for if ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet ye have not many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you by the gospel.
According to the grace of God given to me, as a wise architect I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon: but let every one see to it how he buildeth thereon.
And he discoursed in the synagogue every sabbath-day, and persuaded both Jews and Greeks.
being studious however so to preach the gospel, not where Christ had been named, least I should build upon another man's foundation;
Am I not an apostle? am I not free? have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? and are not ye my work in the Lord?
If others partake of this power over you, may not we rather? though we have not used this power; but we bear all things, least we should cause any hindrance to the gospel of Christ.
So also the Lord hath ordained, that those who preach the Gospel should live of the Gospel.
What is my reward then but this? that when I preach I may make the gospel of Christ not expensive, that so I may not abuse my power in the gospel.
And this I do for the sake of the gospel, that I may be a fellow partaker of it.
Do we begin again to recommend ourselves? or do we need, as some do, recommendatory epistles to you, or letters of recommendation from you?
For the time will come, when they will not bear sound doctrine; but having itching ears, will heap up to themselves teachers after their own hearts:
who hath of his own will begotten us by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first-fruits of his creatures.