1 Corinthians 9: Am I not an apostle? Are you not my work in the Lord?

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1 Corinthians 9
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Am I not an apostle? Am I not free? Have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? Are you not my work in the Lord?
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If I am not an apostle to others, yet doubtless I am to you. For you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.
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My defense to those who examine me is this:
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Do we have no right to eat and drink?
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Do we have no right to take along a believing wife, as do also the other apostles, the brothers of the Lord, and Cephas?
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Or is it only Barnabas and I who have no right to refrain from working?
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Who ever goes to war at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat of its fruit? Or who tends a flock and does not drink of the milk of the flock?
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Do I say these things as a mere man? Or does not the law say the same also?
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For it is written in the law of Moses, "You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain." Is it oxen God is concerned about?
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Or does He say it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written, that he who plows should plow in hope, and he who threshes in hope should be partaker of his hope.
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If we have sown spiritual things for you, is it a great thing if we reap your material things?
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If others are partakers of this right over you, are we not even more? Nevertheless we have not used this right, but endure all things lest we hinder the gospel of Christ.
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Do you not know that those who minister the holy things eat of the things of the temple, and those who serve at the altar partake of the offerings of the altar?
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Even so the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel.
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But I have used none of these things, nor have I written these things that it should be done so to me; for it would be better for me to die than that anyone should make my boasting void.
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For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel!
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For if I do this willingly, I have a reward; but if against my will, I have been entrusted with a stewardship.
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What is my reward then? That when I preach the gospel, I may present the gospel of Christ without charge, that I may not abuse my authority in the gospel.
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For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more;
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and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law;
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to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law;
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to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
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Now this I do for the gospel's sake, that I may be partaker of it with you.
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Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.
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And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.
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Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air.
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But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.

1 Corinthians 9:1-2

If I am not an apostle to others, yet doubtless I am to you. For you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord

1 Corinthians 9:1-2
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Am I not an apostle? Am I not free? Have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? Are you not my work in the Lord?
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If I am not an apostle to others, yet doubtless I am to you. For you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.

  1. Was Paul an apostle (one sent)?
    • 1 Corinthians 9:1
      Am I not an apostle? Am I not free? Have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? Are you not my work in the Lord?
  2. Who was the seal of his apostleship?
    • 1 Corinthians 9:2
      If I am not an apostle to others, yet doubtless I am to you. For you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.

1 Corinthians 9:3-7

Or is it only Barnabas and I who have no right to refrain from working? 

1 Corinthians 9:3-7
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My defense to those who examine me is this:
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Do we have no right to eat and drink?
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Do we have no right to take along a believing wife, as do also the other apostles, the brothers of the Lord, and Cephas?
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Or is it only Barnabas and I who have no right to refrain from working?
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Who ever goes to war at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat of its fruit? Or who tends a flock and does not drink of the milk of the flock?

  1. What right did he have?
    • 1 Corinthians 9:3-6
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      My defense to those who examine me is this:
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      Do we have no right to eat and drink?
      5
      Do we have no right to take along a believing wife, as do also the other apostles, the brothers of the Lord, and Cephas?
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      Or is it only Barnabas and I who have no right to refrain from working?
  2. Who pays his own way?
    • 1 Corinthians 9:7
      Who ever goes to war at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat of its fruit? Or who tends a flock and does not drink of the milk of the flock?

1 Corinthians 9:8-12

Do I say these things as a mere man? Or does not the law say the same also? 

1 Corinthians 9:8-12
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Do I say these things as a mere man? Or does not the law say the same also?
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For it is written in the law of Moses, "You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain." Is it oxen God is concerned about?
10
Or does He say it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written, that he who plows should plow in hope, and he who threshes in hope should be partaker of his hope.
11
If we have sown spiritual things for you, is it a great thing if we reap your material things?
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If others are partakers of this right over you, are we not even more? Nevertheless we have not used this right, but endure all things lest we hinder the gospel of Christ.

  1. Was Paul saying this as a mere man?
    • 1 Corinthians 9:8
      Do I say these things as a mere man? Or does not the law say the same also?
  2. What is written in the law about this?
    • 1 Corinthians 9:9
      For it is written in the law of Moses, "You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain." Is it oxen God is concerned about?
  3. For whose sake is this said?
    • 1 Corinthians 9:10
      Or does He say it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written, that he who plows should plow in hope, and he who threshes in hope should be partaker of his hope.
  4. What right did Paul have?
    • 1 Corinthians 9:11
      If we have sown spiritual things for you, is it a great thing if we reap your material things?
  5. Why did Paul not use this right?
    • 1 Corinthians 9:12
      If others are partakers of this right over you, are we not even more? Nevertheless we have not used this right, but endure all things lest we hinder the gospel of Christ.

1 Corinthians 9:13-18

Even so the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel

1 Corinthians 9:13-18
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Do you not know that those who minister the holy things eat of the things of the temple, and those who serve at the altar partake of the offerings of the altar?
14
Even so the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel.
15
But I have used none of these things, nor have I written these things that it should be done so to me; for it would be better for me to die than that anyone should make my boasting void.
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For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel!
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For if I do this willingly, I have a reward; but if against my will, I have been entrusted with a stewardship.
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What is my reward then? That when I preach the gospel, I may present the gospel of Christ without charge, that I may not abuse my authority in the gospel.

  1. What do those who minister at the alter eat?
    • 1 Corinthians 9:13
      Do you not know that those who minister the holy things eat of the things of the temple, and those who serve at the altar partake of the offerings of the altar?
  2. What did the Lord command?
    • 1 Corinthians 9:14
      Even so the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel.
  3. Why did Paul not use these rights?
    • 1 Corinthians 9:15
      But I have used none of these things, nor have I written these things that it should be done so to me; for it would be better for me to die than that anyone should make my boasting void.
  4. Why did he preach the Gospel?
    • 1 Corinthians 9:16-17
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      For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel!
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      For if I do this willingly, I have a reward; but if against my will, I have been entrusted with a stewardship.
  5. What was Paul's reward?
    • 1 Corinthians 9:18
      What is my reward then? That when I preach the gospel, I may present the gospel of Christ without charge, that I may not abuse my authority in the gospel.

1 Corinthians 9:19-23

But I have used none of these things, nor have I written these things that it should be done so to me; for it would be better for me to die than that anyone should make my boasting void

1 Corinthians 9:19-23
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For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more;
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and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law;
21
to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law;
22
to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
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Now this I do for the gospel's sake, that I may be partaker of it with you.

  1. Who did Paul make himself a servant to?
    • 1 Corinthians 9:19
      For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more;
  2. What did Paul do to win some?
    • 1 Corinthians 9:20-22
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      and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law;
      21
      to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law;
      22
      to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
  3. Why did Paul do this?
    • 1 Corinthians 9:23
      Now this I do for the gospel's sake, that I may be partaker of it with you.

1 Corinthians 9:24-27

For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more

1 Corinthians 9:24-27
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Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.
25
And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.
26
Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air.
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But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.

  1. Who wins the prize, and how are we to run?
    • 1 Corinthians 9:24
      Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.
  2. Why are those who compete temperate (self-controlled)?
    • 1 Corinthians 9:25
      And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.
  3. How did Paul run the spiritual race?
    • 1 Corinthians 9:26
      Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air.
  4. Why did he discipline his body?
    • 1 Corinthians 9:26
      Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air.