LET a man so account of us, as the under servants of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.
Now to him that is able to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, agreeable to the revelation of the mystery; which was concealed from all former ages,
For a bishop ought to be irreproachable, as the steward of God; not self-willed, not irritable, not addicted to wine, not quarrelsome, not greedy of filthy lucre;
Let every one, according as he hath received a gift, minister it to others, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
And he answered and said unto them, Because to you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
Who then is the faithful and provident servant, whom his Lord hath appointed over his household, to give them meat in the proper time?
And he said to them, To you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God; but to those who are without, all things are in parables:
And he said, To you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God; but to the rest in parables: that seeing they may not perceive, and hearing may not comprehend.
And the Lord said, Who indeed is a faithful steward, and prudent, whom the lord will place over his household, to give them their proportion of provision at the proper season?
THEN said he also to his disciples, There was a certain rich man, who had a steward; and he received an information against him, as having dissipated his treasures.
but we speak the wisdom of God, which had been hid in mystery, which God predestined before the worlds were, for our glory:
Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but the ministers through whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to each [of us]?
being injuriously spoken of, we entreat; we are made as the ordures of the world, as the sweepings of all things unto this day.
For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me, yea verily woe is to me if I preach not the gospel.
For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.
but in every thing approving ourselves as ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in straits,
Are they the ministers of Christ? (I speak foolishly) I am above [them]: in labours more abundantly, in stripes exceedingly more, in prisons more frequently, in the most immediate danger of death often.
For though I should be disposed to boast, I shall not be a fool; for I shall speak truth: but I desist, lest any man think of me above what he seeth me to be, or what he heareth of me.
having made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in himself;
that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery, as I wrote unto you before briefly;
and for me that there may be given unto me utterance to open my mouth with boldness, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
of which I am a minister, according to the dispensation of God, which was given me for you to fulfil the ministry of the word of God??26 the mystery which was hid from ages and from generations, but is now unveiled to his saints;
that their hearts may be comforted, firmly united together in love, and unto all riches of full assurance of understanding, in the knowledge of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;
praying also at the same time for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, that I may speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains:
And confessedly great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, justified by the Spirit, seen of angels, preached among the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.