BIBLE’S MESSAGE UNCOVERED

By the Scripture's Own Writers

Definition

Qualities, abilities, attributes and other beneficial things granted by the love, mercy and undeserved kindness of Jehovah God to His creatures. Some are given as rewards. All are given to be used to His praise and glory, to serve His purposes and for the good of His crea­tures and His organization. Divine gifts bring rights to the ones re­ceiving them, which all others are duty bound to recognize.

Jehovah God the Chief Giver. All His Gifts Good, Perfect, Beneficial

James 1:17 "Every good gift and every perfect present is from above, for it comes down from the Father of the celestial lights, and with Him there is not a var­iation of the turning of the shadow."

Proverbs 10:22 "The blessing of Jehovah, it makes rich; and He adds no sorrow therewith."

1 Timothy 4:4 "Every creation of God is right and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving."

Deuteronomy 32:4 "The Rock, His work is perfect."

All His Gifts Serve in Carrying Out His Purpose

Romans 11:29 "The gifts and the calling of God are not things He will regret."

Ephesians 4:8, 12-14 "'He gave gifts in men.'... with a view to the training of the holy ones for ministerial work, for the building up of the body of the Christ."

All Gifts Come Through Christ Jesus by His Direction of Jehovah's Active Force

Acts 2:32, 33 "This Jesus... because He was exalted to the right hand of God and received the promised holy spirit from the Father, He has poured out this which you see and hear."

Ephesians 4:7, 8 "Now to each one of us undeserved kindness was given according to how the Christ measured out the free gift. Where­fore he says: 'When He ascended on high He led captive a multitude; He gave gifts in men.' "

Colossians 2:9 "It is in Him that all the fullness of the divine quality dwells for the body."

1 Corinthians 12:11 "But all these operations the one and the same spirit performs, making a distribution to each one respectively just as it wills."

John 3:34 "The one whom God sent forth speaks the sayings of God, for He does not give the spirit sparingly."

Gifts of God Are Impartially Given, Not Earned, Not a Due Belonging to Us

John 1:16, 17 "For we all re­ceived from out of His fullness, even undeserved kindness upon undeserved kindness. Because the Law was given through Moses, the undeserved kindness and the truth came to be through Jesus Christ."

Matthew 5:45 "He makes His sun rise upon wicked people and good and makes it rain upon righteous people and unrighteous."

Ephesians 2:8, 9 "By this undeserved kindness, indeed, you have been saved through faith; and this not owing to you, it is God's gift. No, it is not owing to works, in order that no man should have grounds for boasting."

1 Peter 1:17 "Furthermore, if you are calling upon the Father who judges impartially according
to each one's work, conduct your­selves with fear."

Deuteronomy 10:17 "Jehovah your God, He is God of gods, and Lord of lords, the great God, the mighty, and the terrible, who regards not persons, nor takes reward."

Life and God's Provisions for Us to Get Eternal Life Are Gifts

Romans 6:23 "For the wages sin pays is death, but the gift God gives is everlasting life by Christ Jesus our Lord."

Job 33:4 "The spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life."

2 Corinthians 9:15 "Thanks be to God for His indescribable free gift."

Psalm 115:16 "The heavens are the heavens of Jehovah; but the earth He has given to the chil­dren of men."

Spiritual Sonship a Gift

1 John 3:1, 2 "See what kind of love the Father has given us, so that we should be called chil­dren of God; and such we are. . . . Beloved ones, now we are children of God, but as yet it has not been made manifest what we shall be. We do know that when­ever He is made manifest we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is."

John 1:12 "However, as many as did receive Him, to them He gave authority to become God's children, because they were exer­cising faith in His Name."

Immortality a Reward to Christ and His 144,000 Body Members for Faithfulness

Philippians 2:8, 9 "He humbled Him­self and became obedient as far as death, yes, death on a torture stake. For this very reason also God exalted Him to a superior position and kindly gave Him the Name that is above every other name."

1 Corinthians 9:25 "Every man taking part in a contest exercises self-control in all things. Now they, of course, do it that they may get a corruptible crown, but we an incorruptible one."

Romans 2:6, 7 "He will render to each one according to his works: everlasting life to those who are seeking glory and honor and incorruptibleness by endurance in work that is good."

