"Be Not Wise In Your Own Conceits"

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Last Updated on May 24, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 146

Context: Paul, writing to the believers in Christ in Rome, states that all mankind needs the grace of God through Jesus for salvation from sin. When Christ died, He carried to the grave with Him the sinfulness of Man: thus sin died when Christ died. Jesus, cleansed from sin, arose from the grave, pure and eternal. Man, through baptism, also buries sin, and he rises to a pure, eternal life. Paul gives the believers assurance in their salvation because, he says, God has foreordained that they shall have eternal life. He instructs the faithful in Christian living: they shall keep their bodies holy, use their abilities with humility in serving the Master, love one another, and pray constantly. Paul adds:

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Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.

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