2 Corinthians 8:23 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

2 Corinthians 8:23, NIV: As for Titus, he is my partner and co-worker among you; as for our brothers, they are representatives of the churches and an honor to Christ.

2 Corinthians 8:23, ESV: As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker for your benefit. And as for our brothers, they are messengers of the churches, the glory of Christ.

2 Corinthians 8:23, KJV: Whether any do inquire of Titus, he is my partner and fellowhelper concerning you: or our brethren be inquired of, they are the messengers of the churches, and the glory of Christ.

2 Corinthians 8:23, NASB: As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker among you; as for our brothers, they are messengers of the churches, a glory to Christ.

2 Corinthians 8:23, NLT: If anyone asks about Titus, say that he is my partner who works with me to help you. And the brothers with him have been sent by the churches, and they bring honor to Christ.

2 Corinthians 8:23, CSB: As for Titus, he is my partner and coworker for you; as for our brothers, they are the messengers of the churches, the glory of Christ.

What does 2 Corinthians 8:23 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul gives one more recommendation for the three men coming to Corinth to help collect funds for the suffering Christians in Jerusalem. He describes Titus, whom they now know, as his partner and fellow worker for their benefit. Paul helped to mentor Titus, but he described him as a partner, especially in Paul's recent relationship with the Corinthian people.

Here he calls the other two men "our brothers" and messengers of the churches they represent. It may be that the Corinthians know these men, also. If so, these two will vouch for the legitimacy of the collection for the Jerusalem Christians and provide oversight to it.

These words add that the churches they represent are the "glory of Christ." Those who represent Christ in acts of grace, like giving to people in need, bring glory to Christ on earth. That's what Christian churches are meant to do, something Paul hopes those in the church in Corinth will understand and participate in fully.