Thematic Bible




Thematic Bible



Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Jesus Christ, and Sosthenes, his brother.


Paul, an apostle sent not from men nor by any man, but by Jesus Christ and by God the Father who raised him from the dead;

But when God who had set me apart from my very birth, and had called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me, so that I might preach his gospel among the Gentiles, without consulting a human being,



For even as we have many members in one body, and not all members have the same function; so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and we are severally members of one another. But we have gifts differing according to the grace which was given to us. He that has the gift of prophecy, let him prophesy according to the proportion of his faith. read more.
If it is the gift of administration, let us give ourselves to our service. Let the teacher give himself to his teaching; and he who exhorts others to his exhortation. He who gives, let him do it in singleness of mind. He who rules, let him rule with diligence; and he who shows mercy must be cheerful.

You know, do you not, that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them members of a harlot? God forbid! Do you not know that he who joins himself to a harlot is one with her in body? (For God says, The two shall become one flesh.) While a man who is united with the Lord is one with Him in spirit?

The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not a common participation in the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not a common participation in the body of Christ? Because we who are many are one bread, one body, for we all do share in the one loaf.

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, although they be many, are one body; so also is Christ. And we can see this, for in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jew or Gentile, whether slave or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many. read more.
If the foot should say, "Because I am a hand, I am not part a part the body," would it not indeed be a part of the body? Or if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body," would it be any less a part of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where were hearing? If all were hearing, where were smelling? But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body as it has pleased him. If all were one member, where would the body be? But now there are many members, but one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, "I have no need of you". nor again of head to the feet, "I have no need for you." On the contrary, we need those members of the body which seem to be weaker; upon those parts of the body which we esteem less honorable, we bestow more abundant honor, and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. For whereas our comely parts have no need, God has tempered the body together, giving more abundant honor to that member in which lacked; that there should be no disunion in the body, but that members mutual care for one another. When one member suffers, all the others suffer with it; and when one member is honored, all the members are glad with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and individually members of it. And God has appointed those in the church to be first of all apostles, second, prophets, third, teachers. then workers of miracles, healers, helpers, administrators, users of various kinds of "tongues." Are all apostles? Are all prophets? teachers? workers of miracles? Have all gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? Desire earnestly the greater gifts. And yet I will go on to show you a still more excellent way.

and what the surpassing greatness of his might in us who believe, as seen in the energy of that resistless might which he exercised in raising Christ from the dead, and in seating him at his right hand in the heavenly heights, far above all hierarchies and authorities and powers and dominions and every name that is named, not only in this age but in that which is to come. read more.
God has put all things under Christ's feet, and placed him as Head over all in the church, which is his body, the fulness of Him who fills the universe.

I summon you then, I the prisoner in the Lord, to live lives worthy of the calling to which you were called. With all humility and gentleness and long-suffering forbear with one another in love; and endeavor to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bonds of peace. read more.
There is one body and one spirit, even as also you were called in one hope of your calling. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all, and through all, and in all. And to each one of us was grace given according to the measure of the munificence of Christ. Thus it is said, When he ascended on high, he led captivity captive and gave gifts to men. Now surely this "he ascended" implies that he also descended into the lower part of the earth. He who descended is he who ascended above the highest heaven, that he might fill the universe. It is he who made some men apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, in order to equip the saints for the work of serving, for the building up of the Body of Christ??13 till we all come in the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to the maturity of manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ. So we shall no longer be children, tossed up and down, and blown about by every wind of teaching, tricked by the craft of men in the snares of misleading error; but holding the truth in love we shall grow up in every part into him who is our Head, even Christ. From him the whole body (knit together and compacted by all its joints) makes continual growth of the body so as to build itself up in love, through the energy of his bounteous provision, according to the need of each several part.

Wives likewise to their husbands as to the Lord, because a husband is the head of his wife even as Christ is head of the church, his body, which he saves. But as the church submits itself to Christ, so also wives to their husbands in everything. read more.
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself for her, in order that after cleansing her in the bath of baptism, he might sanctify her by his word, so as to present her to himself, the church glorified, without spot or wrinkle or any such blemish; but on the contrary holy and faultless. That is how husbands ought to love their wives, as they love their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it as Christ does the church; for we are members of his body. For this cause shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. There is a deep mystery here?? am speaking of Christ and his church. But as for you individually, you must each one of you love his own wife exactly as if she were yourself; and the wife, on her part, should reverence her husband.




Now you are the body of Christ, and individually members of it. And God has appointed those in the church to be first of all apostles, second, prophets, third, teachers. then workers of miracles, healers, helpers, administrators, users of various kinds of "tongues." Are all apostles? Are all prophets? teachers? workers of miracles? read more.
Have all gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? Desire earnestly the greater gifts. And yet I will go on to show you a still more excellent way.



Now you are the body of Christ, and individually members of it. And God has appointed those in the church to be first of all apostles, second, prophets, third, teachers. then workers of miracles, healers, helpers, administrators, users of various kinds of "tongues." Are all apostles? Are all prophets? teachers? workers of miracles? read more.
Have all gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? Desire earnestly the greater gifts. And yet I will go on to show you a still more excellent way.

Like new-born babes long for the pure spiritual milk to make you grow up into salvation; since you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.



Now you are the body of Christ, and individually members of it. And God has appointed those in the church to be first of all apostles, second, prophets, third, teachers. then workers of miracles, healers, helpers, administrators, users of various kinds of "tongues." Are all apostles? Are all prophets? teachers? workers of miracles? read more.
Have all gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? Desire earnestly the greater gifts. And yet I will go on to show you a still more excellent way.


Now there were in the church in Antioch prophets and teachers; Barnabas and Symeon, surnamed "the Black," Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen, the foster-brother of Herod the Tetrarch, and Saul.



