5:20. Introduction (Romans 10:1-4) The apostle's earnest desire for the salvation of the Jews. God is a merciful God, therefore let us present our bodies to him; he will be sure to use them kindly, and knows how to consider the frames of them, for he is of infinite compassion. 2:2); that is, we must not follow a multitude to do evil, Ex. It properly denotes the love of parents to their children, which, as it is the most tender, so it is the most natural, of any, unforced, unconstrained; such must our love be to one another, and such it will be where there is a new nature and the law of love is written in the heart. The law worketh wrath, by showing that every transgressor is … Bible > Matthew Henry's Commentary > Romans 12 Romans 12 Matthew Henry's Commentary. We must be fervent in spirit, serving the Lord. But the saints have it by measure; see Eph. Matthew Henry Complete Commentary on the Whole Bible. 6:18; Col. 4:2. Now such must do it with diligence. 2:5. He that teacheth, let him be in his teaching; so some supply it, Ho didaskoµn, en teµ didaskalia. The Greek word translated pride is tuphoo. It is a matter of the heart that is buried under the surface. Come now, and let us reason together, Isa. The arguments to enforce this, which are three:—First, Consider the mercies of God: I beseech you by the mercies of God. And what can be sweeter on this side heaven than to love and be beloved? All the saints make up one body in Christ, who is the Head of the body, and the common Centre of their unity. The church, then, can be united because the members are not competing over each other's responsibilities. Holy love kindles the sacrifices, puts life into the duties; see ch. It is the summary of what he had said before, Romans 10:14. It is good for us. "Hast thou faith? John W. Ritenbaugh The duty of subjection to governors. He specifies the ecclesiastical offices appointed in particular churches, in the discharge of which each must study to do his own duty, for the preserving of order and the promotion of edification in the church, each knowing his place and fulfilling it. Martin G. Collins Study the bible online using commentary on Romans and more! It is a believing prospect of the joy set before us that bears up the spirit under all outward pressure. Commentary on Romans 15:14-21 (Read Romans 15:14-21 ) The apostle was persuaded that the Roman Christians were filled with a kind and affectionate spirit, as well as with knowledge. All the disciples and followers of the Lord Jesus must be nonconformists to this world. Now this chapter will give us to understand what godliness, sobriety, and righteousness, are though somewhat intermixed. 14:21; and by ways of opposition—"The sacrifice was to be slain, but you may be sacrificed, and yet live on"—an unbloody sacrifice. See what over 150,000 subscribers are already receiving each day. We stand in relation one to another; we are engaged to do all the good we can one to another, and to act in conjunction for the common benefit. The body is for the Lord, and the Lord for the body, 1 Co. 6:13, 14. 4:24), and be pressing forward towards perfection. (4.) 12:3-8 Pride is a sin in us by nature; we need to be cautioned and armed against it. There is the mercy that is in God and the mercy that is from God-mercy in the spring and mercy in the streams: both are included here; but especially gospel-mercies (mentioned ch. He gives these diverse gifts so we can cooperate for the well-being of the body, not compete to its destruction. Theologically, it means changing from sinner to saint, filthy to holy, worldly to godly. The office of the eye is to see, the office of the hand is to work, etc. 3:14, Let them learn, proistasthai—to go before in good works. As mentioned earlier, the problem in most of this image-projection is that it is driven by pride, and "God resists the proud.". It was an excellent thing for Moses to have his face shine and not know it. It is the same with making a new heart and a new spirit-new dispositions and inclinations, new sympathies and antipathies; the understanding enlightened, the conscience softened, the thoughts rectified; the will bowed to the will of God, and the affections made spiritual and heavenly: so that the man is not what he was-old things are passed away, all things are become new; he acts from new principles, by new rules, with new designs. If we have been given the job to exhort, then we should exhort. And, if we have received it, why then do we boast? Believers are to dedicate themselves to God. Though he was a great apostle, yet he calls the meanest Christians brethren, a term of affection and concern. Of himself is not in the original; therefore it may be read, That no man be wise above what he ought to be wise, but be wise unto sobriety. Pastors and teachers are the same office (Eph. Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible-Book of Romans book. That is holy which is according to the will of God; when the bodily actions are no, the body is holy. (3.) The faith through which we please God and receive salvation is God's gift (I Corinthians 12:4, 9). Verses 7–10. Romans 3 Matthew Henry's Commentary. II. It is not just our faith in Him, but His faith placed in us. It disposes the soul to receive and entertain the revelations of the divine will. Matthew Henry :: Commentary on Romans 13 ← Back to Matthew Henry's Bio & Resources. He that giveth, let him do it with simplicity. If He had wanted us to be a knee, He would have put you in the body as a knee, but He made us to be a toe, so be happy as a toe! (Romans 12:17-21) And to peaceable conduct towards all men, with forbearance and benevolence. The work of the Old-Testament prophets was not only to foretel future things, but to warn the people concerning sin and duty, and to be their remembrancers concerning that which they knew before. Now in this verse we may further observe. We tend to think of ourselves in a certain way, a persona that we want to project to others. Other Forerunner Commentary entries containing Romans 12:3: Proverbs : There were in the primitive church extraordinary gifts of tongues, of discerning, of healing; but he speaks here of those that are ordinary. 