1 Corinthians 12

Spiritual Gifts

Now about spiritual [gifts] , brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans, you were influenced [and] led astray to mute idols. Therefore I inform you that no one who is speaking by [the] Spirit of God says, “Jesus [be] cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus [is] Lord,” except by [the] Holy Spirit. There are different gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different ministries, but the same Lord. There are different ways of working, but the same God works all things in all men. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit [the] message of wisdom, to another [the] message of knowledge by the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10  to another [the] working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in various tongues, and to [still] another [the] interpretation of tongues. 11  All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, who apportions [them] to each one as He determines.

The Body of Christ

12  The body is a unit, though it is comprised of many parts. And [although] [its] parts are many, they all form one body. So [it is] with Christ. 13  For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free, and we were all given one Spirit {to drink} . 14  For the body does not consist of one part, but of many. 15  If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not [ make it any less ] a part of the body. 16  And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not [ make it any less ] a part of the body. 17  If the whole body [were] an eye, where [would] the sense of hearing [be] ? If [the] whole [body] [were] an ear, where [would] the sense of smell [be] ? 18  But in fact, God has arranged the members of the body, every one of them, according to His design. 19  If they were all one part, where [would] the body [be] ? 20  As it is, [there are] many parts, but one body. 21  The eye cannot say to the hand, “I do not need you.” [Nor can] the head [say] to the feet, “I do not need you.” 22  On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23  and the [parts] we consider less honorable, we treat with greater honor. And our unpresentable [parts] are treated with special modesty, 24  whereas our presentable [parts] have no [such] need. But God has composed the body [and] has given greater honor to the [parts] that lacked it, 25  so that there should be no division in the body, but that [its] members {should have} mutual concern for one another. 26  If one part suffers, every part suffers with [it] ; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with [it] .

The Greater Gifts

27  Now you are [the] body of Christ, and each of you [is] a member [of it] . 28  And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then [workers of] miracles, [and] [those with] gifts of healing, helping, administration, [and] various tongues. 29  [Are] all apostles? [Are] all prophets? [Are] all teachers? [Do] all [work] miracles? 30  [Do] all have gifts of healing? [Do] all speak in tongues? [Do] all interpret? 31  But eagerly desire the greater gifts. And now I will show you a way that is beyond comparison.
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