‘Being of the same mind one towards another’, (being harmonious in our dealings with each other), includes not showing partiality, but emphasises more a harmonious attitude towards each other, especially in the case of the strong-minded, both in the fellowship and in the home. This precept is properly added to the former; for nothing breaks the unity mentioned by the Apostle more completely than the exalting of ourselves, and our aspiring to something still more elevated, with a view to attain a higher situation. The Jews, who received God’s Law, will be judged by that Law. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. 48. Be not wise in your own conceits. The verb literally means being carried off along with; hence yielding or submitting to, and so condescending. This means we have the same attitude towards one another. This writer is personally indebted to the late philanthropist and devout student of the word of God, Andrew Mizell Burton, Nashville, Tennessee, for a focus upon the meaning of this verse. Feelings of superiority are neither realistic nor appropriate for those who owe all to God"s grace. For συναπ., see reff. You cannot despise what He accepted.’. It refers to the practical “prudence” which guides men in business and in the ventures and contingencies of life. The Apostle, then, meant us to take the saying in a limited sense. My thoughts and feelings towards a man should be according to the truth. The tendency of religion is to produce a low estimate of our own importance and attainments. (J. Lyth, D.D. Minding of earth and heaven both is inconsistent (Matthew 6:24; 1 John 2:15). The temper described. ‘Mind’ here includes the feelings as well as the thoughts.—The same word is translated ‘set your affections,’ in the familiar exhortation, ‘set your affections on things above.’. 3. See Romans 11:25, and compare Acts 26:8, “incredible with you,” i.e., in your judgment. : see on Romans 12:3 above and Romans 11:21. Compare James 2:1-4. I. Ours is described by St. Paul as a ‘high calling,’ and we are bidden to rise to the full height of it. 2. instead of being concerned about high things, let lowly things occupy and control you. 6. Romans 12:16 ESV - Live in harmony with one… | Biblia 5 iTrust in the Lord with all your heart, and jdo not lean on your own understanding. phronimos. 4. To men of low estate - In the Greek text, the word here is an adjective ταπεινοις tapeinois, and may refer either to "people" or to "things," either in the masculine or neuter gender. [ a] Do not be conceited. Because of similar prejudices, missions to the heathen have been obstructed. The latter view accords with the common rendering of the next clause. Strive not after things that are (too high) be too ambitious (Arndt p. 850) "Avoid such things as lead one to flatter the great, to court the rich, and be servile to the mighty." φρόνιμοι παρʼ ἑαυτ.] God says we are not better than anyone else. Romans 12:3-8. When spiritual pride exists, "the unity of the church" will usually be endangered "by the arrogance of individuals or of whole groups" (both quotes from Brown, ). 1. But if you’ve mistaken the law, it’s no use. Peace and unity within the fellowship leads on to a desire for peace and unity in the world. 3. Condescend to men of low estate.—Probably, on the whole, rightly translated in our version; “Let yourselves be carried on in the stream with those who are beneath yourselves in rank and station; mix with them freely; be ready to lend them a helping hand if ever they need, and do this in a simple and kindly way; do not let any social assumptions keep you at a distance.” “Accommodate yourselves,” or “condescend”—of course without any conscious idea or appearance of condescension. 13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. τὸ αὐτὸ εἰς ἀλλ. (J. Lyth, D.D. Be of the same] This verse had been easy had not interpreters obscured it, as Origen observeth. As they honestly view themselves. Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Romans 12:16. No such thing is contemplated in the Gospel as possible or permissible—this patronage of inferiors, a self-conscious stooping on the part of the more fortunate, wealthy, or nobler-born, to the brother of low degree. “Enter into each other‘s circumstances, in order to see how you would yourself feel.” Chrysostom. The tendency of religion is to produce a low estimate of our own importance and attainments. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain. influenced by them, as in Galatians 2:13, "In so much that Barnabas also was (allowed himself to be) carried away with their dissimulation." B. Jesus applied this term to Himself in Matthew 11:29. This is threefold; an unity of the head, or an unity of judgment and opinion; an unity of the heart, or an unity in love and affection; and an unity of the tongue, which is an unity of expression. ‘Be of the same hospitable, forgiving, sympathizing disposition towards one another as towards strangers and persecutors.’ Mind not high things. Chrys. Romans 12:16-18 New International Version (NIV) 16 Live in harmony with one another. As much as lieth in you - This implies two things: (1) We are to do our utmost endeavors to preserve peace, and to appease the anger and malice of others. (J. Lyth, D.D. Флп. (b) Faith. sunapagomai. It needs to be the right one, and it needs to be continual; condescend is a present tense verb. The injunction is most important, and cautions against a captious spirit respecting the affairs of the church with which we are connected, or our intercourse one with another. Disagreement over matters of daily living and daily Christian service, should be in love, and include having a constant desire for such unity. We will not always agree with each other, but we should disagree in a state of harmony. The antipathy felt by the apostle to every sort of spiritual aristocracy, to every caste-distinction within the Church, breaks out again in the last word.” Condescend is a feeble and inferential rendering, open to construction in a patronizing sense; yet it is not easy to furnish a better in a single word. Be not wise in your own conceits. Condescend to men of low estate: the word low only is in the Greek; the other words are put in by our translators: and it may be referred, either to things, and so it answers to high things, in the foregoing clause; or it may be referred to persons, according to our translation; and then the sense is, that we should not despise our poor brethren, but stoop to the lowest offices of Christian kindness. III. Romans 12:16. : here the Apostle returns to his own grammar (or disregard of grammar), and holds to it till Romans 12:19, when he changes to the imperative ( ) with which he concludes (Romans 12:21 , ). Mind not high things - Greek, Not thinking of high things. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. But condescend to men of low estate - Be a companion of the humble, and pass through life with as little noise and show as possible. Man often exalts what God condemns. A precept is fitly added to the preceding; for nothing tends more to break that unity which has been mentioned, than when we elevate ourselves, and aspire to something higher, so that we may rise to a higher situation. Be not wise in your own conceits; this seems to be taken from Proverbs 3:7: see Romans 12:3. единомысленны между собою Будьте беспристрастны друг ко другу (см. But it is more than doubtful whether St. Paul is here thinking about persons at all.—The authors of our New Version have decided that he was not. If God should then determine for them a role of leadership, they will engage in it, but they will engage in it humbly, recognising their own unworthiness. The idea is that of loving unanimity, and the points to the active manifestation of this temper in all the mutual relations of Christians. actuated by a common and well-understood feeling of mutual allowance and kindness. Determination of theological controversies. Be not then wise in your own conceits. 1. has not in itself, nor has it here, the bad sense: to be led astray along with, which it acquires in Galatians 2:13, 2 Peter 3:17, through the context. The Apostle employs words in Greek more significant, and more suitable to the antithesis, “Not thinking,” he says, “of high things:” by which he means, that it is not the part of a Christian ambitiously to aspire to those things by which he may excel others, nor to assume a lofty appearance, but on the contrary to exercise humility and meekness: for by these we excel before the Lord, and not by pride and contempt of the brethren. He sees no possibility of vital change save through recognition of the great truth of Christian brotherhood: “We being many are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.” This is the cardinal doctrine of Pauline Christianity, this conviction of unity and variety of the one and the many in the Christian body. being drawn into sympathy with them. Be of the same mind one towards another. 17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Farrar suggests letting the lowly lead you by the hand. Be modest in the expression of your own opinion. 2. Christians are here cautioned against setting their minds on high things. By constant and prayerful study of the Word of God. "same mind"-() "Have equal regard for one another" (NEB). 3. The phrase ( τὸ αὐτὸ φρονεῖν) used by the apostle expresses the general idea of concord, unanimity; whether of opinion or feeling depends on the context; see 2 Corinthians 13:11; Philippians 2:2; Romans 15:5. 3. We view each other with the same level of importance and we are dependent upon the other members in the body. The participial form recurs, but the force is still imperative. Romans 11:25, and Proverbs 3:7. Here, in the text, is one of those precepts which, rightly understood, is one of the most practical we can set ourselves to master, II. Condescending to the humble, in the spirit of charity and sweetness. "Commentary on Romans 12:16". This is next taken up in detail. By remembering that we are all members of the body of Christ, which is His Church. But the word literally means, "a yielding, or being carried away by", being guided or led in the thoughts, feelings, plans, by humble objects. A fuller understanding of this verse comes through studying some of the key terms. 