2 Peter 1:10 "Brothers, all the more do your utmost to render the calling and choosing of you firm for yourselves."

Revelation 2:10 "Prove yourself faith­ful even with the danger of death, and I will give you the crown of life."

Human Sonship a Gift of God

Romans 8:21 "The creation itself also will be set free from enslave­ment to corruption and have the glorious freedom of the children of God."

1 Corinthians 15:28 "But when all things will have been subjected to Him, then the Son Himself will also subject Himself to the One who subjected all things to Him, that God may be all things to everyone."

Also: Genesis 1:26; Luke 3:38.

To Be Valid, All Gifts Must Be Accepted and Cultivated (Except Miraculous Gifts)

1 Corinthians 12:31 "Keep striving af­ter the greater gifts."

John 1:12 "As many as did re­ceive Him, to them He gave au­thority to become God's children, because they were exercising faith in His Name."

1 Timothy 3:1 "If any man is reaching out for an office of over­seer, he is desirous of a right kind of work."

2 Timothy 2:1, 5, 6 "You, therefore, my child, keep on acquiring power in the undeserved kindness that is in connection with Christ Jesus. Moreover, if anyone contends even in the games, he is not crowned unless he has contended accord­ing to the rules. The hard­working farmer must be the first to partake of the fruits."

Proverbs 13:4 "The soul of the sluggard desires, and has noth­ing; but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat."

Gifts Bestowed on Christian Congregation Foreshadowed

Genesis 24:22, 53 "And it came to pass, as the camels had done drinking, that the man took a golden ring of half a shekel weight, and two bracelets for her hands of ten shekels weight of gold. And the servant brought forth jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment, and gave them to Rebekah: he gave also to her brother and to her mother precious things."

Miraculous Gifts to Early Christian Congregation

1 Corinthians 12:4-10, 28-30 "Now there are varieties of gifts, but there is the same spirit; ... to one there is given through the spirit speech of wisdom, to another speech of knowledge according to the same spirit, to another faith by the same spirit, to another gifts of healings by that one spirit, to yet another operations of powerful works, to another prophesying, to another discernment of inspired utterances, to another different tongues, and to another interpre­tation of tongues. And God has set the respective ones in the congregation, first, apostles; sec­ond, prophets; third, teachers; then powerful works; then gifts of healings; helpful services, abil­ities to direct, different tongues ... translators."

Acts 21:8, 9 "Philip the mis­sionary, ... This man had four daughters, virgins, that prophe­sied."

1 Corinthians 14:18 "I thank God, I speak in more tongues than all of you do."

Purpose of Miraculous Gifts to Establish and Mature the Con­gregation and Show Change from Dealing with the Old Systems of Things to the New Christian System

Acts 2:22 "Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man publicly shown by God to you through powerful works and wonders and signs which God did through Him among you, just as you yourselves know."

Hebrews 2:4 "God joined in bearing witness with signs as well as won­ders and various powerful works and with distributions of holy spirit according to His will."

Ephesians 4:11-16 "And He gave some as apostles, some as prophets, some as missionaries, some as shepherds and teachers, with a view to the training of the holy ones for ministerial work, for the building up of the body of the Christ, until we all attain to the oneness in the faith and in the accurate knowledge of the Son of God, to a full-grown man, to the measure of growth that be­longs to the fullness of the Christ; in order that we should no longer be babes, tossed about as by waves and carried hither and thither by every wind of teaching by means of the trickery of men, by means of craftiness in contriv­ing error. But speaking the truth, let us by love grow up in all things into Him who is the head, Christ. From Him all the body, by being harmoniously joined to­gether and being made to co­operate through every joint which gives what is needed, according to the functioning of each respective member in due measure, makes for the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love."

1 Corinthians 14:21-25 "In the Law it is written: 'With the tongues of foreigners and with the lips of strangers I will speak to this people, and yet not even then will they give heed to Me,' says Jehovah. Consequently, tongues are for a sign, not to the believers, but to the unbelievers, whereas prophesying is, not for the unbe­lievers, but for the believers. Therefore, if the whole congrega­tion comes together to one place and they all speak in tongues, but ordinary people or unbelievers come in, will they not say that you are mad? But if you are all prophesying and any unbeliever or ordinary person comes in, he is put right by them all, he is closely examined by all, the se­crets of his heart become mani­fest, so that he will prostrate himself and worship God, declar­ing, 'God is really among you.' "

1 Corinthians 1:7, 8 "So that you do not fall short in any gift at all, while you are eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will also make you unshakable to the end, that you may be open to no accusation in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ."

