Pastor Ronald & Carol Regular
HOW TO BE A ROMANS 12 CHRISTIAN
All Are To Be Living Sacrifices (II)022920
(1 Corinthians 3:16-18; 1 Corinthians 6:18-20 – ye are the temple of God.)
Romans 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: 27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. (12:1) “I beseech you therefore, brethren...” Now with all haste, Paul charges us.
The Apostle Paul is here giving us a view of, “End Times.” Paul, being a Jew, is assuring any other Jew who may read this Epistle that conversion is coming to the Jewish nation.(Read: Isaiah 27:9) Although Israel does not embrace Jesus as their Messiah, the day is coming when God will remove the blinders from their eyes that they may see. When will this be? When the fullness of the gentiles have come to Christ.(verse 25)
As we Believers live Godly lives, we provoke the Jews to jealousy by living with the assurance of eternal salvation which they believe is their exclusive heritage. Some Jews, however, will come to know Jesus as their personal Savior but the whole house of Israel will come in when Jesus returns to earth.
So, what does all of that mean to modern day Christians? We are given, by Paul clear, measurable and doable marching orders. Can we follow these orders on our own... in our own flesh... by our own will? NO! Look where man’s heart is without God; Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? 10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. 11As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not; so he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool. So Paul gives us the remedy which is found in Romans 12:1&2.
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. 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.” There’s power in God’s mercy.