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1 Corinthians 12:11 Corinthians 14:40


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.


E. The Excellent Way for Exercising the Gifts

1. The Need of Love

1 If I speak in the atongues of men and of angels but do not have blove, I have become 1sounding brass or a 1clanging cymbal.

2 And if I have the gift of aprophecy and know all bmysteries and all cknowledge, and if I have all dfaith so as to eremove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.

3 And if I adole out all my possessions to feed others, and if I 1deliver up my bbody 2that I may boast, but do not have love, I profit nothing.

2. The Definition of Love

4 1aLove bsuffers long. Love is kind; it is not cjealous. Love does not dbrag and is not epuffed up;

5 It does not behave unbecomingly and does not aseek its own things; it is not provoked and does not take account of evil;

6 It does anot rejoice because of 1unrighteousness, but brejoices with the 1ctruth;

7 It 1acovers all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

3. The Excelling of Love

8 aLove 1never falls away. But whether bprophecies, they will be rendered useless; or ctongues, they will cease; or dknowledge, it will be rendered useless.

9 For we aknow in part, and we prophesy in part;

10 But 1when that which is 2complete comes, 3that which is in part will be rendered useless.

11 1When I was a 2achild, I spoke as a child, I thought as a bchild, I 3reasoned as a child; 4since I have become a man, I have done away with childish things.

12 For 1now we see 2in a amirror 3obscurely, but at 4that time bface to face; 1now I cknow in part, but at 4that time I will fully dknow even as also I was fully known.

13 Now there abide 1afaith, bhope, clove, these three; and the greatest of these is dlove.


F. The Excelling of Prophesying

1. Building Up the Church More

1 1aPursue blove, and 2cdesire earnestly dspiritual gifts, but especially that you may 3eprophesy.

2 1For he who speaks in a atongue does not speak to men but to God; for no one hears, but in his bspirit he speaks cmysteries.

3 But he who prophesies speaks 1abuilding up and encouragement and consolation to men.

4 He who speaks in a tongue builds up himself, but he who prophesies 1abuilds up the bchurch.

5 I desire that you all speak in tongues, but especially that you would aprophesy; and bgreater is he who prophesies than he who speaks in tongues, unless he cinterprets, that the church may receive building up.

6 But now, brothers, if I come to you speaking in atongues, what will I bprofit you, unless I speak to you either in crevelation or in dknowledge or in eprophecy or in fteaching?

7 Yet even 1lifeless things, whether flute or harp, in giving a sound, if they give 2no distinction in the tones, how will what is played on the flute or on the harp be known?

8 For also if the atrumpet gives an uncertain sound, who will prepare himself for bbattle?

9 So also you, unless you give with the tongue a word easy to understand, how will what is being said be known? For you will be speaking into the aair.

10 There are perhaps many kinds of 1voices in the world, and not one is 2without significance.

11 If then I do not know the 1meaning of the voice, I will be to him who is speaking a 2barbarian, and he who is speaking a 2abarbarian to me.

12 So also you, since you are zealous of 1aspirits, seek that you may 2excel for the 3bbuilding up of the church.

13 Therefore let him who speaks in a tongue pray that he may ainterpret.

14 For if I pray in a tongue, my 1aspirit prays, but my 1bmind is unfruitful.

15 What then? I will pray with the aspirit, and I will pray 1also 2with the mind; I will bsing with the spirit, and I will csing 1also 2with the mind.

16 Otherwise if you abless with the spirit, how shall he who fills the place of the 1unlearned in tongues say the 2bAmen at your giving of cthanks, since he does not know what you are saying?

17 For you give thanks well, but the other is not 1abuilt up.

18 I thank God, I speak in tongues more than all of you,

19 But in the church I would rather aspeak 1five words 2with my mind, that I might instruct others also, than 1ten thousand words in a tongue.

2. Convicting People More

20 Brothers, do not be 1achildren in your 2understanding, but in bmalice be cbabes and in your 2understanding be 3dfull-grown.

21 In the 1alaw it is written, 2b"By those of other tongues and with the lips of others I will speak to this people; even so they will not listen to Me, says the Lord.''

22 So then tongues are for a 1sign, not to those who believe but to the unbelievers; but prophecy is for a sign not to the unbelievers but to those who believe.

23 If therefore the whole church acomes together in one place, and 1all speak in tongues, and some unlearned in tongues or unbelievers enter, will they not say that you are 2binsane?

24 But if 1aall prophesy and some unbeliever or unlearned person enters, he is 2convicted by all, he is 2examined by all;

25 The secrets of his aheart become manifest; and so bfalling on his face, he will worship 1God, declaring that indeed 1God is camong you.

G. Functioning in the Church

1. Concerning Each One

26 What then, brothers? Whenever you acome together, each one 1has a bpsalm, has a cteaching, has a drevelation, has a etongue, has an finterpretation. Let all things be done for 2gbuilding up.

2. Concerning Speaking in Tongues

27 If anyone speaks in a tongue, it should be by atwo, or at the most three, and in turn, and one should interpret;

28 But if there is no interpreter, he should be silent ain the 1church, and speak to himself and to God.

3. Concerning Prophesying

29 And as to prophets, atwo or three should speak, and the others 1bdiscern.

30 But if something is revealed to another sitting by, the first should be silent.

31 For 1you can aall prophesy one by one that all may learn and all may be 2encouraged.

32 And the 1aspirits of prophets are bsubject to prophets;

33 For God is not a God of aconfusion but of 1peace. 2As in ball the 3churches of the csaints,

4. Concerning Women

34 The awomen should be silent 1bin the churches, for they are not permitted to 2speak; but they should be csubject, even as the 3dlaw also says.

35 But if they desire to learn anything, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is a shame for a woman to speak in the church.

36 Or was it from you that the word of God went forth? Or 1did it reach only to you?

37 If anyone thinks he is a 1aprophet or bspiritual, let him fully know the things which I write to you, that they are the 2ccommandment of the Lord.

38 But if anyone aignores this, let him ignore it.

5. Conclusion

39 So then, my brothers, 1adesire earnestly the bprophesying, and 1do not forbid the speaking in tongues.

40 But all things must be done 1becomingly and in 1aorder.