16 For when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, since I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! 17 If I preach voluntarily, I have a reward; if not voluntarily, I am simply discharging the trust committed to me. 18 What then is my reward? Just this: that in preaching the gospel I may offer it free of charge, and so not make full use of my rights as a preacher of the gospel.




Dear friends, now we are children of GOD, and what we will have not yet been made known. But we know that when He appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. (1John.3:2).









1. The Bible teaches us that, this is my defense to those who sit in judgment on me! Don’t we have the right to food and drink? Don’t we have the right to take a believing wife along with us, as do the other apostles and the LORD’S brothers and Cephas? Or is it only l Barnabas who must work for a living? But we did not use this right! On the contrary, we put up with anything rather than hinder the gospel of CHRIST! Don’t you know that those who work in the temple get their food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar share in what is offered on the altar! In the same way, the LORD has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel. (1Corinthians.9:7-14).

2. The Scriptures say do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain! It also says the laborer is worthy of his reward! So, GOD has a reward for all that make it to the kingdom! We shall one day cross to the other side where we shall have exceeding and eternal weight of glory. (2Corithians. 4:17; Psalms. 37:34;  Psalms. 91:8).




Those who work in the temple. The Corinthian believers would understand this illustration not only from their knowledge of the Old Testament. (Leviticus. 7:28-36; Knowing fully well that we have these wonderful rewards in serving GOD, what manner of people should we be? (1John.3:2-3). I pray to the LORD JESUS CHRIST to reward each that works with cleaning hearts in JESUS CHRIST name our Savior, Amen! Shalom!!!



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