Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
Or, if our gift is encouraging others, we should devote ourselves to encouraging. Or, if our gift is sharing with others, we should do so generously. Or, if our gift is leading others, we should do so diligently. Or, if our gift is showing caring concern for others, we should do it cheerfully.
But for now, I am on my way to Jerusalem to minister to [the needs of] God's holy people there.
and gave it to the apostles, who distributed it to each person who had a need.
Now at Joppa [Note: This was also a town on the west coast of Palestine, today called "Jaffa," and is now a part of Tel Aviv] there was a certain disciple named Tabitha (she was also called Dorcas, which means "Gazelle"). She practiced many good deeds and always gave money to poor people.
As he stared at [the angel] in fright, he asked, "What is it, Lord?" [Note: The word "Lord" here could also be translated "Sir," and its correct rendering depends on whether or not Cornelius understood the angel to be from God]. And the angel replied, "Your [continual] prayers and [generous] gifts to poor people have not gone unnoticed before God.
You [also] know that I worked with my own hands to provide not only my own needs, but the needs of those who were with me.
1 Corinthians 16:1
Now concerning the collection for the [needy] saints [whom you wrote me about]: You people also should do what I directed the churches in Galatia to do.
2 Corinthians 8:1
Now, brothers, we want you to know about the favor God has given to the churches in Macedonia.
2 Corinthians 9:1
Now it is unnecessary for me to write you about this service to God's holy people [in Jerusalem, who were in need].
So then, we should do the right thing toward every person whenever we have the opportunity, and especially toward people who are part of God's family [i.e., those making up "the faith"].
For I have much joy and encouragement from [observing] your love, because you have cheered the hearts of the saints [i.e., God's holy people], brother.
For God is not [so] unjust as to forget the work you are doing and the love you have shown for Him, as you ministered to the saints [i.e., His holy people] and continue to minister [to them].
But do not forget to do good deeds and share [with others], for God is very pleased with such "sacrifices."
1 John 3:17
Now whoever has [a sufficient amount of] life's possessions and [then] observes one of his [Christian] brothers who does not have enough to get by on, but does not feel sorry for him [i.e., enough to help him out], surely a love for God does not continue to live in that person's heart.
1 Timothy 3:2
Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of [only] one wife, sober-minded [Note: When this word, used here figuratively, is used in its literal sense, it means to abstain from intoxicating drinks], sensible, respectable, hospitable, capable of teaching.
1 Timothy 5:10
having a reputation for doing good deeds, [such as] bringing up children, showing hospitality to strangers, washing the feet of the saints [i.e., God's holy people], assisting people in trouble and devoting herself to doing all [other] kinds of good deeds.
[He must be] hospitable, someone who loves what is good, sensible, upright, devout and self-controlled.
Do not forget to show hospitality toward strangers, for by doing this, some people have entertained angels without realizing it.
1 Peter 4:9
Extend hospitality to one another without complaining [that you have to].
for your sharing [with me] in [carrying on] the work of the Gospel from the first day [I left there] until now. [See 4:14-16].