- Romans 12:1-7
- Rom 12:1 (KJV)
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.
Beseech - Exhort
Present - Put at someone’s disposal, offer, provide
Acceptable - Pleasing or well-pleasing
Reasonable - (logikos) Rational
Paul now exhorts the brethren, by the mercy of God, that they are to
provide their bodies as a living sacrifice in the service of the Lord.
Now when we think of a sacrifice, we think of one which is put to death.
However, the Lord is stating here that since we are alive unto God, we
are to remain in the service of the Lord as a living sacrifice. A living
sacrifice here is one that gives themselves and of everything that they
own for the purpose of the Kingdom of God. We are to withhold nothing
when it comes to the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. The essence of a
sacrifice is to give all. If you want to review the full surrender of a
sacrifice, then read Leviticus chapters three and four. A sacrifice was
not only killed but all the parts were separated from the body for other
parts of the offering. When God speaks of us as living sacrifices, He is
telling us that we are to give all. Not only are we to be sacrifices,
but our sacrificial living is to be holy unto the Lord. Holiness in its
root meaning means to be separated. Our sacrificial living must not be
only before the eyes of men for a show but it must be a totally
dedicated life. When we are living that holy life, then this is
well-pleasing unto the Lord. Then the last phrase teaches us that holy,
sacrificial living is our reasonable or logical service which is the
life of the believer. Holy living unto a holy God is the logical way of
life for the true believer. God makes us holy through salvation and we
are to exude that holiness in all phases of our life, not just the
public portion. It would be illogical for someone to call themselves a
Christian and live like the world.
Rom 12:2 (KJV)
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.
Conformed - Fashion yourselves
Transformed - To be changed in form
Renewing - Change or renovation from former way
Prove - To try, scrutinize, or examine
Paul continues the discourse from verse one and now he is exhorting the
true believer not to be conformed or to fashion ourselves according to
the ways of the world. The believer was saved out of the world and we
are not to fashion ourselves once again in the ways of the world. This
is done by living the holy life which Paul just mentioned in verse one.
For the believer to be conformed to this world would be falsely
exhibiting what took place upon salvation. When we became saved our
souls were made alive unto God and therefore if we partake in the evil
ways of the world, we are not showing the transformation which took
place in our souls. Notice that our transformation is linked with the
renewing of our mind because sin begins in the mind. Every time we have
partaken in a sinful act, it was because we first thought of it and then
acted out on that thought. When our mind is renewed, it is renewed
because of salvation. When we were unsaved our minds were darkened with
sin but now it is made light unto the glorious Gospel of salvation.
The renewing of our mind also serves another function according to this
verse. With the renewed mind we will be able to scrutinize or to examine
things to make sure that they are good according to the word of God.
This way, when we can rightly discern what is good in the sight of God,
then we know that it will be acceptable (well-pleasing) unto Him which
leads to the perfect or completed will of God for our life. Whenever we
allow our minds to be taken up with the things of the world, it
obstructs the purity in which God desires in our life and that
obstruction will cause us not to see the will of God for our life.
(2 Cor 11:3 KJV) But I fear, lest by
any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your
minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
The 2 Corinthians verse warns us that our minds can still be corrupted
because of sin in our life and that too will obstruct the understanding
of God’s will for our life. Conforming to the world can render a
believer inactive in the service of the Lord.
Rom 12:3 (KJV)
For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among
you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to
think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of
Now Paul begins a discourse which will deal with the spiritual gifts and
he precedes this section by admonishing, through the eyes of salvation,
that every Christian should not think of themselves too highly. The
words “more highly” carries with it the meaning of “to be high minded.”
In other words, we cannot be the center of our lives which brings up a
spirit of arrogance and self-importance which attempts to place us above
other believers. Instead of us thinking more highly of ourselves, we
need to think soberly. Soberly does not mean when we are not drunk
instead it carries with it the idea of “to be of sound mind or
sensible.” None of us saved ourselves and we should never place
ourselves above anyone else. We need to think properly because God has
given each member of the body of Christ a measure of faith according to
the needs they will have to fulfill their ministry. That measure of
faith corresponds to the talents and abilities God has given us but
mainly to the spiritual gifts which He gives each Christian.
Rom 12:4 (KJV)
For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the
Now Paul begins to unveil why we are not to act arrogantly against other
believers. Just as the human body contains many members such as arms,
legs, heart, lungs, skin, fingers, toes, etc., each of the
aforementioned body parts do not have the same function. For example,
the toes keep us balanced but the fingers do not have that function. The
lungs convert oxygen into the blood while the heart pumps the blood. So
when we look at the human body and all its parts, both large and small,
they do not have the same functions, yet they all work in concert with
each other. Even though the parts are different, in the aggregate they
are all vitally needed for the body to work in harmony.
