11 And he himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, to build up the body of Christ,(A) 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of God’s Son,(B) growing into maturity with a stature(C) measured by Christ’s fullness.

Read full chapter

20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body. 21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” Or again, the head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that are weaker are indispensable. 23 And those parts of the body that we consider less honorable,(A) we clothe these with greater honor, and our unrespectable parts are treated with greater respect, 24 which our respectable parts do not need.

Instead, God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the less honorable, 25 so that there would be no division(B) in the body, but that the members would have the same concern for each other. 26 So if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.

27 Now you are the body of Christ,(C) and individual members of it. 28 And God has appointed these in the church:(D) first apostles, second prophets, third teachers,(E) next miracles,(F) then gifts of healing,(G) helping, leading, various kinds of tongues.[a] 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all do miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret?(H) 31 But desire(I) the greater gifts. And I will show you an even better way.

Read full chapter

Footnotes

  1. 12:28 languages, also in v. 30

Bible Gateway Recommends

CSB Firefighter's Bible, Burgundy LeatherTouch
CSB Firefighter's Bible, Burgundy LeatherTouch
Retail: $24.99
Our Price: $15.99
Save: $9.00 (36%)
5.0 of 5.0 stars
CSB Baby's New Testament with Psalms, Pink Imitation Leather
CSB Baby's New Testament with Psalms, Pink Imitation Leather
Retail: $6.99
Our Price: $4.99
Save: $2.00 (29%)
5.0 of 5.0 stars
The CSB Study Bible for Women, Teal Flowers LeatherTouch
The CSB Study Bible for Women, Teal Flowers LeatherTouch
Retail: $59.99
Our Price: $37.99
Save: $22.00 (37%)
4.5 of 5.0 stars
CSB Fisher of Men Bible, Soft Leather-Look, Navy
CSB Fisher of Men Bible, Soft Leather-Look, Navy
Retail: $29.99
Our Price: $8.00
Save: $21.99 (73%)
CSB Holy Land Illustrated Bible, hardcover
CSB Holy Land Illustrated Bible, hardcover
Retail: $49.99
Our Price: $31.49
Save: $18.50 (37%)
5.0 of 5.0 stars
CSB Fisher of Men Bible, Softcover
CSB Fisher of Men Bible, Softcover
Retail: $14.99
Our Price: $5.00
Save: $9.99 (67%)
3.0 of 5.0 stars