At that time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch.





through the might of signs and wonders, in the power of the Holy Spirit. So that beginning at Jerusalem and its environs, I have proclaimed without reserve the gospel of Christ, even as far as Illyricum.

Have all gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?

to one man by the same Spirit is given faith, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit; to another the powers which work miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits; to another varieties of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.



For to one man by the Spirit has been given a word of wisdom, to another a word of insight by the same Spirit; to one man by the same Spirit is given faith, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit; to another the powers which work miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits; to another varieties of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.


Now there were in the church in Antioch prophets and teachers; Barnabas and Symeon, surnamed "the Black," Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen, the foster-brother of Herod the Tetrarch, and Saul.



At that time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch.



Now there were in the church in Antioch prophets and teachers; Barnabas and Symeon, surnamed "the Black," Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen, the foster-brother of Herod the Tetrarch, and Saul.



At that time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch.



and when he had found him he brought him to Antioch, where for a whole year they were guests of the church, and taught many people. And it was in Antioch that the disciples first received the name of "Christians."

Now there were in the church in Antioch prophets and teachers; Barnabas and Symeon, surnamed "the Black," Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen, the foster-brother of Herod the Tetrarch, and Saul.




He had been instructed in the ways of the Lord, and being full of zeal, he used to speak and to teach accurately the facts about Jesus, although he knew only the baptism of John.

Paul and Barnabas also stayed in Antioch teaching and proclaiming the word of the Lord, in company with others.

So he lived there a year and six months and continued to teach them the word of God.




and after Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they began to speak with tongues, and to prophesy.

to another the powers which work miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits; to another varieties of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.

Have all gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?

For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God.

When the day of Pentecost was fully come, and they were all together in the same place, there came suddenly from the sky a sound like the onrush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. There appeared to them tongues, like flame, distributing themselves, one resting upon the head of each one, read more.
and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit was giving them utterance. Now there were, staying in Jerusalem. devout Jews from many and distant lands. So when this noise was heard, the crowd gathered in bewilderment because each man heard them speaking in his own language. The were beside themselves with wonder. "Are not these Galileans who are speaking?" they exclaimed. "Then how is it that each one of us hears them speak his own mother tongue? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, dwellers in Mesopotamia, in Judea, in Cappadocia, in Pontus and Asia, in Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, and the district of Lybia around Cretans and Arabians, we all hear these men telling in our own tongue what great things God has done." All were astonished and bewildered and kept saying to one another, "What can this mean?" But others were saying with jeer, "These men are full of sweet wine." Then Peter, with the Eleven, stood up and addresses them in a loud voice. "Men of Judea and dwellers in Jerusalem, have no doubt about this matter, but listen to what I say. "These men are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only nine o'clock in the morning. "No, this is what the prophet Joel predicted. "In the last days, God says, it shall come to pass that I will pour out my Spirit upon all mankind; "Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams; upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days, will I pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.



Love never fails; but though there are prophecies, they will fail; though there are tongues, they will cease; though there is knowledge, it will be superseded.

to another the powers which work miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits; to another varieties of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.

Have all gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?

For he who speaks in a "tongue" speaks not to man but to God, for no one understands him, but in the Spirit he utters secret truths. But he who prophesies addresses words to men that build up, encourage, and console. He who speaks in a tongue upbuilds himself; but he who prophesies upbuilds the church. read more.
Now I should like you all to speak with "tongues"; but I should rather that you prophesied, For he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues, unless he interprets, so that the church may be built up. Now brothers, if I should come to you speaking with tongues, what should I benefit you, unless I speak to you some revelation, or knowledge, or prophecy, or teaching? For if lifeless instruments such as the flute or the harp give no distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is fluted or harped? Or, for example, if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, what soldier will be prepared for battle? In the same way with you, if you utter unintelligible words with your tongue, how can what you say be understood? You will be speaking to the winds! There are, let us say, so many languages in the world, and none without its meaning. If then I do not know the force of expression, I shall seem a barbarian to the one who uses it, and he will seem a barbarian to me. So also in your case, since you are ambitious for spiritual gifts, seek to excel in them for the upbuilding of the church. So let him who speaks with tongues pray that he may interpret. For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prays, but my mind is barren. What then? I will pray with my spirit, and I will pray also with my mind. I will praise God with my spirit, but I will praise him with my mind, also. For if you in your spirit bless God, how shall he who fills the place of the unlearned say the Amen to your thanksgiving, when he does not know what you are talking about? You on the one hand offer a good thanksgiving, but the other is not built up. Thank God I speak with tongues more than you all, but in the church I would rather speak five words with my understanding, so as to instruct others, than ten thousand in an unknown tongue.

In the Law it is written. With men of other tongues, and by the lips of strangers, will I speak to this people, and even then they will not listen to me, says the Lord. So then the gift of tongues is for a sign, not to believers, but to unbelievers; but prophecy is not for unbelievers, but for those who believe. Accordingly, when the whole church assemblies, and everybody is speaking "with tongues," if there enter men unlearned or unbelieving, will they not say that you are mad? read more.
But if all are prophesying when an unlearned or unbelieving man enters, he is convicted in conscience by your speaker, he feels himself judged by all, and the secret depths of his heart are laid open. So he will fall upon his face and worship God, saying, "Of a truth, God is with you." What follows, then, brothers? Whenever you meet together, each contributes something; a psalm, a sermon, a revelation, a tongue, an interpretation. Let all be done for edification. If any one speaks in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that in turn, and let some one interpret. But if there is no one to interpret, let them keep silence in the church, and speak to themselves and to God.

So, my brothers, be ambitious for the gift of prophecy, and speak not against the gifts of tongues.


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