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1st Corinthians 8.

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Matthew Henry

Chapter 9

Am I not an apostle? am I not free? have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? are not ye my work in the Lord?
apostle 1st Tim 2:7, 2nd Tim 1:11
ye 2nd Cor 3:2

If I be not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I am to you: for the seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord.

Mine answer to them that do examine me is this,

Have we not power to eat and to drink?
power 2nd Thess 3:9

Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas?
brethren Matt 12:46, Matt 13:55, Mark 3:31, 6:3, Luke 8:19, John 2:12, John 7:3, 5, Acts 1:14, Gal 1:19
Cephas Matt 8:14

Or I only and Barnabas, have not we power to forbear working?

Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges? who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock?
warfare 2nd Cor 10:4, 2nd Tim 4:7
planteth Deut 20:6, Prov 27:18
feedeth John 21:15, 1st Pet 5:2

Say I these things as a man? or saith not the law the same also?

For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen?
Thou Deut 25:4, Matt 10:10, 1st Tim 5:18

Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope.
partaker 2nd Tim 2:6

If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?
spiritual things Rom 15:27

If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ.
suffer 2nd Cor 11:7

Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar?
live Lev 6:16

Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.
live Luke 10:7, Gal 6:6, 1st Tim 5:17

But I have used none of these things: neither have I written these things, that it should be so done unto me: for it were better for me to die, than that any man should make my glorying void.

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!

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.
committed Gal 2:7, Phil 1:17, Col 1:25

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.
abuse 1st Cor 7:31

For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.
servant Gal 5:13

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;
Jews Acts 16:3

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 without law.
without law Romans 2:12

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.
weak Romans 15:1

And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.

Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
run Heb 12:1

And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
striveth 1st Tim 6:12, 2nd Tim 2:5
incorruptible James 1:12, Rev 2:10

I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:

But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
castaway Jer 6:30, 2nd Cor 13:5

1st Corinthians 10



Notes on Chapter 9






(a) "Cephas" = Peter
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