Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

哥林多前書 12

聖靈的恩賜

1弟兄姊妹,談到聖靈的恩賜,我不希望你們無知。 你們知道,自己在信主前曾受到迷惑和引誘去拜不會說話的偶像。 因此我希望你們知道,一個被上帝的靈感動的人絕不會說「耶穌該受咒詛」;若不是受了聖靈的感動,沒有人會說「耶穌是主」。

恩賜各有不同,但聖靈是同一位。 事奉各有不同,但主是同一位。 工作各有不同,但上帝是同一位,祂在眾人當中成就萬事。 聖靈給各人不同的恩賜為要使眾人得益處。 這人從聖靈領受智言,那人從聖靈領受知識; 聖靈賜這人信心,賜那人醫病的恩賜; 10 聖靈使這人能行神蹟,使那人能作先知講道;使這人能辨別諸靈,使那人能說方言[a],又使另一人能翻譯方言。 11 這一切都是同一位聖靈所賜的,是祂按自己的旨意分別賜給各人的。

同屬一個身體

12 這如同一個身體有許多肢體,肢體雖多,仍同屬一個身體。基督的身體也是這樣。 13 不論是猶太人或希臘人,是奴隸或自由人,我們都領受了同一位聖靈的洗禮,歸入了同一個身體,同飲一位聖靈。

14 人的身體並非只有一個肢體,乃是由許多肢體組成的。 15 如果腳說:「我不是手,所以我不屬於身體。」難道腳就因此不屬於身體嗎? 16 如果耳朵說:「我不是眼睛,所以我不屬於身體。」難道耳朵就因此不屬於身體嗎? 17 如果整個身體是一隻眼睛,哪裡有聽覺呢?如果整個身體是一隻耳朵,哪裡有嗅覺呢?

18 但事實上,上帝按自己的旨意將各個肢體安置在身體上了。 19 如果全身只有一個肢體,還會是身體嗎? 20 如今肢體雖多,但身體只有一個。 21 眼睛不能對手說:「我不需要你。」頭也不能對腳說:「我不需要你。」

22 相反,看起來不太重要的肢體事實上是不可或缺的。 23 我們認為身體上不體面的肢體,越要加以美化;不雅觀的肢體,越要精心呵護。 24 我們身上體面的肢體用不著美化。上帝把身體的各肢體安排在一起,使那些不體面的肢體更體面, 25 這樣身體各肢體才可以彼此相顧,不會分門別類。 26 如果身體某個肢體感到痛苦,全身也一同受苦。如果某個肢體得到榮耀,全身也一同喜樂。

27 你們正是基督身體的不同肢體。 28 上帝在教會中設立的第一是使徒,第二是先知,第三是教師,其次是行神蹟的,然後是有醫病恩賜的,幫助別人的,管理事務的,說各種方言的。 29 豈是都作使徒嗎?都作先知嗎?都作教師嗎?都行神蹟嗎? 30 都有醫病的恩賜嗎?都懂得說方言嗎?都會翻譯方言嗎? 31 你們應該熱心追求更大的恩賜。

現在,我要將一條奇妙無比的道路指示你們!

Notas al pie

  1. 12·10 方言」或譯「語言」。

The Message

1 Corinthians 12

Spiritual Gifts

11-3 What I want to talk about now is the various ways God’s Spirit gets worked into our lives. This is complex and often misunderstood, but I want you to be informed and knowledgeable. Remember how you were when you didn’t know God, led from one phony god to another, never knowing what you were doing, just doing it because everybody else did it? It’s different in this life. God wants us to use our intelligence, to seek to understand as well as we can. For instance, by using your heads, you know perfectly well that the Spirit of God would never prompt anyone to say “Jesus be damned!” Nor would anyone be inclined to say “Jesus is Master!” without the insight of the Holy Spirit.

4-11 God’s various gifts are handed out everywhere; but they all originate in God’s Spirit. God’s various ministries are carried out everywhere; but they all originate in God’s Spirit. God’s various expressions of power are in action everywhere; but God himself is behind it all. Each person is given something to do that shows who God is: Everyone gets in on it, everyone benefits. All kinds of things are handed out by the Spirit, and to all kinds of people! The variety is wonderful:

wise counsel

clear understanding

simple trust

healing the sick

miraculous acts

proclamation

distinguishing between spirits

tongues

interpretation of tongues.

All these gifts have a common origin, but are handed out one by one by the one Spirit of God. He decides who gets what, and when.

12-13 You can easily enough see how this kind of thing works by looking no further than your own body. Your body has many parts—limbs, organs, cells—but no matter how many parts you can name, you’re still one body. It’s exactly the same with Christ. By means of his one Spirit, we all said good-bye to our partial and piecemeal lives. We each used to independently call our own shots, but then we entered into a large and integrated life in which he has the final say in everything. (This is what we proclaimed in word and action when we were baptized.) Each of us is now a part of his resurrection body, refreshed and sustained at one fountain—his Spirit—where we all come to drink. The old labels we once used to identify ourselves—labels like Jew or Greek, slave or free—are no longer useful. We need something larger, more comprehensive.

14-18 I want you to think about how all this makes you more significant, not less. A body isn’t just a single part blown up into something huge. It’s all the different-but-similar parts arranged and functioning together. If Foot said, “I’m not elegant like Hand, embellished with rings; I guess I don’t belong to this body,” would that make it so? If Ear said, “I’m not beautiful like Eye, limpid and expressive; I don’t deserve a place on the head,” would you want to remove it from the body? If the body was all eye, how could it hear? If all ear, how could it smell? As it is, we see that God has carefully placed each part of the body right where he wanted it.

19-24 But I also want you to think about how this keeps your significance from getting blown up into self-importance. For no matter how significant you are, it is only because of what you are a part of. An enormous eye or a gigantic hand wouldn’t be a body, but a monster. What we have is one body with many parts, each its proper size and in its proper place. No part is important on its own. Can you imagine Eye telling Hand, “Get lost; I don’t need you”? Or, Head telling Foot, “You’re fired; your job has been phased out”? As a matter of fact, in practice it works the other way—the “lower” the part, the more basic, and therefore necessary. You can live without an eye, for instance, but not without a stomach. When it’s a part of your own body you are concerned with, it makes no difference whether the part is visible or clothed, higher or lower. You give it dignity and honor just as it is, without comparisons. If anything, you have more concern for the lower parts than the higher. If you had to choose, wouldn’t you prefer good digestion to full-bodied hair?

25-26 The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every other part, the parts we mention and the parts we don’t, the parts we see and the parts we don’t. If one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt, and in the healing. If one part flourishes, every other part enters into the exuberance.

27-31 You are Christ’s body—that’s who you are! You must never forget this. Only as you accept your part of that body does your “part” mean anything. You’re familiar with some of the parts that God has formed in his church, which is his “body”:

apostles
prophets
teachers
miracle workers
healers
helpers
organizers
those who pray in tongues.

But it’s obvious by now, isn’t it, that Christ’s church is a complete Body and not a gigantic, unidimensional Part? It’s not all Apostle, not all Prophet, not all Miracle Worker, not all Healer, not all Prayer in Tongues, not all Interpreter of Tongues. And yet some of you keep competing for so-called “important” parts.

But now I want to lay out a far better way for you.