Read: 1 Corinthians 9-11
Marked: 1 Corinthians 9:12, If others are partakers of [this] right over you, [are] we not even more? Nevertheless we have not used this right, but endure all things lest we hinder the gospel of Christ.
As a member of society I have certain rights which are common to all citizens. Paul makes the case that as an apostle he had certain rights that others did not (V1-6). But the case he makes isn’t concerning his rights versus anyone else’s but his willingness to deny himself the rights others were quick to assert.
We all have the right to enjoy the fruit of our labour (V7-9). We have rights as citizens of Canada which are codified in our Charter of Rights and Freedoms. But Paul’s says he has not used his rights, but has endured all things so as not to hinder the gospel (V12).
He has not used his rights and he hasn’t written these words that he should receive what was owed him (V15). His only desire was to preach the gospel (V16). It was his reward and he preached without charge lest he abuse his authority in the gospel (V18).