1 But I want you to understand about spiritual gifts, brothers. 2 You know when you were pagans, how your impulses led you to dumb idols; 3 so I tell you now, that no one is speaking in the Spirit of God when he cries, 'Cursed be Jesus,' and that no one can say, 'Jesus is Lord,' except in the holy Spirit.
4 There are varieties of talents, but the same Spirit; 5 varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6 varieties of effects, but the same God who effects everything in everyone. 7 Each receives his manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
8 One man is granted words of wisdom by the Spirit, another words of knowledge by the same Spirit; 9 one man in the same Spirit has the gift of faith, another in the one Spirit has gifts of healing; 10 one has prophecy, another the gift of distinguishing spirits, another the gift of 'tongues' in their variety, another the gift of interpreting 'tongues.'
11 But all these effects are produced by one and the same Spirit, apportioning them severally to each individual as he pleases.
12 As the human body is one and has many members, all the members of the body forming one body for all their number, so is it with Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we have all been baptized into one Body, Jews or Greeks, slaves or freemen; we have all been imbued with one Spirit. 14 Why, even the body consists not of one member but of many. 15 If the foot were to say, 'Because I am not the hand, I do not belong to the body,' that does not make it no part of the body. 16 If the ear were to say, 'Because I am not the eye, I do not belong to the body,' that does not make it no part of the body. 17 If the body were all eye, where would hearing be? If the body were all ear, where would smell be? 18 As it is, God has set the members in the body, each as it pleased him. 19 If they all made up one member, what would become of the body? 20 As it is, there are many members and 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 Quite the contrary. We cannot do without those very members of the body which are considered rather delicate, 23 just as the parts we consider rather dishonourable are the very parts we invest with special honour; our indecorous parts get a special care and attention 24 which does not need to be paid to our more decorous parts. Yes, God has tempered the body together, with a special dignity for the inferior parts, 25 so that there may be no disunion in the body, but that the various members should have a common concern for one another. 26 Thus if one member suffers, all the members share its suffering; if one member is honoured, all the members share its honour.
27 Now you are Christ's Body, and severally members of it. 28 That is to say, God has set people within the church to be first of all apostles, secondly prophets, thirdly teachers, then workers of miracles, then healers, helpers, administrators, and speakers in 'tongues' of various kinds. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? 30 Are all endowed with the gifts of healing? Are all able to speak in 'tongues'? Are all able to interpret?
31 Set your hearts on the higher talents. And yet I will go on to show you a still higher path.