¶ I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye
present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which
is your reasonable service.
2 And be not conformed
to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that
ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
3 For I say, through
the grace given unto me, to every man that
is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think;
but to think
soberly, according as God hath dealt to every
man the measure of faith.
4 For as we have
many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:
5 So we, being many,
are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us,
whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
7 Or ministry, let
us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;
8 Or he that exhorteth,
on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that
ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
9 Let love be without
dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
10 Be kindly affectioned
one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
11 Not slothful
fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
12 Rejoicing in
hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
14 Bless them which
persecute you: bless, and curse not.
15 Rejoice with
them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
16 Be of the same
mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of
low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
17 Recompense to
no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
18 If it be possible,
as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
19 Dearly beloved,
avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written,
Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
20 Therefore if
thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing
thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
21 Be not overcome
of evil, but overcome evil with good.
the King James Version says "slothful in business," this has nothing to
do with business as we think of it in the present day. They entire
context is about the fulfillment of the ministry of each person, and God
wants us to be zealous, not luke-warm.
¶ Now concerning spiritual gifts,
brethren, I would not have you ignorant.
2 Ye know that ye
were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.
3 Wherefore I give
you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus
accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy
4 Now there are
of gifts, but the same Spirit.
5 And there are
of administrations, but the same Lord.
6 And there are
of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
7 But the manifestation
of the Spirit is given to every man to profit
8 For to one is
given by the Spirit the word of wisdom;
to another the word of knowledge
by the same Spirit;
9 To another faith
by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of
healing by the same Spirit;
10 To another the
of miracles; to another prophecy;
to another discerning of spirits;
to another divers kinds of tongues;
to another the interpretation of tongues:
11 But all these
worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally
as he will.
12 ¶ For as
the body is one, and hath many members, and
all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so
also is Christ.
13 For by one Spirit
are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether
we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
14 For the body
is not one member, but many.
15 If the foot shall
say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not
of the body?
16 And if the ear
shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore
not of the body?
17 If the whole
body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where
were the smelling?
18 But now hath
God set the members every one of them in the
body, as it hath pleased him.
19 And if they were
all one member, where were the body?
20 But now are they
many members, yet but one body.
21 And the eye cannot
say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet,
I have no need of you.
22 Nay, much more
those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:
23 And those members
of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow
more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
24 For our comely
parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given
more abundant honour to that part which lacked:
there should be no schism in the body; but
that the members should have the same care one for another.
26 And whether one
member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured,
all the members rejoice with it.
27 ¶ Now ye
are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
28 And God hath
set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers,
after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities
all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?
all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?
31 But covet earnestly
the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.
1) to bear or bring together
2) to bear together or
at the same time
2a) to carry with others
collect or contribute in order to help
2c) to help, be profitable,
If you read the Scripture
below, it becomes very clear that these gifts of the Spirit are not the
same as natural talents and gifts. These are imparted by the laying
on of hands of the presbytery and prophecy. They are given by God
according to the will of God. They cannot be learned or taught.
They are imparted or given. They are supernatural, beyond what is
available to an unsaved person. Every gift that God gives to the
Church can be and is counterfeited by the flesh and natural and carnal
mind of man, and also by evil spirits. Although this is true, those
who have their senses exercised by reason of use can discern the difference.
Those who have their conscience seared cannot tell the difference.
This includes the nine gifts mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12 and the five
gifts mentioned in Ephesians 4, and the three gifts mentioned in 1 Corinthians
Timothy 4:14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given
thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.
15 Meditate upon
these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear
Timothy 1:6 ¶ Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up
the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.