The Greek word antilempsis

Found only in 1 Cor. 12:28, the Greek noun “antilempsis” means “help.”

As discussed in this author’s commentary on 1 Cor. 12:27-28, this noun may refer to people who have physical and or spiritual resources not possessed by others.  Others think this noun refers to deacons (1 Tim. 3:8-13) because these men are “helpers” in local congregations.   Because this word is plural, the Exegetical Dictionary of the New Testament (1:110) says antilempsis “refers to the more specialized organizational work in the Church.”  Additional support for viewing this word as a reference to deacons is suggested by the next word—governments.