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Series: Good News from God
"Therefore I urge you, 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. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect." These are some of the most important and strategic words ever penned in human history. They serve as a halftime address-a coach's "chalk talk." Paul's words in Rom 12:1-2 are capable of leading God's people to victory. But please don't let your familiarity with these verses lead to passivity. Study them anew and afresh. If you do, God will transform you from the inside out.
After devoting eleven chapters to heavy-duty theology, Paul transitions in chapter 12 from doctrine to duty, from creed to conduct, and from belief to behavior. He says, "In light of what God has done, here is how we should live." To put it another way, the apostle encourages us to turn our theology into "walkology." In other words, we are to live out our beliefs. Paul uses the imperative thirteen times in the first eleven chapters of Romans; he uses it eleven times in chapter 12 alone! In fact, this chapter has more commands in it than any other chapter of the New Testament. It is a chapter of action! Paul's thesis is: Beliefs should impact behavior. In 12:1-2 he shares two appropriate responses to the theology of chapters 1-11.
1. Present your body (12:1). This verse is one of the most important in the entire Bible and contains more key theological terms and truths for its size than perhaps any other verse of Scripture. Verse 1 gives the "what" that we are to do in response to God. Paul opens this new unit with the word "Therefore" (oun). This important word begs the question: What is the word "therefore" t ...
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