Stewards of God's Grace
Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin,
that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, a but for the will of God.
For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles - when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries.
In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you.
They will give an account to Him who is ready b to judge the living and the dead.
For this reason c the gospel was preached also to those who are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but d live according to God in the spirit.
But e the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers.
And above all things have fervent love for one another, for f "love will cover a multitude of sins."
g Be hospitable to one another h without grumbling.
i As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, j as good stewards of k the manifold grace of God.
l If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that m in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
And He commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is He who was ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead.
For to this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living.
2 Timothy 4:1
I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom:
1 Peter 1:12
To them it was revealed that, not to themselves, but to us they were ministering the things which now have been reported to you through those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven - things which angels desire to look into.
1 Peter 3:19
By whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison.
But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.
For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed.
He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.
You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.
Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door!
1 John 2:18
Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour.
Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all sins.
1 Corinthians 13:4
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up.
Let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.
1 Timothy 3:2
A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach.
Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.
2 Corinthians 9:7
So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.
Romans 12:6 - 8
Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith.
Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season?
1 Corinthians 4:1
Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.
1 Corinthians 4:2
Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.
1 Corinthians 12:4
There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.
1 Corinthians 10:31
Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.