That I May Win Some (1Cor 9)

For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.

What are you willing to do to win some… Paul seems fairly clear that he is willing to do whatever it takes to see people come to know Jesus Christ as their Savior, yet, he would not compromise his character. As a believer, his sins were forgiven and Jesus… yet Paul did not have the mindset to live however he wished, that’s not true freedom. He made himself a servant. Just as he taught in the previous chapter, it’s not a matter of “what CAN I do?” but “what does the most good?”. He doesn’t compromise, the “weak” are not those who sin, but those who don’t take advantage of all their rights in Christ, and that doesn’t bother Paul. He does it all, the laying aside of his rights, for the sake of the good news for Jesus’ sake. So should we.

About John Harris

χian, Jesus saves. μιᾶς γυναικὸς ἄνδρα, Pastor at Pleasant Heights, PhD (NT) candidate at Midwestern; forever Texan, μολὼν λαβέ; Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak! Allons-y
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