by Harley Howard

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1st Corinthians Chapter 9 - Taking care of the man of God (18 of 28)
Series: The Epistle of 1 Corinthians
Harley Howard

Solomon in the 30 chapter, verses 21-23 of the book of Proverbs wrote of the three things that shakes up the earth and four things that the world cannot bear under.

1) A reigning slave,
2) A fool when he is full of food,
3) A repulsive and unloving woman who gets married, and
4) A servant girl who takes over as heir of her own mistress.

These are all opposites that should never happen and the effects are earth shaking.

I would like to submit to you today a proverb that is not inspired of God as those of Solomon, but none the less a great truth. It also is earth shaking and it shakes up Heaven as well.

"Can someone cause me to understand why unqualified and godless men in the so-called ministry get supported financially when the scriptures say they should not and the qualified Godly men who are in the ministry whom God commands should be supported rarely are?"

That's my proverb.

1 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?
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.

The church itself was the certificate of authenticity in the Lord. People are looking for paperwork instead of spiritual power and usability through the Holy Spirit. Worse, we have gone so far away from God's evidence that we cannot even recognize it. This is why the church is filled to the rafters with false teachers. We don't even have the sense, spiritual or otherwise, to know whom God's men are.

3 Mine answer to them that do examine me is this,

Paul now answers his critics who questioned his apostleship.

4 Have we not power to eat and to drink?

Have we not the right as apostles to be supplied with food and drink? Yes, have we not every right to have the very necessities of life?

5 Have w ...

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