Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us
the fellowship of the ministering to the saints.
And this they did
, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.
Insomuch that we desired Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also finish in you the same grace also.
Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in
faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in
all diligence, and in
your love to us, see
that ye abound in this grace also.
I speak not by commandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove the sincerity of your love.
For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.
And herein I give my
advice: for this is expedient for you, who have begun before, not only to do, but also to be forward a year ago.