1 Corinthians 16
-Paul begins to finish up his instruction to his readers now with calling for a piece-by-piece collection for the saints in Jerusalem that is to be brought in on the first day of the week (Sunday). This is so no collection will need to be made when he comes that will be a burden to them. *Application* This is a good recommendation for us as well when it comes to our alms. Give generously and in increments that are spread out so you can keep it in your budget and not go into debt or anything unbiblical like that.
-Paul talks some about his future plans and his work in Ephesus, which has had a wide door for effective work even though there had been many adversaries (1 Corinthians 16:8). He gives some instruction on how to treat Timothy, information on their brother Apollos, and how they should act being watchful, standing firm in the faith, acting like men, being strong, and working together in love (1 Corinthians 16:10-14). He pleas for them to be subject to the blessed saints, like the household of Stephanas and others, and to give recognition to such people that give refreshing and encouragement (1 Corinthians 16:15-18). Some final hellos from the saints in Ephesus are given before Paul writes in his own hand to love the Lord or be cursed and begs for His coming (Maranatha, 1 Corinthians 16:21-22). He speaks grace over the Corinthians, even after chastising them boldly and tells them finally that he loves them in Christ Jesus truly (1 Corinthians 16:23-24). *Application* Even when we have to discipline someone in the Lord, we need to make sure they know that we love them deeply and care about them to a great extent. Correction without love profits very little if any at all.
Verses to Memorize- 1 Corinthians 16:13-14