kjv@Romans:12:1@ 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.
kjv@Romans:12:2@ 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.
kjv@Romans:12:3@ For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
kjv@Romans:12:4@ For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:
kjv@Romans:12:5@ So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
kjv@Romans:12:6@ Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
kjv@Romans:12:7@ Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;
kjv@Romans:12:8@ Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
kjv@Romans:12:9@ Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
kjv@Romans:12:10@ Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
kjv@Romans:12:11@ Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
kjv@Romans:12:12@ Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
kjv@Romans:12:13@ Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
There is a sure transformation that follows when a soul has becomes a living sacrifice unto the Lord. It gives the capability of the fruitful produce of ones gifts, the striving for the unity of fellowship, the nurturing of others gifts. More and more it becomes a cooperative strength, cooperative love and cooperative outreach to the world within and beyond.
kjv@Romans:12-13 pair up nicely as a practical explanation of the daily Christian walk. These things take place because of our daily sacrifice and presentation to the Lord. They are a result of faith living forth and not being forced by mere religion.
Notice how this theme of the brethren and striving for the unity of the spirit ties in with what we just read in kjv@Romans:12. This teaching is a very practical way of considering the more general commands of 12.
The necessity of maintaining good works; all of us. It is not just having an intention to do them, it is not just us studying to know how they might be done, it is us stepping forward into them and adapting within them to get them done. It is not just beginning them, it is us maintaining them for the long run. Notice how many people Paul has involved in his good works. They are part of his, he is part of theirs, we are part of the Lord's; small works, large works, works we don't even know are being done we are striving to be fruitful in. Peter shared a similar vision of being fruitful in the knowledge of Christ kjv@2Peter:1. See also kjv@Romans:12. In fuller context, these works are to be done yet with an eye on reasonable subjection to the civic and legal principalities that govern all.
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