What is Apollos? Or what is Paul? Just servants through whom you came to have faith, as the Lord gave each of us opportunity.
On the contrary, as a servant of God I try in every way to commend myself to them, through my great endurance in troubles, difficulties, hardships,
Like an expert builder, I laid a foundation, as God commissioned me to do, and now someone else is building upon it. But let everyone be careful how he does so.
and he has qualified me to serve him in the interests of a new agreement, not in writing but of spirit. For what is written kills, but the Spirit gives life.
He gave one five thousand dollars, and another two thousand, and another one thousand; to each according to his ability. Then he went away.
just as the original eye-witnesses who became teachers of the message have handed it down to us.
But how are they to call upon him if they have not believed in him? And how are they to believe him if they have never heard him? And how are they to hear unless someone preaches to them?
By the favor that God has shown me, I would tell every one of you not to think too highly of himself, but to think reasonably, judging himself by the degree of faith God has allowed him.
So neither the planter nor the waterer counts for anything, but only God who makes the plants grow.
The right way for a man to think of us is as Christ's servants, and managers authorized to distribute the secret truths of God.
For if I do it of my own accord, I have my pay, but if I do it because I must, it is still a responsibility that I am charged with.
Endowments vary, but the Spirit is the same,
And God has placed people in the church, first as apostles, second as inspired preachers, third as teachers, then wonder-workers; then come ability to cure the sick, helpfulness, administration, ecstatic speaking.
You show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by me, written not in ink, but in the Spirit of the living God, and not on tablets of stone, but on the human heart.
For it is not myself but Christ Jesus that I am proclaiming as Lord; I am only a slave of yours for Jesus' sake.
But I have this treasure in a mere ear then jar, to show that its amazing power belongs to God and not to me.
As God's fellow-worker, I appeal to you, too, not to accept the favor of God and then waste it.
If they are Christian workers?? am talking like a madman!?? am a better one! with far greater labors, far more imprisonments, vastly worse beatings, and in frequent danger of death.
for which I became a worker by virtue of the gift of God's mercy which by the exercise of his power he has given me.
In it, by divine appointment, I became a worker, that I might preach among you the message of God in its fulness??26 that secret, hidden from the ages and generations, but now disclosed to those who are consecrated to him,