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What Is A Measure Of Faith

Ro 12:3 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. What is the measure of faith?

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Reg. " Measure of Faith "

There are two uses in the N.T.
1. A Tool to measure volume or legth.
2. The "amount" measured.

Reg. Romans 12:3 The word "the" does most likely not explicitely occurr in any Greek manuscript. It just says: " metron ", i.e. "measure", which is to be translated

Romans 12.3 is not talking about "the" tool.
It is talking about "a" God-given amount, given according to God's grace in a variety of amounts and kinds.

Karl-Ernst Lich
---Karl-Ernst_Lich on 3/25/10

"The measure of faith is in-house-equipment, a tool for measuring the precepts of faith."
Tought provoking for sure!
I would say that faith is like a basket which we diligently fill in layers with "virtue", "knowledge", "temperance", "patience", "godliness", "brotherly kindness", and "charity", (2 Peter 1).
Not doing so will just leave us with an empty basket, and more:
2 Peter 1:9: "But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins."
---Nana on 10/22/09

The measure of faith is in-house-equipment, a tool for measuring the precepts of faith. without this tool of measurement one could not convert Gods blue prints into full size useable construction from foundation to completion. Everyone has the measure of faith (spiritual tape measure)but all do not have the precepts or incriments of construction. Without the precepts of the devine planer this tool can only be used to measure and built the precepts of worldly or emperical knowledge. The Bible tells us that faith will work in the positive realm or the negative. The measure of faith is the tool that operates on the precepts of faith.
---BOB on 10/22/09

The verse is saying one is not to think THEY have something someone else doesn't. Paul is saying....God has dealt to everyone(Christians) the measure of faith in Him to grow in the Grace and Knowledge of Jesus Christ.

No one is *more equipped* or *more powerful*,then you are.....As members of His Body ALL have been given a spiritual Gift for the edification of the Body for ministry.....

Romans 12 compliments the chapters on spirital gifts as does 1st Corinthians 12-14.
---kathr4453 on 10/31/07

I appreciate all of you taking the time to meditate on this, and your responses.

May the Lord bless each of you!
---trey on 10/16/07

Upon being saved each Christian has received the same amount of faith to start with. We start with the faith of Jesus Christ. Each individual from that point is responsible for his/her own growth of that faith given. Faith comes by hearing the word of God, therefore the more Word we hear and believe the stronger or larger our faith grows. The point is that God in His awesome fairness starts us all off with the same measure of faith.
---Delora on 10/4/07

I have heard it said to be a cup = to a measure in the language this verse was written, and likened to a cup full of mustard seeds, every man is given a measure, I once heard a sermon about this.
---Whisper on 10/4/07

In reading the whole chapter I would say that "the measure of faith"
could be more clearly stated as "the measure of faith manifest". This,
from the next sentence which alludes to the previous, "For as we
have many members..." Further clarification of this point, I find in
v.6 : "Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given
to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion
of faith,"
---Nana on 10/3/07

Paul goes on further "dividing" the gifts which bring out to light the
"faith" and or the calling of which members he describes. Those in
the ministry, education, the giver, the ruler, the merciful, etc. So
then, to me "the measure of faith" does not include the understanding
that such is in any way refering to an equal proportion given to us all.
---Nana on 10/3/07

I find different degrees of faith amongst all. Matthew 6:30:
"Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is,
and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe
you, O ye of little faith?" and Matthew 8:10: "When Jesus heard it,
he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you,
I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel."
There is little and great faith.
---Nana on 10/3/07

Before I forget Ill point out that the theme of the chapter is a call to
be sober or level headed with our particular gift or show of faith
(not prideful), considering in all things as he clearly states that we are
all members of Christs body and of one another.
---Nana on 10/3/07

Mima, Loved your answer. You are exactly right. The 'measure'indicates that everyone receives the 'SAME' measure. I believe the words 'among you' were omitted from the original quote. He was writing to the Church so he is speaking of ALL Christians. Had it said 'A measure' it would be possible that some received more than others.We all are given the exact same amt. Otherwise God would be a respecter of persons.The faith spoken of here speaks of every persons right to choose.
---jack8937 on 10/3/07

Among my many faults is almost total ignorance of the English Language. But my wife who is well schooled in English says that (the) in this verse faith spoken of here is a definite article and thereby means the same measure of faith is given to every man.
---Mima on 9/28/07

Ephesians 3:1-3 "1.For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, 2.If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: 3.How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery, (as I wrote afore in few words, 4.Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ).
---Tyre on 9/17/07

Many are given different measures of faith according to the position that God has placed men in. Such as Apos. Paul, when he said in Colossians 1:22, "Whereof i am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given tome for you, to fulfil the word of God,".
---Tyre on 9/17/07

Simply put, it means 'AN AMOUNT'.
---jody_martin on 9/13/07

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Everyone has been given faith the size of a mustard seed, which can grow into a gigantic plant.
But the gift of faith is a gift. It's the kind of faith that believes in miracles of healing, salvation for others, answers to prayers that line up with the will of God.
Every man has a measure, but that measure can increase if you exercise your faith.
---Rachel on 9/12/07

every man is dealt the same measure of faith it is up to you to build up on that faith to exercise it by getting into pray and the word of God and standing on God's word and seeing God is true to His Word. The More you use his word the Bigger your Faith Grows. Just Like exercise the more you exercise use your muscle the better you can handle doing physical things. same thing in the spirit.don't use it you'll lose it
---denise on 9/11/07

A measure is an allotment, a proportation. or a fixed quantity. Faith is an expection. a hope and to believe in what you cannot see(Jesus Christ). All who are true followers of Christ are given a "proportation" of faith and I believe that as you grow and mature in the word of God your measure of faith increases. But I also believe that we should pray for God to increase our faith as well.
---Cynthia on 9/11/07

Do not be conformed to this world,but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Rm12:2

there is a literal transformation that takes place as we turn our lives over to Christ. He renews and restores in the same measure that we give it to Him. Everyday.
---Andrea on 9/11/07

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It is a "portion" of faith given to everyone. I don't think it's a specific measureable unit. God gives to each person as he wills. I do think it's important what we do with everything God gives us. As with the talents in Matt 25, he gave some more than others but expects us to use them wisely and then gives increase.
---john on 9/11/07

Sitting in a chair without wondering if it is going to break is a measure of faith. Most peole don't think of doing that. Trusting in God and following the call of the Holy Spirit in ur lives is a measure of faith. "Faith is being sure in what you hoped for and certain in what you do not see." Heb. 11:1
---chip on 9/11/07

Each and every believe is given "a" or "the" as some translations say to empower us to do the things we have been given the authority to do. Whether we accept or reject or use or do not use the faith is entirely up to us.
---denna7667 on 9/11/07

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