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Spiritual gifts

1My friends, you asked me about spiritual gifts.

2I want you to remember that before you became followers of the Lord, you were led in all the wrong ways by idols that cannot even talk.

3Now I want you to know that if you are led by God's Spirit, you will say that Jesus is Lord, and you will never curse Jesus.

4There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but they all come from the same Spirit.

5There are different ways to serve the same Lord,

6and we can each do different things. Yet the same God works in all of us and helps us in everything we do.

7The Spirit has given each of us a special way of serving others.

8Some of us can speak with wisdom, while others can speak with knowledge, but these gifts come from the same Spirit.

9To others the Spirit has given great faith or the power to heal the sick

10or the power to perform mighty miracles. Some of us are prophets, and some of us recognize when God's Spirit is present. Others can speak different kinds of languages, and still others can tell what these languages mean.

11But it is the Spirit who does all this and decides which gifts to give to each of us.

One body with many parts

12The body of Christ has many different parts, just as any other body does.

13Some of us are Jews, and others are Gentiles. Some of us are slaves, and others are free. But God's Spirit baptized each of us and made us part of the body of Christ. Now we each drink from that same Spirit.

14Our bodies don't have just one part. They have many parts.

15Suppose a foot says, “I'm not a hand, and so I'm not part of the body.” Wouldn't the foot still belong to the body?

16Or suppose an ear says, “I'm not an eye, and so I'm not part of the body.” Wouldn't the ear still belong to the body?

17If our bodies were only an eye, we couldn't hear a thing. And if they were only an ear, we couldn't smell a thing.

18But God has put all parts of our body together in the way that he decided is best.

19A body isn't really a body, unless there is more than one part.

20It takes many parts to make a single body.

21That's why the eyes cannot say they don't need the hands. That's also why the head cannot say it doesn't need the feet.

22In fact, we cannot get along without the parts of the body that seem to be the weakest.

23We take special care to dress up some parts of our bodies. We are modest about our personal parts,

24but we don't have to be modest about other parts. God put our bodies together in such a way that even the parts that seem the least important are valuable.

25He did this to make all parts of the body work together smoothly, with each part caring about the others.

26If one part of our body hurts, we hurt all over. If one part of our body is honoured, the whole body will be happy.

27Together you are the body of Christ. Each one of you is part of his body.

28First, God chose some people to be apostles and prophets and teachers for the church. But he also chose some to perform miracles or heal the sick or help others or be leaders or speak different kinds of languages.

29Not everyone is an apostle. Not everyone is a prophet. Not everyone is a teacher. Not everyone can perform miracles.

30Not everyone can heal the sick. Not everyone can speak different kinds of languages. Not everyone can tell what these languages mean.

31I want you to desire the best gifts. So I will show you a much better way.

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