Monday, April 05, 2010

Sunday Collections

Sabbath Study, Part 33

In 1 Corinthians 16, the Apostle Paul gives some instructions regarding another Sunday Sabbath activity: receiving an offering.

Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given orders to the churches of Galatia, so you must do also: On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come. (1 Corinthians 16:1, 2)

As…the churches of Galatia, so you must do.
It seems that a special collection was taken up at Galatia, and Paul is giving the Corinthian church instructions on how to go about doing the same thing, so that he might take the money to the poor among the saints in Jerusalem (see Rom. 15:26). His instructions for the Corinthians were the same as that for the Galatians, including not only the action to be taken, but also the day in which it was to take place.

On the first day of the week.
Paul is not commanding a corporate meeting on Sunday, he is assuming it. Thus, it appears that the practice of meeting on Christ’s resurrection day was well established. The church was celebrating the Sabbath on Sunday instead of Saturday, setting the Jewish and Gentile Christians apart from the nonbelieving Jews.

“It appears from the whole that the first day of the week, which is the Christian Sabbath, was the day on which their principal religious meetings were held in Corinth and the Churches of Galatia; and, consequently, in all other places where Christianity had prevailed. This is a strong argument for the keeping of the Christian Sabbath” (Adam Clarke).


Commentaries Cited from
Hall, Kay.
Online Bible. Beersheba Springs: Ken Hamel, 2000. CD-ROM.

Commentaries Used
Commentary on the Bible, by Adam Clarke

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