Oct
2012

The Greek word analogia

Found just once in the New Testament (Rom. 12:6Rom. 12:6
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV

6 And having gifts differing according to the grace that was given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of our faith;

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), the Greek noun “analogia” meant “proportion” or “right relationship.”  Those who had the spiritual gift of prophecy were to use it in “proportion” to their faith.

As discussed in this author’s online Bible commentary on Rom. 12:6Rom. 12:6
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV

6 And having gifts differing according to the grace that was given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of our faith;

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-8, there is disagreement as to what this means but “one reasonable explanation is that these Christians were to use their gifts to the best of their ability.  When prophecy was properly used, the church was edified, exhorted, and comforted (1 Cor. 14:3-41 Cor. 14:3-4
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV

3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men edification, and exhortation, and consolation. 4 He that speaketh in a tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.

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).  Because Christians are members of one body and severally members one of another (verses 4-5), not using this gift for edification, exhortation, and comfort was unthinkable.”