One consequence of this equality of dependence on grace is that no one has any bragging rights when it comes to salvation. by Grant | Jan 17, 2014 | Romans | 0 comments. Be ready in season and out of season. From God’s point of view, service in the ministry is civic service and leadership involves actually getting with people and helping them. Does it refer to something before that? etc. But others may have a different thought about this. Exhortation is the fourth spiritual gift. Verses 4-5 are presented as a further rationale for this good kind of thinking. “liberality.” The Greek word is haplotēs (#572 ἁπλότης), and literally means, “singleness.” It is the same Semitic idiom Jesus used in Matthew 6:22, when he said if your eye was “single,” then your whole body would be full of light. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Then, last week, we saw Paul doing his best to understand what this means for the Jewish understanding of election, the special position of Israel in God’s scheme of things. Verse 3 is a little brilliant gem. [Study questions on the text have been added here.] This is the opening portion of Paul’s conclusion to the letter to the Romans, the introduction to the moral instruction that follows from the theological presentation of the first part of the letter. It is a little meditation on the relationship of the one and the many (a preoccupation of the ancient … philosophers) – one body, many members with their many, different, practical functions. Romans 12:8 REV and Commentary - if it is encouragement, to encouragement; the one who gives, do it with liberality; the on - Bible verse Bible Search Topics Blog What’s New Resources Help About Donate Administration or assistance is in proportion to a word that might mean diligence or enthusiasm or earnestness or speed or urgency – a whole range of possibilities, all of which might suggest a kind of getting down to business. ... by following Matters of Interpretation. The exhorter helps others apply the principles of Scripture. The take-home message of this verse is important to anyone who believes he or she is called into a leadership position in the Body of Christ. We probably need to think about what that reason is. Ac 14: 21 And when they had preached the gospel to that city and made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch, 22 strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.”. Romans 11:25-36 The People of Israel Will be Brought Back. He proceeds to construct a tight little chiasm based on a Greek word for thinking that contrasts over-thinking – thinking too highly of yourself – with wise, prudent, sensible, moderate, excellent thinking – the very kind of virtuous thinking you would recommend to people if you were Aristotle. The grace given to Paul (v3) includes being good with words and ideas!! Anyone reading the Greek text sees both meanings at once. Your email address will not be published. Idiomatically, the “single eye” is the generous eye. Or at least one of us does. A person with this gift advocates principles. This is the opening portion of Paul’s conclusion to the letter to the Romans, the introduction to the moral instruction that follows from the theological presentation of the first part of the letter. The gift of exhortation is more particular than the gift of prophecy. What are the mercies to which Paul refers? Commentary on Romans 12:1-8 . Romans 12:1-8 Christ Brings New Life. Mark Reasoner | 0 Comments. The gifts are just … there. ( Log Out /  We might wonder …) The word for gifts contains the word “grace” – clunkily literally, we have “grace-gifts” according to given-as-a-gift-to-us grace. Commentary on Romans 12:17-21 (Read Romans 12:17-21) Since men became enemies to God, they have been very ready to be enemies one to another. I admit, I am inclined to think of the faith as the ruler or the measuring cup, so, the standard for good thinking. You are cordially invited to follow Matters of Interpretation, along with a few others. Except, perhaps, Jesus. However, it also has a very significant second meaning: to be a protector or guardian, to give aid and attention to, to care for. We have lost the challenge to call fellow Christians to know and apply principles of Scripture to experience. It uses a word from the realm of philosophy, that points to the inner human faculty of reason – at its root, the same reason (logos) that is what holds creation together, and that is the identity of Jesus Christ the Word of God. Prophetic activity, servanthood (ministry), teaching, exhortation or encouragement. That metamorphosis will be a contrast to just following the pattern, the “schema” of the world, or more precisely, the age in which we live. Note the repetition of “grace given to us” from verse 3: Paul has just been doing what everyone needs to do, namely, using the “grace given” to him for the purpose for which it seems to have been given to him. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Print. Your email address will not be published. So we may need to think about that, as well. (Whatever age we’re living in, it has a pattern.). That’s the literary context, but we have a church-ly and personal context for our reading, too – for instance, this is probably one of the most frequently quoted Bible verses in our class. A couple of weeks ago, in studying chapter 8 in particular, we spent some time thinking about Paul’s discussion of “the flesh” and “the spirit of life in Christ Jesus.” This seems to be Paul’s shorthand for two different ways of life, with very different consequences for the people who live those ways. Romans 11:13-24 Gentiles Will be Saved. