S E C O N D C O R I N T H I A N
In this and the following chapter Paul is
exhorting and directing the Corinthians about a particular work of
charity—to relieve the necessities of the poor saints at Jerusalem
and in Judea, according to the good example of the churches in
Macedonia, Rom. xv. 26. The
Christians at Jerusalem, through war, famine, and persecution, had
become poor, many of them had fallen into decay, and perhaps most
of them were but poor when they first embraced Christianity; for
Christ said, "The poor receive the gospel." Now Paul, though he was
the apostle of the Gentiles, had a fonder regard, and kind concern,
for those among the Jews who were converted to the Christian faith;
and, though many of them had not so much affection to the Gentile
converts as they ought to have had, yet the apostle would have the
Gentiles to be kind to them, and stirred them up to contribute
liberally for their relief. Upon this subject he is very copious,
and writes very affectingly. In this eighth chapter he acquaints
the Corinthians with, and commends, the good example of the
Macedonians in this work of charity, and that Titus was sent to
Corinth to collect their bounty, ver.
1-6. He the proceeds to urge this duty with several
cogent arguments (ver.
7-15), and commends the persons who were employed in
this affair, ver.