A MATTER OF MIND OVER BODY 10/2/88
ROMANS 12: 1 - 2
(Come Alive Bible Page 1660)
JESUS CHRIST spoke "of the temple of His body" (John 2: 21). I
Corinthians 6:19 asks the gripping question: "Do you not know
that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you,
whom you have from God, and you are not your own?"
Few societies other than ancient Rome and modern America have so
needed an appeal to bridle the body. Rarely has a generation
given greater attention to the human body than the present one.
Cosmetic sales are up, diet fads flourish, exercise parlors
proliferate, and jogging is the current craze.
I Timothy 4:8, "Body exercise profits little: but godliness is
profitable unto all things..." This text does not say physical
exercise isn't beneficial. By comparison with godliness it
"profits little." This being true, why do Christians spend more
time playing than praying, walking than witnessing, or
contemplating the latest fad diet rather than fasting for
Doctrine and duty always go together. What we believe determines
how we behave. Learning must result in living.
In Romans 6,7, and 8, the doctrine of sanctification is dealt
with in detail. Romans 12: 1, 2 appeals for a practical
application of sanctification. Verse 1 is an appeal.
"Therefore," OUN, in light of what has just been said about the
mercy of God and out of gratitude to Him the appeal follows. The
basis of the appeal is "the mercies of God." If God's loving
favor won't motivate a person to do this, nothing will.
"I beseech you," PARAKALO, primarily means "to call along side."
This is an appeal to all the "brethren," every Christian t ...
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