1 CORINTIOS 16. BY FABIAN MASSA.

Translated from Spanish to English with Googler Translator.

1 CORINTIOS 16. BY FABIAN MASSA.

16.1-4 The collection for the Saints of Jerusalem: The different congregations were gathering an offering to take to the churches in Jerusalem that were going through a time of great hardship. The system can be taken as a model of how to pay for the expenses of the Congregation: According to how one is of money, offer. In the NT does not tithe, since it was instituted by God himself at the time to financially compensate the Levites and Priests of the Temple of Jerusalem (Numbers 18) which no longer made sense after the change of Testament (See Hebrews 5, 6, 7 and 8). However, in the Pauline model of the Church, they must be independent, autonomous, self-sufficient and in solidarity with each other (they all make up the Body of the Universal Church). Each congregation must be able to sustain itself, and therefore the assembled ones themselves must contribute for the functioning of the Church.
16.5-12 The passage has no greater mysteries. I understand that it is important to emphasize two situations:

to. 16.5-9 Paul tells them that he will spend some time in Corinth and hopes that the Corinthians will also help him financially so that he can continue his missionary journey.

b. 16.10-11 He asks them to help Timothy in the same way to continue his journey, by means of an offering of money.

c. Conclusion: The offering that Paul asks is to be able to sustain his Ministry, something very different from the current "Anointed" ones, who ask to have an Audi 5, their vacations in the Caribbean or to move to live in an Exclusive Neighborhood for millionaires.


16.15-18 He indicates to them which are the Elders to whom they should follow as Ministers, to those who are being faithful in the Word. Are you following the right Minister?

16.19-24 Some important facts: Churches in those days used to meet in houses, they were therefore small and had a clear concept of community. They knew each other and tended to supply one another's burdens "since that is what the" Christian life "consists of (Galatians 6.2). The concept of "Temple" is an image associated with religions, pagan, Greek and Roman as well as Jewish. In the NT each Born Again is "Temple of the Holy Spirit" and not the building itself. The biggest problem of the "Temples" are the fixed and operational expenses, a huge "White Elephant" that consumes energy, taxes, maintenance, cleaning, personnel expenses. Etc ... only to be used a few hours a week. On the other hand, in the Churches in households, the fixed expense is zero, it is only necessary to collaborate for the food of the moment and the needs of the congregation, that is why they are a "Sustainable Model".

16.21-24 Paul ratifies the authorship of the letter. In verse 22 it says something key: "22 If anyone does not love the Lord, let him be cursed. Marana ta! Because everyone who does not recognize the Lord is under condemnation.


Week 70 is at the doors, The Lord is coming soon Marana ta! .


1 CORINTIOS 16. BY FABIAN MASSA.
Temple in the A.T .; Temple in the N.T.

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