2 Corinthians 8 – 9
- An Example of Giving: The Poor Macedonian Saints (8:1-5)
- Four Reasons for Giving (8:6-15)
- The Handling of the Collection (8:16 – 9:5)
- Five Results of Giving (9:6-15)
An Example of Giving: The Poor Macedonian Saints (8:1-5)
Four Reasons for Giving (8:6-15)
- Faith. The most basic quality that accompanies Divine life… confidence in God (1 Cor. 13:2).
- Word. The ability to communication about spiritual things (1 Cor. 1:5).
- Knowledge. The objective knowledge of what the scriptures mean (1 Cor. 1:5).
- Diligence. A carefulness in the things of God, which was a result of repentance (2 Cor. 7:11).
- Love. The settled disposition of favor to others, specifically to the apostles.
- Generosity (“this grace also”). The quality of large-heartedness that is accompanied by giving.
The Handling of the Collection (8:16 – 9:5)
Transparency: Funds to be Handled by Two or Three Trusted Deputies (vv.16-24)
Orderliness: Collections to be Prepared Beforehand (vv.1-5)
Five Results of Giving (9:6-15)
Results of Giving. Paul next speaks of the results of giving. The first thing he mentions seems very unlikely; the blessing of the giver. Naturally, we often think of the results of giving as primarily practical (needs being met), but Paul brings out other results that we may not be aware of!