1 Corinthians 12: Many Members, One Body, the Church

There are many members, yet one body.

There are many members, yet one body.

Complete Chapter 12:1-31

Complete Chapter

1 Corinthians 12 - KJV
1
Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.
2
Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.
3
Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.
4
Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
5
And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
6
And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
7
But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
8
For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
9
To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
10
To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
11
But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
12
For 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.
13
For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
14
For the body is not one member, but many.
15
If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
16
And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
17
If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
18
But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
19
And if they were all one member, where were the body?
20
But now are they many members, yet but one body.
21
And 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.
22
Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:
23
And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
24
For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked:
25
That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
26
And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
27
Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
28
And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
29
Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?
30
Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?
31
But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

12:1-3 Concerning spiritual gifts

1 Corinthians 12:1-3

Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant.

1 Corinthians 12:1-3 - KJV
1
Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.
2
Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.
3
Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.

  1. What did Paul not want us to be ignorant of?
    • 1 Corinthians 12:1 - KJV
      Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.
  2. How were we once carried away?
    • 1 Corinthians 12:2 - KJV
      Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.
  3. Why is it necessary to have the Holy Spirit?
    • 1 Corinthians 12:3 - KJV
      Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.

12:4-11 There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

1 Corinthians 12:4-11

There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all.

1 Corinthians 12:4-11 - KJV
4
Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
5
And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
6
And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
7
But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
8
For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
9
To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
10
To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
11
But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

  1. Who is behind spiritual gifts, ministries and activities?
    • 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 - KJV
      4
      Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
      5
      And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
      6
      And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
  2. Who are the manifestations for?
    • 1 Corinthians 12:7 - KJV
      But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
  3. What is given to one, and what is given to another?
    • 1 Corinthians 12:8 - KJV
      For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
  4. What is given to one, and what is given to another?
    • 1 Corinthians 12:9 - KJV
      To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
  5. What is given to one, and what is given to another?
    • 1 Corinthians 12:10 - KJV
      To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
  6. Who is distributing all these things?
    • 1 Corinthians 12:11 - KJV
      But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

12:12-13 We were all baptized into one body

1 Corinthians 12:12-13

For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free.

1 Corinthians 12:12-13 - KJV
12
For 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.
13
For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

  1. How is Christ compared?
    • 1 Corinthians 12:12 - KJV
      For 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.
  2. How were we all baptized into one body?
    • 1 Corinthians 12:13 - KJV
      For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

12:14-19 God set the members in the body as He desired.

1 Corinthians 12:14-19

God set the members in the body as He desired.

1 Corinthians 12:14-19 - KJV
14
For the body is not one member, but many.
15
If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
16
And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
17
If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
18
But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
19
And if they were all one member, where were the body?

  1. Is the body one, or many members?
    • 1 Corinthians 12:14 - KJV
      For the body is not one member, but many.
  2.  If the foot, ear or eye should say, because I am not a different member, does that make it not a member?
    • 1 Corinthians 12:15-16 - KJV
      15
      If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
      16
      And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
  3. How has God set the members in the body?
    • 1 Corinthians 12:17-18 - KJV
      17
      If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
      18
      But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
  4. Why is this necessary?
    • 1 Corinthians 12:19 - KJV
      And if they were all one member, where were the body?

12:20-26 There are many members, yet one body.

1 Corinthians 12:20-26

There are many members, yet one body.

1 Corinthians 12:20-26 - KJV
20
But now are they many members, yet but one body.
21
And 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.
22
Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:
23
And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
24
For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked:
25
That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
26
And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.

  1. Although there are many members, how many bodies are there?
    • 1 Corinthians 12:20 - KJV
      But now are they many members, yet but one body.
  2. What can the members not say?
    • 1 Corinthians 12:21 - KJV
      And 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.
  3. What members are necessary?
    • 1 Corinthians 12:22 - KJV
      Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:
  4. Who do we give the most honor? Why?
    • 1 Corinthians 12:23-25 - KJV
      23
      And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
      24
      For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked:
      25
      That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
  5. What do the members do when one suffers or is honored?
    • 1 Corinthians 12:26 - KJV
      And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.

12:27-31 God has appointed these in the church.

1 Corinthians 12:27-31

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.

1 Corinthians 12:27-31 - KJV
27
Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
28
And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
29
Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?
30
Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?
31
But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.

  1. How are we members of the body of Christ?
    • 1 Corinthians 12:27 - KJV
      Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
  2. In what order has God appointed these gifts?
    • 1 Corinthians 12:28 - KJV
      And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
  3. Do all have all the same gifts?
    • 1 Corinthians 12:29-30 - KJV
      29
      Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?
      30
      Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?
  4. What are we to earnestly desire, and what will Paul now show us?
    • 1 Corinthians 12:31 - KJV
      But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.