1 Corinthians 9:25 Winning Mastery

1 Corinthians 9:25 (KJV)
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.

Not every man strives for mastery. 

Many if not most people are content to live in mediocrity,

  • Watching the masters, 
  • Depending upon the masters and 
  • Living in subordination to the masters. 

Some, maybe most, are jealous of the masters and would like to be more than they are. 
They either do not know how or else they lack the discipline to do the things necessary to be among the masters. 

This is the cause of much of the complaints of those who call certain pastors who preach standards and separation legalism. 
To be sure there is such a thing as legalism. There are those who impose standards upon others as requirements of salvation or church membership, etc. 

I would suggest, however, that there are fewer of that sort than we suppose. Most pastors accused of legalism are simply urging their congregations to mastery. Salvation is a gift of God given without condition. But Christlikeness is the putting away of the flesh and the putting on of Christ. 

Thus, mastery of Christlikeness requires temperance: 

  • Discipline, 
  • Standards and
  • Separation. 

The godly pastor assumes his flock wishes to be masters of Christlikeness. The one in conflict with him does not understand the necessity of temperance in all things.

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Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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