Archive for May 7th, 2020

2 Corinthians 8:20-24

In 2 Corinthians 8:20-24 Paul makes it clear that how money is handled matters greatly. He expects Titus and the brother who accompanied him to gather a large offering to be taken back to the church in Jerusalem. They wanted to be sure there was no possibility of an accusation related to how the money was handled. Ministries much be accountable to financial oversight and be sure that it is always managed carefully. “We take this course so that no one should blame us about this generous gift that is being administered by us, for we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord’s sight but also in the sight of man.”

Paul wisely avoided the possibility of any accusation about his role in the collection by sending Titus and his companion to collect it, and to accompany Paul in carrying it to Jerusalem. “And with them we are sending our brother whom we have often tested and found earnest in many matters, but who is now more earnest than ever because of his great confidence in you.” All things financial in the church should be conducted above board and properly. Paul took whatever steps were necessary so no one could blame him with financial impropriety. Sending a well known minister of the gospel along with Titus was an extra layer of accountability for the church to see.

Paul could write like a poet and think like a theologian; but he could also act with the meticulous accuracy and integrity of the best accountant. But even with those God given gifts, he knew that sending Titus was the better choice for this situation. “As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker for your benefit. And as for our brothers, they are messengers of the churches, the glory of Christ.” Paul didn’t have to be the main guy and was glad to share the work of the ministry with Titus. He viewed those that served along side him as partners and fellow workers, and always had his eye on the prize – serving those they touched.

Paul ends this chapter with a strong message about giving. It was an expectation and way to prove to the rest of the churches that the Corinthian church was truly filled with Christ Followers. “So give proof before the churches of your love and of our boasting about you to these men.” Paul says that when Titus and the unnamed brother come, the Corinthians should show them a good offering. There are three reasons they need to give well:

  1. Show a good offering because the churches will also know about it and thank God for His work among the Corinthians
  2. Show a good offering because the offering given will be proof of your love
  • Show a good offering because Paul has been boasting to others about what givers the Corinthian Christians had been
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