Dr. Miles Seaborn
1 Corinthians 16:1-4
INTRO. We do well to remember that Paul did not write
this letter with chapter divisions. It is original
form. The letter flowed naturally between chapters
15-16 without a break! If we as modern readers
experience a shock in being brought from the pinnacle
of inspiration regarding the spiritual matter of the
resurrection to the mundane thought of a collection,
Paul felt no such shock! To him the collection or
giving was a spiritual matter also.
Let it be said that Paul knew when to take an
offering! When his readers were in a state of
exhilaration, he passed the collection plate!
The tremendous thing about Paul was that there was no
reach of thought too high for Paul to scale, and there
was no practical detail of administration too small
for Paul to remember. There might be times when
Paul's head was in the clouds, but his feet were
always planted firmly on this solid earth.
I. THE COLLECTION FOR THE PLAESTINIAN SAINTS 16:1-4
Paul has dealt at length with the problems of this
church. Now he presents a problem of his own. He was
collecting an offering for the persecuted saints at
Jerusalem. It occupied much of his thought and time.
Acts 21:17, 2 Cor. 8-9
1. The Apostolic Command - 16:1
As God's messenger he gives a command. This was
a military term, to arrange troops. I have
ordered the other church. So do ye! No pussy
footing around about material possessions and
God's plan of church finance!
Collection: i.e. That which was "gathered
together" In Paul's letters he used 9 different
words to describe this collection.
1) Here he calls it logia i.e., an extra
collection. It was the opposite word for
tax. It was an extra piece of giving.
"A Christian never fulfills or satisfies
his Christian duties by discharging legal
obligations alone." Have we ever given
until we have gone ...
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