Generous work (2 Cor. 8:19)

“Not only that,

But he has been appointed

By the churches

To travel with us

While we are administering

This generous work

For the glory

Of the Lord

And to show our good will.”

οὐ μόνον δὲ ἀλλὰ καὶ χειροτονηθεὶς ὑπὸ τῶν ἐκκλησιῶν συνέκδημος ἡμῶν ἐν τῇ χάριτι ταύτῃ τῇ διακονουμένῃ ὑφ’ ἡμῶν πρὸς τὴν αὐτοῦ τοῦ Κυρίου δόξαν καὶ προθυμίαν ἡμῶν,

Paul said that not only that (οὐ μόνον δὲ), but he has been appointed (δὲ ἀλλὰ καὶ χειροτονηθεὶς) by the churches (ὑπὸ τῶν ἐκκλησιῶν) to travel with us (συνέκδημος ἡμῶν) while we are administering (ταύτῃ τῇ διακονουμένῃ) this generous work (ἐν τῇ χάριτι) for the glory of the Lord (πρὸς τὴν αὐτοῦ τοῦ Κυρίου δόξαν) and to show our good will (καὶ προθυμίαν ἡμῶν).  Paul indicated this famous gospel orator was appointed by the various churches to go with them when they traveled to administer this generous gift of the glory of God and their good will.  Much like the temple tax collections, they were going to see that there would be oversight over this collection for the Jerusalem Christians.  Thus, this famous orator, possibly Luke, was going to go with him to Jerusalem with the collection once it was finished.  Of course, all of this was done for the glory of God and to further show the good will of the gentile Greek Christians with the Jewish Jerusalem Christians.  Do you belong to a good Christian organization?

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