12 And about the workings of the Spirit, brothers, I do not wish you to be ignorant. 2 You know when you were heathen you were carried away to the voiceless idols, however it was done. 3 * For this reason I make it known to you that nobody speaking in the Spirit of God says “Jesus is accursed,” and nobody can say “Jesus is Lord” except in Holy Spirit. 4 But there are different lines of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are different lines of service and the same Lord; 6 and there are different lines of divine workings and the same God, he who works everything in everybody. 7 But each one is given such a manifestation of the Spirit as will be advantageous. 8 For one through the Spirit is given words of wisdom, and another words of knowledge after the same Spirit, 9 somebody else faith, in the same Spirit, and another gifts of healing, in the one Spirit, 10 and another miracle-workings, another prophecy, another discrimination between spirits, somebody else different kinds of languages, and another the translating of languages. 11 But in all these one and the same Spirit is at work, distributing to each individually as it wishes. 12 For just as the body is one and has many organs, but all the organs of the body, many as they are, are one body, so it is with the Christ; 13 for we too were all baptized in one Spirit into one body, be we Jews or Greeks, be we slaves or freemen, and were all given one Spirit to drink in. 14 For neither is the body one organ, but many. 15 If the foot says “Because I am not a hand I am no part of the body” it is not on that account no part of the body, 16 and if the ear says “Because I am not an eye I am no part of the body” it is not on that account no part of the body. 17 If the body were wholly eye, where would be the hearing? if wholly ear, where the smelling? 18 But now God did put the organs each one of them in the body as he chose; 19 and if all were one organ, where would be the body? 20 but now there are many organs but one body. 21 And the eye cannot say to the hand “I have no need of you,” or again the head to the feet “I have no need of you,” 22 but, much rather, what seem to be weak organs of the body are necessary, 23 and it is just what we think are less honorable parts of the body that we invest with special honor, and the indecorous parts of us have special decorum, 24 but the decorous parts of us stand in no need. But God commingled the body, giving special honor to what came short, 25 in order that there might not be division in the body, but the organs might feel the same solicitude for each other; 26 and be it that one organ suffers, all the organs suffer with it; be it that one organ is decorated, all the organs rejoice with it. 27 And you are Christ’s body, and, individually, organs; 28 * and in the church God has put some, first, as apostles; secondly, as prophets; thirdly, as teachers; then miracles, then gifts of healing, assistance, management, different kinds of languages. 29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? do all work miracles? 30 do all have gifts of healing? do all speak languages? do all translate? 31 * But aspire to the greater gifts. And let me point out to you an even preeminent course.
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