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Reasons to Give Thanks (4 of 4)
Series: Reasons to Give Thanks
2 Corinthians 9:15
Paul in Second Corinthians 9 is applauding and appealing to the Corinthians for an offering. The Corinthian church had stood out as a church that desired to be benevolent to the cause of the destitution and struggles of the saints at the Jerusalem church. Paul's theme and thrust was an exhortation as an Apostle and Pastor to the Church to give to the cause and needs of others. He is reminding them of their pledge and position that they took almost a year earlier about this offering (verse 2).
The offering is a relief offering and support offering for the believers who are in the Jerusalem church under a great deal of stress and hardship. Paul was receiving and raising funds from the other churches to assist the needs of the mother church in Jerusalem. He also wanted to insure that since he had boasted of their willingness and their spirit as it relates to giving, that he was not embarrassed upon his arrival to Corinth and they were not ready to give.
He also did not want them to be shame by this as well because some Macedonians believers would be accompanying him to see this wonderful and faithful group of saints in Corinth who were walking in obedience and faithfulness. They had heard from Paul how faithful and supportive they were to the work, and he did not want them to be embarrassed by not being ready to look like the church he had described.
(May I just read in your hearing those first six verses in the NIV)?
And to insure that this works out favorable for all, he says, so before I arrive, I decided to send Titus (8:22-25), and others ahead of me to encourage and exhort you and receive the offering prior to my arrival. Therefore, these Macedonians will see how you have been expecting me, and you were prepared to give the offering to us and not have to assemble and see what this offering should be.
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