- Christians Are To Serve God By Obeying Him
In Rom. 1-11, Paul
has shown the mercy of God in saving sinners, both Jews and Gentiles. Paul now
urges us to live in obedience to God in response to what he has taught us about
|The material on Romans 12 was
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[in conclusion to what
has just been taught in Romans 1-11]
I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living
holy and pleasing to God--
[Paul here uses
language that calls to mind the animal sacrifices that were offered to
God by the Jews under the Old Covenant. But instead of presenting the
bodies of dead animals as a sacrifice to God as was done under the Old
Covenant, Christians in the New Covenant are to offer their own living
bodies as a "sacrifice" to God. To "sacrifice" our bodies in this sense
means to bring our lives into obedience to God‘s commands (cf.
1 Cor. 6:20 - "You
were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body".)]
this is your spiritual act
[one involving the mind
Therefore my brothers, I implore you by God's mercy to offer your very
selves to Him: a living sacrifice, dedicated and fit for His acceptance, the
worship offered by
mind and the heart.
|| Do not conform
any longer to the [sinful] pattern of
but be transformed
by the renewing of your mind.
mind is renewed when, under the influence of the Spirit, the truth is
understood and believed, so as to displace the ignorance and error that
previously prevailed... It is by men's being formed to a right way of
thinking, that they are formed to a right way of feeling and acting ...”
(John Brown on Romans,
Then you will be able to test and approve what
God's will is--
his good, pleasing and perfect will.
the will of God means to understand and agree with what God wants of us with
a view to putting it into practice. That Paul means here by “the will of
God” his moral direction is clear from the way Paul describes it: this will
is that which is “good”, “acceptable” [to God], and “perfect”.
(Douglas Moo on Romans,