2 Corinthians 12:18
I desired Titus, and with him I sent a brother…
apostle proceeds to mention one or two persons that he had sent unto
them, and desires to know whether they could charge them with any
such practices. He had desired, exhorted, and encouraged Titus to go
unto them, and collect money from them; but not for either of
themselves, but for the poor saints at Jerusalem; and he sent
another brother along with him, who is by some supposed to be Luke,
to be a companion of him, and an assistant to him; and who was a
witness of what he did, and for what purpose he was sent, and how he
did Titus make a gain of you?
did he greedily desire your substance?
did he show an avaricious temper, or a covetous inclination after
your money? did he by any methods extort it from you? say if Titus,
or the brother with him, received anything from you, either on
their own, or my account?
walked we not in the same Spirit?
in the same Spirit of God, being
directed and influenced by him; or in the same disposition of mind,
being agreed and determined to preach the Gospel freely, and receive
nothing for it:
walked we not in the same steps?
took the same methods, lived the same
course of life, working with their own hands to supply their wants,
rather than be burdensome to others: the apostle suggests, that where
are the same Spirit, temper, disposition, and principles, there will be
the same works and actions; and as for covetousness, it is neither
agreeable to the Spirit of God, nor to the spirit of a Christian.