1 Corinthians 9

Chapter 9

9:5  Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas?


a wife who is a sister.

9:11  If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?


i.e. things for the body.

9:21  To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.


The expression is peculiar and might be literally rendered, " not lawless toward God, but inlawed to Christ." See "Law (of Christ)," Galatians 6:2 ; 2 John 1:5 . It is another way of saying, "not under the law, but under the rule of grace." Romans 6:14 .

9:22  To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.


(See Scofield "Romans 1:16") .

9:24  Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.



9:27  But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.


(Greek - Admivn , "disapproved)." Dokimos, without the private a, is translated "approved" in Romans 14:18 ; 16:10 ; 1 Corinthians 11:19 ; 2 Corinthians 10:18 ; 2 Timothy 2:15 ; James 1:12, by the word "tried." The prefix simply changes the word to a negative, i.e. not approved, or, disapproved. The apostle is writing of service, not of salvation. He is not expressing fear that he may fail of salvation but of his crown. See "Rewards" ; Daniel 12:3 ; 1 Corinthians 3:14 .