Final Exhortations

Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. 14 Let all that you do be done with love.

15 I urge you, brethren—you know the household of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves to the ministry of the saints— 16 that you also submit to such, and to everyone who works and labors with us.

17 I am glad about the coming of Stephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus, for what was lacking on your part they supplied. 18 For they refreshed my spirit and yours. Therefore acknowledge such men.

— 1 Corinthians 16:13-18.

Paul urges the Corinthian Christians to be vigilant, faithful, and courageous and to act in love.

Paul also urges the church to support those Christians who work for the Lord and commends, with gratitude, Christians, mentioning the household of Stephanas as being the first Christians of Achaia, who provided personally what was lacking in the work. This would have probably included financial giving.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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