Read 1 Corinthians 9 at Bible Gateway.
1 Cor 9:1-27 chiastic structure:
1a) 1 Cor 9:1-3, Paul’s defense of his apostleship to those who would examine him;
1b) 1 Cor 9:4-12a, The righteousness of exercising the rights of an apostle;
1a) 1 Cor 9:4-6, The rights the other apostles exercise;
1b) 1 Cor 9:7, Who goes to war + plants a vineyard + tends a flock at his own expense?
1c) 1 Cor 9:8-9a, Do I say these things as a man, or does not the Law say the same?
central axis) 1 Cor 9:9b-10a, Is God concerned for oxen? Or does He say this for our sakes?
2c) 1 Cor 9:10b, For our sakes this is written;
2b) 1 Cor 9:10c, That he who plows + threshes should do so in hope that he will partake;
2a) 1 Cor 9:11-12a, If we have sown spiritually, shall we not reap materially/ others are partakers of this right;
1c) 1 Cor 9:12b-18, I relinquish my right for the sake of the gospel;
1a) 1 Cor 9:12b, Nevertheless we have not used this right, lest we hinder the gospel of Christ;
1b) 1 Cor 9:13, Those who minister + serve eat + partake of the temple + offerings;
2b) 1 Cor 9:14, The Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel;
2a) 1 Cor 9:15-18, But I have used not used these things + my reward is presenting the gospel without charge;
1d) 1 Cor 9:19, For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more;
central axis) 1 Cor 9:20-22a, Paul became as Jews, under Law, without Law, weak, that he might win them;
center of the center) 1 Cor 9:21b, Not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ;
2d) 1 Cor 9:22b, I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some;
2c) 1 Cor 9:23, This I do for the gospel’s sake, that I may be partaker of it with you;
2b) 1 Cor 9:24-26, The righteousness of running so as to obtain the prize;
1a) 1 Cor 9:24a, Do you not know that those who run in a race all run;
1b) 1 Cor 9:24b, But one receives the prize?
central axis) 1 Cor 9:24c, Run in such a way that you may obtain it;
2b) 1 Cor 9:25, Everyone who competes for the prize/ they for a perishable crown, we for an imperishable;
26 1 Cor 9:26, Therefore I run + fight: not with uncertainty or to no purpose;
2a) 1 Cor 9:27, I discipline my body [he examines himself] lest I become disqualified.
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