1 Corinthians 12

1Now, brothers and sisters, I want you to understand about spiritual ˻gifts˼. 2You remember the lives you lived before you were believers. You let yourselves be influenced and led away ˻to worship˼ idols—things that have no life. 3So I tell you that no person that is speaking with the help of God’s Spirit says, “Jesus be cursed.” And no person can say, “Jesus is Lord,” without the help of the Holy Spirit. 4There are different kinds of ˻spiritual˼ gifts; but ˻they are all from˼ the same Spirit. 5There are different ways to serve; but ˻all these ways are from˼ the same Lord. 6And there are different ways that God works in people; but ˻all these ways are from˼ the same God. God works in us all to do everything. 7Something from the Spirit can be seen in each person. The Spirit gives this to each person to help other people. 8The Spirit gives one person the ability to speak with wisdom. And the same Spirit gives another person the ability to speak with knowledge. 9The same Spirit gives faith to one person. And that one Spirit gives another person gifts of healing. 10The Spirit gives to another person the power to do miracles, to another person the ability to prophesy, to another person the ability to know the difference between good and evil spirits. The Spirit gives one person the ability to speak in different kinds of languages, and to another person the ability to interpret those languages. 11One Spirit, the same Spirit, does all these things. The Spirit decides what to give each person. 12A person’s body is only one thing, but it has many parts. Yes, there are many parts to a body, but all those parts make only one body. Christ is like that too: 13Some of us are Jews and some of us are Greeks ˻(non-Jews)˼; some of us are slaves and some of us are free. But we were all baptized into one body through one Spirit. And we were all given the one Spirit. 14And a person’s body has more than one part. It has many parts. 15The foot might say, “I am not a hand. So I don’t belong to the body.” But saying this would not stop the foot from being a part of the body. 16The ear might say, “I am not an eye. So I don’t belong to the body.” But saying this would not make the ear stop being a part of the body. 17If the whole body were an eye, then the body would not be able to hear. If the whole body were an ear, then the body would not be able to smell anything. 18- 19If each part of the body were the same part, then there would be no body. But truly God put the parts in the body like he wanted them. He made a place for each one of them. 20And so there are many parts, but only one body. 21The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the foot, “I don’t need you!” 22No! Those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are really very important. 23And the parts of the body that we think are not worth very much are the parts that we give the most care to. And we give special care to the parts of the body that we don’t want to show. 24The more beautiful parts of our body don’t need this special care. But God put the body together and gave more honor to the parts that need it. 25God did this so that our body would not be divided. God wanted the different parts to care the same for each other. 26If one part of the body suffers, then all the other parts suffer with it. Or if one part of our body is honored, then all the other parts share its honor too. 27All of you together are the body of Christ. Each one of you is a part of that body. 28And in the church God has given a place first to apostles, second to prophets, and third to teachers. Then God has given a place to those people that do miracles, those people that have gifts of healing, those people that can help others, those people that are able to lead, and those people that can speak in different kinds of languages. 29Not all people are apostles. Not all people are prophets. Not all people are teachers. Not all people do miracles. 30Not all people have gifts of healing. Not all people speak in ˻different kinds of˼ languages. Not all people interpret those languages. 31But you should truly want to have the greater gifts ˻of the Spirit˼. And now I will show you the best way of all.

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