Miraculous Gifts Always Trans­mitted Only When One or More of the 12 Apostles Were Present

Acts 2:4, 14 "They all became filled with holy spirit and started to speak with different tongues, ... But Peter stood up with the eleven and raised his voice."

Acts 8:14-17 "When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they dispatched Peter and John to them, and these went down and prayed for them to get holy spirit. For it had not yet fallen upon any one of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they went to laying their hands upon them, and they began to receive holy spirit."

Acts 10:44 "While Peter was yet speaking about these matters the holy spirit fell upon all those hearing the word."

Acts 19:6 "And when Paul laid his hands upon them, the holy spirit came upon them, and they began speaking with tongues and prophesying."

Romans 1:11 "I am longing to see you, that I may impart some spiritual gift to you in order for you to be made firm."

Miraculous Gifts No Longer Present Since Shortly After the Apostles' Day

1 Corinthians 13:8-13 "Love never fails. But whether there are gifts of prophesying, they will be done away with; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will be done away with. For we have partial knowledge and we prophesy par­tially; but when that which is complete arrives, that which is partial will be done away with. When I was a babe, I used to speak as a babe, to think as a babe, to reason as a babe; but now that I have become a man, I have done away with the traits of a babe. For at present we see in hazy outline by means of a metal mirror, but then it will be face to face. At present I know partially, but then I shall know accurately even as I am accurate­ly known. Now, however, there remain faith, hope, love, these three, but the greatest of these is love."

Gifts Make the Christian Con­gregation on Earth Complete to Do the Work Assigned

1 Corinthians 12:12-26 "For just as the body is one thing but has many members, and all the members of that body, although being many, are one body, so also is the Christ.... For the body, in­deed, is not one member, but is many. If the foot should say: 'Because I am not a hand, I am no part of the body,' it is not for this reason no part of the body. And if the ear should say: 'Be­cause I am not an eye, I am no part of the body,' it is not for this reason no part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If it were all hearing, where would the smelling be? But now God has set the members in the body, each one of them, just as He pleased. If they were all one member, where would the body be? But now they are many mem­bers, yet one body. The eye can­not say to the hand: 'I have no need of you'; or, again, the head cannot say to the feet: 'I have no need of you.' But much rather is it the case that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary, and the parts of the body which we think to be less honorable, these we sur­round with more abundant honor, and so our unseemly parts have the more abundant comeliness, whereas our comely parts do not need anything. Nevertheless, God compounded the body, giving hon­or more abundant to the part which had a lack, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its members should have the same care for one another."

Ministry of Prophesying by House-to-House Work

Acts 20:20 "I did not hold back from telling you any of the things that were profitable nor from teaching you publicly and from house to house."

Revelation 3:20 "Look! I am standing at the door and knocking."

Matthew 10:12-14 "When you are entering into the house, greet the household; and if the house is deserving, let the peace you wish it come upon it; but if it is not deserving, let the peace from you return upon you. Wherever anyone does not take you in or listen to your words, on going out of that house or that city shake the dust off your feet."

By Return Calls and Home Bible Studies

Acts 15:36 "Now after some days Paul said to Barnabas: 'Above all things, let us return and visit the brothers in every one of the cities in which we pub­lished the word of Jehovah to see how they are.' "

1 Corinthians 3:6-8 "I planted, Apollos watered, but God kept making it grow.... Now he that plants and he that waters are one, but each person will receive his own re­ward according to his own labor."

Also: Matthew 13:3-23.

Proverbs 11:25 "The liberal soul shall be made fat; and he that waters shall be watered also himself."

John 21:15-17 "He said to him: 'Feed My young lambs.'.. . 'Shep­herd My little sheep.'... 'Feed My little sheep.' "

Galatians 6:6 "Moreover, let anyone who is being orally taught the word share in all good things with the one who gives such oral teaching."

Also: Acts 17:11; Revelation 3:20.

