PaulA Christian missionary who once persecuted the church More advises the Corinthians to set aside money each week so that they can contribute substantially to a collection that his GentileA gentile is anyone who is not Jewish. The term, which is derived from words that the Bible uses to denote the "nations" of the world, reflects beliefs that God had designated Israel as a nation that would be distinct from others, and a blessing... More churches are taking up for the mostly Jewish church in Jerusalem.
In Romans, Paul writes that he hopes to visit Rome, but first he must go to Jerusalem to deliver a monetary gift collected from churches in Macedonia and Achaia. Corinth was in Achaia. Both in 1 Corinthians and in 2 Corinthians, Paul mentions the collection and asks his readers to participate generously. In the Corinthian correspondence, he does not say why he is taking up such a collection. In Romans, however, he writes that the gift is for “the poor among the saints in Jerusalem” (Romans 15:26). He explains further that it is right for the Jewish Christian Jerusalem church to benefit from the generosity of his Gentile congregations in Asia minor, “for if the Gentiles have come to share in their spiritual blessings, they ought also to be of service to them in material things” (Romans 15:27b).