1 Corinthians 12
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Diversity of Spiritual Gifts

1Now concerning what comes from the Spirit:a brothers, I do not want you to be unaware. 2You know that when you were pagans, you used to be led off to the idolsb that could not speak.c 3Therefore I am informing you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus is cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

4Now there are different gifts,d but the same Spirit. 5There are different ministries, but the same Lord. 6And there are different activities, but the same God activates each gift in each person.e 7A demonstration of the Spirit is given to each personf to produce what is beneficial:

8to oneg is given a message of wisdomh

through the Spirit,

to another, a message of knowledge

by the same Spirit,

9to another, faith by the same Spirit,

to another, gifts of healingi by the one Spirit,

10to another, the performing of miracles,j

to another, prophecy,k

to another, distinguishing between spirits,l

to another, different kinds of languages,

to another, interpretation of languages.

11But one and the same Spirit is active in all these, distributing to each person as He wills.

Unity Yet Diversity in the Body

12For as the body is onem and has many parts, and all the parts of that body, though many, are one body — so also is Christ.n 13For we were all baptized byo one Spirit into one body — whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free — and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.p 14So the body is not one part but many. 15If the foot should say, “Because I’m not a hand, I don’t belong to the body,” in spite of this it still belongs to the body. 16And if the ear should say, “Because I’m not an eye, I don’t belong to the body,” in spite of this it still belongs to the body. 17If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18But now God has placed each one of the parts in one body just as He wanted.q 19And if they were all the same part, where would the body be? 20Now there are many parts, yet one body.

21So the eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you! ” Or again, the head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you! ” 22But even more, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are necessary. 23And those parts of the body that we think to be less honorable,r we clothe these with greater honor, and our unpresentable parts have a better presentation. 24But our presentable parts have no need of clothing. Instead, God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the less honorable, 25so that there would be no divisions in the body, but that the members would have the same concern for each other. 26So if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.

27Now you are the body of Christ,t and individual members of it. 28And God has placed these in the church:u

first apostles, second prophets,

third teachers,v next miracles,w

then gifts of healing,x helping,

managing, various kinds of languages.

29Are all apostles? Are all prophets?

Are all teachers? Do all do miracles?

30Do all have gifts of healing?

Do all speak in other languages?

Do all interpret?y

31But desirez the greater gifts. And I will show you an even better way.

a. 12:1 Or concerning spiritual things, or spiritual gifts
b. 12:2 1Co 8:4
c. 12:2 Ac 8:32; 1Co 14:10; 2Pt 2:16
d. 12:4 Rm 12:6; 1Co 14:1; Eph 4:8; Heb 2:4; 1Pt 4:10
e. 12:6 Lit God acts all things in all
f. 12:7 Jms 4:5
g. 12:8-10 Rm 12:7-8; Eph 4:11; 1Pt 4:11
h. 12:8 1Co 2:6-7
i. 12:9 Lk 13:32; Ac 4:22,30; 10:38
j. 12:10 Ac 19:11
k. 12:10 1Co 13:2
l. 12:10 1Jn 4:1-3
m. 12:12 Jn 11:52
n. 12:12 Eph 4:4
o. 12:13 Or with, or in
p. 12:13 Gl 3:28; Eph 2:13-18; Col 3:11
q. 12:18 Ps 143:10; Pr 16:9; Jn 5:30; Gl 1:4; Eph 1:9; 1Jn 2:17
r. 12:23 Mk 6:4; 1Pt 2:7
s. 12:25 1Co 1:10
t. 12:27 Eph 1:23; Col 1:18
u. 12:28 Mt 16:18; 1Co 14:4; Rv 1:4
v. 12:28 Eph 4:11; Jms 3:1
w. 12:28 Mk 13:22
x. 12:28 1Co 12:9
y. 12:30 Lk 24:27
z. 12:31 Nm 25:13; Jms 4:2
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