(24 verses, 2:45 to read)
What I am about to READ
- Paul encourages the Corinthians to give generously to the poor, based on Christ’s example, and Paul commends Titus to the congregation.
- Encouragement to Give (1-15)
- Commendation of Titus to the Corinthians (16-24)
- Paul is encouraging the Corinthians to give sacrificially and generously to the saints in Jerusalem. First, he uses the example of the Macedonians. The Macedonians had given sacrificially even in the midst of their own struggles and poverty. He says wants them to excel in giving generously. Second, he says he is testing the genuineness of their love. Third, He gives the example of Jesus. I realize sometimes Lutherans shy away from ever using Jesus as an example, but the Bible does use Jesus as an example. He is not primarily our example, but Scripture does use Him as an example for us to follow. And the example of Jesus is that though He was rich, for our sakes He became poor. It is Christ’s work through the Gospel that produces our love for those suffering and even the desire to follow His example.
- Paul doesn’t want them to give in such a way that they themselves would need help, but He does want them to give sacrificially and generously. Paul understands that the Lord blesses us with material blessings so that we can help and serve our neighbors.
- Finally, Paul commends Titus to the Corinthians. Paul commends him because he is sending Titus to them to collect the gift for the saints in Jerusalem.
- “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.” Luther calls this the “joyous exchange.” What a wonderful verse to meditate on all that Christ did for us in His suffering and death for our sins. He takes our sin and gives us His righteousness, so that we might become rich with forgiveness, life, and salvation!
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-Pastor Andrew Packer