By The Mercies of God
INTRODUCTION: We see in these two verses a summary of the previous 11 chapters concerning all that God has accomplished for the believer.
1 - 5 Justifying the believer
6 - 8 Enabling the believer to live a righteous life,
9 - 11 Being faithful to Israel
NOTE: The context of these verses is to believers
I. I BESEECH YOU THEREFORE, (v 1)
Beseech means = to call near, that is, invite — call for, beg
A. Brethren, (brothers in Christ)
1. By the mercies of God, that
2. Ye present
a. Your bodies
(Is an instrument of sin)
A step up to the altar, it is something that you do
b. Make Your Body
1.) A living sacrifice,
c. Make Your Body
d. Make Your Body
1.) Acceptable unto God,
Cain and Abel each made a sacrifice only one sacrifice was acceptable
B. Which Is Your Reasonable Service.
Reasonable is rational (“logical)
Noah His reasonable service was humiliation and six saved souls
Moses His reasonable service was asking God to take him, but save the chosen
Paul His reasonable service a life of sacrifice and eventually cost him his head.
Matthew His reasonable service was to leave all to follow Jesus
Peter His reasonable service led to his crucifixion Upside down, opposite of Christ
C. And Be Not Conformed (v 2)
1. To this world:
Be separated Be set aside Be different
The roads that led to our home in Palestine, Texas, had what I call tree tunnels, in the early morning and evening you really need your lights on, not to see with but to be seen.
That is what this verse is talking about being seen as a Christian. Light the way for others, don’t you join in with them.
D. But Be Ye Transformed (direction changed
Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Be transformed, it is our duty not God’s
1. By the renewing of your mind,
Repentance changing your direction
E. That Ye May Prove (allow)
1. What is that good, and a
2. Acceptable, and
3. Perfect, will of God.
CONCLUSION: We see for all this Paul is asking us to do certain things.
1. Offer Ourselves to Gods service
a. Holy Acceptable to God
2. Your Reasonable Service
3. Separate Ourselves from Unbelievers
4. Change from the old to the new
What I have been talking about through this verse from God, is what we as individual Christians ought to do.
I want you to remember, that this verse was talking to Christians who weren’t doing God’s Will. (Christian Sinners)
This verse Paul gives us is telling each of us what we (as an individual) must do. What it comes down to is either me or you.
It always gets to that point doesn’t it.
You see we as sinners make choices daily. When we wake up in the morning our attitude may be I want to do God’s will today all day. But generally something pops up or cuts you off in traffic and you are no longer in God’s will.
Sometimes, most times, our problem is the world. If we could just isolate ourselves and keep in a closet where we saw no one, heard no one and spoke to no one, we could be fully separated from the world.
God does not want that we are to shine for the Lord, show others the way.
He was tempted as we are. You say Bro John Jesus wasn’t tempted with what I have been, yes He has. He was tempted by the world and stood strong and rejected Satan with God’s word.
Not the word of some psychiatrist, judge, or some real smart person.
He chose God’s Word to reject Satan. Michael the Arch Angel
(Jude 9) Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.
This Angel who we consider more powerful than we are could not stand-alone against Satan. What gives you the idea you can?
The devil is as a roaring Lion
(1 Peter 5:8) Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
If you saw an actual lion coming through the Baptistry none of you would stick around to help me. You might say something to warn me but I would imagine the auditorium would be vacated and the doors closed before I had a chance to react.Why would you ignore the devil? He is out to ruin you, ruin your testimony.