1 Corinthians 16:17-24
- 1 Cor 16:17 (KJV)
I am glad of the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus:
for that which was lacking on your part they have supplied.
Paul was joyful when these three brethren had arrived at Ephesus to see him.
Fortunatus and Achaicus are not mentioned anywhere else in Scripture but
these may have been two of Paul’s most valued helpers from Corinth who came
to him with Stephanas when his visit was complete. The Church at Corinth was
unable to send him what he was lacking, but it sounds like maybe it was a
good report of the Corinthian Church and these three had delivered a letter
from the church at Corinth to Paul. Paul was not speaking of money in this
case. Paul was always glad to receive the brethren, especially when they
brought good news. (Prov 25:25 KJV) As
cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.
- 1 Cor 16:18(KJV)
For they have refreshed my spirit and yours: therefore acknowledge
ye them that are such.
They refreshed the spirit of Paul by being representatives of the church at
Corinth. They also put to rest the fears that the Corinthians may have had
concerning various things. Paul was requesting the church of Corinth to
receive these brethren back into fellowship when they return with his letter
plus they should also respect the guidance that they may bring in certain
1 Cor 16:19 (KJV)
The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla salute you
much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house.
Paul wanted the Church at Corinth to know that they are bound together in
the Lord and are all brethren. He wanted them to feel they were part of the
greater fellowship of true churches. Aquila and Priscilla and the church in
their home had sent warm greetings to the church at Corinth.
1 Cor 16:20 (KJV)
All the brethren greet you. Greet ye one another with an holy kiss.
All the Christians in Ephesus were sending greetings to the church at
Corinth. To greet one with a holy kiss was a custom still in vogue today. It
is a kiss on the cheek and not meant to be a sensual kiss. Knowing that this
letter was going to Corinth where immorality ran high, he wanted to make
sure that if they greet each other with a kiss, it must be a holy kiss and
not one of a sexual nature.
- 1 Cor 16:21 (KJV)
The salutation of me Paul with mine own hand.
Paul normally had someone write the letters for him but he always made sure
that he personally signed them.
- 1 Cor 16:22 (KJV)
If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema
Those who do not love the Lord Jesus Christ are those who are unsaved and
this is why Paul says they are “anathema” which means “accursed.” He ends
with “Maranatha” which means “The Lord is coming.”
- 1 Cor 16:23 (KJV)
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
Paul wanted the church at Corinth to be bathed in the grace of Christ. Grace
is a synonym for salvation, for one is saved only by the grace of God. Grace
also under girds the strength of the believer as it had in the life of the
Apostle Paul on many occasions. This signature was common in his epistles
giving it the genuine love which pervaded the whole life of Paul.
- 1 Cor 16:24 (KJV)
My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.
Paul was giving his heart to these Corinthians by telling them he loved
them. It was the true reason of Paul’s motivation in helping this church.
Paul’s love for the brethren is shown throughout his life in what he endured
for the sake of the churches.