14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. He sees his errors, and learns from them. Regardless of how naturally and conveniently such divisions (yes, that is what they are) tend to appear, that magnanimous and outreaching love of the true Christian will resist and countermand them. На греческом языке это место звучит значительнее, и больше соответствует своему антитезису. How common is the error “Save yourself” as a religious duty. “Associate” is perhaps the best rendering of συναπαγόμενοι, which literally means to withdraw from one party in order to walk with another: they were to withdraw from those who minded high things, and walk or associate with the humble and lowly. The great efforts of life are to obtain high rank or commanding station in the world. C. Look for Jesus Romans 13:11-14. Here the latter idea is the prominent one. Erasmus and others understand this clause to mean, ‘Think of others as well as you do of yourselves' (nemo putet alium se minorem.) (Philippians 2:6 ff; John 13:4-5). High things—Literally: Not the lofty things, thinking, but to the humble things, condescending. (McGarvey p. 500) "It does not seem to refer to unity in gospel teaching (as other passages teach), but rather of sentiment, or disposition..each one to enter into the rejoicing and sorrows of the other." Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. The two following clauses are thus given by [Doddridge ], “Affect not high things, but condescend to men of low rank,” — and by [Macknight ], “Do not care for high things; but associate with lowly men.” The word ταπεινοῖς, is not found in the New Testament to be applied to things, but to persons. 1:22). But it also has wider application than just to the fellowship, for harmonious relations should be sought with all men, as Romans 12:18 makes clear. The divisive power of selfish ambition. 2:3). Price, Mind not high things. The special danger Christians are in with respect to this prudence. Bibliographical InformationBarnes, Albert. to men of low estate—or (as some render the words), "inclining unto the things that be lowly." Here it is a noun and it refers "to mankind's inverted value system" (CBL, GED, 6:399). He was completely innocent and had done nothing wrong—nothing of which He was accused had been part of His conduct. Take heed of ambitious aspirings: remember what David said (one every way above you) in Psalms 131:1. The same reference teaches us that the word ‘mind’ expresses the prevailing thoughts, and the strongest desires and affections, IV. Although the focus on the Jews is further developed in these verses, we need to be careful to remember that the Jews are being condemned not because they have certain covenantal … for a decent outside is often necessary to enable them to secure the ends of their ambition. (H. A. Nothing can be more opposed to progress in the Divine life, than the evil against which we are here warned. Romans 12:6, cited by Tholuck, καὶ αὐτὴ ἡ σπάρτη συναπήγετο τῇ κοινῇ τῆς ἑλλάδος ἁλώσει. To desire them (Colossians 3:2; Psalms 73:25). Be of the same mind one towards another; mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. But it is not to be understood of speculative opinion. be united in feeling, interests, and object, let there be no discord or disagreement. Certainly we will cause disunity. These verses point us away from self and towards other members of the church. (a) Repentance (2 Corinthians 7:10). The verb is the same as in the previous clause (lit, ‘minding the same; minding not the high things’). μὴ τὰ ὑψ.] has it, condescend to things that are lowly. "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". 3. Cf.Galatians 2:13, 2 Peter 3:17. “Be not wise along with yourselves,” i. e., do not be puffed up and exalted in your own estimation. But what exactly does Paul mean? In either way the general sense is the same. Mind not high things. In the formation of character, in spiritual attainments, we have no leave to take up with the things that are lowly; we are urged to be ever adding grace to grace, to be growing from strength to strength, to leave the past behind, to press onward to the things that are before; to covet earnestly the best gifts (see also Philippians 4:8-9). So Calvin: "Non arroganter de vobis sentientes sed humilibus vos accommodantes. The first is positive, the second negative then positive, the third negative, describing how we should think, and how we should not think. Whitby paraphrases it, "Desire the same things for others, that you do for yourselves, and would have them desire for you." ‘Mind’ here includes the feelings as well as the thoughts, III. And be not wise in your own conceits; that is, entertain humble thoughts of your own knowledge, think it not greater than it is; take heed of an over-weening opinion of your own wisdom, as if you wanted neither divine assistance and guidance, nor yet the advice and counsel of your brethren. God wants His people to focus on what is "lowly" (tapeinos); the KJV says "of low estate." For the idea cf. Do not be wise in your own estimation. Meyer accepts the latter and explains: ‘yielding to that which is humble, to the claims and tasks which are presented to you by the humbler relations of life;’ he cites Paul’s example, as tentmaker and sufferer. mind. Uses: Be not wise in your own conceits. In modern times the recognition of the independence of all nations in regard to the highest interests has been wondrously fruitful. on Romans 12:9), and not to be joined to Romans 12:15, nor yet to μὴ γίνεσθε φρόν. Positively--of this world (Jeremiah 45:5). 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