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James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - 1 Peter 4:11

if any man speaketh, speaking as it were oracles of God; if any man ministereth, ministering as of the strength which God supplieth: that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, whose is the glory and the dominion for ever and ever. Amen.Oracles ... "This is a word used to refer to the laws given to Moses (Acts 7:38), to the Hebrew Scriptures (Romans 3:2), and to the word of God (Hebrews 5:12, RSV)."[17]Ministereth, ministering ... God supplies ... The whole duty of Christians... read more

Thomas Coke

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible - 1 Peter 4:11

1 Peter 4:11. If any man speak, &c.— St. Peter having, in the preceding verse, spoken of the gifts of the Holy Ghost, which were distributed among the Christians in great diversity,—and recommended it to everyone to make use of his own spiritual gifts for the good of the church,—in this verse he descends to particulars, and instances in the two offices of a pastor or teacher, and a deacon, who were very commonly in that age, not only chosen by the direction of the Spirit, but who likewise... read more

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - 1 Peter 4:11

11. If any . . . speak—namely, as a prophet, or divinely taught teacher in the Church assembly. as the, c.—The Greek has no article: "as oracles of God." This may be due to Greek: "God," having no article, it being a principle when a governed noun omits the Greek article that the governing noun should omit it, too. In :- also, the Greek article is wanting thus English Version, "as the oracles of God," namely, the Old Testament, would be "right," and the precept be similar to Romans 12:6,... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - 1 Peter 4:7-11

D. The Importance of Mutual Love in End-Times Living 4:7-11To prepare his readers to meet the Lord soon, Peter urged them to make the best use of their time now that they understood what he had written about suffering. read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - 1 Peter 4:11

Peter offered two basic ways of serving that represent two types of gifts as examples. Those who can share a word from God should do so by presenting what they say as God’s Word, not just as their opinion. Obviously God’s words are more important, and the way we present them should reflect their significance.Those who can serve by providing some other kind of help or assistance should do so realizing that God has made their service possible. [Note: See Robert A Pyne, "Antinomianism and... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Peter 4:1-19

The Security of the Faithful in the Approaching JudgmentC (ii). 1 Peter 4:1-6. ’This is your faith: live then in accordance with it. Arm yourselves against your troubles by resolving to be like Christ in suffering. Suffering gives rest from sin, and the results of what you have already endured should be a life henceforth in accordance with God’s will. You have lived the heathen life long enough in the past to have learnt its wretchedness. The heathen are surprised now at your estrangement from... read more

Charles John Ellicott

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers - 1 Peter 4:7-11

(7-11) DUTY OF BENEVOLENCE WITHIN THE CHURCH IN VIEW OF THE ADVENT.—The end of the world is not far off; let it find you not only sober, but (above all else) exerting an intense charity within the Church, by hospitality and generosity, in these as much as in spiritual ministrations seeking not your own glory, but God’s. read more

Charles John Ellicott

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers - 1 Peter 4:11

(11) If any man speak.—St. Peter proceeds to speak of two particular forms taken by this “manifold grace of God;” (1) the power to speak; (2) the power to minister. The speaking is, of course, public preaching in the Church; and the man who does so is to do it “as oracles of God.” The article is not added in the Greek, so that it must not be pressed to mean “speaking on the model, or in accordance with the doctrines of., the Old Testament.” Rather, the emphatic word is “of God;” and the Apostle... read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Dictionary of Texts - 1 Peter 4:1-19

Manifold Grace 1 Peter 4:10 The whole verse reads thus, 'Let every man that has received the gift even so minister the same one to another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God'. What is 'manifold'? Many? No. The word 'many' would be misleading, though it does enter into the larger and truer interpretation of the term. Manifold in this case means variegated, many in colour and light and bloom and beauty. Manifold is not in this relation a question of quantity or quality, but of... read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Bible Commentary - 1 Peter 4:7-11

Chapter 13 CHRISTIAN SERVICE FOR GOD’S GLORY1 Peter 4:7-11"BUT the end of all things is at hand." Well-nigh two thousand years have passed away since the Apostle wrote these words. What are we to think of the teaching they convey? For it is not St. Peter’s teaching only. Those who labored with him were all of the same mind; all gave the same note of warning to their converts. St. Paul exhorts the Philippians, "Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand"; {Philippians 4:5}... read more

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