By Street Work

Acts 17:17 "Consequently he began to reason in the synagogue with the Jews and the other people who worshiped God and every day in the market-place with those who happened to be on hand."

Also: Jeremiah 17:19; Ezekiel 4.

In Your Own Home and Every Other Place

Acts 28:30, 31 "So he remained for an entire two years in his own hired house, and he would kindly receive all those who came in to him, preaching the kingdom of God to them and teaching the things concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with the greatest freeness of speech, without hin­drance."

Acts 16:25, 32 "About the mid­dle of the night Paul and Silas were praying and praising God with song; yes, the prisoners were hearing them. And they spoke the word of Jehovah to him together with all those in his house."

Philippians 1:13, 14 "My prison bonds have become public knowledge in association with Christ among all the praetorian guard and all the rest, and most of the brothers in the Lord, feeling confidence by reason of my prison bonds, are more than outdoing themselves in courage to speak the word of God fearlessly."

Also: Matthew 5:1, 2; Mark 4:1; Matthew 26:6-13; Luke 10:38-42; 19:2-8; Acts 8:26-40.

The Christian Congregation To­day Is Mature; Accomplishes Work Through More Excel­lent Way of Love

1 Corinthians 12:31; 13:13 "Keep striv­ing after the greater gifts. And yet I show you a surpassing way." "Now, however, there remain faith, hope, love, these three, but the greatest of these is love."

Hebrews 6:1-3 "For this reason, now that we have left the elementary doctrine about the Christ, let us press on to maturi­ty, not laying a foundation again, namely, repentance from dead works, and faith toward God, the teaching on baptisms and the laying on of the hands, the res­urrection of the dead and ever­lasting judgment. And this we will do, if God indeed permits."

Acts 1:8 "You will receive pow­er when the holy spirit arrives upon you, and you will be wit­nesses of Me both in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the most distant part of the earth."

Matthew 24:14 "This good news of the kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for the purpose of a witness to all the nations, and then the accom­plished end will come."

Revelation 14:6, 7 "I saw another an­gel flying in midheaven, and he had everlasting good news to declare as glad tidings to those who dwell on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people, saying in a loud voice: 'Fear God and give Him glory, because the hour of the judgment by Him has arrived.' "

2 Kings 2:9 "Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for you, before I am taken from you. And Elisha said, Please, let a double portion of your spirit be upon me."

Revelation 11:3, 7, 11 "I will cause My two witnesses to prophesy... the wild beast . . . will . . . kill them. And after the three and a half days spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet, and great fear fell upon those beholding them."

Other Gifts Within Reach of All Today if Cultivated

Ministry

2 Corinthians 3:5, 6; 4:1 "Our being adequately qualified issues from God, who has indeed adequately qualified us to be ministers of a new covenant, not of a written code, but of spirit; ... That is why, since we have this ministry according to the mercy that was shown us, we do not behave im­properly."

Romans 11:13 "I glorify my min­istry."

2 Timothy 4:11 "Take Mark and bring him with you, for he is useful to me for ministering."

Prophecy

1 Corinthians 14:1-5 "Pursue love, yet keep striving after the spiritual gifts, but preferably that you may prophesy.... he that prophesies upbuilds and encourages and con­soles men by his speech.... he that prophesies upbuilds a con­gregation. ... I prefer that you prophesy. Indeed, he that proph­esies is greater than he that speaks in tongues."

Public speaking

Acts 18:4, 24 "He would give a talk in the synagogue every sabbath and would win over Jews and Greeks. Now a certain Jew named Apollos, a native of Alex­andria, an eloquent man, arrived in Ephesus, and he was well versed in the Scriptures."

Acts 19:9, 10 "He ... separated the disciples from them, daily giv­ing talks in the school auditorium of Tyrannus. This took place for two years, so that all those in­habiting the district of Asia heard the Word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks."

1 Timothy 4:13 "While I am com­ing, continue applying yourself to public reading."

Conducting congregational studies

Romans 12:8 "He that presides, let him do it in real earnest."

