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X. Dealing with the Gifts

A. The Governing Principle

1 Now concerning 1aspiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be bignorant.

2 You know that when you were aGentiles, you were always being led away to bdumb idols, whenever and however you were 1led.

3 Therefore I make known to you that no one 1speaking in the aSpirit of God says, Jesus is 2accursed; and 3no one can say, bJesus is Lord! except in the cHoly Spirit.

B. The Manifestation of the Spirit

4 1But there are 2distinctions of 3agifts, but the bsame Spirit;

5 And there are distinctions of 1aministries, yet the bsame Lord;

6 And there are distinctions of 1operations, but the asame 2God, who boperates all things in all.

7 But to aeach one is given the 1manifestation of the Spirit 2for bwhat is profitable.

8 For to one through the Spirit a 1word of awisdom is given, and to another a 1word of bknowledge, according to the same Spirit;

9 To a different one 1afaith in the same Spirit, and to another 2gifts of bhealing in the one Spirit,

10 And to another operations of 1aworks of power, and to another 2bprophecy, and to another 3cdiscerning of spirits; to a different one various kinds of 4dtongues, and to another 5einterpretation of tongues.

11 But the one and the same Spirit operates all these things, adistributing to each one respectively even as He bpurposes.

C. One Body with Many Members

1. The Constitution of the Body

12 1For even as the body is aone and has many bmembers, yet all the members of the body, being many, are one body, so also is 2the Christ.

13 For also in 1aone Spirit we were all bbaptized into 2cone Body, whether 3dJews or Greeks, whether 4slaves or free, and were all given to 5edrink one fSpirit.

2. The Indispensability of the Members

14 For the body is not one member but amany.

15 If the foot should say, Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body, it is not that because of this it is not of the body.

16 And if the ear should say, Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body, it is not that because of this it is not of the body.

17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were the hearing, where would the smelling be?

18 But now God has aplaced the members, each one of them, in the body, even as He bwilled.

19 And if all were one member, where would the body be?

20 But now the members are many, but the body aone.

21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, I have no need of you; nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.

22 But much rather the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary.

3. The Blending Together of the Members

23 And those members of the body which we consider to be less honorable, these we clothe with more abundant honor; and our uncomely members come to have more abundant comeliness,

24 But our comely members have no need. But God has 1blended the body together, giving more abundant honor to the member that lacked,

25 That there would be no adivision in the body, but that the members would have the 1same care for one another.

26 And whether one member asuffers, all the members suffer with it; or one member is glorified, all the members brejoice with it.

27 Now you are the Body of Christ, and amembers individually.

D. The Placing of the Gifts

28 And God has aplaced some in the 1bchurch: first 2capostles, second 3dprophets, third 4eteachers; then 5fworks of power, then 6gifts of ghealing, 7helps, 8hadministrations, various kinds of 9itongues.

29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all have works of power?

30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all 1speak in tongues? 2Do all 1ainterpret tongues?

31 But 1earnestly adesire the 2bgreater gifts. And moreover I show to you a 3most excellent way.