1:18. 2:3, Let each esteem other better than themselves. 4:11), but the particular work is somewhat different. The revealed will of God is a sufficient rule of faith and practice, containing all things which tend to the perfection of the man of God, to furnish us thoroughly to every good work, 2 Tim. He that showeth mercy with cheerfulness. Now faith, and other spiritual gifts with it, are dealt by measure, according as Infinite Wisdom sees meet for us. (Romans 10:12-17) The Gentiles stand on a level with the Jews, in justification and salvation. Chapter 3. Now this does not follow; the faith that justifies is a faith that "works by love." I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. See 1 Tim. Chapter 13. Therefore we must not be puffed up with a conceit of our own attainments, because, whatever we have, as we received it, so we received it not for ourselves, but for the good of others. God gives gifts to each to fulfill his position in the body. 3:16, 17. It should seem, he means those that were assistants to the pastors in exercising church-discipline, as their eyes, and hands, and mouth, in the government of the church, or those ministers that in the congregation did chiefly undertake and apply themselves to this ruling work; for we find those ruling that laboured in the word and doctrine, 1 Tim. Amplified® 6:8); it is exactly consonant to the eternal reason of good and evil. Chapter 3. "Strive which of you shall be most forward to pay respect to those to whom it is due, and to perform all Christian offices of love (which are all included in the word honour) to your brethren, as there is occasion. The apostle, having at large cleared and confirmed the prime fundamental doctrines of Christianity, comes in the next place to press the principal duties. A person infected by this deadly quality so admires himself that he is unaware of his paucity of vastly more important qualities. AN. by the will of God here we are to understand his revealed will concerning our duty, what the Lord our God requires of us. God has put us each in the body as it pleases Him, so we should not think that we, as, say, the toe are better than the knee because the toe cannot do the knee's job. We mistake our religion if we look upon it only as a system of notions and a guide to speculation. And there is this good reason for it, because, if we know our own hearts, we know more evil by ourselves than we do by any one else in the world. 2:8; 2 Tim. All the saints make up one body in Christ, who is the Head of the body, and the common Centre of their unity. Secondly, They must be holy. The duties are drawn from the privileges, by way of inference. Observe, Those that rejoice in hope are likely to be patient in tribulation. It is good to be wise, but it is bad to think ourselves so; for there is more hope of a fool than of him that is wise in his own eyes. 2. More particularly, there is a love owing to our friends, and to our enemies. There are some staple-truths, as I may call them, some prima axiomata—first axioms, plainly and uniformly taught in the scripture, which are the touchstone of preaching, by which (though we must not despise prophesying) we must prove all things, and then hold fast that which is good, 1 Th. We should be glad of an opportunity to prove the sincerity of our love, 2 Co. 8:8. It is his job to do diligently, not ours. Verses 1–32. The presenting of the body to God implies not only the avoiding of the sins that are committed with or against the body, but the using of the body as a servant of the soul in the service of God. (1.) Many that are very accurate in teaching may yet be very cold and unskilful in exhorting; and on the contrary. Romans 12:3. Those that have to do with such as are sick and sore, and commonly cross and peevish, have need to put on not only patience, but cheerfulness, to make the work the more easy and pleasant to them, and the more acceptable to God. (Romans 3:9-18) All mankind are sinners. The barbarous heathen sacrificed their children to their idol-gods, not living, but slain sacrifices: but God will have mercy, and not such sacrifice, though life is forfeited to him. This reasoning he illustrates by a comparison taken from the members of the natural body (as 1 Co. 12:12; Eph. Because God has dealt out gifts to others as well as to us: Dealt to every man. This is here pressed as the spring of all duty and obedience, v. 1, 2. Some hints of this we have here (v. 11, 12), Serving the Lord. 5:17; Eph. Paul explains the repentance, conversion, and salvation process by contrasting two terms. Now in this chapter, I. We may observe here, according to the scheme mentioned in the contents, the apostle’s exhortations. Some think it is meant in general of all that in any thing show mercy: Let them be willing to do it, and take a pleasure in it; God loves a cheerful giver. Therefore what God hath joined together let no man put asunder. 4:10. Those in His true church have the faith of Jesus. Many are sooner wrought upon if they be accosted kindly, are more easily led than driven. It is by holy living, by consecrated bodies, that we are to prove the will of God. Romans : Paul admonishes us not to esteem ourselves too much, an attitude that leads to vanity and arrogance. Particular believers are members of this body, constituent parts, which speak them less than the whole, and in relation to the whole, deriving life and spirits from the head. These and the like are the fruits of a sober opinion of ourselves. An affectionate obtestation, and which should melt us into a compliance: dia toµn oiktirmoµn tou Theou. (11-14) Commentary on Romans 13:1-7 Current Book: Romans Select a chapter: Read Introduction. Both entail a recognition of self and sin and beating a hasty path to righteousness. It is the practical application of doctrinal truths that is the life of preaching. Let him be frequent and constant, and diligent in it; let him abide in that which is his proper work, and be in it as his element. (1.) Now the reasons why we must have such a sober opinion of ourselves, our own abilities and attainments, are these:—. Now observe. What advantage then hath the Jew? 2. Darby And we must remember the proportion of faith-that, though all men have not faith, yet a great many have besides ourselves; and therefore we must allow others to have a share of knowledge and ability to instruct, as well as we, even those that in less things differ from us. In Thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. It is good in itself. Romans 12:1 : Romans 12:3 >> Romans 12:1-21. 