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Dave Burnette's Commentary

1 Corinthians Chapter 16 

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Paul
Date Penned: (55 AD)
Overview: Paul Answers Church Questions (c 7-16)
Theme: Instructions on the Resurrection (c 15-16)
Message: Paul's Final Instruction (v 1-58)

1 Corinthians 16 Commentary

(16:1-4) The Collection for Jerusalem - Paul had just said that no good deed is ever in vain (15:58). In this chapter, he mentions some practical deeds that have value for all Christians. The Corinthians had been asked to join with Christians in other areas to support the church in Jerusalem. Paul could hardly have found a more practical example of the unity of the body of Christ (12:12-13) than in his desire that all the churches give to help a suffering body of believers.

(16:5-18) Paul's Final Instructions - As the Corinthians awaited Paul’s next visit, they were directed to be on their guard against spiritual dangers, stand firm in the faith, behave courageously, be strong, and do everything with kindness and in love. This list could be called a Christian’s job description. Today, as believers await the return of Christ, they should follow the same instructions.

(16:19-24) Paul's Final Greetings - As Paul had traveled across the Roman Empire, he started churches in many cities. Although far apart geographically, the churches were united in their relationship to Jesus Christ, and Paul emphasized this unity each time he would send greetings from one church to another.



Dave Burnette's Life Application

Working in the Church

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue the book of 1st Corinthians with Chapter 16 and in our text we see Paul closing out this letter to Church at Corinth highlighting Biblical offerings to fund the needs of the Church and to have one goal of sharing Christ with the World in love and unity as the body of Christ.

How about you? Are you working with the Body? Let us learn from our text today and the whole chapter of 1 Corinthians to see that we are to work with the Body in unity and love in the Spirit of God to reach the world with the amazing Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus-Christ. 


1 Corinthians 16

1 Corinthians 16

 1Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.

 2Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.

 3And when I come, whomsoever ye shall approve by your letters, them will I send to bring your liberality unto Jerusalem.

 4And if it be meet that I go also, they shall go with me.

 5Now I will come unto you, when I shall pass through Macedonia: for I do pass through Macedonia.

 6And it may be that I will abide, yea, and winter with you, that ye may bring me on my journey whithersoever I go.

 7For I will not see you now by the way; but I trust to tarry a while with you, if the Lord permit.

 8But I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost.

 9For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.

 10Now if Timotheus come, see that he may be with you without fear: for he worketh the work of the Lord, as I also do.

 11Let no man therefore despise him: but conduct him forth in peace, that he may come unto me: for I look for him with the brethren.

 12As touching our brother Apollos, I greatly desired him to come unto you with the brethren: but his will was not at all to come at this time; but he will come when he shall have convenient time.

 13Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.

 14Let all your things be done with charity.

 15I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,)

 16That ye submit yourselves unto such, and to every one that helpeth with us, and laboureth.

 17I am glad of the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus: for that which was lacking on your part they have supplied.

 18For they have refreshed my spirit and yours: therefore acknowledge ye them that are such.

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

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

 21The salutation of me Paul with mine own hand.

 22If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.

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

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