1 Corinthians Chapter 9
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Matthew Henry's 1 Corinthians Chapter 9 Bible commentary...
The apostle shows his authority, and asserts his right to be maintained. (1-14) He waved this part of his Christian liberty, for the good of others. (15-23) He did all this, with care and diligence, in view of an unfading crown. (24-27)1-14 It is not new for a minister to meet with unkind returns for good-will to a people, and diligent and successful services among them. To the cavils of some, the apostle answers, so as to set forth himself as an example of self-denial, for the good of others. He had a right to marry as well as other apostles, and to claim what was needful for his wife, and his children if he had any, from the churches, without labouring with his own hands to get it. Those who seek to do our souls good, should have food provided for them. But he renounced his right, rather than hinder his success by claiming it. It is the people's duty to maintain their minister. He may wave his right, as Paul did; but those transgress a precept of Christ, who deny or withhold due support.
15-23 It is the glory of a minister to deny himself, that he may serve Christ and save souls. But when a minister gives up his right for the sake of the gospel, he does more than his charge and office demands. By preaching the gospel, freely, the apostle showed that he acted from principles of zeal and love, and thus enjoyed much comfort and hope in his soul. And though he looked on the ceremonial law as a yoke taken off by Christ, yet he submitted to it, that he might work upon the Jews, do away their prejudices, prevail with them to hear the gospel, and win them over to Christ. Though he would transgress no laws of Christ, to please any man, yet he would accommodate himself to all men, where he might do it lawfully, to gain some. Doing good was the study and business of his life; and, that he might reach this end, he did not stand on privileges. We must carefully watch against extremes, and against relying on any thing but trust in Christ alone. We must not allow errors or faults, so as to hurt others, or disgrace the gospel.
24-27 The apostle compares himself to the racers and combatants in the Isthmian games, well known by the Corinthians. But in the Christian race all may run so as to obtain. There is the greatest encouragement, therefore, to persevere with all our strength, in this course. Those who ran in these games were kept to a spare diet. They used themselves to hardships. They practised the exercises. And those who pursue the interests of their souls, must combat hard with fleshly lusts. The body must not be suffered to rule. The apostle presses this advice on the Corinthians. He sets before himself and them the danger of yielding to fleshly desires, pampering the body, and its lusts and appetites. Holy fear of himself was needed to keep an apostle faithful: how much more is it needful for our preservation! Let us learn from hence humility and caution, and to watch against dangers which surround us while in the body.
R. D. Mattock's 1 Corinthians Chapter 9 comment on 3/19/2013, 10:39am...
I believe the office of Apostle has not been done away with. It seems the office of Prophet and evangelist are fading away. The purpose of the five fold ministry; Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor and Teacher is for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: The body of Christ needs all five of these functioning. The Apostle acts in all the other four offices. They start churches and appoint Pastors over them. The prophets in the Old Testament were the ones who brought the people back to God, they were the ones that brought revival. Today we don't have prophets but we have plenty of profits.
Timothy Wayne George's 1 Corinthians Chapter 9 comment on 7/07/2012, 1:12pm...
Paul said if I preach the gospel of my free will I shall receive a reward. It is interesting that the world pays its ball players great salaries to intertain them, but the minister of the gospel preaches the word of God to save them yet they don't want to pay him. Praise God there will be a pay day one day in glory. Nevertheless, we are to keep our body under subjection, less after we have preached to others, we should become cast aways. Paul became all things to all men that he could win some to Chrsit Jesus the Lord. So just continue to be faithful in season, and out of season knowing that of the Lord we shall receive the reward of the inheritance that will never fade away a crown that shall be incoruptible. So let us run the race looking unto Jesus the alpha, and the omega who for the joy set before him endured the cross despising the shame. Now He is seated at the right hand of the Father from which He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
George's 1 Corinthians Chapter 9 comment on 12/29/2011, 6:13am...
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.
This is an interesting verse - to be made all things to all men for the sake of the Gospel. We must remain steadfast and unwavering in faith. Nonetheless, this verse seems to suggest that the method of delivering the Word may differ depending on the group of people – weak, under the law, without law, etc. That is, the Word shall remain the same to all but the delivery may differ.
Michael Lydon's 1 Corinthians Chapter 9 comment on 9/05/2011, 11:08am...
18 What is my reward then? verily that when I preach the Gospel, I may make the Gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the Gospel.
"WITHOUT CHARGE" = no iudgments! Grace over judgmental wrath. Patient Kindness over prideful self emulating assumptions and pity. Joy over remorse.
Those offering Iudgment onto Paul for supposedly charging is part of the lesson.
Anthony marshall's 1 Corinthians Chapter 9 comment on 7/24/2011, 6:24am...
18 What is my reward then? [Verily] that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.
19 For though I be free from all [men], yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.
It is very interesting in that these two verses that Paul mentions the no charge, yet pastors have no remorse about themselves or to God when they get a salary that not even the working man could make. Lord have pity on these people.
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