Overseeing

1 Timothy 3:2-7 "The overseer should therefore be irreprehensible, a husband of one wife, mod­erate in habits, sound in mind, orderly, a lover of strangers, qual­ified to teach, not a drunken brawler, not a smiter, but rea­sonable, not belligerent, not a lov­er of money, a man presiding over his own household in a right manner, having children in sub­jection with all seriousness;... not a newly converted man,... he should also have a favorable testimony from people on the out­side."

1 Peter 5:1-3 "To the older men ... : Shepherd the flock of God in your care, not under compul­sion, but willingly,... neither as lording it over those who are God's inheritance, but becoming examples to the flock."

Matthew 25:21 "Well done, good and faithful slave! You were faithful over a few things. I will appoint you over many things."

Also: Matthew 24:45-47; Luke 19:12-27.

Assistant ministerial servants

1 Timothy 3:8-12 "Ministerial serv­ants should likewise be serious, not double-tongued, not giving themselves to a lot of wine, not greedy of dishonest gain, holding the sacred secret of the faith with a clean conscience. Also let these be tested as to fitness first, then let them serve as ministers, as they are free from accusation. Women should likewise be seri­ous, not slanderous, moderate in habits, faithful in all things. Let ministerial servants be husbands of one wife, presiding in a right manner over children and their own households."

Organizing

Acts 6:1-3 "So the twelve . . . said: 'It is not pleasing for us to abandon the word of God to dis­tribute food to tables. So, broth­ers, search out for yourselves sev­en certified men .. . that we may appoint them over this necessary business.' "

Also: Exodus 18:19-26.

Teaching in the congregation [limited to male members]

1 Timothy 3:2 "The overseer should therefore be ... qualified to teach."

1 Timothy 4:16 "Pay constant at­tention to yourself and to your teaching."

1 Timothy 2:12 "I do not permit a woman to teach, or to exercise authority over a man, but to be in silence."

1 Corinthians 14:33-35 "As in all the congregations of the holy ones, let the women keep silent in the congregations, for it is not per­mitted for them to speak,... if, then, they want to learn some­thing, let them question their husbands at home, for it is dis­graceful for a woman to speak in a congregation."

James 3:1 "Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, knowing that we shall receive heavier judgment."

Defending and legally establish­ing the good news

Philippians 1:7 "All of you being sharers with me in the unde­served kindness both in my pris­on bonds and in the defending and legally establishing of the good news."

Also: Acts 4:19, 20; 5:27-32; 25:11, 21; Romans 16:1, 2.

Admonishing, exhorting, com­forting, strengthening

1 Thessalonians 5:14 "We exhort you, brothers, admonish the disorder­ly, speak comfortingly to the depressed souls, support the weak, be longsuffering toward all."

Hebrews 12:12 "Lift up the hands that hang down and strengthen the enfeebled knees."

2 Corinthians 1:3, 4 "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Je­sus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all com­fort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those in any kind of tribulation through the comfort with which we ourselves are being comforted by God."

Also: Romans 15:14; 1 Thessalonians 5:12; 2 Thessalonians 3:15.

Reproving, correcting, counseling

1 Timothy 5:20 "Reprove before all onlookers persons who prac­tice sin, that the rest also may have fear."

Titus 1:9 "He [the overseer] may be able both to exhort by the teaching that is healthful and to reprove those who con­tradict."

Titus 1:13 "Keep on reproving them with severity, that they may be healthy in the faith."

Understanding

2 Timothy 2:7 "The Lord will real­ly give you discernment in all things."

Gift of singleness

Matthew 19:11, 12 "Not all men make room for the saying, but only those who have the gift. ... there are eunuchs that have made themselves eunuchs because of the Kingdom of the heavens."

1 Corinthians 7:27, 32 "Are you loosed from a wife? Stop seeking a wife. Indeed, I want you to be free from anxiety. The single man is anxious for the things of the Lord, how he may gain the Lord's approval."

Gift of Service with Marriage

1 Corinthians 7:7, 17, 27, 29, 38 "I wish all men were as I myself am. Nevertheless, each one has his own gift from God, one in this way, another in that way. ... let each one so walk as God has called him.... Are you bound to a wife? Stop seeking a release. ... Hence­forth let those who have wives be as though they had none,... he also that gives his virginity in marriage does well, but he that does not give it in marriage will do better."

