I peter 4:10

1-peter 4 :10 Translations

King James Version (KJV)

As every man has received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

American King James Version (AKJV)

As every man has received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

American Standard Version (ASV)

according as each hath received a gift, ministering it among yourselves, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God;

Basic English Translation (BBE)

Making distribution among one another of whatever has been given to you, like true servants of the unmeasured grace of God;

Webster’s Revision

As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

World English Bible

As each has received a gift, employ it in serving one another, as good managers of the grace of God in its various forms.

English Revised Version (ERV)

according as each hath received a gift, ministering it among yourselves, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God;

Clarke’s Commentary on 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, they are properly speaking, not his own; they are the Lord’s property, and to be employed in his work, and to promote his glory.

Barnes’s Commentary on 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 – but to all the gifts and graces by which we can contribute to the welfare of others. All this is regarded as a gift, or charisma, of God. It is not owing to ourselves, but is to be traced to him. See the word explained in the notes at 1 Timothy 4:14.

Even so minister the same one to another – In anything by which you can benefit another. Regard What you have and they have not as a gift bestowed upon you by God for the common good, and be ready to impart it as the needs of ethers require. The word “minister” here (διακονοῦντες diakonountes) would refer to any kind of ministering, whether by counsel, by advice, by the supply of the needs of the poor, or by preaching. It has here no reference to any one of these exclusively; but means, that in whatever God has favored us more than others, we should be ready to minister to their needs. See 2 Timothy 1:18; 2 Corinthians 3:8; 2 Corinthians 8:19-20.

As good stewards – Regarding yourselves as the mere stewards of God; that is, as appointed by him to do this work for him, and entrusted by him with what is needful to benefit others. He intends to do them good, but he means to do it through your instrumentality, and has entrusted to you as a steward what he designed to confer on them. This is the true idea, in respect to any special endowments of talent, property, or grace, which we may have received from God. Compare the 1 Corinthians 4:1-2 notes; Luke 16:1-2, Luke 16:8 notes.

Of the manifold grace of God – The grace or favor of God evinced in many ways, or by a variety of gifts. His favors are not confined to one single thing; as, for example, to talent for doing good by preaching; but are extended to a great many things by which we may do good to others – influence, property, reputation, wisdom, experience. All these are to be regarded as his gifts; all to be employed in doing good to others as we have opportunity.

Wesley’s Commentary on 1-peter 4 :10

4:10 As every one hath received a gift – Spiritual or temporal, ordinary or extraordinary, although the latter seems primarily intended. So minister it one to another – Employ it for the common good. As good stewards of the manifold grace of God – The talents wherewith his free love has intrusted you.

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As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”

As each one has received a gift,

“As” means to the degree that we received our gift.  “As” sets up an analogy between the grace of how we received our gift and the grace of how we are to minister the gift. It is by grace we received the gift and it is by grace that we use the gift. We serve God because God gives, not because we earn the right to be used of God.  God gave us our gift entirely by grace and we minister it entirely by grace. 

“Each one” indicates that every Christian has at least one spiritual gift.  God excludes no one in the distribution of gifts to the body of Christ. We receive these special supernatural endowments at our salvation (1 Co 12:11-13). Spiritual gifts enable the body of Christ to function as a whole (1 Co 12:15,21). All spiritual gifts must operate in the environment of love (1 Co 13). We should give greatest priority to the gifts that relate to maturity (1 Co 14). 

Each of us “received” the gift. We did not work for it. We did not earn it. God gave it to us with no strings attached. Everything that we have, God donated to us. Therefore, there is no ground for bragging. What do we have to brag about? 

What did we do to get the gift? Nothing. It was a donation. How did we “receive” our gift? By grace. We do not get this gift by some super sacrifice, by working for it, by hustling for it, by living a clean life or by agonizing in the closet.  Since we did nothing to acquire our spiritual gift we should minister it in grace. 

1 Co 4:7  “For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?”

This use of the word “gift” is the only occurrence outside the writings of Paul. A spiritual “gift” is a special, supernatural bestowing of a special capacity to serve the body of Christ or reach those without Christ. It is a special, supernatural endowment by the Holy Spirit to do the work of God (Rom. 12:6; 1 Cor. 1:7; 12:4, 9, 28, 30, 31; 1 Tim. 4:14; 2 Tim. 1:6; 1 Pet. 4:10). 

The word “gift” derives from the same root as “grace” denoting something freely given, a favor bestowed.  A gift is the capacity to benefit the body of Christ. The Christian cannot claim that this capacity came from himself. He cannot claim to produce this gift because it was a grace given by God. Our gifts belong to the purpose of God. 

