Paul rejoices in his Christian liberty—He preaches the gospel to all without charge—He is all things to all men to gain converts.
2 If I be not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I am to you: for the aseal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord.
4 Have we not power to eat and to drink?
6 Or I only and Barnabas, have not we power to forbear working?
8 Say I these things as a man? or saith not the law the same also?
9 For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not amuzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen?
11 If we have sown unto you aspiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?
12 If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this apower; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ.
15 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.
18 What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without acharge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.
19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself aservant unto all, that I might gain the more.
20 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;
21 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.
23 And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.
24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: