1My fellow believers, I don’t want you to be confused about spiritual realities. 2For you know full well that when you were unbelievers you were often led astray in one way or another by your worship of idols, which are incapable of talking with you. 3Therefore, I want to impart to you an understanding of the following:
No one speaking by the Spirit of God would ever say, “Jesus is the accursed one.”
No one can say, “Jesus is the Lord Yahweh,” unless the Holy Spirit is speaking through him.
4It is the same Holy Spirit who continues to distribute many different varieties of gifts.
5The Lord Yahweh is one, and he is the one who apportions to believers different varieties of ministries.
6The same God distributes different kinds of miracles that accomplish different results through each believer’s gift and ministry as he energizes and activates them.
7Each believer is given continuous revelation by the Holy Spirit to benefit not just himself but all.
Varieties of Spiritual Gifts
The Spirit gives to one the gift of the word of wisdom.
To another, the same Spirit gives the gift of the word of revelation knowledge.
9And to another, the same Spirit gives the gift of faith.
And to another, the same Spirit gives gifts of healing.
10And to another the power to work miracles.
And to another the gift of prophecy.
And to another the gift to discern what the Spirit is speaking.
And to another the gift of speaking different kinds of tongues.
And to another the gift of interpretation of tongues.
11Remember, it is the same Holy Spirit who distributes, activates, and operates these different gifts as he chooses for each believer.
One Body with Many Parts
12Just as the human body is one, though it has many parts that together form one body, so too is Christ. 13For by one Spirit we all were immersed and mingled into one single body. And no matter our status—whether we are Jews or non-Jews, oppressed or free—we are all privileged to drink deeply of the same Holy Spirit.
14In fact, the human body is not one single part but rather many parts mingled into one. 15So if the foot were to say, “Since I’m not a hand, I’m not a part of the body,” it’s forgetting that it is still a vital part of the body. 16And if the ear were to say, “Since I’m not an eye, I’m not really a part of the body,” it’s forgetting that it is still an important part of the body.
17Think of it this way. If the whole body were just an eyeball, how could it hear sounds? And if the whole body were just an ear, how could it smell different fragrances? 18But God has carefully designed each member and placed it in the body to function as he desires. 19A diversity is required, for if the body consisted of one single part, there wouldn’t be a body at all! 20So now we see that there are many differing parts and functions, but one body.
No Competition for Importance within the Body
21It would be wrong for the eye to say to the hand, “I don’t need you,” and equally wrong if the head said to the foot, “I don’t need you.” 22In fact, the weaker our parts, the more vital and essential they are. 23The body parts we think are less honorable we treat with greater respect. And the body parts that need to be covered in public we treat with propriety and clothe them. 24But some of our body parts don’t require as much attention. Instead, God has mingled the body parts together, giving greater honor to the “lesser” members who lacked it. 25He has done this intentionally so that every member would look after the others with mutual concern, and so that there will be no division in the body. 26In that way, whatever happens to one member happens to all. If one suffers, everyone suffers. If one is honored, everyone rejoices.
One Body with Different Gifts
27You are the body of the Anointed One, and each of you is a unique and vital part of it. 28God has placed in the church the following:
then those with gifts of miracles, gifts of divine healing,
gifts of revelation knowledge, gifts of leadership,
and gifts of different kinds of tongues.
29Not everyone is an apostle or a prophet or a teacher. Not everyone performs miracles 30or has gifts of healing or speaks in tongues or interprets tongues. 31But you should all constantly boil over with passion in seeking the higher gifts.
And now I will show you a superior way to live that is beyond comparison!