- 1 Corinthians 16:1-8
- 1 Cor 16:1 (KJV)
Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order
to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.
Paul is now turning to other matters in the church since most of the big
situations have now been handled. Paul now tells them that when he arrives
at this church, he wants them to set aside a collection of money for the
other churches. He did this in Galatia and he is now ordaining a collection
from the Corinthian church. (Gal 2:10 KJV) Only they would that we should
remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do. This is a good
practice to follow for every church. Some of the collected funds should be
put aside to help other churches, individual ministries, or Christians in
- 1 Cor 16:2 (KJV)
- 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.
As the gathering of the Saints happens every Sabbath, then according to how
God has prospered a person, they should be willing to give a portion to send
with Paul when he arrives in Corinth. He wants them to have the money ready
and waiting for him, so there will be no waiting when he arrives, because
there were pressing needs at the church in Jerusalem. As God blesses a
person, they should be ready and willing to bless others, since it is God
who allows Christians to prosper.
1 Cor 16:3 (KJV)
And when I come, whomsoever ye shall approve by your letters, them
will I send to bring your liberality unto Jerusalem.
Here the Apostle Paul is having this church appoint a courier to bring the
money to Jerusalem. A great principle here is that the Lordís money can only
be entrusted to a an honest, reputable person. Too much money today falls
into the hands of false teachers which is like giving it to a thief. Any
inkling of mismanagement of funds can bring a great commotion into any
assembly and Satan will use that to cause a split in the church.
- 1 Cor 16:4 (KJV)
And if it be meet that I go also, they shall go with me.
The Apostle Paul is stating that when they choose the person to carry the
gift to Jerusalem, then if Paul also is going to Jerusalem then they can
travel together. In ancient times if anyone carried large sums of money,
there were always robbers who waited on the roads to attack unsuspecting
people and steal everything they had and this is why people traveled in
companies. Plus, if Paul went with the person, it would also allay any fears
that the person they chose might abscond with the gift.
- 1 Cor 16:5 (KJV)
Now I will come unto you, when I shall pass through Macedonia: for I
do pass through Macedonia.
Paul was in Macedonia and was going to visit Corinth but his timing was
uncertain as to when he would arrive. This would also keep the Corinthian
church on its toes, not knowing exactly when the Apostle Paul would show up
at their door. In 1 Corinthians 4:18-19, Paul was not certain that he would
be able to visit, but by time he got to the end of the letter, he was now
certain. It is a principle for us too, that we need to be ready when the
Lord Jesus returns, as we do not know exactly when His return is. We know He
said He is coming back, but the timing is in Godís hands.
1 Cor 16:6 (KJV)
And it may be that I will abide, yea, and winter with you, that ye
may bring me on my journey whithersoever I go.
Instead of just a short visit, Paul would probably stay the winter with
them. Acts 20:1-3 may be the verses which show us that he did finally winter
there. He also told the church, that when Springtime came, the church would
be able to give him the supplies that he needed to journey wherever the Lord
would dispatch him. Normally, the winter time is when travel was suspended
owing to the cold and normally impassable roads which, of course, were all
dirt roads, and made travel impossible, especially if there was any
inclement weather. To help a person in a missionary endeavor is the highest
calling a Christian can have, even if they are unable to go to the field
themselves, they are partaking of their ministry.
1 Cor 16:7 (KJV)
For I will not see you now by the way; but I trust to tarry a while
with you, if the Lord permit.
(James 4:15 KJV) For that ye ought to
say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.
Paul always would think in terms of the Lord permitting him to go here or
there. The Lord had a plan of church planting and it was not Paulís decision
where he went. Paulís immediate journey did not bring him to Corinth, but he
was trusting that the Lord would allow him an extended visit.
1 Cor 16:8 (KJV)
But I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost.
At present, Paul had chosen to remain at Ephesus until Pentecost. Pentecost
was one of the three main Jewish festivals which was now null and void
because of the sacrifice of Christ. However, Paul did not want to celebrate
it, instead he knew that there would be thousands celebrating the feast and
he would be able to bring the gospel witness to many.