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CHAPTER XIV.

ON THE EXERCISE OF SPIRITUAL GIPTE.

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Under the influence of charity, what is that spiritual gift which the apostle points out as most to be desired ?

1. Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.

What does he here intend by prophesying?

3. He that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and coinfort.

Why does the apostle, prefer the gift of prophecy to that of speaking with tongues.?

5. I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye prophesied ; for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying

8. For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the batile?

9. So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air.

12. Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.

In what way did he seek to render his own gift intelligible and instructive to others.?

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15. I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also : I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understand

ing also.

Does he not recommend the improvement of the understanding ?

20. Breibren, be not children in onderstanding: howbeit, in malice be ye children ; but in understanding be men.

Is there not a becoming order to be observed in the exercise of our gifts ?

26. Let all things be done unto edifying.

29. Let the prophets spcak, two or three, and let the other judge.

30. If any thing be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace.

. 31. For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.

32. And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.

33. For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace.

40. Let all things be done decently and in order.

CHAPTER XV.

TEB RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD.

Some of the Corinthians denied the resurreetion of the dead. How does Paul {reason with them on this opinion?

3. I delivered unto you first of all, that which I also received; how that Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures ;

4. And that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day, according to the Scriptures.

13. But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen.

17. And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain, ye are yet in your sins. .

19. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

20. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept.

21. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.

22. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ sball all be made alive.

How does the apostle anticipate their cavilling, questions ; such as, How are the dead raised up! and, With what body do they come .?

36. Thou fool! that which thou sowest is not quickened except it die.

37. And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain :

38. But God giveth it a body as it bath pleased Him, and to every seed bis own body.

42. So also is the resurrection of the dead : it is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption;

44. It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.

How does he sum up his argument?

50. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

51. Behold, I show you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

52. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump; for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

54. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put 'on immortality; then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written : Death is swallowed up in victory

. 55. O death! where is thy sting? O grave ! where is thy victory?

What is the sting of death; and how is it taken away?

56. The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law :

57. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory, through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Recile the apostle's exhortation to steadfastness and diligence.

58. Therefore, my beloved bretliren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord; forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

CHAPTER XVI.

COLLECTION FOR THE POOR.--CONCLUDING INJUNCTION.

By what plan does he recommend the Corinthians to exercise that measure of benevolence, which, from the bounty of Providence, they owed to the poor?

1. Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.

2. Upon the first day of the week, let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered bim, that there be no gatherings when I come.

Repeat the apostle's general injunction at the conclusion of this Epistle.

13. Watch ye-stand fast in the faith-quit you like men-be strong.

14. Let all your works be done with charity.

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