Obedient Steps of Faith – BT21
“Faith and love” commandments are not an ergon ‘doing/work’ that we ergo ‘do/work’ out-from ourselves but ergo ‘done/worked’ by-the-means-of the Holy Spirit
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See also Only 2 Commandments – BT7. Paul said: “Trusting-relying-faith and unconditional-love are [located] IN Christ (a) and “Peace . . . and/coupled unconditional-love meta ‘changed afterward after being with’ trusting-relying-faith [coming] apo away-from God [singular] Father and/coupled [singular] Lord Jesus Christ” (b). The NT’s only 2 commandments can only be done by the enabling-power of the Holy Spirit – see Only 2 Commandments – BT7. That’s why Paul proseuchomai conversationally-prays that God would grant Christians the Holy Spirit’s supernatural, enabling-power in our inner man so that Christ might permanently-inhabit in your hearts through-the-realizing-channel-of trusting-relying-faith (c). <Notes> a) 1 Timothy 1:14; 2 Timothy 1:13, b) Ephesians 6:23, c) Ephesians 3:14-17.
We each are given the equal ability to have The Faith. Paul says in Romans 12:3-10: “that everyone among you are NOT-in-possibility to think of themselves more highly than they ought to think, but instead to think with a sophroneo temperate/sound mind, each kata down-from/according-to a [singular] metron measuring-cup of/belonging-to (genitive of possession) [singular] trusting-relying-faith that God has already merizo ‘measured out into a distinguishable portion(s)’.”
In those times the metron “measuring-cup” measured a standard EQUAL portion of grain or whatever that was being sold to insure fairness and equity for all – a quart is a quart for everyone! It was also a weighting-mechanism used to insure that their scales were “balanced” or fair, one side EQUAL with the other (a). But that’s not what a lot of churchmen believe – they believe they either got a bigger measure than the cup could hold or maybe they got multiple cups, even though no scriptures support this idea! Instead God is the One who has distributed to each one of us so that Body-ministry is balanced, EQUAL, and thus fair and equitable – this is the basic idea of dikaiosis “justification” for “God’s krino judgments are always dikaios just/equitable” (b). He is not measuring out trusting-relying-faith with this metron device as too many translations erroneously imply. The ‘genitive of possession’ means the metron measuring-cup belongs to a “[singular] trusting-relying-faith,” which up until this verse is Paul’s way of referring to The Christian Faith, the “Law of Faith” rather than any other religion or philosophy’s trusting-relying-faith (c), which is akin to Jude 1:3’s “The Trusting-Relying-Faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.” <Notes> a) Matthew 7:2, 23:32; Mark 4:24; Luke 6:38; John 3:34; Romans 12:3; 2 Corinthians 10:13; Ephesians 4:7, 13, 16; Revelations 21:15, 17, b) Revelation 15:3, 16:7, 19:2; cf. Psalms 111:7 [just-judgment: mishpat, krino], 119:137, c) Roman 1:5, 8, 12, 16-17, 3:21-22, 25-28, 31, 5:1-2, 9:30, 32, 10:6, 8, 17, 11:20.
It is NOT the nature of a dikaios just or “impartial” (a) God to merizo measure-out different portions to each of His people – that’s what the “robbers and thieves” were doing in the Temple that Jesus drove out (b) – but an EQUAL portion to each. Furthermore, the Holy Spirit’s characteristic of “faith/faithfulness” (c) is that of a whole Person and not a force or substance – Christians get the whole Person, not pieces of Him! <Notes> a) Deuteronomy 10:17; 2 Chronicles 19:7; Luke 20:21; Acts 10:34; Romans 2:11; Galatians 2:6; cf. 1 Timothy 5:21, b) Matthew 21:13; Mark 11:17; Luke 19:46; John 2:16, c) Galatians 5:22.
