The Transformed Believer
12 Therefore, brothers and sisters, in view of the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your true worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.
MANY GIFTS BUT ONE BODY
3 For by the grace given to me, I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he should think. Instead, think sensibly, as God has distributed a measure of faith to each one. 4 Now as we have many parts in one body, and all the parts do not have the same function, 5 in the same way we who are many are one body in Christ and individually members of one another. 6 According to the grace given to us, we have different gifts
Any time you see the word therefore in scripture, ask “what is it there for?”
Why is therefore present in ?
Romans Chapter 12 is a turning point in Paul’s letter to the believers in Rome.
is all about the theology of God’s mercy on us.
neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
begins the practical section of Romans
The practical things we look at in scripture MUST rest on theological foundation!
Anything we do in our Christian life will more than likely be based off of 1 of these 2 motivations:
Motivated by God’s grace or motivated by our fear.
3 Dangers for fear based motivation for obedience:
1. Our motivation will lose it’s power over time.
2. It has a great deal of trouble with repentance.
3. Fear-based obedience will always make it difficult to endure suffering or troubles.
But right and effective motivation comes from our faith in the beautiful grace that we have in Christ.
The central features of a life following Jesus:
1. Present your bodies as a living sacrifice. (v. 1)
Imagine a father watching his young son play baseball for his team, having spent hours in the yard teaching him batting technique. This father already loves his son fully and completely. If his son forgets his father’s instructions and strikes out, it will in no way lessen his father’s love for him or approval of him. The son is assured of his father’s love, regardless of his performance.
But the son will still long to hit that home run. Not for himself to gain his father’s love—but for his father, because he is already loved. If he doesn’t know his father loves him, his efforts will be for himself—to win that love. But because he knows his father already loves him, his efforts are for his father—to please him.
Having a good view of God’s mercy provides us with both a powerful assurance, and the possibility of and motivation to live a sacrificially obedient life, pleasing to God.
2. Not be conformed, but be transformed (v. 2)
A. Do not be conformed to this age.
As obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires of your former ignorance.
B. To be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Part of our transformed nature is using our gifts to serve God. (v. 3-6a)
For by the grace given to me, I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he should think. Instead, think sensibly, as God has distributed a measure of faith to each one. 4 Now as we have many parts in one body, and all the parts do not have the same function, 5 in the same way we who are many are one body in Christ and individually members of one another. 6 According to the grace given to us, we have different gifts