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1 Corinthians 16

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16 Now concerning the collection for the saints: as I directed the churches of Galatia, so you also are to do. 2 On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that there will be no collecting when I come. 3 And when I arrive, I will send those whom you accredit by letter to carry your gift to Jerusalem. 4 If it seems advisable that I should go also, they will accompany me.

There isn’t all that much in the final greeting of the letter, but we’ll walk through it and look at some interesting things.
So Paul is answering his 7th question this one concerns an offering that he was collecting for the church in Jerusalem.
Paul is instructing them to set aside money from their individual weekly profits to take to Jerusalem, making note that he will not be receiving the offering but rather sending out representatives from the church to take it to Jerusalem themselves. I believe this is to further separate himself from any accusation that they may lay against him. However, if they ask him to go, or if he feels it necessary to go, he will go and they will accompany.

5 I will visit you after passing through Macedonia, for I intend to pass through Macedonia, 6 and perhaps I will stay with you or even spend the winter, so that you may help me on my journey, wherever I go. 7 For I do not want to see you now just in passing. I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord permits. 8 But I will stay in Ephesus until Pentecost, 9 for a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.

Paul proceeds to describe his plans to them - which don’t turn out that way.
His desire is to pass through Macedonia to connect with believers there - this isn’t the fastest way to get to Corinth from Ephasus, so we know the journey to Macedonia was very intentional. But he does want to spend considerable time with the Corinthians probably in order to sort out some of the mess that had been created.
I will visit you after passing through Macedonia, for I intend to pass through Macedonia, and perhaps I will stay with you or even spend the winter, so that you may help me on my journey, wherever I go. For I do not want to see you now just in passing. I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord permits. But I will stay in Ephesus until Pentecost, for a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.

10 When Timothy comes, see that you put him at ease among you, for he is doing the work of the Lord, as I am. 11 So let no one despise him. Help him on his way in peace, that he may return to me, for I am expecting him with the brothers.

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2016. Print.
It’s this passage that brings us back to the reality that there was a deep divide between the Corinthian Church and Paul. You can hear his concern in his request for them to receive Timothy. Remember Timothy is being sent to them in order to correct some of their incorrect teaching, which isn’t necessarily setting him up for a warm welcome. Which of course Timothy knows and Paul is addressing.
Like I said before, we do know that Paul changes his plans abruptly. We don’t have any definitive evidence of why but it could be safe to assume that after Timothy returned he reported that things were worse than he thought an so changed his plans to come there. We do know that when Paul comes, there is a significant blow up (evident in 2 Corinthians) in fact it was so bad that Paul didn’t want to come see them for a while and would not send Timothy either. He did however perhaps send Titus. This is a ll conjecture but it fits the fragmented pieces of history that we have.

12 Now concerning our brother Apollos, I strongly urged him to visit you with the other brothers, but it was not at all his will to come now. He will come when he has opportunity.

This shows a bit about Paul, his own self awareness and humility, as well as Apollos and their relationship. We can see here that Paul doesn’t lay any of the blame of this on Apollos and on the contrary are very unified in their efforts.
From this small fragment we see that the church in Corinth hasn’t asked for Paul to come but rather Apollos, which of course could be a considerable blow against Paul. It may have been done to keep Paul away since there was so much animosity toward him. But Paul being humble and self-aware, complies and strongly encourages Apollos to go with the brothers mentioned in verse 17, but Apollos declines, probably because he doesn’t want to be a part of what is happening and deepen the rift further.

13 Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. 14 Let all that you do be done in love.

Paul continues with his conclusion while still encouraging them, to act like Christians and be unified.

15 Now I urge you, brothers—you know that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves to the service of the saints— 16 be subject to such as these, and to every fellow worker and laborer. 17 I rejoice at the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus, because they have made up for your absence, 18 for they refreshed my spirit as well as yours. Give recognition to such people.

We see the “brothers” that Paul was talking about, who were apparently known to the community in Corinth. Paul isn’t telling them to obey these men, he is asking them to be subject or submit to them in the same way as we are to be subject to one another in Ephesians.
Wouldn’t that be great if each one of us were known for what these people were known for, Paul says that they refreshed his spirit like they have done for the Corinthians.

19 The churches of Asia send you greetings. Aquila and Prisca, together with the church in their house, send you hearty greetings in the Lord. 20 All the brothers send you greetings. Greet one another with a holy kiss.

21 I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. 22 If anyone has no love for the Lord, let him be accursed. Our Lord, come! 23 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. 24 My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.

2 CORINTH

Paul then finishes his standard conclusions but not without getting one more word into the people who are causing divisions among the people in verse 22.
Next week we will move on to 2 Corinthians and we will see that things have deteriorated between Paul and this congregation. He has sent Timothy, who has very likely come back and reported that things did not go well, which caused Paul to change his travel plans to confront the issues in Corinth, this visit did not go well either and Paul has now left
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