That’s why many scholars think that in Ephesians 2:8-9 “dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of [feminine] trusting-relying-faith” refers to “[neuter] THIS is absolutely-in-fact-NOT ek out-from, [THIS is] the [neuter] doron ‘uncaused or coerced gift’ of God, absolutely-in-fact-NOT ek out-from [your] ergon ‘doings/works’ in order that in-possibility-NOT one [person] may boast,” even though I believe that the neuter “doron ‘uncaused or coerced gift’ of God” and the pronoun “THIS” don’t refer back to “dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of [feminine] trusting-relying-faith” but to the entire phrase “you are saved by-the-means-of [feminine] unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace dia thru-the-realizing-channel-of [feminine] trusting-relying-faith” so that the entire soteria salvation “process of being delivered, rescued, and restored to wholeness” is a “doron ‘uncaused or coerced gift’ of God” and not the result of us earning favor as a conditional, merited wage due us (a). The very definition of charis “unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace” means “unconditional, unmerited, and unearned.” That’s why we can’t “boast” even of our trusting-relying-faith, and thus the reason Paul says in Romans 12:3 to “NOT-in-possibility to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think.” Body-Ministry grace-gifts all part of God’s “doron ‘uncaused or coerced gift’ to us! And I believe this is because the metron “measuring-cup” merizo measures-out EQUAL portions of the SAME grace-gift of The-Trusting-Rely-Faith, The Christian Faith, in Jesus to us all EQUALLY, because we all have the SAME whole Person of the Holy Spirit! That’s not what makes us different! <Notes> a) Romans 4:4.
Though the amount of The Grace-Gifts doesn’t differ, the praxis function in us individually does! Paul continues in Romans 12:3-10, “For just as in one [physical] body we have many members and/coupled the members do absolutely-in-fact-NOT all have the same praxis function (a), so that we, though many [members], are One Body in Christ, and/thus individually members reciprocally of/belonging to one of another. Having charismata grace-gifts that are diaphoros different-in-kind kata ‘down-from or according-to’ the unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace didomi ‘bestowed upon us’ (as a gift; see ‘a’) to us, let us use them: prophecy kata ‘down-from or according-to’ the unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace didomi ‘bestowed upon us’ (as a gift; see ‘a’) to analogia ‘move from one point of logical reasoning up to another’ of/belonging-to The-Trusting-Relying-Faith, or service-ministry [then us it] by-the-means-of The Service-Ministry . . . [list of other grace-gifts for Body-Ministry with same ‘if then use it’ format] . . . [Let] unconditional-love be unupokritos ‘un-hypocritical, thus sincere’ . . . devoted to on another by-the-means-of philadelphia brethren-love, proegeomai ‘leading the way by example’ by-the-means-of honoring one another.” That’s the solution to wanna-be leaders thinking too highly of themselves from verse Romans 12:3 above! <Notes> a) as a gift: cf. Matthew 4:9, 7:11 19:21; Luke 1:32, 11:13, 12:32; Ephesians 4:8; Psalms 67:19; Acts 24:26.
It’s NOT The-Trusting-Relying-Faith that is different, or even our metron ‘measuring-cup portion’ of it, or even the unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace didomi ‘bestowed upon us’ (as a gift; see ‘a’ above), and neither are the grace-gifts by quantity different, because by definition they simply kata “come down-from” unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace. What is diaphoros different-in-kind, just as there are diaphoros different-in-kind members in a body, is the praxis function of each grace-gift! <Notes> a) praxis: functions, implying sustained activities, deeds, and/or responsibilities – see Matthew 16:27; Luke 23:51; Acts 19:18; Romans 8:13; Colossians 3:9.
These different “functions” correspond to the diaphoros different-in-kind charismata “grace-gifts.” The Greek word charismata comes from charis, which is our word for unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace. These “grace-gifts” are given to us solely by the unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace of God, by the Spirit of God, thus the term “grace-gifts,” to carry out God’s will in His Church. So much is written about these Spirit’s “grace-endowments” in the NT (a), but one thing is clear about them – they absolutely have nothing to do with our “might and power” talents, skills, dedication, and service, or that God likes or loves any one of us more or less than another. If any of this were true, the grace-gift would no longer be unmerited or unconditional – see Grace-Gifts. <Notes> a) Romans 1:1, 5:15-16, 6:23, 11:29, 12:6; 1 Corinthians 1:7, 7:7, 12:4, 9, 28, 30, 31; 1 Timothy 4:14; 2 Timothy 1:6; 1 Peter 4:10.