1 Corinthians 9:22c-23.. 22c I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some. 23 I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker of it.
Paul carefully distinguished between living according to God’s moral standards; to which his conscience was bound, and living in light of cultural preferences; in which he exercised liberty. Sexual immorality is forbidden by Paul A, and he emphasized strict guidelines regarding the permanence of marriage B. When it came to certain cultural practices, however, Paul was flexible.
In vv.19-22b Paul used examples of slaves, Jews, Gentiles and the weak to illustrate that while living within God’s moral standards he lived in such a way to see the most people saved [v22c above].
Paul did this because of the gospel. He wanted the good news of salvation through Jesus to be presented and believed throughout the world; for God’s kingdom to expand. He made himself like a slave for others to spread the gospel more effectively. He looked forward to the time that he would share in all the blessings of the gospel; the joy of seeing people believe in Jesus on earth and to hear the Lord’s “well done” in heaven. C
Do you give any thought to the reception you will receive at the judgment seat of Jesus regarding your obedience to His commands? If you selected only the commands you like to obey, what will be His response?
Henry Luke 3/28/2018
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