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February 11, 2015



Romans 12:1-2


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.





Verses 1 and 2 of chapter 12 deal with the Christian’s most important relationship: his or her relationship to God. Paul used the singular “mercy” in the Greek text, evidently because of his recent exposition of God’s mercy. Mercy denotes the quality in God that led Him to deliver us from our sin and misery. It contrasts with grace. Mercy expresses deliverance from condemnation that we deserve, and grace describes the bestowal of blessings that we do not deserve. Paul called us to sacrifice ourselves to God because He has been merciful to us. In pagan religions of Paul’s day, the worshippers typically first offered sacrifices to secure the mercy of the gods. That is unnecessary in Christianity because God has taken the initiative.

Paul doesn’t want us to try ferreting out the secret will of God that he plans to do, but discern the revealed will of God that we ought to do.


Memory verse: Deuteronomy 6:13

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