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Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Romans 12:3-8

Christian humility. The life of Christian consecration is now set forth in its practical bearings. We have life in the Church, including its attitude towards those that are without ( Romans 12:1-21 .), and life in the state ( Romans 13:1-14 .). The life of members of the Church, as such, is set forth as controlled by two great vital principles: humility, as regards one's self; love, as regards others. Here the grace of humility is insisted on, as regulating each one's thoughts and... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Romans 12:4-8

Churchmanship. Having seen what Christian individualism is meant to be in the preceding verses, we now enter upon the wider relation of Churchmanship. For the apostle is not here speaking of human nature in its social aspects, as we find it so powerfully expounded for us in Bishop Butler's 'Sermons upon Human Nature,' but in its Church aspect, the relation of the individual to the one body which has its organic existence "in Christ." The apostle would have us to believe that we are... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Romans 12:6-8

Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, according to the proportion of our faith; or ministry, in our ministry; or he that teacheth, in his teaching; or he that exhorteth, in his exhortation; he that giveth, in simplicity; he that ruleth, with (literally, in) diligence; he that showeth mercy, with (literally, in) cheerfulness . The elliptical form of the original has been retained in the above translation, without the words interposed for... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Romans 12:6-8

Grace and gifts. It is presumed that every member not only refrains from disparaging or envying the offices of fellow-members, but fulfils his own office. And it is also presumed that, as there is no member in the human body without a function, so, in Christian society, the Creator and Lord has assigned to every individual a place to fill, a work to do, and service to render as well as to receive. In this comprehensive passage several great principles are explicitly or implicitly... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Romans 12:6-8

Gifts ( second homily ) . In enumerating the various gifts imparted by the Lord to his Church, the various services its members are called to render to one another, the apostle writes for all time. In the primitive congregations there were persons endowed with special and supernatural gifts; but these, with one exception, the apostle does not include in this instructive catalogue; he rather chooses to put upon record his own judgment as to the graces and qualifications necessary,... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Romans 12:6

Having then gifts - All the endowments which Christians have are regarded by the apostle as gifts. God has conferred them; and this fact, when properly felt, tends much to prevent our thinking of ourselves more highly than we ought to think, Romans 12:3. For the use of the word rendered “gifts,” see Romans 1:11; Romans 5:15-16; Romans 6:23; Romans 11:29; 1Co 7:7; 1 Corinthians 12:4, 1 Corinthians 12:9,1 Corinthians 12:28, etc. It may refer to natural endowments as well as to the favors of... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Romans 12:7

Or ministry - διακονίαν diakonian. This word properly means service of any kind; Luke 10:40. It is used in religion to denote the service which is rendered to Christ as the Master. It is applied to all classes of ministers in the New Testament, as denoting their being the servants of Christ; and it is used particularly to denote that class who from this word were called deacons, that is, those who had the care of the poor, who provided for the sick, and who watched over the external matters of... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Romans 12:8

He that exhorteth - This word properly denotes one who urges to the practical duties of religion, in distinction from one who teaches its doctrines. One who presents the warnings and the promises of God to excite men to the discharge of their duty. It is clear that there were persons who were recognised as engaging especially in this duty, and who were known by this appellation, as distinguished from prophets and teachers. How long this was continued, there is no means of ascertaining; but it... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Romans 12:4-8

Romans 12:4-8. For as we have many members The apostle proceeds to illustrate his advice by a comparison taken from the members of the human body. All members have not the same office But different members are appointed to different purposes. So we Several believers, having different gifts and offices; are one body All make up one body under Christ the head; and members one of another Closely connected together, and nearly related to one another, and so bound to be helpful to one... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Romans 12:1-21

12:1-15:13 CHRISTIAN FAITH IN PRACTICEResponsibilities and relationships (12:1-21)For eleven chapters Paul has been explaining what God in his mercy has done, and will yet do, for repentant sinners. Now he reminds those who have experienced this mercy that the most fitting act of worship by which they can show their thanks is to offer themselves as living sacrifices to God. No longer are they to think and act like non-Christians. Their minds must be changed so that they see issues from a... read more

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