Financial Help for the Jerusalem Church
2 Corinthians 9:1-5
(1) There is no need for me to write to you about the financial gift being sent to the Lord’s people—the poor Jewish believers in Jerusalem (see Galatians 2:10). (2) For I know you are eager to help. I have been boasting about you to the churches throughout the Roman province of Macedonia. I told them that since last year you in the Roman province of Achaia were ready to give, and your enthusiasm to give has stirred most of them up to give. (3) But I am sending the brothers (Titus and the two other brothers) to you so that our boasting about you in this matter will not prove to be false. For we want you to be ready to give, as I said you would be. (4) For if any of the believers in Macedonia come with me to Corinth and find you unprepared to give, we—not to mention you—will be ashamed of having been so confident. (5) So I thought it necessary to have the brothers visit you before I come, and finish the arrangements for the generous gift that you have promised. Then I will know the generous gift will be ready as a free-will blessing, not as one given from an unwilling heart.
2 Corinthians 9:6-15
(6) Remember this is how life works: whoever plants a small amount of seed will have a small harvest, and whoever plants a large amount of seed will have a large harvest. (7) Each believer in Corinth should give according to what they have decided in their heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, because God loves those who give with joy (a cheerful giver). (8) Then God is able to bless you with his abundance, so that you will always have everything you need at all times, and that you will abound in every good work. (9) As it is written in Psalm 112:9, “He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor; his righteousness lasts for ever and ever.” (10) Now God who supplies seed to the planter and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. (11) You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generous giving will result in thanksgiving to God.
(12) This ministry (service) of giving is not only providing for the needs of the Lord’s people in Jerusalem, but will also overflow in many expressions of thanksgiving to God. (13) Because of your ministry, by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience flowing from your confession of the gospel (good news) of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and everyone else. (14) And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the abundant grace God has given you. (15) Praise be to God for his abundant (indescribable) gift!