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1 Corinthians 16, 2 Corinthians 1-2
The true Church of God has always been, and will always be, obedient observers of Christ's only true Christian Sabbath - the Seventh Day of the week (see How To Be A True Christian - Lesson 4). Rather than doing the work of gathering contributions of food (or food to be marketed from which the income was donated) on the Sabbath, the apostle Paul (see Paul's Ministry) instructed that they take care of that business on the first day of the week, which is a work day. This principle was not merely Paul's idea e.g. "13:15 In those days saw I in Judah some treading wine presses on the sabbath, and bringing in sheaves, and lading asses; as also wine, grapes, and figs, and all manner of burdens, which they brought into Jerusalem on the sabbath day: and I testified against them in the day wherein they sold victuals. 13:16 There dwelt men of Tyre also therein, which brought fish, and all manner of ware, and sold on the sabbath unto the children of Judah, and in Jerusalem. 13:17 Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, and said unto them, What evil thing is this that ye do, and profane the sabbath day?" (Nehemiah 13:15-17 KJV).
"16:1 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches [see What Is The Church? and Church of God] of Galatia, even so do ye. 16:2 Upon 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. 16:3 And when I come, whomsoever ye shall approve by your letters, them will I send to bring your liberality unto Jerusalem. 16:4 And if it be meet that I go also, they shall go with me." (1 Corinthians 16:1-4 KJV)
Paul's instructions also included matters that were specific to that time, such as his travel schedule. Was Paul aware that his letter to the Corinthians would one day be included in the Holy Scriptures? Very likely not, which only further enhances the "real life" quality of all of the Bible.
"16:5 Now I will come unto you, when I shall pass through Macedonia: for I do pass through Macedonia. 16:6 And it may be that I will abide, yea, and Winter with you, that ye may bring me on my journey whithersoever I go. 16:7 For I will not see you now by the way; but I trust to tarry a while with you, if the Lord permit. 16:8 But I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost [see Christ's Pentecost; listen also to the Sermons Christ's Pentecost and Pentecost, A Day Of Reckoning from our Sermons page]. 16:9 For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.
Paul's first epistle (see Epistles) to the Corinthian church ends with final greetings and blessings.
"16:19 The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla [see Priscilla and Aquila] salute you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house [see the Fact Finder question below]. 16:20 All the brethren greet you. Greet ye one another with an holy kiss.
2 Corinthians Chapter 1
Paul's second Epistle to the Corinthian church was written a few months after his first (the first was written while Paul was in Ephesus). From Ephesus, he had journeyed through Troas to Macedonia where the second epistle to the Corinthians was written, possible while he was in Philippi (see Paul's First Missionary Journey, Paul's Second Missionary Journey and Paul's Third Missionary Journey).
"1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God [see The Holy Father], and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints [see What Is A Saint?] which are in all Achaia:
Although Paul taught boldly, he never did so by his own authority, but rather as a servant of both The Lord and His people: "1:24 Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand" (2 Corinthians 1:24 KJV).
"1:12 For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our Conscience [see also Concupiscence], that in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-ward. 1:13 For we write none other things unto you, than what ye read or acknowledge; and I trust ye shall acknowledge even to the end; 1:14 As also ye have acknowledged us in part, that we are your rejoicing, even as ye also are ours in the day of the Lord Jesus.
2 Corinthians Chapter 2
Paul sometimes taught by means of making people realize the gravity of the personal decision that each person has to make when it comes to their salvation (see Bind and Loose).
"2:1 But I determined this with myself, that I would not come again to you in heaviness. 2:2 For if I make you sorry, who is he then that maketh me glad, but the same which is made sorry by me? 2:3 And I wrote this same unto you, lest, when I came, I should have sorrow from them of whom I ought to rejoice; having confidence in you all, that my joy is the joy of you all. 2:4 For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you." (2 Corinthians 2:1-4 KJV)
Paul warned against tolerating defiant sin, but also encouraged forgiveness for those who repent. It wasn't a matter of "forgiving a sinner" (which only God can do), but rather a matter of having Compassion for a fellow sinner who has had problems. Everyone is a sinner; it's even a sin to claim to not be a sinner i.e. "1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us" (1 John 1:8-9 KJV).
"2:5 But if any have caused grief, he hath not grieved me, but in part: that I may not overcharge you all. 2:6 Sufficient to such a man is this punishment, which was inflicted of many. 2:7 So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow. 2:8 Wherefore I beseech you that ye would confirm your love toward him. 2:9 For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things. 2:10 To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ; 2:11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices." (2 Corinthians 2:5-11 KJV)
"2:17 For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ" (2 Corinthians 2:17 KJV) attests to how the Truth has always been perverted by "many," in the world as it now is (see A Brainwashed World).
"2:12 Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ's gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the Lord, 2:13 I had no rest in my spirit, because I found not Titus my brother: but taking my leave of them, I went from thence into Macedonia.
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