3 Minute Devotional: 1 Corinthians 9:12-15

corinthians12 If you support others who preach to you, shouldn’t we have an even greater right to be supported? But we have never used this right. We would rather put up with anything than be an obstacle to the Good News about Christ. 13 Don’t you realize that those who work in the temple get their meals from the offerings brought to the temple? And those who serve at the altar get a share of the sacrificial offerings. 14 In the same way, the Lord ordered that those who preach the Good News should be supported by those who benefit from it. 15 Yet I have never used any of these rights. And I am not writing this to suggest that I want to start now. In fact, I would rather die than lose my right to boast about preaching without charge.(9:12) Paul goes onto what he began to touch on in the previous verse. The word for “administration” is used in verse one. Here, it refers to a serviceable labor, or help. The Corinthians had apparently thanked God and given Him praise because Paul says that the needs are being met and are abounding “through many thanksgivings to God.” This is a relief in showing that the Corinthians did not take for granted their blessings. They genuinely were grateful to God.

(9:13) Paul says that because of their faithful giving, the Macedonians glorify God. Notice that the Corinthians generosity was directly tied into the gospel message. The word used for “experiment” in this context, means the act of proving one self. Also, the word for ministration is the same word used in verses 1 and 12. All of these things caused the Macedonians to glorify God. The word for “glorify” means to recognize, honor, praise to bring to honor. The word for “professed” means to say the same thing. The word for “liberal” is equivalent to being faithful and benevolent. This word accurately describes the Corinthians relationship with the Macedonians and other believers in need.

(9:14). The bottom line of support for the whole process described throughout this chapter is contained within this verse. They prayed because God’s spirit was with the Corinthians.

(9:15). Finally, an expression of thanksgiving is given to God. Paul expresses his gratitude to God for what he calls the “unspeakable” gift, which is eternal life through Jesus. Without God supplying and providing, none of the positive results would have been accomplished. We should never forget where blessings come from now and in eternity.