Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #40
Posted: April 8, 2005

IN CHRIST
A Study of Positional Truths

In our study this week of the ‘In Christ’ truths we would like to look at I Corinthians 9:2 and the context in which it is found.  Paul says, “If I be not an apostle unto others yet doubtless I am to you: for the seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord.”  In this context Paul speaks of his apostleship (one sent by God) and those whom God has given him through that ministry.  It is through my understanding of the Word of God that the apostle is a by gone position of yesterday.  There were only twelve of them and one of the qualifications was that they must have seen the resurrected Lord with the human eye. (Acts 4:33)  Although Paul speaks in this chapter about the apostle there are similarities of comparison to be made about the Man of God.  I would like to deal with these similarities which are: The True Man of God, The Treatment of the Man of God, and The Treasure for the Man of God.

THE TRUE MAN OF GOD

The text tells us that the True Man of God will have a seal to his ministry. (Vs. 2)  The word ‘seal’ means a stamp of genuineness.  The man of God will bear fruit that will abound.  He will have people that he has poured his life into and they will stand as a witness to the success of his ministry.  The Man of God, the text tells us, will be a ‘student’ of the Bible.  In verse 11 it says, “If we have sown unto you spiritual things…”  In the text we are told that the True Man of God is a ‘servant’.  In verse 19 we are told “…I have made myself a servant unto all.”  Paul said ‘To the Jews I became a Jew, to those who are under the law, I got under the law, and to the weak I became weak’.  May we who preach examine ourselves to see if we are a True Man of God.

THE TREATMENT OF THE MAN OF GOD

The text tells us in verse 11 if he has shared with you spiritual things, “…is it a great thing if he shall reap your carnal things.”  In verse 14 the Bible tells us “Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.”  Paul tells us in I Timothy 5:17 that the Man of God should be counted worthy of ‘double honor’.  The phrase ‘double honor’ means double pay.  Paul said that you can not pay a True Man of God too much, he is worth double pay.

Why is it today that there is a thought about if the Man of God stays humble, we will keep him hungry?  Our parking lots are full of nice cars while the Man of God drives a mosquito sprayer of a car.  The members of the pew have hospitalization and dental coverage while the pulpit fears for any of his family to get sick or complain of a toothache.  We need a revival today of realizing a True Man of God is worth much more than we give.  I can understand if a church is not able to pay, but it should be number one of our priorities.  It should be before our mission giving or building entertainment centers for our youth.  The Man of God would have greater liberty if he didn’t have to worry about how he is going to pay his bills and meet the needs of his family. 

THE TREASURE FOR THE MAN OF GOD

In verse 25 we are told The Man of God who runs well the race will receive an ‘incorruptible crown’.  I thank the Lord for the True Man of God.  Let us not be part of adding the extra weight of finances upon the Man of God that impedes his running of the race.  Let us who are ‘In Christ’ not be afraid to show double honor to the True Man of God.

 

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