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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.(to
have in attendance with us; to bring along with us and therefor expect
them to be accomodated as to food and lodging also).a
sister, a wife, as well as other apostles and as the brethren of the Lord
9:7 Who goes a warfare any time at his own charges?.(To
have in attendance with us;)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?
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?
Look after those
from whom you are fed spiritually.
9:11 If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing
if we shall reap your carnal
9:12 If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather?
we have not used this power, but suffer
all things, lest
we should hinder
the gospel of Christ.(Romans
9:13 Do you not know that they which minister about holy things live
of the things of the temple?.(that
is, they are supported in their work by the offerings of the people and
by the provisions which were made for the temple service back then:.Numbers
18:24-32).and they which wait at
the altar are partakers with the altar?
In the Old Testament,
the priests looked after the
sacrifices the people brought to the altar.
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.
Paul is saying that
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. If
Paul did it out of some fear, that would show his heart wasn't in it. and
it would be the same if others contributed to him, who could then say,
'Because of me helping Paul, the gospel got out to others'. The group in
Corinth was not much of a spiritual group as yet.(1Corinthians
1:10; 3:3; 11:18).and
so Paul saw that if some supported him and not others it could lead to
division there, so he supported himself as the next verse here shows.
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.
That is, abuse by
placing others in an obligatory
position to support me.
9:19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant
unto all, that I might gain the more.
Paul supported himself as
18:1-3; 20:33,34; 1Corinthians
2:9; 2Thessalonians 3:8.
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.
9:23 And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker
thereof with you.
1:1) knew the value of being in rapport
with others. See the psychology
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. They.(those
of worldly character).do
it to obtain a corruptible crown.(everyone
not in Christ wants to be preeminent,
because they don't know that in Christ you are where your real self, the
spirit that is you longs
2:9), but we an incorruptible.
9:26 I therefore so run, not
as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beats the air.
You don't want to let your
ego run your life away from what really
matters and that is the spiritual growth you can achieve and the
reward for achieving it that'll last through eternity.
6:17 "...the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy."
10:10 "...I am come that they'll have life more abundantly." Philippians
4:13 "I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.".Ancient
David knew this when he ran boldly against Goliath:.1Samuel
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
these).lest that by any means when
I have preached to others I myself should be a castaway.