1 Corinthians 12
1Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want
you to be ignorant. 2You know that when you were
pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led
astray to mute idols. 3Therefore I tell 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.
4There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit.
5There are different kinds of service, but the same
Lord. 6There are different kinds of working, but the
same God works all of them in all men.
7Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is
given for the common good. 8To one there is given
through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another
the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit,
9to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10to another miraculous
powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing
between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds
of tongues, a and to still another the interpretation of
tongues. a 11All these are the work of one and the same
Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.
One Body, Many Parts
12The body is a unit, though it is made up of many
parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one
body. So it is with Christ. 13For we were all baptized by b
one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks,
slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to
14Now the body is not made up of one part but of
many. 15If the foot should say, “Because I am not a
hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that
reason cease to be part of the body. 16And if the ear
should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to
the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part
of the body. 17If 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? 18But in fact
God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of
them, just as he wanted them to be. 19If they were all
one part, where would the body be? 20As it is, there are
many parts, but one body.
21The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!”
And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!”
22On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to
be weaker are indispensable, 23and the parts that we
think are less honorable we treat with special honor.
And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with
special modesty, 24while our presentable parts need no
special treatment. But God has combined the members
of the body and has given greater honor to the parts
that lacked it, 25so that there should be no division in
the body, but that its parts should have equal concern
for each other. 26If one part suffers, every part suffers
with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
27Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of
you is a part of it. 28And in the church God has appointed
first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers,
then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of
healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration,
and those speaking in different kinds of
tongues. 29Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all
teachers? Do all work miracles? 30Do all have gifts of
healing? Do all speak in tongues c? Do all interpret?
31But eagerly desire d the greater gifts.