1 Corinthians 12:13

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For by one spirit are we all baptized into one bodie, whether wee bee Iewes or Gentiles, whether wee bee bond or free: and haue beene all made to drinke into one spirit.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For in one Spirit were we all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether bond or free; and were all made to drink of one Spirit.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For through the baptism of the one Spirit we were all formed into one body, Jews or Greeks, servants or free men, and were all made full of the same Spirit.
- Basic English Bible

For also in [the power of] one Spirit *we* have all been baptised into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether bondmen or free, and have all been given to drink of one Spirit.
- Darby Bible

For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Gentiles, whether bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
- Webster's Bible

For, in fact, in one Spirit all of us--whether we are Jews or Gentiles, slaves or free men--were baptized to form but one body; and we were all nourished by that one Spirit.
- Weymouth Bible

For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether bond or free; and were all given to drink into one Spirit.
- World English Bible

For in o spirit alle we ben baptisid `in to o bodi, ether Jewis, ether hethene, ether seruauntis, ether free; and alle we ben fillid with drink in o spirit.
- Wycliffe Bible

for also in one Spirit we all to one body were baptized, whether Jews or Greeks, whether servants or freemen, and all into one Spirit were made to drink,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 12:13


12:13 For by that one Spirit, which we received in baptism, we are all united in one body. Whether Jews or gentiles - Who are at the greatest distance from each other by nature. Whether slaves or freemen - Who are at the greatest distance by law and custom. We have all drank of one Spirit - In that cup, received by faith, we all imbibed one Spirit, who first inspired, and still preserves, the life of God in our souls.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 12:13


1Co 12:13-20 For in one Spirit were we all baptized into one body. "For by means of one spirit we were all baptized into one body" (Meyer). Rather, moved by one spirit acting through the apostles and evangelists, we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Gentiles, bond or free. The idea is that though diverse in race and condition, all have been made parts of one body by baptism, and that this had all been done under the direction of one spirit. All, too, receiving it as a gift, drank of the same spirit. Hence, if special and extraordinary spiritual gifts were imparted to the members of this body, these would be due to one spirit.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 12:13

  • There are three parts to a baptism. 1 A baptizer. 2 A baptizee. 3 The element into which the baptizee is baptized. In the new Testament water baptism, the baptizer would be a minister, the baptizee a convert and the element into which he is baptized would be water. 1 Cor 12:13 is not talking about water baptism. The baptizer is the Spirit. The element into which believers are baptized into is the body of Christ. That places us into His history and His future. Romans 6.
  • Joan milsaps for verse 13
    I see it to be a spiritual baptism when we believe the work of the Cross, which no human can take credit for or it would be by our works. God does the baptizing into that one body of Christ.
  • in Christ where u come from schooled eat sleep etc do not matter what matters is that we all are born and baptized into one body by the same spirit And so we harp on what unites than what separates us so that as one body we can fight together to fulfill the goal set before us
  • I need help on this verse as I donít understand it.

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