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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - 1 Corinthians 4:20


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    King James Bible - 1 Corinthians 4:20

    For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

    World English Bible

    For the Kingdom of God is not in word, but in
    power.

    Douay-Rheims - 1 Corinthians 4:20

    For the kingdom of God is not in speech, but in
    power.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in
    power.

    Greek Textus Receptus


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    3756 PRT-N γαρ 1063 CONJ εν 1722 PREP λογω 3056 N-DSM η 3588 T-NSF βασιλεια 932 N-NSF του 3588 T-GSM θεου 2316 N-GSM αλλ 235 CONJ εν 1722 PREP δυναμει 1411 N-DSF

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    VERSE (20) -
    1Co 1:24; 2:4 Ro 1:16; 14:17; 15:19 2Co 10:4,5 1Th 1:5

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 4:20

    Porque el Reino de Dios no consiste en palabras, sino en virtud.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - 1 Corinthians 4:20

    Verse 20. For the
    kingdom of God] The religion of the Lord Jesus is not in word-in human eloquence, excellence of speech, or even in doctrines; but in power, en dunamei, in the mighty energy of the Holy Spirit; enlightening, quickening, converting, and sanctifying believers; and all his genuine apostles are enabled, on all necessary occasions, to demonstrate the truth of their calling by miracles; for this the original word often means.

    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 20. For the
    kingdom of God , etc.] By the kingdom of God is not meant the kingdom of heaven, or the ultimate glory and happiness of the saints; though that is a kingdom prepared by God, which he gives to his children, calls them to by his grace, and will give them an abundant entrance into, when time shall be no more with them; and though that is not attained to in, or by word, by mere talk and profession; not everyone that says Lord, Lord, shall enter into it; or that professes the name of Christ, and prophesies in it; but in or by power; through the power of God, beginning, carrying on, and finishing a work of grace upon the soul, and keeping it, through faith, unto salvation: nor the kingdom of grace, or that internal principle of grace in the soul, which reigns, and by which Christ reigns there, and by which the saints appear to be kings as well as priests unto God: though this also does not lie in word, in a profession of faith, in talking about love, and in making pretensions to the knowledge of divine things; nor merely in deeds, and outward actions, in bodily exercise, in a form of godliness, and a round of religion, and a show of righteousness; but in power : in internal powerful godliness; for true godliness is a powerful thing; faith is powerful, and so is love; and so is prayer, and preaching; and so is all religion, internal and external, where there is the life and truth of grace, and that in exercise. But I rather think the Gospel is here meant, often in Scripture called the kingdom of God, and the doctrines of it, the mysteries of the kingdom; because it is a message from the King of kings; the means of setting up the kingdom or grace in the heart; its subjects are things concerning the kingdom of God; it is what has brought life and immortality, or an immortal life to light; and gives the best account of the invisible glories of the heavenly state, and points out the saints meetness for it, and title to it; declaring that except a man is born again, and has a better righteousness than his own, even that of Christs, he shall neither see nor enter into the kingdom of heaven. Now the Gospel is not in word; though it lies in the word of God, the Scriptures of truth: and treats of the essential word of God, the Lord Jesus Christ; and cannot be preached without words, even the words of men; yet is not to be preached with wisdom of words, with enticing words of mans wisdom, or in the words which mans wisdom teacheth; nor does the efficacy of it lie in, or depend upon the words of the preacher, or on mere moral persuasion: for whenever it is effectual, it comes not in word only, but also in power; ( 1 Thessalonians 1:5) and by power is meant, not a power of working miracles the first preachers of the Gospel had, and by which it was greatly confirmed; nor a godly life and conversation which that enforced upon, and engaged both ministers and people to; but the powerful efficacy of the Spirit, attending the preaching of the Gospel to the quickening of dead sinners, the enlightening of blind eyes, and unstopping of deaf ears; the softening of hard hearts, the delivering of persons from the slavery of sin and Satan, the transforming and renewing of them both inwardly and outwardly; and to the comforting, enlivening, strengthening, and establishing of the saints; all which can never be ascribed to the persuasive language of men, but to the power of God; and which is the more apparent when it is observed what mean and despicable instruments in the eyes of men are made use of: what the doctrines are that are preached, not being of man, nor agreeably to his carnal reason, but esteemed foolishness by him; and the manner in which they are propagated, not in a carnal way, by outward force, but by the foolishness of preaching: and the opposition made to it both by the enmity of mans heart unto it, by the men of the world, and by Satan and his principalities and powers.

    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 14-21 - In reproving for
    sin, we should distinguish between sinners and their sins. Reproofs that kindly and affectionately warn, are likely to reform. Though the apostle spoke with authority as a parent, he woul rather beseech them in love. And as ministers are to set an example others must follow them, as far as they follow Christ in faith an practice. Christians may mistake and differ in their views, but Chris and Christian truth are the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever Whenever the gospel is effectual, it comes not in word only, but als in power, by the Holy Spirit, quickening dead sinners, deliverin persons from the slavery of sin and Satan, renewing them both inwardl and outwardly, and comforting, strengthening, and establishing the saints, which cannot be done by the persuasive language of men, but by the power of God. And it is a happy temper, to have the spirit of love and meekness bear the rule, yet to maintain just authority __________________________________________________________________


    Greek Textus Receptus


    ου
    3756 PRT-N γαρ 1063 CONJ εν 1722 PREP λογω 3056 N-DSM η 3588 T-NSF βασιλεια 932 N-NSF του 3588 T-GSM θεου 2316 N-GSM αλλ 235 CONJ εν 1722 PREP δυναμει 1411 N-DSF


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