Posted: February 13, 2005
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
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
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
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.
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.