1 Corinthians 9:1-15 In this chapter the apostle seems to answer some complaints against himself. He asserts his apostolical mission and authority, and gives in his success among them as a testimony to it. He claims a right to subsist by his ministry, and defends it by several arguments from natural reason and the Mosaical law, and asserts it also to be a constitution of Christ. He shows that he had willingly waived this privilege and power for their benefit and he specifies several other things, in which he had denied himself for the sake of other men's spiritual interest and salvation. Paul concludes his argument by showing what animated him to this course, even the prospect of an incorruptible crown.