Rom 12:5 (KJV)
So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of
Just like the human body has many parts which all make up the whole
human body, every Christian is just like a body part. Each one may serve
a different function, but in the aggregate we are all members of the
body of Christ. As members of the body of Christ, we are all members of
each other. If the fingers hurt, it sends a pain signal to the brain and
alerts the rest of the body that something is wrong. When one person in
the body of Christ suffers for the Kingdom, then all members are put on
alert that we may also be called to suffer. The body of Christ is
intricately woven as intimately as the human body is.
Rom 12:6 (KJV)
Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us,
whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
Here Paul begins a section on what is called the preparation gifts.
These gifts prepares us for the ministry which God has for us. He starts
off with the gift of the prophet. Before the completion of the Bible,
God would commission special people to bring His messages to a group of
people. For example, Isaiah prophesied to Judah and Jonah prophesied to
Nineveh. Upon completion of the Bible, there are no longer any special
people receiving any special revelations from God. God has given us His
full revelation in the entire Bible. However, the gift of the Prophet
did not go away. Instead of the Old Testament prophet bringing a special
revelation, the New Testament prophet now declares the completed word of
God from the Scriptures and not from any type of new revelation. The
prophet is to bring the word according to the proportion of faith or it
must be in accordance with the faith and not some wild prophetic
nonsense. For these following spiritual gifts, I want to give some
principles from a study I did on finding your spiritual gifts.
Definition: To speak forth, prophetic declarations, exhortations and
Scripture: 1 Kings 18
Vs 1 They are programmed to Scripture because they are motivated by
They are normally heard asking the question, "Where do you read that in
Vs 18 Have a note of warning in their speech.
Vs 18 They will normally point out specific sins.
Vs 19 They normally will have a confrontational spirit.
Vs 19 They normally emphasize the judgment of God.
Vs 21 They offer black and white solutions.
Vs 22 They sometimes believe they are alone when it comes to
Vs 27 They seem to have an uncaring or caustic personality.
Vss 37-39 They usually bring people back to the Lord by fear.
Vs 46 There is always a sense of urgency in their life.
Rom 12:7 (KJV)
Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on
The gift of ministry is the gift of service. This could entail serving
the body of Christ in any capacity where there is a need. It could be
spiritual service or it could be physical service.
Definition: Service, Servant, or Attendance
Acts 17:15 A desire to serve others.
Acts 19:21-22 They are happy to follow orders and be support personnel.
1 Cor. 4:17 They are faithful servants.
1 Cor. 16:10 They have an inner joy serving others.
Phil. 2:20 They are fulfilled while serving others.
Phil. 2:21-22 They look for opportunities to serve others.
1 Thess. 3:6 They serve without complaining.
1 Tim. 1:2 They are happy to be disciples.
1 Tim. 1:18-20 They do not fear hindrances to God's work but view them
Philemon 1 The servant identifies with the teacher, master, or project
Then there is the gift of teaching where God gives this person the
ability to dissect the word of God. They are normally happy being
chained to their desk for hours of bible study and normally these people
can bring to light things in the Scriptures which others may overlook.
Definition: Instruction or Instructor
Scripture: Luke 1:1-4
1 A teacher holds back information until all pertinent material is in.
(MANY HAVE TAKEN IN HAND)
2 A teacher is careful of their information sources. (Entire verse)
3 A teacher has an attitude of joy in doing research. (IT SEEMED GOOD TO
3 A teacher realizes he is part of the body of Christ and does not hold
sole interpretation. (TO ME ALSO)
3 A teacher will have optimum understanding of the material. (PERFECT
UNDERSTANDING) ("perfect" denotes follow closely, trace,
- examine) The teacher does not
accept another's teaching unless it completely harmonizes in the entire
3 A teacher is concerned with all facts and details. (OF ALL THINGS)
3 A teacher is happy to be chained to a desk for many hours. (TO WRITE)
3 A teacher personalizes the Scriptures for daily living. (UNTO THEE)
3 The teacher has the desire to deliver truth in a systematic way. (IN
ORDER) "Order" means in succession or consecutive order.
4 The teacher is concerned that their hearers understand. (THAT THOU
4 The teacher teaches with absolutes. (THE CERTAINTY OF THOSE THINGS)
"Certainty" means firmness, steadfastness, stability
4 The teacher takes previously written material, tests it by Scripture
and either clarifies it or rejects it. (WHEREIN THOU HAST BEEN