Book of Romans - Part 11

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I’m preaching this Sunday on THE BOOK OF ROMANS
Today’s Text is Chapter 12. This is Part 11.

Join with us now as I give you an exposition on Paul’s Epistle to the Romans

The last five chapters constitute the practical part of the epistle. Now, the doctrine of salvation is to be worked out in experience. Service is to be expressed in the outliving of the in-living Christ. In chapter 12, verses 1 and 2, the Apostle Paul expresses that "self" is to be sacrificed. The body is to be presented to God the Father. This is a privilege. The words "I urge" expresses exhortation and responsibility. The word "Therefore" is logical because of God's salvation and mercy in redemption (see chapters 1 - 11). The sacrifice is "living," involving our life. It is Holy and pleasing because it is cleansed by Christ's blood. The results will not be a conforming to or fitting in the mold of the world (verse 2), but a change of mind so that we may know and prove the will of God, the only valid sphere of spiritual, God-glorifying service known to man.

The word “conformed” in verse 2 refers to assuming an outward expression that does not reflect what is really inside, a kind of masquerade or act. The word “forms” implies that Paul’s readers were already allowing this to happen and must stop.

The phrase “renewing of your mind” is the kind of transformation that can occur only as the Holy Spirit changes our thinking through consistent study and meditation of Scripture (Psalm 119:11). The renewed mind is one saturated with and controlled by the Word of God.

In verse 3, we see the exercise of spiritual endowments in service calling for humility and proper evaluation of oneself. In fact, Paul explains in verses 4 to 6 that in relation to the church, which is the Body of Christ, we are to remember we are many members with different duties and functions. Our duties are to be fulfilled as a gift from our Lord and that is to be out of love for others (verses 9 to 11). Paul also states that we should not be "lacking in zeal", (zeal is word meaning to have an ardent desire to do or have something; impassioned eagerness, especially in favor of a person or a cause), but should have "spiritual fervor, serving the Lord". In other words, whatever is worth doing in the Christian life is valuable enough to be done with enthusiasm and care.

Paul gives instruction as to the believer's conduct toward Christians as well as unbelievers in the closing verses of this chapter. General exhortations to kind conduct toward other Christians are followed by special pleas to loving forbearance under provocation from unbelievers. In fact, in verse 18, the words “if it is possible” means that although we should do everything possible to be at peace with others, it will not always come, because it also depends on others’ attitudes and responses. And, according to verses 19 and 20, we are to remember that it is God's part to administer wrath, however, man's responsibility is to serve in love.

I’m Dr. Robby sharing His Word, His Work, His Way