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9:1 Am I not an apostle? Am I not free? Have I not seen Emmanuel the
Christ our Lord? Are not ye my work in the Lord?
9:5 Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other
apostles and as the brethren of the Lord and Cephas?
9:7 Who goes a warfare any time at his own charges?.(to
war the spiritual
warfare, we need the prayers of others).Who
plants a vineyard and eats not of the fruit thereof? Or who feeds a flock
and eats not of the milk of the flock?
Corinthians 9:9 For it is written in the law of Moses, Don't muzzle
the mouth of the ox that treads out the corn. Does God care about oxen?
9:11 If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing
if we shall reap your carnal things?
9:16 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of. For
necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!
9:17 For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward, but if against
my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me..(if
I don't want to do this, the obligation
is still on me to do it, so I might as well do it with a good heart and
get a reward,
than do it with the attitude of wanting to do something else instead)
9:18 What is my reward then? Verily that.(or,
my reward is this), when I preach the gospel, I may make
gospel of Christ.without charge.(*),
that I abuse
not my power in the gospel.(abuse
by placing others in an obligatory
position to support me; Paul supported himself as a tentmaker:.Acts
9:19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant
unto all, that I might gain the more.(Mark
9:20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews;
to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them
that are under the law;
9:21 To them that are without law, as without law, being not without
law to God, but under the law to Christ, that I might gain them that are
9:22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak. I am
made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.(Acts
9:23 And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker
thereof with you.
9:24 Know you not that they which run in a race run all, but one receives
the prize? So run, that you may obtain.
9:25 And every man that strives for the
mastery is temperate
in all things. Now they.(those
of worldly character).do
it to obtain a corruptible crown, but we an incorruptible..(you
don't want to let your ego run
your life away from what really matters
and that is the spiritual and the reward)
9:26 I therefore so run, not
as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beats the air;.(beating
the air is how most people live their lives not
having anything but the
ego level to go by)
9:27 but I keep under my body.(aware
of his body).and bring it
into subjection lest that by any means when I have preached to others I
myself should be a castaway.