Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #32
Posted: February 13, 2005

IN CHRIST
A Study of Positional Truths

The verses we desire to look at this week are verses 3 through 8 of Romans 12.  Sandwiched in the middle of these verses is a great IN CHRIST truth.  In verses 4 and 5 we find these words, “For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: so we, being many, are one body in Christ and every one members one of another.” 

In verse 4 we are told that there are many members but one body.  This body of believers speaks not of the visible organization of the church made up of lost and saved.  It is the church, the living organism, made up only of the redeemed, blood washed children of God 

This body is diversified.  It is made of up of poor, rich, noble, wise, foolish, weak, mighty, base, and even things that are not.  Red, yellow, black, and white, they are all precious in His sight.  Though they are of great diversity, they are all one IN HIM.  This ‘one’ speaks of their unity and harmony.  They all pull the rope of service in different ways, but all in the same direction.  How can there be unity with so much diversity?  We find one of the reasons is humility which is mentioned in verse 3.  Paul said for us not to think of ourselves more highly than we ought to think.  This phrase has the idea ‘not to over think of ourselves’.  We are told to think soberly (Vs. 3) it has the idea of with a fixed, clear mind.  The thinking must be done according to grace (Vs. 3&6) and the measure of faith (Vs. 31).  Anything we do for the Lord from salvation to service is all of grace.  Grace is God’s unmerited favor that allows us to do and be.  The measure of faith is the ability God gives each individual to fit into the body and perform a vital part in ministry to the Lord.

In verses 6-8 Paul gives a heading list of gifts that each child of God should find himself under one of them.  The first is the gift of Prophecy (Vs. 6).  It is the ability to proclaim or preach the Word of God.  The preaching must be according to the proportion of faith.  The phrase speaks of areas in the Word where the preacher has been given clear understanding and insight.  The second gift is the gift of Service or Ministry (Vs. 7).  It has the idea of helping those who can not help themselves.  The third gift is the gift of Teaching (Vs. 7).  The teacher is one who can take the Word of God and make it clearly understandable to others.  The fourth gift is Exhortation (Vs. 8).  It implies one who can come along side of another for the purpose of advising, pleading, encouraging, warning, strengthening, and comforting.  The fifth gift is a Liberal Giver (Vs. 8).  It is one who shares and imparts what he owns in a sacrificial way to others.  The sixth gift is Leadership (Vs. 8).  He stands before others and guides them not drives them.  He does it with diligence (without procrastination or idleness).  The seventh gift is a Cheerful Shower of Mercy (Vs. 8).  It is one who has sympathy for those who are in need.  He has the resources to comfort and strengthen them.  He doesn’t show mercy (to give what one does not deserve) grudgingly or out of duty but with joy unspeakable. 

Let us who are saved and part of His body find our gift and get to work.  Time is short.  The last member may be placed into the body of Christ just any day now.

 

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