1 Corinthians 12

Now, concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. You know that you were Gentiles, led away to dumb idols, even as you happened to be led. Wherefore, I inform you, that no one, speaking by the Spirit of God, pronounces Jesus accursed; and, that no one can declare Jesus Lord, except by the Holy Spirit. Now, there are diversities of gifts, but the same spirit. And there are diversities of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but the same God, who works all in all. And to each is given this manifestation of the Spirit, for the advantage of all. For to one, indeed, is given, by the Spirit, the word of wisdom: and to another, the word of knowledge, according to the same Spirit. And to another, faith, by the same Spirit: and to another, healing, by the same Spirit: 10 and to another, the operations of powers: and to another, prophecy: and to another, diverse kinds of foreign tongues: and to another, the interpretation of foreign tongues. 11 Now, all these does the one and the same Spirit effectively work; distributing to each, respectively, as he pleases.

12 For, as the body is one, although it have many members; and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. 13 For, indeed, by one Spirit, we all have been immersed into one body; whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or freemen; and all have been made to drink of one Spirit. 14 Since, then, the body is not one member, but many; 15 if the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it, for this, not of the body? 16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it, for this, not of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? 18 But, now, God has placed the members, every one of them, in the body, as he has pleased. 19 Besides, if all were one member, where were the body? 20 But now, indeed, there are many members, but one body. 21 Therefore, the eye can not say to the hand, I have no need of you: nor, again, the head to the feet, I have no need of you. 22 Nay, those members of the body which seem to be more feeble, are necessary. 23 And those which we think are less honorable members of the body, around them we throw more abundant honor; and so our uncomely members have more abundant comeliness. 24 But, our comely members have no need. However, God has tempered the body together; having given to the member which wants it, more abundant honor. 25 That there may be no schism in the body; but, that the members may have the very same anxious care, one for another. 26 So, whether one member suffer, all the members sympathize; or, one member be honored, all the members rejoice together.

27 Now, you are Christ's body, and members in particular. 28 And these, indeed, God has placed in the congregation: first, Apostles; secondly, prophets; thirdly, teachers; next, powers; then, gifts of healing; helpers, directors, kinds of foreign languages. 29 Are all Apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? have all powers? 30 have all the gift of healing? do all speak in foreign languages? do all interpret? 31 Now, ardently desire the best gifts; and yet I show you a more excellent way.

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