Chapter Sixteen OBJECTIVES IN STUDYING THIS CHAPTER 1) To understand the basis and purpose underlying the collection taken on the first day of the week 2) To note the love accompanying the writing of this epistle which is filled with so much correction of error SUMMARY In this final chapter, Paul discusses one last subject before making his concluding remarks. It concerns the collection for the saints, for which Paul gives instructions as to the manner in which the funds are to be gathered and then sent to Jerusalem (1-4). He then writes briefly of his plans to see them and makes a few comments concerning Timothy and Apollos (5-12). His final exhortations, greetings and solemn warning are marked with a tone of love: the need to love one another, a warning to love the Lord, and a declaration of his love for them (13-24). OUTLINE I. THE COLLECTION FOR THE SAINTS (1-4) A. INSTRUCTIONS CONCERNING TAKING UP THE COLLECTION (1-2) 1. The same as those given the churches of Galatia (1) 2. To be gathered each first day of the week, people giving as they have been prospered, to avoid last minute collections (2) B. INSTRUCTIONS CONCERNING SENDING THE COLLECTION (3-4) 1. To be sent along with an approved representative of the church of Corinth (3) 2. If deemed appropriate, Paul will join them in going to Jerusalem (4) II. PERSONAL PLANS AND RELATED COMMENTS (5-12) A. PAUL'S PLANS (5-9) 1. To see them after passing through Macedonia (5-7) 2. To remain in Ephesus until Pentecost, for a door of opportunity has been opened for him (8-9) B. CONCERNING TIMOTHY (10-11) 1. Allow him to come without fear (10) 2. Do not despise him, but send him to Paul in peace (11) C. CONCERNING APOLLOS (12) 1. Though urged by Paul, he chose not to go to Corinth at the present time (12a) 2. But he will at a more convenient time (12b) III. CONCLUDING EXHORTATIONS, GREETINGS, AND A SOLEMN FAREWELL (13-24) A. FINAL EXHORTATIONS (13-18) 1. Exhortation to steadfastness and love (13-14) 2. Exhortation to submit to the household of Stephanus and others like them, who refresh the spirits of those who know them (15-18) B. GREETINGS (19-21) 1. From the churches of Asia, Aquila and Priscilla, and others (19-20a) 2. Greet one another with a holy kiss (20b) 3. Paul's own personal salutation in his own handwriting (21) C. A SOLEMN FAREWELL (22-24) 1. A grave warning about not loving the Lord Jesus , with a plea for His coming (22) 2. A prayer for grace and an expression of love for those in Christ Jesus (23) REVIEW QUESTIONS FOR THE CHAPTER 1) List the main points of this chapter - The Collection For The Saints (1-4) - Personal Plans And Related Comments (5-12) - Concluding Exhortations, Greetings, And A Solemn Farewell (13-24) 2) What was the purpose of the collection? (1) - For the needy saints in Jerusalem (Romans 15:26) 3) When was the collection to be taken? (2) - On the first day of the week 4) What was the purpose of doing it this way? (2) - To avoid a last minute collection 5) What principle concerning giving is taught in verse two? - To give as one may prosper 6) When did Paul plan to go to Corinth? (5-8) - After staying in Ephesus till Pentecost, and then after passing through Macedonia 7) Who would likely see them in the meantime? (10-11) - Timothy 8) What noble comments are made concerning Stephanus, Fortunatus, and Achaicus (15-18) - They devoted themselves to the ministry of the saints - They refreshed the spirits of Paul and those at Corinth 9) What husband and wife team joined Paul in greeting the church at Corinth? (19) - Aquila and Priscilla 10) What grave warning does Paul give in this chapter? (22) - If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus, let him be accursed 11) What earnest wish does Paul express in this chapter? (22) - That the Lord might come 12) How does Paul close this epistle which is filled with so much rebuke for the error that existed in the church at Corinth? (24) - My love be with you all in Christ Jesus
1 Corinthians 16
Collections for the saints
[1Co 16:1-24 NASB] 1 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I directed the churches of Galatia, so do you also. 2 On the first day of every week each one of you is to put aside and save, as he may prosper, so that no collections be made when I come. 3 When I arrive, whomever you may approve, I will send them with letters to carry your gift to Jerusalem; 4 and if it is fitting for me to go also, they will go with me.
5 But I will come to you after I go through Macedonia, for I am going through Macedonia; 6 and perhaps I will stay with you, or even spend the winter, so that you may send me on my way wherever I may go. 7 For I do not wish to see you now [just] in passing; for I hope to remain with you for some time, if the Lord permits. 8 But I will remain in Ephesus until Pentecost; 9 for a wide door for effective [service] has opened to me, and there are many adversaries. 10 Now if Timothy comes, see that he is with you without cause to be afraid, for he is doing the Lord's work, as I also am. 11 So let no one despise him. But send him on his way in peace, so that he may come to me; for I expect him with the brethren. 12 But concerning Apollos our brother, I encouraged him greatly to come to you with the brethren; and it was not at all [his] desire to come now, but he will come when he has opportunity.
13 Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. 14 Let all that you do be done in love. 15 Now I urge you, brethren (you know the household of Stephanas, that they were the first fruits of Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves for ministry to the saints), 16 that you also be in subjection to such men and to everyone who helps in the work and labors. 17 I rejoice over the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus, because they have supplied what was lacking on your part. 18 For they have refreshed my spirit and yours. Therefore acknowledge such men.
Greetings and a solemn farewell
19 The churches of Asia greet you. Aquila and Prisca greet you heartily in the Lord, with the church that is in their house. 20 All the brethren greet you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. 21 The greeting is in my own hand--Paul. 22 If anyone does not love the Lord, he is to be accursed. Maranatha. 23 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. 24 My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.