Two chapters in the New Testament catalogue the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Romans 12 catalogues 7 gifts and I Corinthians 12 catalogues 11 gifts. Some gifts are duplications. Eliminating duplications there are 14 distinct gifts in those two chapters. All total, there are over 20 gifts when we take into consideration the aggregate of all the gifts of the New Testament. 

PRINCIPLE: 

We exercise our gift in grace because we received our gift by grace.

APPLICATION:

God does not want us to be ambivalent about the gifts he gives us. In fact, he warns us not to neglect our gifts:

1 Ti 4:14  “Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership.”

Some of us may not feel gifted but nevertheless God has gifted us. We may not have a public gift or a sensational gift but we have a gift.  Paul tells us to activate our latent gifts. Our gift will not function without animating them. In order to discover what our gift is, we must read the label on the gift to see if God addresses the gift to us.

2 Ti 1:6  “Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.”

If someone were to give us a gift at Christmas and we threw it in the attic without opening it, it would be an insult to the giver. If Christians receive special supernatural endowments to do the work of God and leave them latent, this is an insult to God who gave the gift. God gave every Christian a special endowment to do his work without exception.

Will you stand at the Judgment Seat of Christ empty handed with no representation of using our gift responsibly? It will do no good to say, “Well, I wasn’t talented. I really do not have anything to offer the church. I am a speckled bird that does not fit in. I couldn’t do anything. All I could do was sit. All I could do was be a religious spectator all my life. I watch others serve. All I can do is pity myself all these years.” 

Neglect of our gift is an indication of our lack of appreciation for the grace of God. Very few Christians seize their gifts and use them for God’s glory to the benefit of the body of Christ. Never did so many owe so much to so few.

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Parallel Verses

New American Standard Bible

As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

King James Version

As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

Holman Bible

Based on the gift they have received, everyone should use it to serve others, as good managers of the varied grace of God.

A Conservative Version

As each has received a gift, serving it for yourselves, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

American Standard Version

according as each hath received a gift, ministering it among yourselves, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God;

Amplified

As each of you has received a gift (a particular spiritual talent, a gracious divine endowment), employ it for one another as good trustees of God’s many-sided grace .

An Understandable Version

As each of you has received a gift , you should make use of it , so that you will be caretakers of the many unearned ways that God favors you.

Anderson New Testament

As each has received a gift, minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

Bible in Basic English

Making distribution among one another of whatever has been given to you, like true servants of the unmeasured grace of God;

Common New Testament

As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.

Daniel Mace New Testament

as good economists of the different dispensations of God, communicate to one another the gifts you have receiv’d.

Darby Translation

each according as he has received a gift, ministering it to one another, as good stewards of the various grace of God.

Emphatic Diaglott Bible

Let every one, according as he has received a gift, minister it to the others, as good stewards of the manifold favor of God.

Godbey New Testament

as each one received the gift of grace, ministering the same to one another, as the good stewards of the manifold grace of God:

Goodspeed New Testament

Whatever the endowment God has given you, use it in service to one another, like good dispensers of God’s varied mercy.

John Wesley New Testament

As every one hath received a gift, so minister it one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

Let each one according to the gift that he has received, administer it unto the others, as a good steward of the diverse graces of God.

Julia Smith Translation

As each received favor, serving the same among yourselves, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

King James 2000

As every man has received a gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

Lexham Expanded Bible

Just as each one has received a gift, it for serving one another, as good stewards of the varied grace of God.

Modern King James verseion

each one as he received a gift, ministering it to yourselves as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

Moffatt New Testament

You must serve one another, each with the talent he has received, as efficient stewards of God’s varied grace.

Montgomery New Testament

Whatever the gifts which each has received, use them for one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

NET Bible

Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of the varied grace of God.

New Heart English Bible

As each has received a gift, employ it in serving one another, as good managers of the grace of God in its various forms.

Noyes New Testament

According as each one hath received a gift, minister the same to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

Sawyer New Testament

as each has received a gift, minister the same among yourselves as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

The Emphasized Bible

Each one, according as he hath received a gift of favour, unto one another, ministering the same, as careful stewards of the manifold favour of God:

Thomas Haweis New Testament

Let every one, according as he hath received a gift, minister it to others, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

Webster

As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

Weymouth New Testament

Whatever be the gifts which each has received, you must use them for one another’s benefit, as good stewards of God’s many-sided kindness.

Williams New Testament

As all of you have received your spiritual talents, you must keep on using them in serving one another, as good trustees of God’s many-sided favor.

World English Bible

As each has received a gift, employ it in serving one another, as good managers of the grace of God in its various forms.

Worrell New Testament

according as each one received a gift, ministering it among yourselves, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God;

Worsley New Testament

as every one hath received a gift, imparting it to each other, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

Youngs Literal Translation

each, according as he received a gift, to one another ministering it, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God;

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