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Paul's Defense of His Ministry (16 of 30)
Series: THE BOOK OF I CORINTHIANS
I Corinthians 9:1-18
November 3, 2004
1. This evening we move from chapter 8 with Paul's
discussion of whether or not it was right to eat meat that had been offered to an idol, to the subject of his apostleship. Verses 1-6 deal with his apostleship, and (vv. 7-18) deal with his right and the right of every minister to be supported by the ministry.
2. Let me give you three points:
I. Defending His Apostleship
II. Defending His Living
I. PAUL DEFENDS HIS APOSTLESHIP (VV. 1-6)
1. As we read the life of Paul, we find the marks of a
true believer. Paul had paid his dues--no man had a right to accuse him or lay anything to his charge. Here's what he said in Galatians 6:17, "From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus."
a. In (vs.1), Paul asked the question, "Am I not free?' His answers is two-fold:
1) He was free from sin: John 8:36, "If the Son
therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed."
2. He was free from the Law: Acts 13:39, "And
by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses."
? Paul knew what we know, we are free from religious suppression that enslaves us to a certain way of eating and a certain way of living: Col. 2:20-22, "Therefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,  (Touch not; taste not; handle not;  Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?
? Col. 2:16, "Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days."
? Hebrews 13:9, "Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, ...
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