Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.
What shall we say then? [Simply this]: That the Gentiles, who did not attempt to become right with God [by how they lived] were made right with God, and this was the result of their faith [in Christ].
So then, let us pursue such things that produce peace and things that build one another up [spiritually].
1 Timothy 5:10
having a reputation for doing good deeds, [such as] bringing up children, showing hospitality to strangers, washing the feet of the saints [i.e., God's holy people], assisting people in trouble and devoting herself to doing all [other] kinds of good deeds.
1 Timothy 6:11
But you, man of God, run from these things [See verses 3-10], and pursue right living and godliness, having faith, love, perseverance and gentleness.
Actively seek to live in peace with all people. And be dedicated to God, because no one will see God without this.
1 Peter 3:11
He should turn away from wrong living and do what is good. He should desire peace and do whatever it takes to maintain it.
3 John 1:11
Dear [friend], do not imitate what is evil, but [only] what is good. The person who does what is good is [a child] of God; the one who does evil has not seen God [spiritually].
1 Corinthians 12:1
Now concerning spiritual [i.e., supernatural] gifts, brothers, I want you to be [fully] knowledgeable.
May the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ be praised, for He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in [fellowship with] Christ. [Note: The term "heavenly realms" is used somewhat differently throughout this book. Here it refers to Christians as part of the church on earth].
1 Corinthians 14:3
But the person who prophesies speaks [God's message] to people to build them up [spiritually], encourage them and comfort them.
1 Corinthians 13:2
And if I have the [spiritual] gift of prophecy, and can understand all [of God's] secret purposes, and have all knowledge; and if I have all [the supernatural] faith necessary to relocate mountains [See Matt. 17:20], but do not have love [for people], I am nothing.
And we [all] have different gifts, in harmony with the unearned favor [God has] shown us. If our gift is the ability to prophesy [i.e., to speak for God], we should make use of this gift in harmony with the amount of faith we have.
1 Thessalonians 5:20
Do not look down on prophetic messages.
1 Timothy 4:14
Do not neglect [using] the gift [i.e., of serving as an evangelist. See II Tim. 4:5], which was given to you in response to a prophetic message [or, prediction], along with the laying on of the elders' hands [i.e., signifying your appointment].