Begged us earnestly
For the privilege
Of sharing in this ministry
To the saints.”
μετὰ πολλῆς παρακλήσεως δεόμενοι ἡμῶν, τὴν χάριν καὶ τὴν κοινωνίαν τῆς διακονίας τῆς εἰς τοὺς ἁγίους,
Paul said that the Macedonians begged us earnestly (μετὰ πολλῆς παρακλήσεως δεόμενοι ἡμῶν) for the privilege or grace (τὴν χάριν) of sharing in this ministry (καὶ τὴν κοινωνίαν τῆς διακονίας) to the saints (τῆς εἰς τοὺς ἁγίους). Paul explained that the Macedonians begged Paul to share in this ministry to the saints in Jerusalem. They wanted the privilege or grace of sharing their goods with their fellow Jewish Christians in Jerusalem. The Christian Macedonians wanted to be in fellowship with the Christian people in Jerusalem. Does your church share in fellowship with another church or congregation community?