Jesus Christ be Praised - Part 5
THE PRACTICE OF PRAISE Page
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
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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