This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.
Now to him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which was kept secret for long ages
For the overseer must be blameless as God's steward, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not addicted to wine, not violent, not fond of sordid gain,
As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of God's varied grace.
And he answered them, "To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.
"Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time?
And he said to them, "To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but to those outside everything is in parables;
he said, "To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God; but to others it is given in parables, so that 'Seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.'
And the Lord said, "Who then is the faithful and wise steward, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time?
He also said to his disciples: "There was a certain rich man who had a steward, and an accusation was brought to him that this man was wasting his goods.
But we speak of God's secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and which God destined for our glory before the ages.
What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord assigned to each one.
when we are slandered, we try to conciliate; we have become, and are now, as the scum of the world, the refuse of all things.
For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for I am under compulsion. For woe is me if I do not preach the gospel!
For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake.
But as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, distresses,
Are they servants of Christ? I am a better oneI am talking like a madmanin far more labors, in far more imprisonments, with more beatings, and often in danger of death.
Though if I should boast, I will not be a fool, for I will be speaking the truth. But I refrain from it, so that no one may think more of me than he sees in me or hears from me.
he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ,
that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly.
and also pray for me, that in the opening of my mouth, utterance may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel,
Of this church I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known,
that their hearts may be encouraged as they are knit together in love, to have all the riches of assured understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery, that is, Christ himself,
And pray for us as well, that God may open a door to us for the word, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains,
He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall into the same condemnation as the devil.
By common confession, great is the mystery of godliness: he was revealed in the flesh, was vindicated in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.