Thursday, October 25, 2007

A Measure Of Faith

Rom 12:3 (NASB) For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.

Here's a quick thought.

Let me begin with the end of the verse, the foundation for Paul's argument, and work backwards for a second. Each of us has a measure of faith, no more or less, given to us by God. Because of and through this measure, we are to execute good judgment with clarity. This also prevents us from self-exaltation, while not denying God's grace working in and through us as believers, with whatever honor God has bestowed upon us in His church. And, we are reminded in a very gentle way that fundamentally we are who and what we are solely by the grace of God. Even Paul, who in my opinion was the greatest of the apostles, had his apostolic calling and spiritual gifts by the same grace of God: God's gift without human merit. And it is by this same grace that God revealed to Paul the truth he wrote as part of the Holy Scriptures for the benefit of all Christians: first for the Romans, and also for us today.

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