1 Corinthians 12:12–31

1 Corinthians 12:12-31 (ESV)  For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.  [13]  For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.  [14]  For the body does not consist of one member but of many.  [15]  If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body.  [16]  And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body.  [17]  If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell?  [18]  But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose.  [19]  If all were a single member, where would the body be?  [20]  As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.  [21]  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]  On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,  [23]  and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty,  [24]  which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it,  [25]  that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another.  [26]  If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.  [27]  Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.  [28]  And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues.  [29]  Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles?  [30]  Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?  [31]  But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.