The Epistle To The Romans Chapter 12:1-5 (18 of 25) by Harley Howard

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The Epistle To The Romans Chapter 12:1-5 (18 of 25)
Harley Howard

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.

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.

This verse may well be one of the most important
verses in the Bible. Paul is urging his readers, both
Jew and Gentile, that because of God's mercies that he
has elaborated on all throughout the epistle, but
especially in chapters 9-11, that the genuine
worshipper response to God is a once for all sacrifice
of ones life to God. The mercies of God are seen in
the promises of God to those who come to Christ. To
the person who experiences the mercies of God it WILL
solicit a response from the worshipper of God, IE,
individual and corporate holiness. There is no way
around it and there is no joy, no power and no
Christian living to speak of until these things take
place. For the transformation, spoken of in verse 2,
to take place, you must present your body, present
YOURSELF to God as a living sacrifice or victim.
Every sacrifice was a victim. A victim, meaning, at
the disposal of another. What kind of sacrifice are
we to be as we present ourselves to God and at His
disposal?

1. Holy: A saint.
2. Acceptable unto God: Well pleasing to God.
3. Reasonable service: Logically, it is the only
thing to do and it is logical that we perform the
service of God.

Find the solutions to your spiritual dilemmas in the
failure to be holy. Listen to me carefully. Find the
solutions to your lack of holiness in the fact that
your concept of God and of His promises to you are in
error. Understand that when a person comes to a
saving knowledge of Christ Jesus, holiness will be
sought after and ...


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