1 Corinthians 9:19-22; Acts 19:10; Acts 22:1-3; Acts 22:25-29; Philippians 3:20-21;
Serving All Men
1 Corinthians 9:19-22;
19 Though I am freea and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. 20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews.d To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. 21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all peoplei so that by all possible means I might save some.
Paul in Asia with Jesw and Greeks
10 This went on for two years, so that all the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province of Asia heard the word of the Lord.
Paul in his defense, used his religious heritage and his earthly citizenship.
Paul's Jewish Heritage
1 "Brothers and fathers,x listen now to my defense.” 2 When they heard him speak to them in Aramaic, they became very quiet. Then Paul said: 3 “I am a Jew, born in Tarsusa of Cilicia, but brought up in this city. I studied undercGamalield and was thoroughly trained in the law of our ancestors.e I was just as zealousf for God as any of you are today.
Paul's Roman Citizenship
25 As they stretched him out to flog him, Paul said to the centurion standing there, “Is it legal for you to flog a Roman citizen who hasn’t even been found guilty?” 26 When the centurion heard this, he went to the commander and reported it. “What are you going to do?” he asked. “This man is a Roman citizen.” 27 The commander went to Paul and asked, “Tell me, are you a Roman citizen?” “Yes, I am,” he answered. 28 Then the commander said, “I had to pay a lot of money for my citizenship.” “But I was born a citizen,” Paul replied. 29 Those who were about to interrogate himp withdrew immediately. The commander himself was alarmed when he realized that he had put Paul, a Roman citizen,q in chains.
Citizenship in Heaven - Conform to There Rather Than Here
20 But our citizenshipd is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the powerg that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodiesh so that they will be like his glorious body.