4:16): As we have many members in one body, etc., v. 4, 5. 55:3. This daily newsletter provides a starting point for personal study, and gives valuable insight into the verses that make up the Word of God. There is a relative holiness in every sacrifice, as dedicated to God. The poor useth entreaty, Prov. Authority and ability for the ministerial work are the gift of God.—Gifts differing. If offense and division among brethren are occurring regularly, we can be certain that the king of pride is stirring up pride in them to compete for something all cannot have. But, on the other hand, we should think soberly, that is, we must have a low and modest opinion of ourselves and our own abilities, our gifts and graces, according to what we have received from God, and not otherwise. I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, ... 12:3-8 Pride is a sin in us by nature; we need to be cautioned and armed against it. [2.] This is the will of God in general, even our sanctification, that will which we pray may be done by us as it is done by the angels; especially his will as it is revealed in the New Testament, where he hath in these last days spoken to us by his Son. (1.) He had spoken (v. 3) of the measure of faith dealt to every man. What is the great enemy to this renewing, which we must avoid; and that is, conformity to this world: Be not conformed to this world. The duty pressed-to present our bodies a living sacrifice, alluding to the sacrifices under the law, which were presented or set before God at the altar, ready to be offered to him. 16:23 ), and he was a Corinthian, not the same with Gaius of Derbe, mentioned Acts 20:4 . God put us in the body to do a specific job, our job not his, otherwise He would have given us his job! In simple terms, convert also means "to change," as in ice to water or dollars to pesos. It is said to every one of us, one as well as another. And there must be fervency in the spirit-a holy zeal, and warmth, and ardency of affection in all we do, as those that love God not only with the heart and soul, but with all our hearts, and with all our souls. True Christianity consists much in a sober singularity. Each member hath its place and office, for the good and benefit of the whole, and of every other member. The beginning, progress, and strength of faith, are by hearing. Resources » Matthew Henry's Commentary » Romans » Chapter 13 » Verses 7–10. N.A.S.B. As to the manner of our prophesying, it must be according to the proportion of the grace of faith. Chapter 1: Chapter 2: Chapter 3: Chapter 4: Chapter 5: Chapter 6: Chapter 7: Chapter 8: Chapter 9: Chapter 10: Chapter 11: Chapter 12: Chapter 13: Chapter 14: Chapter 15: Chapter 16: Book Overview - Romans by Matthew Henry. Why is God so against pride? [3.] God does not impose upon us any thing hard or unreasonable, but that which is altogether agreeable to the principles of right reason. Those church-officers that were the stewards of the church’s alms, collected money, and distributed it according as the necessities of the poor were. Secondly, That it concerns Christians to prove what is that will of God which is good, and acceptable, and perfect; that is, to know it with judgment and approbation, to know it experimentally, to know the excellency of the will of God by the experience of a conformity to it. Some understand it of the sobriety which keeps us in our own place and station, from intruding into the gifts and offices of others. This is called the transforming of us; it is like putting on a new shape and figure. The mind is the acting ruling part of us; so that the renewing of the mind is the renewing of the whole man, for out of it are the issues of life, Prov. Having then gifts. Secondly, Let him that exhorteth wait on exhortation. We all have an image of ourselves that we carry about in our heart. A body sincerely devoted to God is a living sacrifice. A wide divergence of conclusions about an individual is actually quite common. Paul is saying, "In lowliness of mind, be content where you are, because obviously God has put you there for a reason. Possess the body in sanctification, 1 Th. He uses entreaty; this is the gospel way: As though God did beseech you by us, 2 Co. 5:20. 20:25. I.S.V. It is grace that appoints the office, qualifies and inclines the person, works both to will and to do. There is the business of the world, that of our particular calling, in which we must not be slothful, 1 Th. It must be a free-will offering. The promise is (Jn. It is to surrender ourselves to God, and so to lay a good foundation. Do it with all the gifts and skills that God has given—but do not try to do another's job. To our friends. We should be forward to take notice of the gifts, and graces, and performances of our brethren, and value them accordingly, be more forward to praise another, and more pleased to hear another praised, than ourselves; teµ timeµ alleµlous proeµgoumenoi—going before, or leading one another in honour; so some read it: not in taking honour, but in giving honour. Have it to thyself; and do not make it a ruling rule to others, remembering that thou hast but thy proportion." We must take heed of having too great an opinion of ourselves, or putting too high a valuation upon our own judgments, abilities, persons, performances. 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