2 Corinthians 8 Outline
– Paul encouraged the Corinthians to be generous to the Jerusalem church (2 Corinthians 8:1-15)
– Paul send Titus and another brother with the collection of money to the Corinthian church (2 Corinthians 8:16-24)
2 Corinthians 8 Bible Study
In 2 Corinthians 8:1-7, Paul praised the Macedonian church because they outdo the Corinthian church. Macedonia is the northern part of Greece while Corinth is the southern part of Greece. Macedonia include regions such as Philippi, Thessalonica, and Berea. The Macedonians set a good example in giving generously to help the Christians in Jerusalem (Acts 20:35; Luke 6:38; Proverbs 11:24-25; Matthew 10:42; 1 John 3:17; Matthew 6:21).
In 2 Corinthians 8:8-9, Paul pointed out the giving examples of the Macedonians to test their sincerity of love. He wants to encourage them to give generously (2 Corinthians 8:12; 2 Corinthians 9:7).
In 2 Corinthians 8:10-12, Paul want to encourage the Corinthians to give. Last year, the Corinthians were the first to give. Now, Paul urged the Corinthians to continue their giving habit. Faith has works. The most important commandment of God is to love others as much as you love yourself. If you see others in need, you cannot ignore his situation but you should do your best to help him. Any gift, if given willingly, it will be accepted by God, regardless of the amount. Whatever we do must be out of a pure motive otherwise it will be a sin.
In 2 Corinthians 8:13-15, we should always help others that are in need. We are brothers and sisters in Christ so we must help each other. The rich should not look down on those that have low social status. Paul asked the Corinthians to be kind and help the saints in Jerusalem so that there is equality. The saints in Jerusalem had spend their time preaching and blessing them with spiritual abundance. Now, the Corinthians should bless them back with material abundance.
In 2 Corinthians 8:16-24, Paul is sending Titus and another brother. They will carry the collection of the money with them as they visit the Corinthian church. Paul let Titus and another brother carry the collection of money to avoid any blame (Luke 16:10). In 2 Corinthians 8:24, Paul encouraged the Corinthians to give generously to the saints when Titus and the other brother come.