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. | Powered by WordPress. 2 Ti 4: 2 Preach the word! Grant's Verse-by-Verse Logos Bible Software. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your account. Because we need to let love be genuine. “We are members one of another”. Recompense to no man evil for evil. “To set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace” (Romans 8:6) and “If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.” (Romans 8:11). The compassionate or merciful, [perhaps in proportion to] cheerfulness, gladness. That means this text is extremely familiar to us, or part of it is. I also keep thinking about Psalm 1, and the wisdom of the two ways. And now, here are the “mercies of God” connected to “living” bodies to be presented as “holy and acceptable” sacrifices … this all feels connected at least to the argument about the flesh and spirit, and the two different kinds of minds, in chapter 8. Exhortation is a command to a young pastor. J.B. Phillips has an outstanding and memorable translation of Romans 12:1-2: With eyes wide open to the mercies of God, I beg you, my brothers, as an act of intelligent worship, to give Him your bodies, as a living sacrifice, consecrated to Him and acceptable by Him. A Present from a Friend, or The Keep Going Song, Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), Follow Matters of Interpretation on, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. We saw that back in chapter 8 – our mortal bodies are dead because of sin, but made alive by God through the Spirit of Christ. The “in” in this verse refers to the manner in which we exercise our gift. Yes, for sure, we need to let love be genuine. We are studying Romans 12:1-8 for Sunday, May 26. Teaching focuses on content, whereas exhortation places emphasis on summoning others to action. Thus we felt that to bring the meaning of the Greek into the English we had to follow the example of the Amplified Bible and include both meanings. Here are my notes… Or should we rather recall that all are justified by faith? And those that embrace religion, must expect to meet with enemies in a world whose smiles seldom agree with Christ's. There may be a figure of speech going on here, in which we are supposed to understand the “in proportion to” as applying to all the examples. Paul has so much more advice. V2 uses a word for “mind” that has given us the English word “noetic,” a word that specifically refers to the intellect, to that part of the human person that can think and reason. CLOSER READING: I am curious, yes, curious about that therefore. Some of the pairings, of gift and appropriate attitude, might strike us as strange: sharing or giving, in simplicity – one suggestion is “single-minded generosity,” but it might imply lack of ostentation as well. We may want to have that ancient pattern in mind, as well. Romans 10:5-13 Anyone Can be Saved. Thinking matters to him. ( Log Out /  Does it refer to the immediately preceding material – something or everything in chapters 9-11? Romans 11:1-12 God Has Not Rejected His People. Barnabas was a person who encouraged and exhorted others. 8 the 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. This virtuous thinking needs to proceed from “each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.” Do we suppose this means each person gets a different measure of faith? He 10: 24 And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. (Romans 12:9). That’s a delight, but also sometimes a kind of peril – just because we think we already know what it says! Required fields are marked *, Notify me of followup comments via e-mail, Designed by Elegant Themes Change ). There’s body language in verse 1. Sort of like the bones without the breath. Romans 12:8. by Grant | Jan 17, 2014 | Romans | 0 comments. Then in Romans 8:12-14 (see notes Ro 8:12; 8:13; 8:14) Paul changes his emphasis and moves from Who we have in the Holy Spirit in our mortal bodies and he goes on to describe the responsibility of what those who are indwelt by the Holy Spirit are now to do. This, according to Paul, is God’s means of grace for everyone, regardless of ethnic or religious background – that is, Gentile and Jew alike. We are studying Romans 12:1-8 for Sunday, May 26. Now, he starts out with a “therefore” clause. Here’s an argument to think about with our minds: If the body of Christ was a living sacrifice, then rather obviously – when we think about this logically, as Paul is pointing out here – we, who are members of the one body of Christ, will need to present our bodies as living sacrifices as a consequence of our membership in that particular body. [Wow.] This section is all nouns, no verbs. Here are my notes on this (amazing) text: BACKGROUND AND CONTEXT: It might be a good idea for us to review the material from Romans that we’ve studied over the past three weeks, to remind ourselves of where Paul has been that has led up to what he says here. We felt that having only the definition about helping or giving aid and omitting the definition about being a leader would mislead the readers. Because those preceding chapters are the immediate literary context for these couple of paragraphs. I doubt this is a coincidence, I think Paul means us to notice that humans are this special way – that is, inner and rational or log-ical, and so need to engage in this special type of worship: rational-spiritual (from the inside) worship, worship that accords with the underlying nature of reality.

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