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What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you came to believe, as the Lord assigned to each.

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but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities,

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10 Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.

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As we work together with him,[a] we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain.

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Corinthians 6:1 Gk As we work together

who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not of letter but of spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

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23 Are they ministers of Christ? I am talking like a madman—I am a better one: with far greater labors, far more imprisonments, with countless floggings, and often near death.

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10 According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building on it. Each builder must choose with care how to build on it.

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25 I became its servant according to God’s commission that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known,

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Of this gospel I have become a servant according to the gift of God’s grace that was given me by the working of his power.

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But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us.

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For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake.

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and you show that you are a letter of Christ, prepared by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

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28 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, various kinds of tongues.

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Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.

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17 For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward; but if not of my own will, I am entrusted with a commission.

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The Ministry of the Apostles

Think of us in this way, as servants of Christ and stewards of God’s mysteries. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy.

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So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.

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For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith;

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14 But how are they to call on one in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone to proclaim him? 15 And how are they to proclaim him unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

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27 John answered, “No one can receive anything except what has been given from heaven.

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just as they were handed on to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word,

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15 to one he gave five talents,[a] to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away.

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 25:15 A talent was worth more than fifteen years’ wages of a laborer