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The Biggest Anticlimax In The Bible (Chinese/English)

1 Corinthians 16:1-2– Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.
哥林多前书 16:1-2 论到为圣徒捐钱,我从前怎样吩咐加拉太的众教会,你们也当怎样行。 每逢七日的第一日,各人要照自己的进项抽出来留着,免得我来的时候现凑。

The Biggest Anti-Climax In The Bible

Paul deals with a variety of issues in this letter to the Corinthians.

I once heard my first pastor, David Green, preach on these verses. He said that it seems such an anti-climax as we go from Paul teaching such amazing truths, to a subject that seems very mundane and dry.

Remember that at the time of the writing of the Bible, there were no chapter divisions.

There are some amazing things that we can learn from these verses.

Paul has talked for a full chapter on the resurrection of Jesus. He now shows one example of how this should be worked out. In the phrase “the first day of the week” Paul is clearly linking the day Jesus rose from the dead, or the first day of the week, with the subject of giving.

There are always needs in Christ’s church-here there was a need in the church in Jerusalem, and so the believers have to make a conscious decision to put something aside.

I strongly believe in tithing, and I also believe in the blessings of first fruits. We give on the first day of the week and put God first in our giving. He gets the first part and not the leftovers. We need to make a conscious decision to put money aside. This means, not only have we to deny ourselves physically, but we have to deny ourselves financially, and put God first in our financial dealings and in our giving.

God will prosper you, but He prospers you, not to give you a bigger bank account, but to make you a better and bigger giver.

Jesus said store not up things for yourselves but give. If you give like you should, then God will open the storehouses of heaven and pour out a blessing you can’t contain.

The apostle John said that if you know of a need and are able to meet it, how can you be truly saved?

1 John 3:17-19-But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
约翰一书 3:17-那些凡有世上财物的,看见弟兄穷乏,却塞住怜恤的心,爱神的心怎能存在他里面呢?

You see the need, you know the need, you can meet the need, but you decide not to; that is what it means to close or shut up the bowels of your compassion.

Have you ever done that? I know I have, just being honest here. We need never to turn off our bowels of compassion. We do it because we want to; it is our conscious decision to do so, so let me ask this question. Isn’t God within His rights to stop His bowels of compassion to you?

We are to set aside money for a rainy day, but we are also to share generously and meet the needs of other believers. One of the distinguishing features of the early church was the difference between Barnabas and the hoarders of Acts 5.

Why is the church so powerless? Because we hoard for ourselves; it’s my money you cry. It’s not, it’s God’s. Amen.

Use it for His glory. Give with a generous heart and see what God will do Malachi Chapter 3. Amen.

God bless you,

About Keith H

Hello everyone, my name is Keith or kk. I am a christian writer and teacher living in Nanjing China Teaching both online and in person, Have several students. Am married to a wonderful chinese lady called Helen with a beautiful 27 year old daughter called sherry, she is a ba in fine arts from brandon university in Canada

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  1. Hello Keith,

    Wonder powerful message of gross importance. Well done and written.

    Thank you and God Bless~

  2. your welcome cd

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