by Dr. Ed Young

(Transcribed from actual tape) August 19, 1984 - PM


Romans 12:1-2

Let's now bow for prayer together. "Father, we come before Thee without any

merit of our own, humbly and submissively, confessing our weaknesses, our

sin, our inadequacies, rejoicing that You don't just put up with us, but You

want to lift us up back to Yourself. In this time of worship, dear Lord, You

speak and let me get out of the way so that Thy word, Thy message, Thy truth

alone might not only be heard, but may it be absorbed and applied right where

we speak and live and move in all the decision-making processes. For we

make this our prayer in the strong, beautiful, holy name of Jesus Christ, our

Savior and our Lord. Amen."

Do you know where we are in Romans? Open your Bibles. Romans, Chapter

Number 12. Romans, Chapter Number 12. Now, the first three chapters of

Romans - Chapter 1 through Chapter 3, Verse 21 - Paul presents the whole

world as guilty under God, sin and Gentile alike. And then Romans 3:22

through Romans, Chapter 5, he offers salvation for the world that is con-

victed and convinced of their sin. And then we move on from Chapter 6 to

Chapter 8, and we have Paul teaching something about sanctification. First,

awareness of sin. Second, the process, the beautiful gift of salvation in

that we are right-wise with God through faith in Jesus Christ. And then

there is the teaching about sanctification. And then there's that three-

chapter parenthesis, Chapter 9, 10 and 11 of Romans in which Paul answers

the question: What about the Jews, God's special, unique, chosen, blessed



And then in Chapter 12, he begins right where he left off at the end of

Chapter 8, and he now expands the teaching of sanctific ...

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