For example, the body is one unit and yet has many parts. As all the parts form one body, so it is with Christ.
By one Spirit we were all baptized into one body. Whether we are Jewish or Greek, slave or free, God gave all of us one Spirit to drink.
As you know, the human body is not made up of only one part, but of many parts.
Suppose a foot says, "I'm not a hand, so I'm not part of the body!" Would that mean it's no longer part of the body?
Or suppose an ear says, "I'm not an eye, so I'm not a part of the body!" Would that mean it's no longer part of the body?
If the whole body were an eye, how could it hear? If the whole body were an ear, how could it smell?
So God put each and every part of the body together as he wanted it.
How could it be a body if it only had one part?
So there are many parts but one body.
An eye can't say to a hand, "I don't need you!" Or again, the head can't say to the feet, "I don't need you!"
The opposite is true. The parts of the body that we think are weaker are the ones we really need.
The parts of the body that we think are less honorable are the ones we give special honor. So our unpresentable parts are made more presentable.
However, our presentable parts don't need this kind of treatment. God has put the body together and given special honor to the part that doesn't have it.
God's purpose was that the body should not be divided but rather that all of its parts should feel the same concern for each other.
If one part of the body suffers, all the other parts share its suffering. If one part is praised, all the others share in its happiness.
You are Christ's body and each of you is an individual part of it.
In the church God has appointed first apostles, next prophets, third teachers, then those who perform miracles, then those who have the gift of healing, then those who help others, those who are managers, and those who can speak in a number of languages.
Not all believers are apostles, are they? Are all of them prophets? Do all of them teach? Do all of them perform miracles
or have gifts of healing? Can all of them speak in other languages or interpret languages?
You [only] want the better gifts, but I will show you the best thing to do.