paul in the work of the Lord.
There is no greater calling than to be in God’s work.
Paul spoke of the house of Stephanas as being addicted to
helping and ministering to the saints.
When we think of addiction, negative things come to mind.
People get addicted to drugs or alcohol, and this is bad.
But to be addicted to doing good, this is a high and
wonderful thing. As
Christians, we prove ourselves by what we do.
It says by their fruits ye shall know them.
How are our fruits today?
I know I sure need to be more involved I in reaching the
lost. The fields
are already white unto harvest, and our time is drawing to a close.
We may only have one more week before Christ returns.
And we may not have that long.
But if it be a week, two years, or 20 years, time is marching
on and many will die today without the saving knowledge of Jesus
Christ. Our focus
should be to tell others about what Jesus has done for us, so that
they might come to know the only begotten Son of God.
mentions several people who had been instrumental in helping him and
supplying his needs. Among
them were Stephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus.
These men may not have thought their efforts were all that
important, but God has penned their names in the bible which will
last forever. What we do for the Lord has significance far beyond
what we may ever suspect.
1 Cor 16:19
The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla salute
you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house.
know that Aquila and Priscilla had helped Paul in the work of the
Lord. Paul knew the
trade of tent making, and worked with them in Athens.
After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to
And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately
come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that Claudius had
commanded all Jews to depart from Rome:) and came unto them.
And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and
wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers.
And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded
the Jews and the Greeks.
1 Cor 16:20
All the brethren greet you. Greet ye one another with an holy
1 Cor 16:21
The salutation of me Paul with mine own hand.
1 Cor 16:22
If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be
1 Cor 16:23
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
1 Cor 16:24
My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.
many of you greeted your brother or sister with a holy kiss this
morning? Today, in our
society, the handshake is the common custom of proper greetings.
In Paul’s day, they did greet one another with a kiss. We see the words Anathema and Maranatha in verse 22.
Anathema had to do with being accursed.
The word Maranatha means “our Lord cometh.”
Paul closes the letter asking the grace of the Lord Jesus be
with them. We all
surely need God’s grace every hour, and the love that only the
Father of Lights can give.
my King James Version
Study Bible, it had these comments.
Greet ye one another with a holy kiss (cf. Rom. 16:16; 2 Cor.
13:12; 1 Thess. 5:26; 1 Pet. 5:14): In the custom of the day, this
was an expression of mutual affection and friendship.
Anathema means “devoted to destruction” (cf. 12:3; Rom. 9:3;
Gal. 1:8, 9). Maranatha: Properly, two words in the Aramaic. It expresses one of
two possible ideas. It may be taken in the sense of “our Lord is
come,” signifying the Incarnation. Or it may mean “our Lord
cometh,” signifying the Second Coming. The latter seems to be in
view here. It is much like John’s concluding remarks in
Revelation: “Even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Rev. 22:20)
In the Believer’s
Study Bible, they noted that the word Anathema certainly has to do
with the coming judgment.
16:22 “Accursed” or anathema (Gk.) means
“set aside for judgment.” “O Lord, come!” is a translation
of the single word maranatha,
which is Aramaic and which was probably commonly used in prayer,
expressing a desire for the Lord’s return. The term may be
translated either “until He comes” or, simply, “com
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