I'm not gonna comment much on this.
Read this slowly - it's got a LOT of important stuff in it.
Don't imbue it with any expectations or prejudiced - just take it for what it is, at face value.
1 Corinthians 12
dear brothers and sisters, regarding your question about the special
abilities the Spirit gives us.
I don't want you to misunderstand this.
2 You know that when you were still pagans, you were led astray and swept along in worshiping speechless idols.
I want you to know that no one speaking by the Spirit of God will curse
and no one can say Jesus is Lord, except by the Holy Spirit.
4 There are different kinds of spiritual gifts,
but the same Spirit is the source of them all.
5 There are different kinds of service,
but we serve the same Lord.
6 God works in different ways,
but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.
7 A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.
one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice;
another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge.
9 The same Spirit gives great faith to another,
and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing.
gives one person the power to perform miracles,
and another the ability
He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a
message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit.
person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages,
another is given the ability to interpret what is being said.
11 It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts.
He alone decides which gift each person should have.
12 The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body.
So it is with the body of Christ.
of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free.
But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all
share the same Spirit.
14 Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part.
15 If the foot says, "I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand," that does not make it any less a part of the body.
16 And if the ear says, "I am not part of the body because I am not an eye," would that make it any less a part of the body?
17 If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear?
Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything?
18 But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it.
19 How strange a body would be if it had only one part!
20 Yes, there are many parts, but only one body.
21 The eye can never say to the hand, "I don't need you."
The head can't say to the feet, "I don't need you."
22 In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary.
the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the
So we carefully protect those parts that should not be
seen, 24 while the more honorable parts do not require
this special care.
So God has put the body together such that extra
honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity.
25 This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other.
26 If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.
27 All of you together are Christ's body,
and each of you is a part of it.
28 Here are some of the parts God has appointed for the church:
first are apostles,
second are prophets,
third are teachers,
then those who do miracles,
those who have the gift of healing,
those who can help others,
those who have the gift of leadership,
those who speak in unknown languages.
29 Are we all apostles?
Are we all prophets?
Are we all teachers?
Do we all have the power to do miracles?
we all have the gift of healing?
Do we all have the ability to speak in
Do we all have the ability to interpret unknown
Of course not!
31 So you should earnestly desire the most helpful gifts.
Now, read it again.