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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 1 Peter 4:7-11

We have here an awful position or doctrine, and an inference drawn from it. The position is that the end of all things is at hand. The miserable destruction of the Jewish church and nation foretold by our Saviour is now very near; consequently, the time of their persecution and your sufferings is but very short. Your own life and that of your enemies will soon come to their utmost period. Nay, the world itself will not continue very long. The conflagration will put an end to it; and all things... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - 1 Peter 4:9-10

4:9-10 Be hospitable to one another and never grudge it. As each has received a gift from God, so let all use such gifts in the service of one another, like good stewards of the grace of God. Peter's mind is dominated in this section by the conviction that the end of all things is near. It is of the greatest interest and significance to note that he does not use that conviction to urge men to withdraw from the world and to enter on a kind of private campaign to save their own souls; he... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 1 Peter 4:10

As every man hath received the gift ,.... That is, from God, as the Syriac and Ethiopic versions add. This is a general rule laid down by the apostle, according to which, distribution of every kind, whether in things temporal or spiritual, is to be made, even according to the nature, quality, and quantity of the gift received: the greatest gift God bestows on men, next to himself, Son, and Spirit, and received by them in this life, is special grace; which God gives of his sovereign will and... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Peter 4:10

Hath received the gift - Χαρισμα· A gift; any blessing of providence or grace. I cannot think that the word means here the Holy Ghost, or any of his supernatural gifts or influences; it may include those, but it signifies any thing given by the mere mercy and bounty of God: but perhaps in this place it may signify some or any office in the Church; and this sense, indeed, the connection seems to require. Stewards of the manifold grace - Whatever gifts or endowments any man may possess,... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Peter 4:10

Verse 10 10As every one hath received He reminds us what we ought to bear in mind when we do good to our neighbors; for nothing is more fitted to correct our murmurings than to remember that we do not give our own, but only dispense what God has committed to us. When therefore he says, “Minister the gift which every one has received,” he intimates that to each had been distributed what they had, on this condition, that in helping their brethren they might be the ministers of God. And thus the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Peter 4:10

As every man hath received the gift ; rather, according as each received a gift. The aorist ἔλαβεν , "received," seems to point to a definite time, as baptism, or the laying on of hands (comp. Acts 8:17 ; Acts 19:6 ; 1 Timothy 4:14 ). For the gift ( χάρισμα ), comp. Romans 12:6 ; 1 Corinthians 12:4 , "There are diversities of gifts." Even so minister the same one to another ; literally, ministering it towards one another. The gifts of grace, whatever they may be, are... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Peter 4:10

If we may venture to connect these words with the preceding injunction as well as with the following, the power of rendering simple hospitality is as truly a gift of God's grace for the use of which a man is responsible as is the loftiest endowment of eloquent speech or eminent service. The large principles embodied in these simple words would revolutionize the Church, and go far to regenerate the world, if they were honestly carried out. All powers are gifts. All gifts are trusts. What... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - 1 Peter 4:10

As every man hath received the gift - The word rendered “the gift” (χάρισμα charisma,) in the Greek, without the article, means “endowment” of any kind, but especially that conferred by the Holy Spirit. Here it seems to refer to every kind of endowment by which we can do good to others; especially every kind of qualification furnished by religion by which we can help others. It does not refer here particularly to the ministry of the word - though it is applicable to that, and includes that -... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - 1 Peter 4:10-11

1 Peter 4:10-11. As every man hath received the gift Or, a gift, spiritual or temporal, ordinary or extraordinary, (although the latter seems primarily intended,) so minister the same one to another Employ that gift for the common good; as good stewards of the manifold grace of God Of the talents wherewith his free love has intrusted you. If any man speak In public assemblies, or in the social meetings of his Christian brethren; let him speak as the oracles of God Let all his... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - 1 Peter 4:1-11

Changed lives of Christ’s followers (4:1-11)Christ’s death dealt with sin once and for all. In that sense he has nothing more to do with sin. Christians are united with Christ in his death, and therefore they too should have nothing more to do with sin. They should live no longer to please themselves but to please God (4:1-2). Christians must have no more involvement with the disgusting practices of their former days, no matter how much their reformed behaviour brings jeers and insults from... read more

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