1 Corinthians

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.

1 Corinthians 12:1-11

1 Corinthians 12:1-11 (ESV)  Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed.  [2]  You know that when you were pagans you were led astray to mute idols, however you were led.  [3]  Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit.  [4]  Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit;  [5]  and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord;  [6]  and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.  [7]  To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.  [8]  For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit,  [9]  to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit,  [10]  to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.  [11]  All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.

1 Corinthians 11:2-16

1 Corinthians 11:2-16 (ESV)  Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you.  [3]  But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God.  [4]  Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head,  [5]  but every wife who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, since it is the same as if her head were shaven.  [6]  For if a wife will not cover her head, then she should cut her hair short. But since it is disgraceful for a wife to cut off her hair or shave her head, let her cover her head.  [7]  For a man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God, but woman is the glory of man.  [8]  For man was not made from woman, but woman from man.  [9]  Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man.  [10]  That is why a wife ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels.  [11]  Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man nor man of woman;  [12]  for as woman was made from man, so man is now born of woman. And all things are from God.  [13]  Judge for yourselves: is it proper for a wife to pray to God with her head uncovered?  [14]  Does not nature itself teach you that if a man wears long hair it is a disgrace for him,  [15]  but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For her hair is given to her for a covering.  [16]  If anyone is inclined to be contentious, we have no such practice, nor do the churches of God.

1 Corinthians 4:1-21

1 Corinthians 4:1-21 (ESV)  This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.  [2]  Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful.  [3]  But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself.  [4]  For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me.  [5]  Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God.  [6]  I have applied all these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, brothers, that you may learn by us not to go beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up in favor of one against another.  [7]  For who sees anything different in you? What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it?  [8]  Already you have all you want! Already you have become rich! Without us you have become kings! And would that you did reign, so that we might share the rule with you!  [9]  For I think that God has exhibited us apostles as last of all, like men sentenced to death, because we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels, and to men.  [10]  We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are held in honor, but we in disrepute.  [11]  To the present hour we hunger and thirst, we are poorly dressed and buffeted and homeless,  [12]  and we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure;  [13]  when slandered, we entreat. We have become, and are still, like the scum of the world, the refuse of all things.  [14]  I do not write these things to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children.  [15]  For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel.  [16]  I urge you, then, be imitators of me.  [17]  That is why I sent you Timothy, my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, to remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach them everywhere in every church.  [18]  Some are arrogant, as though I were not coming to you.  [19]  But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I will find out not the talk of these arrogant people but their power.  [20]  For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power.  [21]  What do you wish? Shall I come to you with a rod, or with love in a spirit of gentleness?

1 Corinthians 2:6-16

1 Corinthians 2:6-16 (ESV)  Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away.  [7]  But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory.  [8]  None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.  [9]  But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”—  [10]  these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.  [11]  For who knows a person's thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.  [12]  Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God.  [13]  And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.  [14]  The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.  [15]  The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one.  [16]  “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5

1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5 (ESV)  For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.  [19]  For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”  [20]  Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?  [21]  For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.  [22]  For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom,  [23]  but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles,  [24]  but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.  [25]  For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.  [26]  For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth.  [27]  But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;  [28]  God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are,  [29]  so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.  [30]  And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption,  [31]  so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”  [2:1]  And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom.  [2]  For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.  [3]  And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling,  [4]  and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,  [5]  so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.