In the KJV Romans 12:3 goes like this : 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 . I want to deal with that last clause . It has been wrongly used as a universal verse . It has been mistakenly assumed that every man means all people . But those " among you " are believers . In Romans 12:1 it specifically says : I beseech you therefore brethren . This epistle is addressed to the body of Christ -- the bride -- the church . It does not apply to non-believers . In the HCSB it says that : ... God has distributed a measure of faith to each one . ( Ro. 12:3c ) . In Ephesians 4:7 it states : But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ . ( KJV ) . Again , this letter by Paul was addressed to saints , the faithful in Christ Jesus . We are to walk worthy of the calling we have received ( 4:1 ) . In 1 Peter 4:10 : As every man hath received the gift , even so minister the same one to another , as good stewards of the manifold grace of God . The above was written to the " elect according to the foreknowledge of of God the Father... " ( 1 Peter 1:2 KJV ) Every member of Christ receives gifts and grace from Him . They are distributed in greater or lesser degrees . Jesus had the Holy Spirit with no limits , but we as believers on this earth have it by measure . These verses should not be used to suggest that all people have a reservoir of grace or gifts so that they can avail themselves of salvation . There is no spark of Divine grace in all people . Look at the biblical record of the many nations to which the Lord gave them over. He turned them over to their own depravity .