Diversity of Spiritual Gifts
1Now concerning spiritual gifts:#12:1 Or spiritual things, or spiritual people brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be unaware. 2You know that when you were pagans, you used to be enticed and led astray by mute#Ac 8:32; 1Co 14:10; 2Pt 2:16 idols.#1Co 8:4 3Therefore I want you to know 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,#Rm 12:6; 1Co 14:1; Eph 4:8; Heb 2:4; 1Pt 4:10 but the same Spirit. 5There are different ministries, but the same Lord. 6And there are different activities, but the same God works all of them in each person. 7A manifestation of the Spirit is given to each person#Jms 4:5 for the common good: 8to one#Rm 12:7–8; Eph 4:11; 1Pt 4:11 is given a message of wisdom#1Co 2:6–7 through the Spirit, to another, a message of knowledge by the same Spirit, 9to another, faith by the same Spirit, to another, gifts of healing#Lk 13:32; Ac 4:22,30; 10:38 by the one Spirit, 10to another, the performing of miracles,#Ac 19:11 to another, prophecy,#1Co 13:2 to another, distinguishing between spirits,#1Jn 4:1–3 to another, different kinds of tongues,#12:10 languages to another, interpretation of tongues. 11One and the same Spirit is active in all these, distributing to each person as he wills.
Unity Yet Diversity in the Body
12For just as the body is one#Jn 11:52 and has many parts, and all the parts of that body, though many, are one body — so also is Christ.#Eph 4:4 13For we were all baptized by#12:13 Or with, or in one Spirit into one body — whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free — and we were all given one Spirit to drink.#Gl 3:28; Eph 2:13–18; Col 3:11 14Indeed, 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,” it is not for that reason any less a part of the body. 16And if the ear should say, “Because I’m not an eye, I don’t belong to the body,” it is not for that reason any less a part of 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 as it is, God has arranged each one of the parts in the body just as he wanted.#Ps 143:10; Pr 16:9; Jn 5:30; Gl 1:4; Eph 1:9; 1Jn 2:17 19And if they were all the same 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!” Or again, the head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22On the contrary, those parts of the body that are weaker are indispensable. 23And those parts of the body that we consider less honorable,#Mk 6:4; 1Pt 2:7 we clothe these with greater honor, and our unrespectable parts are treated with greater respect, 24which our respectable parts do not need.
Instead, God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the less honorable, 25so that there would be no division#1Co 1:10 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,#Eph 1:23; Col 1:18 and individual members of it. 28And God has appointed these in the church:#Mt 16:18; 1Co 14:4; Rv 1:4 first apostles, second prophets, third teachers,#Eph 4:11; Jms 3:1 next miracles,#Mk 13:22 then gifts of healing,#1Co 12:9 helping, leading, various kinds of tongues.#12:28 languages, also in v. 30 29Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all do miracles? 30Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret?#Lk 24:27 31But desire#Nm 25:13; Jms 4:2 the greater gifts. And I will show you an even better way.