I Am Free To Serve Christ And Uses Any Method To Proclaim The Gospel

1 Corinthians 9; 19 – 23
Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.  To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.

RC Ryle wrote about this passage,” Paul is not demonstrating two-facedness or multi-facedness, but rather he is testifying of a constant, restrictive self-discipline in order to be able to serve all sorts of men. Just as a narrowly channeled stream is more powerful than an unbounded marshy swamp, so restricted liberty results in more powerful testimony for Christ.”
When you examine Gospel of John in chapter 3 & 4 account where Jesus spoke to both Nicodemus and the Samaritan Woman. He a different method of making his point on the Holy Spirit and preaching the gospel. One was being born again from above and the living water. Concerning the gospel He uses the Old Testament story about Bronze Snake. Where the Jewish people rebel against God. He sent a lot fiery serpent to punished them for their sins. They confess their sins, and Moses build a bronze snake and hung on a pole, and all they needed to do confess their sins and look at the pole , and they stop bitting them. Nicodemus eventually believed Jesus was the Messiah the savour of the world.
Where Jesus reveal to the Samaritan women that she had five husbands, and that man living with her was not her husband. He later also reveal to her that He was the Messiah, and water jugs and went into town of Sychar uttered these words, “ “Come, see a man who told me all the things that I have done; this is not the Christ, is it?” They investgated Many of the town people living in Sychar, testified that Jesus was the Savour of the world because what she said is He the Messiah. Two different methods of proclaiming the gospel same results. One believe immediately while another took a little while to believe.
This gospel account illustrated the apostle Paul point “I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible,” {To Christ} The trick to evangelism is relaying on the Holy Spirit and praying plus a wise compromise without changing the gospel message.
Consider the words, “I have become all things to all men” does not mean Paul had no personal convictions. It means he used his convictions to build bridges, not walls. His one great desire was to win the lost, and that governed his every decision.” Howard W. Newton stated these words, “Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.” The old adages different strokes for different folks seem to fit here.

Does that mean changing the message and compromising the gospel? Not at all !! When the gospel simply proclaims it tell mankind they’re vile sinners, it convict our their souls and brings about shame within their lives; however, when you repent, confess, and believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savour. Two things occur one Jesus take your sins, Second you will inherit Jesus righteousness, than you will be saved, and all your sins will be forgiven and no longer remember in heaven. When Jesus uttered these words, “My God My God why have forsaken me?” Two things occurred; one all human kind sins fell upon Jesus. Second the wrath of his Father fell upon Him because of our sins.

Believer Commentary penned these words, “As a Jew, Paul had been born under the law. He sought to obtain favor with God by keeping the law, but found that he was unable to do so. The law only showed him what a wretched sinner he was, and utterly condemned him. Eventually he learned that the law was not a way of salvation, but only God’s method of revealing to man his sinfulness and his need of a Savior. Paul then trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ, and in so doing he became free from the condemning voice of the law. The penalty of the law which he had broken was paid by the Lord Jesus on the cross of Calvary. The believer is not under law but under grace.

The gospel is meant for, the vilest sinner and the self-righteous, the educated, the non educated, black, red, yellow, and white as the Bible states, I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish. Martin Lloyd Jones states, “ the ability to pass on the gospel; the universal need of all nations and all types of men; Paul’s ability to reach all men; the whole gospel for the whole man.” For example with Jewish people, he uses the Old Testament to proclaim Jesus as the messiah. While with the Greeks he uses different methods; for example, He stated, “ “Men of Athens, I observe that you are very religious in all respects. For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, ‘TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.* Yet he still proclaimed as the Messiah
Remembered the apostle suffered greatly for proclaiming the gospel scripture states,” Five times I received from the Jews thirty-nine lashes. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep. I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangers among false brethren.” Despite his suffering the apostle was not ashamed of gospel despite the offence of the cross He became a fool for Christ because it power to save. Martin Lloyd Jones wrote these words, “Logical method, being ashamed of the gospel; the offence of the cross; a fool for Christ’s sake; popular false gospels; the right reason for being unashamed; unique power to save.” The Apostle Paul was a true ambassador for Christ.

Paul simply preached and taught Jesus Christ and crucified; however, it is foolishness to those who are perishing, but it is a powerful message to those who believe in Christ.

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