For though ye have ten thousand teachers in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I begot you through the gospel.
According to the grace of God bestowed on me, I, as a skilful masterbuilder, have laid the foundation; and another buildeth thereon; but let every one take heed, how he buildeth thereon.
And he discoursed in the synagogue every sabbath, and endeavored to persuade both Jews and Greeks.
but always earnestly desirous to preach it in this manner,not where Christ had been named, that I might not build on anothers foundation,
Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are not ye my work in the Lord?
If others possess this right in relation to you, do not we still more? But we have not used this right; but we submit to all things, that we may occasion no hindrance to the gospel of Christ.
In like manner also did the Lord ordain that they who preach the gospel should live from the gospel.
What then is my reward? It is that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel free of charge, that I use not to the full my right as a preacher of the gospel.
And I do all for the sake of the gospel, that I may with others partake of it.
Are we beginning again to recommend ourselves? Or do we need, like some others, letters of recommendation to you, or letters of recommendation from you?
For the time will come, when they will not endure sound doctrine, but after their own desires will they heap to themselves teachers; because they have itching ears;
Of his own will he begot us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.