One Body with Many Members

1 Corinthians 12

12 For s as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, t so also is Christ. 13 For u by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body - v whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free - and w have all been made to drink 1 into one Spirit.

14 For in fact the body is not one member but many. 15 If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body," is it therefore not of the body? 16 And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body," is it therefore not of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? 18 But now x God has set the members, each one of them, in the body y just as He pleased. 19 And if they were all one member, where would the body be? 20 But now indeed there are many members, yet one body.

21 And 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 No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. 23 And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty, 24 but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it, 25 that there should be no 2 schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. 26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.

27 Now z you are the body of Christ, and a members individually. 28 And b God has appointed these in the church: first c apostles, second d prophets, third teachers, after that e miracles, then f gifts of healings, g helps, h administrations, varieties of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?

31 But i earnestly desire the 3 best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way.

  1. Cross References
    Romans 12:4
    For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function.
    Romans 12:5
    So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.
    1 Corinthians 10:17
    For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.
    Ephesians 4:4
    There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling.
  2. Cross References
    Galatians 3:16
    Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, "And to seeds," as of many, but as of one, "And to your Seed," who is Christ.
  3. Cross References
    Romans 6:5
    For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection.
  4. Cross References
    Romans 3:22
    Even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference.
    Galatians 3:28
    There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
    Ephesians 2:13 - 18
    But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
    Colossians 3:11
    Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.
  5. Cross References
    John 7:37 - 39
    On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.
  6. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 12:28
    And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.
  7. Cross References
    Romans 12:3
    For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.
  8. Cross References
    Romans 12:5
    So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and ...
    Ephesians 1:23
    Which is His body, the fullness of Him who fill...
    Ephesians 4:12
    For the equipping of the saints for the work of...
    Ephesians 5:23
    For the husband is head of the wife, as also Ch...
    Ephesians 5:30
    For we are members of His body, of His flesh an...
    Colossians 1:24
    I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fil...
  9. Cross References
    Ephesians 5:30
    For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones.
  10. Cross References
    Ephesians 4:11
    And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers.
  11. Cross References
    Ephesians 2:20
    Having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone.
    Ephesians 3:5
    Which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets:
  12. Cross References
    Acts 13:1
    Now in the church that was at Antioch there were certain prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
    Romans 12:6
    Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith.
  13. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 12:10
    To another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.
    1 Corinthians 12:29
    Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles?
    Galatians 3:5
    Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? -
  14. Cross References
    Mark 16:18
    "they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."
    1 Corinthians 12:9
    To another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit.
    1 Corinthians 12:30
    Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?
  15. Cross References
    Numbers 11:17
    Then I will come down and talk with you there. I will take of the Spirit that is upon you and will put the same upon them; and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, that you may not bear it yourself alone.
  16. Cross References
    Romans 12:8
    He who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
    1 Timothy 5:17
    Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine.
    Hebrews 13:17
    Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.
    Hebrews 13:24
    Greet all those who rule over you, and all the saints. Those from Italy greet you.
  17. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 14:1
    Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.
    1 Corinthians 14:39
    Therefore, brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak with tongues.
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