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July 13, 2020 2:00 am
In the first eleven chapters of Romans, Paul laid out all of God's blessings toward us and Christ's work for us. In the message "Now It's Your Turn," Skip shows you the turning point in Paul's epistle as he shares how you should respond to all of this.
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Christian needs a goal. Kristin needs a purpose, the Christian needs a motive for living in. So Paul gives us one right here far. To sum it up I would say here it is probably saying this because he died for you.
You should live for him.
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You will find it. That's a set up for this transition a meditative about 411 chapters. The apostle Paul has been giving us a litany of the blessings of God what he calls the mercies of God telling us all that God has done for us.
He's forgiven us. He's declared us righteous. He's made us his children he's given us promises like all things work together for good to those you love God and of the called according to his purpose and that he's given us much more for he also reminded us that he who did not spare his son, but delivered him up for us, how shall he not with him freely give us all things that are God's not now it's your turn for the next five chapters. The apostle Paul And tells us what our response should be to those 11 chapters that he has given us so the next five chapters is about our response. What we are to give to God, he sets it up in the first two verses. Let's look at Romans 12 wanted to get familiar.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God which is your reasonable service.
And do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, you may prove what is that good, acceptable and perfect will of God. That's were called to do without doing what we just read without doing this, would it be like Christian monkeys were holding onto the allurements of life, and it's all about what we again rather than what we surrender. I was reading an article this week about a fascinating sport of four years in America and that's dog racing Greyhound racing with a take these these highly trained and very swift animals. The Greyhound dog they put on a track and they racing around now that's a practice that is been outlawed in many states, though it is practiced in these five states if you want to go grab a Greyhound race, Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Texas, and West Virginia. Essentially they put these dogs on a track and there is a mechanical lure like a fake rabbit that is on a track, either on the inside or the outside of the track and it goes around and was Greyhound's Chase and Chase Chase Chase while I was reading about in this article when it was still legal in Florida on the greyhounds were in the their little candles ready to go on the gates opened up the gates opened up and that rabbit took off the mechanical rabbit there go the greyhounds chasing around the track and it was all good until they made the first turn. Then there was an electrical malfunction. The rabbit stopped and exploded just as just the defenders died this fake rabbit went up in flames like a wire and a few little shards of cloth and smoke going up.
The dogs were so confused they did not know what to do and that happened. Most of them just lay down on the track went up and chase his tail around and around and around and around and the rest of them just barked howl at the crowds. Not one.
Finish the race. I think that life is like that. I think that a lot of people live their lives exactly like that they pursue their chosen rabbits.
It might be a career could be an education. It could be a relationship. All of these things are goals that give people purpose and meaning, and motivate them. The problem is when that is taken away when nothing is gone, they lose hope.
Everything was wrapped up in that relationship that career finishing this education that we all need a goal we all need a purpose. The Christian needs ago. The Christian needs a purpose, the Christian needs a motive for living and so Paul gives us one right here how to sum it up I would say here is Paul is saying this because he died for you. You should live for him and he's done more than die for you. He's done a whole lot more. But because he gave his life for you and death to give your life for him in life live forever, so it's your turn.
It's your move. It is your response will only get a look at two verses. But I want to separate a few things and drill down and unpack some truth there, because I want to show you that our response to God comes in three stages, the presentation of our bodies.
The transformation of our minds and the apprehension of his will… Take each one would begin where Paul begins in verse one of chapter 12 the presentation of our bodies. He says I beseech you therefore, brethren, we don't talk like that today.
Whereas I beseech you to go to a restaurant and say to the waitress I beseech you, for more coffee right you could translate this, I encourage you I'm encourage I'm coming alongside of you to encourage you in this I beseech your encourage you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice wholly acceptable to God which is your reasonable service. Notice the audience. He is writing to brethren in other words, this chapter is addressed to, and all about the Christian our spiritual family.
Have you noticed during the book of Romans that Paul makes the distinction between different groups Gentiles. Jews the church. The first few chapters he talks about the entire world. All of us religious and nonreligious, all under the wrath of God and then he talks about the grace of God, etc. but then chapter 9, 10, 11. He has a pinpoint focus on one group in particular and that is the Jewish nation. Romans 910 11 past present and future of the Jewish nation. Now he's writing to believers so we are Christians we pay close attention to this because work were part of this group, brethren, I'm belaboring this point because I want to say this, don't expect unbelievers to live like this is for believers. Sometimes I think we Christians try to impose our values on the unbelieving world you know we want to Christian culture anti-Christian society is called heaven. You won't get it here. Don't expect unbelievers to act like believers. If you want to Christian culture. You have to have a culture filled with all the Christians and trust me even that is imperfect but if you want to Christian society in a Christian culture be an evangelist when them to Christ. That should be first and foremost, but when it comes to imposing my belief system and value system. I will evangelize. But I will not expect the secular culture to adopt the Christian lifestyle. I do not expect sinners to do much more than sin is my expectation. I expect sinners to send in a really good at but I expect Christians to surrender and that's who is writing to.
He's gonna say to believers.
I want you to present your body. This is for us. Now that is that is based on an awareness so we go from the audience out to the awareness. Paul is making his appeal. He is basing it on their awareness of certain truths truth that is already covered in 11 chapters, he says it this way, I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God. So he thinks keep all that I have told you in 11 chapters in mind when I tell you this next command. Be aware of this one translations is with eyes wide open to the mercies of God, we have spent 22 weeks in the book of Romans. So far, looking at the mercies of God, let me give you a few of them. First of all, Paul says, well condemned under sin were under God's wrath, but we can be made righteous by Jesus Christ that chapters 1 to 3 of Romans. Then he says you are justified freely by faith just believing in Jesus Christ.
