(1) Walk Thru The Word:  Romans 12:3 (ESV)

Sober Judgement Thinks In Conformity with God’s Standard

3For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.

(2) Walk Thru The Word: Romans 12: 4-8  (ESV)

We Each Are Proportioned Gifts As one body with Different Functions

4For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

Footnotes:

a 1 Or brothers and sisters

b 1 Or your rational service

c 2 Greek age

d 2 Or what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God

e 4 Greek parts; also verse 5

f 8 Or gives aid

(3) Message map Rom. 12: 38

The Book of Romans: Session 19

The Gospels Hebrew Root Supports the Gentile Grafted In Fruit 

(4) Rom 12: 3 Spirituality Involves Sober Judgement / The Transformed Mind Thinks with Sober Judgement

God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.3For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.

Rom 12: 3a unpacks to mean  3For by the grace (of the Lord’s favor – freely extended to give Himself away to people (because He is “always leaning toward them”) given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think

To think more highly than we ought means …

The behaviors above, impede our ability to properly fit into the Body of Christ.

According to James 4:6 and 1 Pet 5:5 God resists (opposes, sets Himself against, “squares off against) the proud, but gives grace to the humble (lowly, in position or spirit; inner lowliness describing the person who depends on the Lord rather than self. See 5012 (tapeinophrosynē).

The Proud are those who in their own minds and attitudes towards others are…

resists is a military term that explains God’s posture towards the proud by 3 activities: 

1) 498 /antitássomai (“to resist”) means to “reject the entire make-up of something,” i.e. its whole arrangement – from its very “set up” (organization) to the final way it is “ordered.”

2)

Humility Is The Remedy To God Resisting Us

To Be humble and seeing our inner lowliness as God sees us describes the person who depends on the Lord rather than self. See 5012 (tapeinophrosynē).

1) 5011 /tapeinós (“lowly, humble”) means being God-reliant rather than self-reliant – which ironically always exalts a person (brings them true worth, cf. 1 Pet 5:6).).

The context of James 4: 6 is James 4: 5-7

…5Or do you think the Scripture says without reason that the Spirit He caused to dwell in us yearns with envy? 6But He gives us more grace. This is why it says: “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” 7Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.….

(5) Rom 12: 3 Humility Is The Remedy To God Resisting Us

The Remedy That Avoids God’s Resistance is Humility

humility is seeing our inner lowliness as God sees us describes the person who depends on the Lord rather than self. To be “humble” means being God-reliant rather than self-reliant – which ironically always exalts a person (brings them true worth, cf. 1 Pet 5:6).). See 5012 (tapeinophrosynē).

5011 /tapeinós (“lowly, humble”) means being God-reliant rather than self-reliant – which ironically always exalts a person (brings them true worth, cf. 1 Pet 5:6).).

According to James 4:6 and 1 Pet 5:5 God resists (opposes, sets Himself against, “squares off against) the proud, but gives grace to the humble — those who comprehend their inner lowliness, and so who depend on the Lord rather than self.

The context of James 4: 6 is James 4: 5-7

…5Or do you think the Scripture says without reason that the Spirit He caused to dwell in us yearns with envy? 6But He gives us more grace. This is why it says: “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” 7Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.…

These phrase express what it means to be a beggar.

 Matt 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Those who apply the remedy of humility are positioned by God to resist Satan and see him flee. 

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By contrast, we would expect the proud are without God’s support, so Satan stays to harass them. 

(6) Rom 12: 3 grace transformation Gives Us …

sober judgment to Act On the measure of faith God assigns.

 By contrast to the above, we are …to think with sober judgment (of a sound mind, to exercise self-control, and an outlook that reflects true balance),

NW 1828 Dictionary says “sober” means … 

each according to the measure of faith (measure of faith = the basis for determining what is appropriate and enough (or not enough), what is fair (or not fair), for you, based upon the preeminence of Christ Himself the only ultimate barometer and standard of absolute truth.) that God has assigned.

The fact that God says in 10 Commandments 8 & 10, “do not steal” and “covet,” is a verification that we all are not the same, and will not have the same things!”   God wants us to mind and be content with our own measure of faith allotment. 

1Tim 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain,

Noah Webster’s 1828 Sober = to cure of intoxication.

(7) Rom 12: 4-5 Christ Gives Us Believer-SpecificIndividual Gifts to Us to Fulfill His Purposes

Rom 12: 5-8 God Transforms US Individually To Co-Operate Collectively As one body By Exercising Our Proportioned / proportional Gifts

Rom 12: 4 4For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them:

5”so we, though many, are one body (physical body & figuratively of the mystical Body of Christ, which is the Church, the one people of God). in Christ, and individually (separate or distinct) members (different and distinct body parts) one of another.”

So this means we are not being crammed into a centrally controlled communism that compels us all to be the same. 

We maintain our “Believer-Specific” individuality in Christ.  Christ conforms each us to His moral image, in an individual Believer-Specific” way. 

(8) Rom 12: 6b-7 The Gifts & Their Operational Proficiency

The Gifts

Rom 12: 6b prophecy  —

Rom 12: 7 service

Rom 12: 7 teaching — (instructs to impart knowledge & disseminate information pertaining to the Scriptures as the written Word of God) in his teaching;

(9) Rom 12: 8a  

The Gifts

Rom 12: 8a exhortation

To be guided by the Holy Spirit to …

Rom 12: 8b generosity

To generously contribute 

(10) Rom 12: 6-7  

The Gifts

Rom 12: 8c a leads

To give aid by …

Rom 12: 8d mercy — To  show sympathy/mercy as God defines it, in accord with His truth (covenant) which expresses “God’s covenant-loyalty-mercy” (i.e. acting only on His terms).

(11) The Gifts Are Listed in These Scriptures 

1 Corinthians 12:4—11

4Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. 7To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.

1 Cor. 12:8-10 — 8For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge …9to another faith … to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10…the working of miracles, … prophecy, t… the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.

1 Corinthians 12:28And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, and those with gifts of healing, helping, administration, and various tongues.

1 Corinthians 14:26What then shall we say, brothers? When you come together, everyone has a psalm or a teaching, a revelation, a tongue, or an interpretation. All of these must be done to build up the church.

Ephesians 4:11 — The 5-Fold Ministry Gifts — And it was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers,

Sometimes trials are attendant with our callings. 

Matthew 23:34 — Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:

(12) Rom 12: 4-8 (ESV) Doing God’s Work, God’s Way Means Using God’s Gifts God’s Way

Rom 12: 5 5so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.

Rom 12: 6b-8 gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them:

Rom 12: 5 5so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.

Our gifts help us discover

1) Who we are In Christ, and

2) What Are roles & Responsibilities Are In Christ.

To discover, learn how to use and function and operate effectively, God must navigate us through the issues listed in Colossians 2: 18-23 

Colossians 2: 16-23

1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves in humility (wear as a garment by having humility tied round us like a knot), all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

Humility is the condition through which Christ secures us as His disciples.

Triple Functional Synergy from Diversity (a) Forgiveness, b) Fellowship c) Fun d) Faithfulness

Proverbs 15:33 The fear of the LORD is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor. 

(13) Let’s Pray that God ReAwakens, ReInvigorates & ReEstablishes Us in Our Calls In Christ!

 Let’s Pray: “God please bless us with Spiritual growth, and humility that enables You to lift us up!”  

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