Paul's Concluding Words (Chapter 16)

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1 Cor 16:1-24

1Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given orders to the churches of Galatia, so you must do also:

2On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come.

3And when I come, whomever you approve by your letters I will send to bear your gift to Jerusalem.

4But if it is fitting that I go also, they will go with me.

5Now I will come to you when I pass through Macedonia (for I am passing through Macedonia).

6And it may be that I will remain, or even spend the winter with you, that you may send me on my journey, wherever I go.

7For I do not wish to see you now on the way; but I hope to stay a while with you, if the Lord permits.

8But I will tarry in Ephesus until Pentecost.

9For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.

10Now if Timothy comes, see that he may be with you without fear; for he does the work of the Lord, as I also do.

11Therefore let no one despise him. But send him on his journey in peace, that he may come to me; for I am waiting for him with the brethren.

12Now concerning our brother Apollos, I strongly urged him to come to you with the brethren, but he was quite unwilling to come at this time; however, he will come when he has a convenient time.

13Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.

14Let all that you do be done with love.

15I urge you, brethren-- you know the household of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves to the ministry of the saints--

16that you also submit to such, and to everyone who works and labors with us.

17I am glad about the coming of Stephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus, for what was lacking on your part they supplied.

18For they refreshed my spirit and yours. Therefore acknowledge such men.

19The churches of Asia greet you. Aquila and Priscilla greet you heartily in the Lord, with the church that is in their house.

20All the brethren greet you. Greet one another with a holy kiss.

21The salutation with my own hand-- Paul's.

22If anyone does not love (phileo) the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed. O Lord, come!

23The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

24My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.


This passage serves as a conclusion to the whole letter, giving live, practical examples of what Paul has been urging the Corinthians to be - a giving, loving missionary community. This has been hindered by false teaching in the Church and by false spiritual leaders. Paul has been exposing such and now lists those who are worthy to be imitated and who exemplify the principles he has been expounding.

(a) A Giving and Large-hearted Community (verses 1-4):

(b) A Going and Labouring Community (Verses 5-12):

(c) A Guided and Learning Community (Verse 13):

(d) A Gracious and Loving Community (Verses 14-18):

(e) A Greeting and Linked Community (Verses 19-21):

(f) A Guiltless and Lasting Community (Verse 22):

The Benediction (Verses23-24)


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