Posted: April 8, 2005
A Study of Positional Truths
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
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.
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.
FOR THE MAN OF GOD
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.