We must take heed of this, and labour after that knowledge which tends to sobriety, to the rectifying of the heart and the reforming of the life. Serving tables, Acts 6:2. But, on the other hand, we should think soberly, that is, we must have a low and modest opinion of ourselves and our own abilities, our gifts and graces, according to what we have received from God, and not otherwise. Commentary on Romans 15:14-21 (Read Romans 15:14-21 ) The apostle was persuaded that the Roman Christians were filled with a kind and affectionate spirit, as well as with knowledge. To wait on our work is to bestow the best of our time and thoughts upon it, to lay hold of all opportunities for it, and to study not only to do it, but to do it well. (Romans 12:9-16) Exhortations to various duties. It is joined to the foregoing discourse by the word "therefore." The duty of subjection to governors. It is said to every one of us, one as well as another. Now in this verse we may further observe. A wide divergence of conclusions about an individual is actually quite common. Chapter 13. Job, Self-Righteousness, and Humility. Slothful servants will be reckoned with us wicked servants. Martin G. Collins There is a great deal of duty prescribed in this chapter. Whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith. if the little finger should receive as much nourishment as the leg, how unseemly and prejudicial would it be! 4:15, 16, where it is explained by two words, en toutois isthi, and epimene autois, be in these things and continue in them. See here what ought to be the great care of preachers-to preach sound doctrine, according to the form of wholesome words, Tit. This is to insinuate the exhortation, that it might come with the more pleasing power. 13:1-7 The grace of the gospel teaches us submission and quiet, where pride and the carnal mind only see causes for murmuring and discontent. Because God deals out his gifts in a certain measure: According to the measure of faith. Many are sooner wrought upon if they be accosted kindly, are more easily led than driven. There is a relative holiness in every sacrifice, as dedicated to God. Concerning that part of our duty which respects our brethren, of which we have many instances, in brief exhortations. Now all our duty towards one another is summer up in one word, and that a sweet work, love. It is Christ living in the soul by faith that makes the body a living sacrifice, Gal. Yet, is that not what is being pushed in our society today? 6:8); it is exactly consonant to the eternal reason of good and evil. Thus must the body be presented to God. Other Forerunner Commentary entries containing Romans 12:3: Proverbs : John W. Ritenbaugh EXPOSITION, W I T H P R A C T I C A L O B S E R V A T I O N S, OF THE EPISTLE OF ST. PAUL TO. God put us in the body to do a specific job, our job not his, otherwise He would have given us his job! 4:11), but the particular work is somewhat different. 2. It is good in itself. Preaching refers to the eternal condition of the children of men, points directly at a future state. Romans 3 Matthew Henry's Commentary. 20:25. Taken together, James 4:5-6, Proverbs 23:6-7, and Romans 12:3 indicate that what a person thinks of himself is clearly important to God.We all have an image of ourselves that we carry about in our heart. He shows that the word preached is the ordinary means of working faith (Romans 10:17): So then, ara--however though many that hear do not believe, yet those that believe have first heard. Faith cometh by hearing. 5:4. 11:19; 36:26, 27. The words will bear yet another sense agreeable enough. But it seems to be meant of some particular church-officers, whose work it was to take care of the sick and strangers; and those were generally widows that were in this matter servants to the church-deaconesses (1 Tim. There is no surer method to produce competition and strife! Verses 1â5; Verses 6â21; The apostle, having made good his point, and fully proved justification by faith, in this chapter proceeds in the explication, illustration, and application of â¦ 5:9, 10), though others, it is likely, might be employed. See this illustrated at large, 1 Co. 12:14, etc. Some think it is meant in general of all that in any thing show mercy: Let them be willing to do it, and take a pleasure in it; God loves a cheerful giver. The apostle, having at large cleared and confirmed the prime fundamental doctrines of Christianity, comes in the next place to press the principal duties. He that hath friends must show himself friendly. "Hast thou faith? Our freedom from the law further urged as an argument to press upon us sanctification, Romans 7:1-6. The only way to attain his favour as the end is to conform to his will as the rule. 2:49. 1 Co. 4:7. The barbarous heathen sacrificed their children to their idol-gods, not living, but slain sacrifices: but God will have mercy, and not such sacrifice, though life is forfeited to him. The duty pressed-to present our bodies a living sacrifice, alluding to the sacrifices under the law, which were presented or set before God at the altar, ready to be offered to him. Prophecy. All the saints make up one body in Christ, who is the head of the body, and the common centre of their unity. A person infected by this deadly quality so admires himself that he is unaware of his paucity of vastly more important qualities. Most of us do not really understand exactly what image we project to others. Now such must do it with diligence. We stand in relation one to another; we are engaged to do all the good we can one to another, and to act in conjunction for the common benefit. It includes all those offices which concern the ta exoµ of the church, the outward business of the house of God. Come now, and let us reason together, Isa. The excellency and usefulness of the law asserted and proved from the apostle's own experience, notwithstanding, Romans 7:7-14. (3.) Basic Doctrines: Repentance. But the saints have it by measure; see Eph. 8, 9. It is a good gift, let him use it, and give his mind to it. (Romans 3:19, Romans 3:20) Both Jews and Gentiles cannot be justified by their own deeds. God loves a cheerful bountiful giver. I.S.V. So in the mystical body, some are qualified for, and called to, one sort of work; others are, in like manner, fitted for, and called to, another sort of work. Melt us into a compliance: dia toµn oiktirmoµn tou Theou makes body! 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