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  • Victor on 1 Corinthians 9
    1 Corinthians Chapter 9:15

    "... than that any man should make my glorying void."

    what does "glorying" mean?
  • Chris - in Reply on 1 Corinthians 9
    Hello Victor. In that use of the word 'glorying', I see that the Apostle Paul speaking of 'his boasting'. Now I realize that 'boasting' is generally used in the negative, self-promoting sense. But if we read this chapter, we see that Paul is having to prove his apostleship just as he did to a greater length in 2 Corinthians chapters 10 & 11, when others were entering the Corinthian Church & misleading them with false teaching & by use of eloquent speech.

    So, in 1 Corinthians chapter 9, Paul goes about having to prove his apostleship & his love for the believers there. Unlike others, he & Barnabas did not demand gifts from the believers (they worked with their own hands): vv6-14. Paul abstained from marriage so that he would be free to devote himself to the Gospel, singular in purpose (v5), and made no demand to believers to provide 'food & drink' (v4). This all might have sounded as a "look at poor me denying myself", but Paul wanted to show them his love for them & for the Gospel, and that if had anything to boast about ("glory in" v15), his boasting wouldn't be about himself but in putting all aside for the "necessity laid upon him to preach the Gospel" & not having to be a burden on the believers during his ministry. Some could still see that as boasting - but Paul was showing them his love as an apostle & their father in the faith and if they could see through the falsity & showmanship of others, they should see a true apostle of Christ with a heart for the Truth & the Gospel.

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