The apostle disciplined himself carefully so as not to lead others or himself away from the prize in Christ Jesus.

BibleGateway: 1 Corinthians 9:19-27

ESV Text: 1 Corinthians 9:19-27


KJV Text:

The section starts at about 2:27 and ends at about 3:52

     19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. 20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; 21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. 22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. 23 And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.

     24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. 25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. 26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: 27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 415 (LSB 510):
Lo, Many Shall Come

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1. Lo, many shall come from the East and the West 
And sit at the feast of salvation 
With Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the blest, 
Obeying the Lord’s invitation. 
Have mercy upon us, O Jesus! 

2. But they who have always resisted His grace 
And on their own virtue depended 
Shall then be condemned and cast out from His face, 
Eternally lost and unfriended. 
Have mercy upon us, O Jesus! 

3. Oh, may we all hear when our Shepherd doth call 
In accents persuasive and tender, 
That, while there is time, we make haste, one and all, 
And find Him, our mighty Defender! 
Have mercy upon us, O Jesus! 

4. Oh, that we the throng of the ransomed may swell, 
To whom He hath granted remission! 
God graciously make us in heaven to dwell 
And save us from endless perdition. 
Have mercy upon us, O Jesus! 

5. God grant that I may of His infinite love 
Remain in His merciful keeping 
And sit with the King at His table above 
When here in the grave I am sleeping. 
Have mercy upon us, O Jesus! 

6. All trials are then like a dream that is past, 
Forgotten all trouble and sorrow; 
All questions and doubts have been answered at last; 
Then dawneth eternity’s morrow. 
Have mercy upon us, O Jesus! 

7. The heavens shall ring with an anthem more grand 
Than ever on earth was recorded; 
The blest of the Lord shall receive at His hand 
The crown to the victors awarded. 
Have mercy upon us, O Jesus! 


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