1 Corinthians 16

The Money Collection for the Jerusalem Church

1 Corinthians 16:1-4

(1) Now about your question concerning the collection of money for the Lord’s people—the poor in the Jerusalem church. Follow the instructions that I gave the churches in the Roman province of Galatia. (2) On every Sunday (the first day of each week), each believer should set aside a sum of money according to their income, saving it up, so when I come to Corinth no special collections will need to be taken. (3) Then, when I arrive, I will write letters of introduction for the men of Corinth you approve and send them with your financial gift to Jerusalem. (4) If it seems advisable for me to go also, they can accompany me.

The Travel Plans of Paul

1 Corinthians 16:5-9

(5) After I travel through the Roman province of Macedonia, I will visit you in Corinth—because I will be passing through Macedonia (see Acts 20:1). (6) I hope to stay with you Corinth for some time, or even spend the winter (see Acts 20:2-3), so that you can help me on my mission journey, wherever I go. (7) For I do not want to visit you now and make only a short stay; I hope to spend a longer time with you, if it is the Lord’s will.

(8) But I will stay in Ephesus until the feast of Pentecost (held in June AD 55), (9) because a wide door for effective ministry has opened up to me, although there are many people who oppose me.

Timothy’s Visit to Corinth

1 Corinthians 16:10-11

(10) Now when Timothy visits you in Corinth (sent from Ephesus), make sure that he has nothing to fear while he is with you, because he is carrying on the Lord’s work just as I am. (11) Therefore, make sure no one treats him with contempt. Instead, send him on his way in peace so that he can return to me, because I am waiting for him along with my other ministry partners.

Apollos and Paul’s Instructions

1 Corinthians 16:12-18

(12) Now about your request for our brother Apollos to go to Corinth. I strongly encouraged him to visit you with the other brothers, but he’s not willing to leave Ephesus and go right now. But he will visit Corinth when he has the opportunity.

(13) Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. (14) Do everything in love.

(15) You know that the household of Stephanas were the first believers in the Roman province of Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves to the service of the Lord’s people in Corinth. I exhort you, my brothers and sisters, (16) to respect (submit to) such people and to everyone who joins in the ministry and works hard at it. (17) I was very happy when Stephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus arrived in Ephesus from Corinth, because they supplied the fellowship that I lacked from you. (18) They refreshed my spirit and yours also. Men like this deserve to be honored.

The Conclusion

1 Corinthians 16:19-24

(19) The churches in the Roman province of Asia (Paul wrote the letter of 1 Corinthians from Ephesus in AD 55) send you greetings. Aquila and Priscilla greet you warmly in the Lord, along with the church that meets in their house. (20) All the brothers and sisters in Ephesus send you greetings. Greet one another with a holy kiss (on the cheeks). (21) I, Paul, write this final greeting with my own hand. (22) Whoever does not love the Lord, let them be under God’s curse. Come, Lord (“Maranatha” in Aramaic)!

(23) The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. (24) My love be with you all in Jesus Christ. Amen (let it be).


1 Corinthians 16

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1 Corinthians 16 June 16, 2015