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The Servant of God (15 of 18)
1 Corinthians 9:16-27
INTRODUCTION: As a servant of God, Paul was genuinely overjoyed for the privilege of serving the Lord and did not want anything to rob him of it in any way. Speaks of passion - his was serving the Lord. In v.15 he said he had rather die then to see his boasting (that is which he glories) made void. Paul is rejoicing in the privilege of being a servant of God. It is not difficult to begin with joy, but God helps us to keep the joy in the journey; the honey in the honeymoon.
Paul saw his call to ministry as a gracious favor or bestowal. This text reminds us that Paul evidently experienced great elation of spirit knowing that he had preached the gospel for no other cause than for the love of Christ.
Paul viewed his ministry as:
I. A LIFE OF AVAILABILITY. 16, 19
v.19 Paul voluntarily placed himself in a position as a slave; the abandonment of his rights in the interests of the gospel.
A. A COMPULSION TO PREACH THE GOSPEL. 16
"necessity" -- he had no choice; if you can do anything else, do it.
Jeremiah 1:5, "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you;
I ordained you a prophet to the nations."
Jeremiah 1:6-9, "Then said I: 'Ah, Lord GOD!
Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.' But the LORD said to me: 'Do not say, 'I am a youth,'
for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of their faces, for I am with you to deliver you,' says the LORD. Then the LORD put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the LORD said to me: 'Behold, I have put My words in your mouth'"
In 1 Cor. 9:16, Paul thinks of some undefined disaster as coming to him if he does not preach.
"Woe" -- speaks of God's discipline; the expression is filled with pathos and suggests that the most painful and tragic results would ensue in this life if he did not, in fact, preac ...
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