“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.”
King James Version (KJV)
12:3 And I say - He now proceeds to show what that will of God is. Through the grace which is given to me - He modestly adds this, lest he should seem to forget his own direction. To every one that is among you - Believers at Rome. Happy, had they always remembered this! The measure of faith - Treated of in the first and following chapters, from which all other gifts and graces flow.
Ro 12:3 Through the grace given to me. The grace to him, specially, was that of apostleship. See Ro 1:5 15:15 1Co 3:10. Not to think [of himself] more highly than he ought to think. A much needed exhortation. To be puffed up in one's own conceits is the end of progress. It is the "humble" who are exalted (Mt 23:2); those that "hunger" are filled (Mt 5:6 Lu 6:21). Think soberly. Let each one take a sober judgment of himself, of his powers, and duties. The measure of faith. That measure of faith which would enable one to exercise spiritual gifts. Ro 12:4-8 show that this is Paul's meaning. It is not the ordinary faith that saves the soul, but the extraordinary faith, which was accompanied in the first century by supernatural gifts, that is meant.