In the first 5 verses, Paul wraps up his discussion from chapter 8 about the collection for the church in Jerusalem. In this conclusion, he tells the Corinthians that he has told the people in Macedonia all about their willingness to give, how the Corinthians have assured him that they will be all in when the time comes to produce their contribution to the fund. He gives them a heads up that the men are coming to collect their gift, so they won’t be surprised; so they can be prepared, in other words.
Of course, he did manage to mention how embarrassing it would be if they didn’t come through with their pledge… no pressure or anything.
After this, there is a subtle shift from this specific collection, to a more general theme on giving, one we can all benefit from.
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will…
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