God's Word for Today 1 Corinthians 9

June 17, 2012


Those who preach the gospel have every right to live by the gospel. He said, who goes to warfare any time at his own expense?   If you go to war as a soldier, they provide for you. You don't go out and buy your gun and your boots, and buy your helmet and buy your ammunition. Those things are provided for you if you are in the military.  This principal applies then to an apostle or to a pastor.  Paul explains this as a part of the law. The ox that treaded down the corn, you weren't to put a muzzle on his mouth. As he was going through pulling the plows and all, he could eat as he went through. You weren't to muzzle his mouth, because he is laboring. He is working.  So the pastor should be able to live off the offerings given by the members of the church.  Paul is saying, "Does God take care of oxen? Is He more interested in oxen than He is in men?" So Paul goes to the Old Testament to show that a servant has the right, or the ox has the right to eat the corn that it is treading. Now, again, talking about the liberty to do things, the right to do things. Paul is pointing out that, as an apostle, as being the instrument that God used to minister to these people's spiritual life, having brought to them the Word of God and the things of the Spirit, as an apostle he had every right to be supported by them. He had every right to receive material benefits from them. However, he said, "I did not do it lest I would hinder the gospel of Christ."

The priests who offered the sacrifices got a certain portion of the meat. He got a certain portion of the flour and these things that were brought as sacrifices from the people to sacrifice to the Lord. The priests got a share of those things. He lived by these things that were brought in.

Now Paul is saying, "I have every right to receive from you payment for my labors among you."

Paul says, The Lord has ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel. But I have used none of these things: neither have I written these things, that it should be so done unto me: (1Cr 9:14-15).  So it a right that he has as an apostle or that I have as a pastor but he doesn’t insist on his rights, nor do I.

Paul sees the Christian life as a race. He said to Timothy, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished the course" 2 Timothy 4:1-8

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