1 Corinthians 16:15-18
I beseech you, brothers, (you know the house of Stephanas, that it is the first fruits of Achaia…
We should —
I. CHERISH THE HIGHEST RESPECT FOR THEM. Stephanas was one of Paul's first converts in Achaia, and his family the only one Paul baptized in Corinth, He and his were addicted to the ministries of love. Fortunatus and Achaicus had supplied to Paul what the Corinthians had neglected. The truly useful are the only truly honourable. A man is to be honoured not because of his ancestry, his office, his wealth, but because of what he is morally, and what he does generously in the way of helping the race. The philanthropist is the true prince.
II. HEARTILY CO-OPERATE (ver. 16).
1. Co-operate with useful men.
2. In your co-operation let them take the lead. They have proved themselves worthy of your co-operation.
(D. Thomas, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,)