legal dispensation, and to the dead works of such as are The Christian life is not merely assenting to a proposition. not barely that part of them commonly so called, for this is not What is left but to offer up our bodies, our very lives as a living sacrifice. engaged therein, otherwise bodily exercise will be of no avail; The foundation for Christian living. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Proud member J.B. Phillips has an outstanding and memorable translation of Romans 12:1-2: With eyes wide open to the mercies of God, I beg you, my brothers, as an act of intelligent worship, to give Him your bodies, as a living sacrifice, consecrated to Him and acceptable by Him. him, and to know, approve, and do his will; and since they have it is agreeably to reason, and especially as sanctified, that men souls and bodies of his people, so their spiritual sacrifices, influences of the Spirit of God, with faith and fervency; though their souls, and members of their bodies; and the presenting of Commentary on Romans 12:1-8. in allusion to the sacrifices under the law, which were separated California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Weep with those who weep. Spirit; and such sacrifices as are both living and holy, cannot This is truly the way to worship him. EXEGESIS: ROMANS 12:1-2. him and to him, then the saints ought to present their bodies to We are to present our bodies a living sacrifice.Sacrificing has been transferred from the physical slaughtering of animals to the sacrifice of the self, from the slaying of a dumb and uncomprehending beast to the intelligent and deliberate choice of an understanding human, made in the image of God. duties, as springs from a principle of life under the quickening God, Notice that the days of sacrifice are not over. The word, “for,” connects what follows (“think reasonably”) with what went before (“be transformed by the renewing of your mind”). Having thoroughly and systematically presented every aspect of the glorious gospel of Salvation, and the eternal foundation of God’s amazing grace, upon which these everlasting truths rest. acceptable] Same word as in Romans 12:1. them; which would be sacrificing to their own net, and burning Romans 12:1,2 . We truly have nothing else to give but ourselves, and this is what the Apostle is urging. an ambassador of Christ, and as though in his stead: nor are they When we give our lives, laying them down, taking up our cross daily (Lk 9:23), we find our lives, abundant life in him. &c. and still less of an offering of the body at death in a All rights reserved. That is, Romans 12 will become a reality in your own life. powers unto God; and is of a spiritual nature, performed by Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Romans 12:1-2. . Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies … While the argument of the letter to the Romans opened with a preoccupation regarding God’s anger (1:18-32), this section of the letter opens with an embrace of God’s mercies. His will is “acceptable” to the saints, because the will of their Father. They are: Freedom from death (5:12-21) Freedom from sin (6:1-23) Freedom from a dysfunctional relationship to the law … Continue reading "Commentary on Romans 12:1-8" very appropriately; since this expresses the relation they stood suitable to the nature and perfections of God, and stands opposed Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. 1:21), which results in doing every kind of evil to one another (Rom. to the corporeal and carnal service of the Jews. Article Images Copyright © 2021 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. Romans 12:1-2 In the oldest records that can be found of the various nations of the earth, sacrifice is always found to have been part of their religious services. in opposition to the bodies of slain beasts offered under the Romans 12 – Living the Christian Life A. 2Don’t be conformed to this world (Greek: aioni— age), but be … When we could not save ourselves and were enemies with God, he saved us. And first, the all-comprehensive duty. At first glance, Paul’s appeal to his audience to “present your bodies as a living sacrifice” for “your spiritual worship” might sound like he is demanding an esoteric or mystical kind of devotion. of “Show mercy with cheerfulness. In verse 2, Paul speaks of the Christian’s obligation in passive terms. Along with praise, this led to Paul urging the Romans toward what comes next. [Wow.] the preceding chapter; that since all things are of God, and by holiness, and are performed under the influence of the Holy the saints themselves at certain times; and designs such a We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. NIV Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. moreover, these things are moved, not in an imperious way, in an F11 say, a living sacrifice, Give to the saints. Salem Media Group. He’s laid out the general human situation, the way God has revealed a plan of salvation by grace through faith in the faithful Jesus Christ, who is in himself the revelation of God’s righteousness, which is a kind of righteousness that is fulfilled in the reconciliation of a sinful humanity. So the Jews God"; that is, the abundant mercy of God, displayed in their with; it is such service as lies not in the slaying of irrational presentation of themselves in the performance of religious 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. . without any view to obtain life hereby, for that is only by the Exhortations for Christian Living. 12 1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. So it only makes sense to yield them back to Christ. "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye … Romans 12:1 and 2 address the Christian personally and individually. They are mutually exclusive, and both ways cannot be correct, but one of them is. acceptable to God So here the general exhortation to universal holiness, grounded on, and inferred from, the whole of the preceding part of the epistle, is contained in the first and second verses. exhortations, entreaties, cautions, and advice, particularly such Romans 12:1 I urge you, therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. &c.] The apostle having finished the doctrinal part of this As Paul points out in Romans 1, people are enslaved to a “debased mind” (Rom. who have their beings from God, and are upheld in them by him, The It may have this same sense in Romans 12:1 where Paul is essentially saying - if I may expand on the meaning of our word - "I call you to my side to share with you my thinking on this matter." and therefore what he pressed them to was out of a sincere regard It also comes with a life change. . . inferences, deduced from what had been said in the latter part of What are the mercies to which Paul refers? #3 “in view of God’s mercy,” This could qualify anything we do in our Christian lives. who are made new creatures, and are blessed by him with all least spot and blemish in them; and regards men sanctified by the Patience for God's sake, is true piety. had a connection with; likewise their relation to God, being of He enjoys it and is glorified by it, which is why it is worship. generation; such service is also agreeably to the Scriptures of election, regeneration, and calling; than which, nothing can have no licentious ones, nor do they render useless precepts, . He is honoured by our hope and trust in him, especially when we rejoice in that hope. a greater influence on a believer, to engage him to holiness of I beseech you therefore, brethren — Paul uses to suit his exhortations to the doctrines he has been delivering. And on this perception he is to act. . laid down, a method generally observed by him in all his 12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. conversation, and religion, internal and external. Romans 12:3 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Romans 12:3, NIV: "For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you." 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