1 Letter to the Corinthians
Spiritual gifts and harmony
1 With respect to spiritual gifts, I will remind you of the following. 2 When you were still pagans, you were irresistably drawn to your dumb idols. 3 I tell you that nobody inspired by the Spirit of God may say, A curse on Jesus, as no one can say, Jesus is the Lord, except by the Holy Spirit.
4 There is diversity of gifts, but the Spirit is the same. 5 There is diversity of ministries, but the Lord is the same. 6 There is diversity of works, but the same God works in all.
7 The Spirit reveals his presence in each one with a gift that is also a service. 8 One is to speak with wisdom, through the Spirit. Another teaches according to the same Spirit. 9 To another is given faith, in which the Spirit acts; to another the gift of healing, and it is the same Spirit. 10 Another works miracles, another is a prophet, another recognizes what comes from the good or evil spirit; another speaks in tongues, and still another interprets what has been said in tongues. 11 And all of this is the work of the one and only Spirit, who gives to each one as he so desires.
Comparison with the body
12 As the body is one, having many members, and all the members, while being many, form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 All of us, whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free, have been baptized in one Spirit to form one body and all of us have been given to drink from the one Spirit.
14 The body has not just one member, but many. 15 If the foot should say, I do not belong to the body for I am not a hand, it would be wrong: it is part of the body! 16 Even though the ear says, I do not belong to the body for I am not an eye, it is part of the body. 17 If all the body were eye, how would we hear? And if all the body were ear, how would we smell?
18 God has arranged all the members, placing each part of the body as he pleased. 19 If all were the same part where would the body be? 20 But there are many members and one body. 21 The eye cannot tell the hand, I do not need you, nor the head tell the feet, I do not need you.
22 Still more, the parts of our body that we most need are those that seem to be the weakest; 23 the parts that we consider lower are treated with much care, 24 and we cover them with more modesty because they are less presentable, whereas the others do not need such attention. 25 God himself arranged the body in this way, giving more honor to those parts that need it, so that the body may not be divided, but rather each member may care for the others. 26 When one suffers, all of them suffer, and when one receives honor, all rejoice together.
27 Now, you are the body of Christ and each of you individually is a member of it. 28 So God has appointed us in the Church. First apos tles, second prophets, third teachers. Then come miracles, then the gift of healing, material help, administration in the Church and the gift of ton gues.
29 Are all apostles? Are all pro phets? Are all teachers? Can all perform miracles, 30 or cure the sick, or speak in tongues, or explain what was said in ton gues? 31 Be that as it may, set your hearts on the most precious gifts, and I will show you a much better way.