Romans 12:3 The Grace to Preach

Romans 12:3 (KJV)
For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

It is generally agreed that the grace to which Paul refers is his authority as one called of God into the ministry.

He did not speak from an educated position
Though Paul was the most educated of the apostles.

He did not speak from the perspective of personal experience
Though Paul had witnessed a great deal from which to draw in his years as a Christian.

He did not speak as one who was beloved of his audience
Though there were some whose love for Paul would have motivated them to act.

Paul spoke as one with authority due to his office
A preacher is wisest when he speaks from this same grace. Though he may be able to lead people to action by other means, the only long-term results of his ministry will come from his study of the Scriptures and authoritative, confident declaration of them.

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Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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