Other Natural Abilities and Tal­ents May Be Used in the Theocratic Organization

Exodus 31:2-6; 35:25 to 36:3 "I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri,... of the tribe of Ju­dah: and I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowl­edge, and in all manner of work­manship, to devise skilful works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass, and in cutting of stones for setting, and in carving of wood, to work in all manner of workmanship. . . . and in the hearts of all that are wise-hearted I have put wisdom, that they may make all that I have commanded you." "And all the women that were wise-hearted did spin with their hands, and brought that which they had spun,... The children of Israel brought a freewill offering unto Jehovah; every man and woman, whose heart made them willing to bring for all the work."

Hebrews 11:7 "By faith Noah, after being given divine warning of things not yet beheld, showed godly fear and constructed an ark for the saving of his household."

Also: Genesis 6:14, 15; 7:5.

Cultivating These Present Gifts of the Spirit

1 Timothy 4:14-16 "Do not be neg­lecting the gift in you which was given you through a prediction and when the body of older men laid their hands upon you. Pon­der over these things, be ab­sorbed in them, that your ad­vancement may be manifest to all persons. Pay constant atten­tion to yourself and to your teach­ing. Stay by these things, for by doing this you will save both yourself and those who listen to you."

2 Timothy 4:5 "You, though, keep your balance in all things, suffer evil, do missionary work, thor­oughly accomplish your minis­try."

2 Timothy 1:6, 7 "Stir up like a fire the gift of God which is in you through the laying of my hands upon you. For God gave us not a spirit of cowardice, but that of power and of love and of soundness of mind."

Matthew 19:11, 12 "Not all men make room for the saying, but only those who have the gift. ... there are eunuchs that have made themselves eunuchs because of the kingdom of the heavens. Let him that can make room for it make room for it."

1 Peter 4:7, 8, 10, 11 "The com­plete end of all things has drawn close. Be sound in mind, there­fore, and be vigilant with a view to prayers. Above all things, have intense love for one another, be­cause love covers a multitude of sins. In proportion as each one has received a gift, use it in min­istering to one another as the right kind of stewards over God's undeserved kindness which is ex­pressed in various ways. If any­one speaks, let him speak as it were the sacred pronouncements of God; if anyone ministers, let him minister as dependent on the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ."

Anyone Can Cultivate Ability to Do Any Theocratic Assignment Given

Philippians 4:13 "For all things I have the strength by virtue of Him who imparts power to me."

2 Timothy 2:15 "Do your utmost to present yourself approved to God, a workman with nothing to be ashamed of, handling the word of the truth aright."

Zechariah 4:6 "Not by might, nor by power, but by My spirit, says Jehovah of hosts."

Exodus 4:10-12 "And Moses said unto Jehovah, Oh, Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since You have spoken unto Your servant; for I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue. And Jehovah said unto him, Who has made man's mouth? or who makes a man dumb, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? is it not I, Jehovah? Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth, and teach you what you shall speak."

All Gifts Are for the Purpose of Being Used to Jehovah's Praise

Ephesians 1:3-8, 14 "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Je­sus Christ,... For He foreordained us to the adoption through Jesus Christ as sons to Himself, ... in praise of His glorious undeserved kindness which He kindly con­ferred upon us by means of His loved one this He caused to abound toward us in all wisdom and good sense,... to His glorious praise."

Ephesians 5:18-20 "Keep getting filled with spirit, speaking to yourselves with psalms and praises to God and spiritual songs, singing and accompanying yourselves with music in your hearts to Jehovah, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ giving thanks always for all things to our God and Father."

Psalm 107:15, 21, 32 "Oh that men would praise Jehovah for His loving-kindness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! Let them exalt Him also in the assembly of the people, and praise Him in the seat of the elders."

We Should Not Envy Others Having Gifts

1 Corinthians 12:11, 28-30 "All these operations the one and the same spirit performs, making a distri­bution to each one respectively just as it wills. And God has set the respective ones in the congregation, first, apostles; second, prophets; third, teachers; then powerful works; then gifts of healings; helpful services, abilities to direct, different tongues. Not all are apostles, are they? Not all are prophets, are they? Not all are teachers, are they? Not all perform powerful works, do they? Not all have gifts of healings, do they? Not all speak in tongues, do they? Not all are translators, are they?"

 

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