Indeed, he who 1 did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, freely give us all things?
So I ask, God has not rejected his people, has he? Absolutely not! For I too am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin.
God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew! Do you not know what the scripture says about Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel?
Now if some of the branches were broken off, and you, a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among them and participated in 1 the richness of the olive root,
Notice therefore the kindness and harshness of God – harshness toward those who have fallen, but 1 God’s kindness toward you, provided you continue in his kindness; 2 otherwise you also will be cut off.
if it is exhortation, he must exhort; if it is contributing, he must do so with sincerity; if it is leadership, he must do so with diligence; if it is showing mercy, he must do so with cheerfulness.
One person regards one day holier than other days, and another regards them all alike. 1 Each must be fully convinced in his own mind.
Clean out the old yeast so that you may be a new batch of dough – you are, in fact, without yeast. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.
Nevertheless, 1 as the Lord has assigned to each one, as God has called each person, so must he live. I give this sort of direction in all the churches.
and those members we consider less honorable we clothe with greater honor, and our unpresentable members are clothed with dignity, 1
but our presentable members do not need this. Instead, God has blended together the body, giving greater honor to the lesser member,
And God has placed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, gifts of healing, helps, gifts of leadership, different kinds of tongues.
And what mutual agreement does the temple of God have with idols? For we are 1 the temple of the living God, just as God said, “I will live in them 2 and will walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” 3
For we would not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who recommend themselves. But when they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are without understanding. 1
Are they servants of Christ? (I am talking like I am out of my mind!) I am even more so: with much greater labors, with far more imprisonments, with more severe beatings, facing death many times.
Look, for the third time I am ready to come to you, and I will not be a burden to you, because I do not want your possessions, but you. For children should not have 1 to save up for their parents, but parents for their children.