Paul teacheth that none can own Christ but by the Holy Ghost; whose gifts are diverse, and dealt out to different persons to profit withal. As many members make up one natural body, so Christians in general form one mystical body: and as every member is equally a part of the natural body, and hath a necessary function allotted it; so is it with Christ's body, the church; to the individual members of which God hath assigned different gifts and offices for the general good.
1NOW concerning aspiritual gifts , brethren, I would not have you ignorant.
a v.4,8-10,28. ch. 14.1. Ep. 4.11. 1Pe. 4.10,11. Ja. 1.17.
2Ye know that ye were bGentiles, carried away unto these cdumb idols, even as ye were led.
b ch. 6.11. Ep. 2.11,12; 4.17-19. Tit. 3.3. 1Pe. 4.3. c Ps. 115.5. Hab. 2.18. Is. 44.9-20. 1Th. 1.9. Mat. 15.14.
3Wherefore I give you to understand, dthat no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus 1accursed: and that eno man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy *Ghost.
1Or, anathema. ch. 16.22.
d Mar. 9.39. e Mat. 16.17. Jn. 13.13; 15.26. ch. 8.6. 2Co. 3.5; 11.4. 1Jn. 4.2,3. Ga. 2.16,20.
4Now fthere are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
f Ro. 12.4-6,8. v.8-10,28. ch. 7.7. 1Pe. 4.10. He. 2.4. Ep. 4.11,4-6. Ja. 1.17.
5And there are gdifferences of 2administrations, but the same Lord.
g Ro. 12.4-8. Ep. 4.5,11. ch. 8.6. v.28.
6And there are hdiversities of operations, but it is ithe same God which worketh all in all.
h v.9,10. i De. 6.4. Jn. 10.25,37; 14.10. ch. 8.6. Ep. 1.19,23. ch. 3.7.
7But the jmanifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit *withal.
j v.8-10,28,30. Ep. 4.7,11-13. Mat. 25.14,15. Lu. 19.13. Ro. 12.6-8. 1Pe. 4.10,11.
8kFor to one is given by the Spirit the word of lwisdom; to another the word of mknowledge by the same Spirit;
k ch. 1.5; 2.6,7; 13.2,8; 14.6. 2Co. 8.7. Is. 11.2,3; 50.4. Mat. 13.11. l Ep. 1.17. Col. 1.9. m 2Pe. 1.5.
9To another nfaith by the same Spirit; to another othe gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
n Ep. 2.8. Mat. 17.20. ch. 13.2. Ac. 14.9. He. 11.33. o Mar. 6.13; 16.17,18. Ja. 5.14. Ac. 3.6; 19.11,12; 28.8. v.28,30.
10To another the pworking of miracles; to another qprophecy; to another rdiscerning of spirits; to another s*divers kinds of tongues; to another tthe interpretation of tongues:
p Ac. 5.5; 13.11; 14.10; 20.12; 19.12. Jn. 14.12. q ch. 14.1,3. Ac. 11.27,28; 21.9,11. Ro. 12.6. Joel 2.28. r 1Jn. 4.1. Re. 2.2. Ac. 5.3. ch. 14.29. s ch. 13.1; 14.5,39. Ac. 2.4,7-11; 19.6. t ch. 14.26-28. v.30.
11uBut all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man *severally as he will.
u v.6. ch. 7.7. Ro. 12.3. Ep. 4.7. 2Co. 10.13. Mat. 20.13,15. He. 2.4. Jn. 3.8. Joel 2.28,29.
12vFor as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
v v.20,27. ch. 10.17. Ca. 6.9. Ro. 12.4,5. Ep. 4.4,16.
13wFor by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, xwhether we be Jews or 3Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into yone Spirit.
w Jn. 1.16; 3.6,26. Ro. 6.5,6. Ep. 5.26; 4.5; 2.11,13,14,16,19-22; 3.6. Ga. 3.26-28. Col. 2.11,12; 3.11. ch. 10.2-4. Mat. 3.11. Jn. 6.63; 7.37-39. Joel 2.28. Is. 44.3-5. x Ep. 6.8. y v.4,11.
14For the body is not one member, but many.
15If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
16And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
17If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
18zBut now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
z v.11,28. Ro. 12.3-8. Ep. 4.11. v.4-11.
19And if they were all one member, where were the body?
20But now are they many members, yet but one body.
21aAnd the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
a Nu. 10.31. Job 29.15. 1Sa. 25.32.
22Nay, much more those bmembers of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:
b Ec. 4.9-12; 9.14,15.
23And those members of the body, which we think to be cless honourable, upon these we 4bestow more abundant honour; and our *uncomely parts have more abundant *comeliness.
4Or, put on.
c ch. 1.26-28. Ja. 2.5. Ps. 68.10.
24For our comely parts have no need: but God hath *tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked:
25That there should be no 5schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
5Or, division, ch. 1.10-12; 3.3. Jn. 17.21-23,26. 2Co. 13.11.
26dAnd whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
d He. 13.3. Ro. 12.15. Ga. 6.2. 2Co. 11.28,29.
27eNow ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
e ch. 3.16; 10.17. Ro. 12.5. Ep. 1.23; 3.6; 4.12; 5.23,30. Col. 1.24; 2.19.
28And fGod hath set some in the church, first gapostles, secondarily hprophets, thirdly teachers, after that imiracles, then jgifts of healings, khelps, lgovernments, 6diversities of mtongues.
f v.7-11,18. Ac. 13.2,3; 20.28. ch. 14.33. Ep. 2.20; 4.11; 3.11. 1Ti. 5.17. g Lu. 6.13. h Ac. 11.27; 13.1. Ro. 12.6-8. i v.10. j v.9. Mat. 9.38. k Nu. 11.17. l He. 13.17,24. 1Pe. 5.1-3. m Ac. 2.8-11.
29nAre all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all 7workers of miracles?
30Have all the gifts of healing? odo all speak with tongues? do all interpret?
31pBut covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.
p ch. 8.1; 13.1; 14.1,39. Phi. 4.8. Mat. 5.6. Lu. 10.42.