Context: The believer, Paul tells the Corinthian congregation, is free from obligation to any man; he is answerable only to God. Willingly, however, Paul has made himself a servant to all men, in order to reach them for Christ. Rather than offend the Jew that he wishes to reach, Paul carefully avoids violating the Mosaic law when he is with him. Likewise he follows Gentile customs when he is with the Gentile. He concludes:
To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.