1 Corinthians 16 Outline
– Collections of the donations for the church of Jerusalem (1 Corinthians 16:1-4)
– Paul plan to make a passing visit at Corinth (1 Corinthians 16:5-9)
– Paul requested the Corinthians to respect Timothy and welcome him into their church (1 Corinthians 16:10-11)
– Paul said Apollos may come to visit the Corinthian church (1 Corinthians 16:12)
– Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong and do all things with love (1 Corinthians 16:13-14)
– Paul is sending back the letter to the Corinthian church through Stephanas, Fortunatus and Achaicus (1 Corinthians 16:15-18)
– Paul sent his final greeting (1 Corinthians 16:19-24)
1 Corinthians 16 Bible Study
In 1 Corinthians 16:1-4, Paul reminded the Corinthians to set aside the money they want to donate to the church in Jerusalem so that he don’t have to make any collection. Christians should be kind and generous to the needy. If you see someone in urgent need, you should do your best to help him. Ignoring about the situation of someone’s needy is a self centered attitude and it is a sin. The church should only help those who are truly needy. Those who can get supports from other people should not seek support from the church. Anyone who receive support from the church should make some contribution by serving God in certain way. The church should provide the basic necessities to the needy (Matthew 7:12).
In 1 Corinthians 16:5-9, Paul want to come to them after passing through Macedonia. Paul hoped to stay with the Corinthian church during winter so that they provide them with all the supplies he need for the journey. For now, Paul just want to make a passing visit but he would spend more time with them if God permits. Paul want to stay at Ephesus until Pentecost because an opportunity for doing missionary work in Ephesus has been opened and many people had opposed him.
In 1 Corinthians 16:10-11, Paul requested the Corinthians to welcome Timothy and treat him properly. Paul made this request because he is having problem with the Corinthians not respecting his authority as an apostle. In Hebrews 13:17, obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
In 1 Corinthians 16:12, Paul strongly encouraged Appollos to go to the Corinthians because he is not willing to go now but he should go when there is opportunity.
In 1 Corinthians 16:13, Paul urged the Corinthians to keep watch, stand firm in faith, be brave, be strong and do all things in love. We must always keep watch and not leave any opportunity to Satan so he cannot get hold of us. We must always stand firm in faith by trusting and depending on God persistently in all kinds of difficulties we face in our lives. We must be brave and strong to face every difficult situation with faith. Whatever we do must come from a pure motive of love. If it is not done out of a pure motive of love, it will be no profit. In 1 Peter 5:8, be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.
In 1 Corinthians 16:15-18, Stephanas, Fortunatus and Achaicus are the three men who brought the concerns of the Corinthians to Paul. Now, Paul is sending back his reply letter to the Corinthians through these 3 men. Stephanas was the household head while Fortunatus and Achaicus were two household slaves. The 3 men cared for Paul’s needs by providing everything he needed and they refreshed his spirit, of which the Corinthian Christians did not supplied. Stephanas, Fortunatus and Achaicus are the first fruits because they were the first converts and Paul baptized them.
In 1 Corinthians 16:19-24, Paul send his greetings along with the greetings of Aquila, Priscilla, and the church that meet at their house. Paul handwritten the greeting himself. Paul warned that anyone who does not love God will be cursed. Finally, the letter ends with the grace of God and Paul’s love to the Corinthian church.