Watering, Working, Warning

Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but (A)ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one?

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But in all things we commend ourselves (A)as ministers of God: in much [a]patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses,

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Corinthians 6:4 endurance

10 (A)As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, (B)as good stewards of (C)the manifold grace of God.

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Marks of the Ministry

We then, as (A)workers together with Him also (B)plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain.

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who also made us sufficient as (A)ministers of (B)the new covenant, not (C)of the letter but of the [a]Spirit; for (D)the letter kills, (E)but the Spirit gives life.

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Corinthians 3:6 Or spirit

23 Are they ministers of Christ?—I speak as a fool—I am more: (A)in labors more abundant, (B)in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, (C)in deaths often.

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10 (A)According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid (B)the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it.

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25 of which I became a minister according to (A)the [a]stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God,

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Footnotes

  1. Colossians 1:25 dispensation or administration

(A)of which I became a minister (B)according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by (C)the effective working of His power.

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Cast Down but Unconquered

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, (A)that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.

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(A)For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and (B)ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake.

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clearly you are an epistle of Christ, (A)ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not (B)on tablets of stone but (C)on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.

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28 And (A)God has appointed these in the church: first (B)apostles, second (C)prophets, third teachers, after that (D)miracles, then (E)gifts of healings, (F)helps, (G)administrations, varieties of tongues.

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(A)There are [a]diversities of gifts, but (B)the same Spirit. (C)There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God (D)who works [b]all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given (E)the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another (F)the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, (G)to another faith by the same Spirit, to another (H)gifts of healings by [c]the same Spirit, 10 (I)to another the working of miracles, to another (J)prophecy, to another (K)discerning of spirits, to another (L)different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, (M)distributing to each one individually (N)as He wills.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Corinthians 12:4 allotments or various kinds
  2. 1 Corinthians 12:6 all things in
  3. 1 Corinthians 12:9 NU one

17 For if I do this willingly, (A)I have a reward; but if against my will, (B)I have been entrusted with a stewardship.

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Stewards of the Mysteries of God

Let a man so consider us, as (A)servants of Christ (B)and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.

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So then (A)neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.

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Serve God with Spiritual Gifts

For I say, (A)through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, (B)not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt (C)to each one a measure of faith. For (D)as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so (E)we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is (F)given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us (G)prophesy in proportion to our faith;

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Israel Rejects the Gospel

14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear (A)without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:

(B)“How beautiful are the feet of those who [a]preach the gospel of peace,
Who bring glad tidings of good things!”

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Footnotes

  1. Romans 10:15 NU omits preach the gospel of peace, Who

27 John answered and said, (A)“A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven.

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just as those who (A)from the beginning were (B)eyewitnesses and ministers of the word (C)delivered them to us,

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