Verse 1 – Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given orders to the churches of Galatia, so you must do also;
Verse 2 – On 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.
Verse 3 – And when I come, whomever you approve by your letters I will send to bear your gift to Jerusalem.
Verse 4 – But if it is fitting that I go also, they will go with me.
The Jews in Jerusalem were suffering poverty and famine. The church in Galatia had been making collections for them, now Paul wanted Corinth to do the same.
The money that is collected within the church walls is not to stay there. It is to help those in need within the church and go out into the community to help there also.
Verse 5 – Now I will come to you when I pass through Macedonia (for I am passing through Macedonia).
Verse 6 – But 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.
verse 7 – For I do not wish to see you now on the way, but I hope to stay a while with you, if the Lord permits.
Something had happened to change Paul’s mind about going to Corinth right away. So, on his return from Macedonia, he would stop there and stay awhile.
Verse 8 – But I will tarry in Ephesus until Pentecost.
Verse 9 – For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.
Paul counted adversaries, those who opposed the gospel, as a great opportunity in Ephesus. Most think that when they are opposed, it’s time to move on, not Paul.
Verse 10 – Now if Timothy comes, see that he may be with you without fear; for he does the work of the Lord, as I also do.
Verse 11 – Therefore 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.
Verse 12 – Now 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.
Verse 13 – Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.
Verse 14 – Let all that you do be done with love.
Verse 15 – I 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 –
Verse 16 – that you also submit to such, and to everyone who works and labors with us.
Verse 17 – I am glad about the coming of Stephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus, for what was lacking on your part they supplied.
These three had showed up with supplies for Paul’s journey.
Verse 18 – For they refreshed my spirit and yours; therefore acknowledge such men.
Verse 19 – The churches of Asia greet you Aquila and Priscilla great are you heartily in the Lord , with the church that is in their house.
Think about this for a minute: Most of the churches were in people’s homes. People were close and were taught the Scriptures. When they were ready, those that had been taught moved on and they started preaching in their homes and son on. By meeting in people’s homes, they were able to find out which people were in need. It might have bee a good thing if the gospel had continued to spread this way, because you can go to a mega church for years and only get to know a few people. So much money is needed for salaries and the up-keep of the buildings, that most of the money stays within the walls of the church.
verse 20 – All the brethren greet you. Greet one another with a holy kiss.
Verse 21 – The salutation with my own hand – Paul.
Verse 22 – If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed. O Lord, come!
Verse 23 – The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
Verse 24 – My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.
Paul taught and corrected false doctrine and superstitions that had crept into the church at Corinth. The gospel never changes. It is the same down through the ages. When the true gospel is preached lives will be transformed!