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May Jesus Christ be Praised - Part 5

THE PRACTICE OF PRAISE            Page 3
V. 1 (cont'd.)

** Now, back in Romans 12:1, what is it that Paul urges us to do "by the mercies of God"?

"...present your bodies..."

** Why does Paul call for the offering of our bodies, why not our souls?

As "brethren" we are children of God and our souls already belong to the Lord!
cf. 1Peter 1:17-19 and 1Corinthians 6:19-20

** How are we to present our bodies to God?

As "...a living and holy sacrifice...", this speaks of the duration and devotion of our sacrifice.

** What is to be the duration of the sacrifice of our bodies?

As long as we are "living"! Or, everyday that the Lord grants to us the breathe of life!

** How does this offering of our bodies speak to our devotion?

That we present our body as a "holy" sacrifice. Paul uses the word "hagios", which has the literal sense of being set apart for a special purpose. In the Greek culture of the day, the word carried no idea of moral or spiritual purity but Christianity sanctified the term, using it to describe God, godly people, and godly things.

** Is it going to be easy to present our bodies as a holy sacrifice throughout our lifetime?

No! Paul had to fight his body! All see -1Corinthians 9:26-27
We must fight to make our bodies become the slave of our souls or hearts, which belong to God.

** Back in Romans 12:1, when we are victorious in the fight, how does God feel about it?

It is "acceptable to God". lit. "well-pleasing" There is such a thing as unacceptable worship.
The Bible shows us four types of unacceptable worship, and we have learned about them in our study entitled "Worship - The Ultimate Priority". Paul would have us be devoted to that which is acceptable in the eyes of the Lord.

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