1 Corinthians 12 New American Standard Bible

Spiritual Gifts

12 1  Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren , I do not want you to be unaware . 2  You know that when you were pagans , you were led astray to the mute idols , however e you were led . 3  Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says , "Jesus is accursed "; and no one can say , "Jesus is Lord ," except by the Holy Spirit . 4  Now there are varieties of gifts , but the same Spirit . 5  And there are varieties of ministries , and the same Lord . 6  There are varieties of effects , but the same God who works all things in all persons. 7  But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good . 8  For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit , and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit ; 9  to another faith by the same Spirit , and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit , 10  and to another the effecting of miracles , and to another prophecy , and to another the distinguishing of spirits , to another various kinds of tongues , and to another the interpretation of tongues . 11  But one and the same Spirit works all these things , distributing to each one individually just as He wills .

12  For even as the body is one and yet has many members , and all the members of the body , though they are many , are one body , so also is Christ . 13  For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body , whether Jews or Greeks , whether slaves or free , and we were all made to drink of one Spirit . 14  For the body is not one member , but many . 15  If the foot says , "Because I am not a hand , I am not a part of the body ," it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body . 16  And if the ear says , "Because I am not an eye , I am not a part of the body ," it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body . 17  If the whole body were an eye , where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing , where would the sense of smell be? 18  But now God has placed the members , each one of them, in the body , just as He desired . 19  If they were all one member , where would the body be? 20  But now there are many members , but one body . 21  And the eye cannot e say to the hand , "I have no need of you"; or again the head to the feet , "I have no need of you." 22  On the contrary , it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary ; 23  and those members of the body which we deem less honorable , on these we bestow more abundant honor , and our less presentable members become much more presentable , 24  whereas our more presentable members have no need of it. But God has so composed the body , giving more abundant honor to that member which lacked , 25  so that there may be no division in the body , but that the members may have the same care for one another . 26  And if one member suffers , all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored , all the members rejoice with it.

27  Now you are Christ's body , and individually members of it. 28  And God has appointed in the church , first apostles , second prophets , third teachers , then miracles , then gifts of healings , helps , administrations , various kinds of tongues . 29  All are not apostles , are they? All are not prophets , are they? All are not teachers , are they? All are not workers of miracles , are they? 30  All do not have gifts of healings , do they? All do not speak with tongues , do they? All do not interpret , do they? 31  But earnestly desire the greater gifts . A nd I show you a still more excellent way .

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