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2 Co.8-9 – General Context

2 Co.8-9 – General Context

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2 Co.8-9 – General Context

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  1. 2 Co.8-9 – General Context • Paul collected funds from Gentiles churches in Galatia, Achaia, Mace-donia, and possibly Asia • Sent to poor saints in Jerusalem • Ro.15:26-31 • 1 Co.16:1-4 • 2 Co.8-9 • Ac.20:4; 24:17 2 Corinthians 1-7, friends 8-9, finances 10-13, foes

  2. 2 Co.8-9 – Sections • Example of Macedonian churches, 8:1-6 • Exhortation to Corinthians, 8:7-15 • Eluding charges of dishonesty, 8:16-24 • Escaping dishonor, 9:1-5 • Empowering the cheerful giver, 9:6-10 • Exalting God in giving, 9:1-15

  3. 2 Co.8-9 – Methods of raising money Giving: “I hate to” “I ought to” “I want to” • Negative – • Threats • Sensationalism • Warnings of disaster • Positive – • Giving as prospered, 1 Co.16:1-4 • Concern for poor brothers, 2 Co.8-9 • Example of faithful brothers, 8:1-5 • Example of Jesus, 8:9 • Encouragement of brothers, 8:16-24

  4. “Grace” in 2 Co.8-9 • Divine enablement, favor, 8:1, 9; 9:8,14, 15 • Human privilege; a favor, 8:4 • Monetary gift; “act of grace” (ESV), the offering itself, 8:4, 6, 7, 19 (1 Co.16:3) • Spiritual endowment, gracious act of giving, 8:7 (Ro.12:8) • Divine favor, goodwill, 8:9 • Word of gratitude, thanks given for the gift, 8:16; 9:15

  5. The Corinthians “had it all” (8:7) • Faith – spir. gift? 1 Co.12:9; 13:2 • Speech – spir. gift? • Knowledge – spir. gift? 1 Co.12:8; 13:2 • Diligence – eagerness, earnestness • Love – active goodwill for others • This grace also (?) – time will tell Wisdom? 1 Co.12:8 Knowledge?1 Co.12:8 Prophecy? 1 Co.12:10; 13:2 Tongues? 1 Co.12:10; 13:2

  6. “Equality” 2 Co.8:14 • Not socialism (equality of basic needs, not supply) Ex.16:16-18 • Three possibilities – an equality . . . a. of contributing churches in giving (a burden equally shared) b. between givers & receivers (each helps other in need) c. in exchange of spiritual & physical sharing, Ro.15:26-27