In Christ, we enter the society of the gifted. We enter a body of people dripping with supernatural powers from the Holy Spirit of truth that are far beyond what they deserve. In fact, our gifting in Christ is so distinct that Paul warns us not to think more highly of ourselves than we ought to think (Romans 12:3), not only because we suddenly have power to stop transgressing the law’s standards of behavioral righteousness, but because we are gifted beyond measure with distinct supernatural gifts. We are the vessels of supernatural wisdom, power, and insight so overwhelming that we are tempted to think too much of ourselves. We are to live for and to mesh harmoniously with each other in the practice of being gifted to bless each other. We are given gifts in order to use them to build each other up.
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3 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. 4 For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; 7 if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; 8 or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
Romans 12:3-8 (NASB)