That's enough to make you justified before God in the same way Abraham wasn't God accounted to him for righteousness. That's Romans chapter 4. Then he goes on to say we have access to God anytime day or night. We have the hope of heaven and between now and heaven.
We have life, and even in the worst part of life.
The trials of life. God promises to shape us to the trials of life.
That's chapter 5 in chapter 6, seven, eight, Paul says we are slaves who have been freed, spiritually speaking, we are free from the law freed from sin. We are adopted into his family. We have the Holy Spirit living inside of us.
Then chapter 9, 10, 11 pulses, look at all the promises God made to the Jewish nation of which shall keep all of them so chapter 1 through 11, that's the composite aggregate mercies of God, I beg you, I encourage you I beseech you therefore, brethren, by all of those mercies that you live this way because of all that God has done for you live like this live as though you been justified live as though you are forgiven.
Live like you're bound for heaven. So chapter 12 get this part becomes the graduation chapter.
That's why the word therefore is there is therefore a reason. It is a transition. Here's what you should now here's the basis on the foundation therefore do this. Therefore let this one. So it's the graduation chapter chapters 1 through 11 cost taken us to school given us the foundation. Now he puts the cap and gown on essences, go get a life.
Go get a job now it's your turn. In response to all that do this, the mercies of God, therefore present present to us and provide spiritual incentive and moral dynamic. I think it's healthy to think of the mercies of God to us individually. I give an example using my own life. If I were to review the mercies of God, it would be something like this. I was an aimless teenager in Southern California, experimenting on way too many bad things until 1973. Yes, it's been a long time God reached down from heaven and save my soul that's immersive that's God's mercy to me.
Then IRI bounced around a few churches for a while.
By God's great mercy he placed me in a Bible teaching church with a godly pastor named Chuck Smith took me from Genesis to Revelation and gave me a great foundation in the word of God. That's God's mercy, then I think I was alone and in 1981, God provided the incredible life's companion, Christ centered, God centered woman named Lenny a mission minded to come alongside and and be my life's mate and companion.
Then when I was wondering about what I was going to do my future. I felt that God laid it on my heart to come to this crazy place called Albuquerque, New Mexico Way back east. I'm going back east. That's what I told people to Albuquerque to ghost start a Bible study and and what God has done with that all of those things for me are the mercies of God is merciful to me and him when I look at that and I take inventory personally. Here's my bottom line conclusion. How can I not serve a God who's done that was or is mercies, so that's a that's the first the presentation of our bodies. Now look at the appeal of that. In particular, I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies. You get the idea right here. God hears my body. Here I am. Here's my life. I'm presenting it to you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God which is your reasonable service. Now notice the word present. Okay, it's a technical word.
It's a technical word for the priesthood. It's a priestly work is the Levitical work. It's a word that was used of a priest in the Old Testament who would present an animal to be sacrificed on the altar, so he would take the animal lay hands on it, bring the animal to its death. And that animal would be consumed on an altar. It's a very apt word because you know that Peter says we are a royal priesthood first Peter chapter 2 verse five we are at a royal priesthood or a holy priest.
So the idea of all of this is as one of God's priest in the new covenant. I give him my life. I am worshiping with my life so worship is an experience that should take place every single day.
As I present my body to him, MD some also want you to notice and it's the word living sacrifice, present your bodies a living sacrifice of this is where it gets different because those who would read this originally and who knew about Jewish sacrifices would know that sacrifices when they were brought to the temple and and when the priests offered them. They were never living there were always dead priest would kill the animals let the blood out drain the blood. Place the carcass on an altar.
The fire would totally consumed as a whole burnt offering, but here he says no, it's the New Testament it's not a debt sacrifice. It's a living sacrifice. It is in other words, a lifestyle that is sacrificial. Here's the problem with a living sacrifice as opposed to a Denmark living sacrifices have a tendency to squirm off the altar had no problem sucking move if it's a living sacrifice could be problematic because because I just thought I'd like to give you my life I dedicate my life to Old Testament verse this cool thing overhears his alarm and on the highly dedicate my life to know weekly versus IGN here I am re-dedicating my life again. You know, that tendency we have a tendency to squirm off the altar, so the idea is to present your body and and do it once for all.
But if you need to do it regularly to him.
So what is that mean to present your body, what, why does God care about your body. I bring this up because I've heard how Christians sometimes talk about the human body. The deprecate thereby bodies an apartment. The spiritually poor due to below the body is the spirit is important to get a new body. Anyway, let me tell you something in first Corinthians chapter 6, Paul tells you why your body is so important uses.
It is a temple of the Holy Spirit. If it's a temple of the Holy Spirit. The temple is not just a place for sacrifices were made was the community center for everybody okay was the base of operations for the community in Jerusalem your body as God's temple is to become a base of operations for God to work his will around you and the Scripture is filled with great examples of people who presented their bodies to God and God moved powerfully through them. I think for example of Sarah in the Old Testament. Sarah's womb was barren, but when her body was dedicated to God presented to God by Abraham and Sarah got filled it with Isaac. I think of Moses, God called Moses to be a spokesman. Moses said you got the wrong dude I can even speak. I stuttered I step starter boxes. You're just the one you present your body to me, Moses, and you watch what I'll do with that he did and he became not only a spokesman for Pharaoh to Pharaoh. But for the children of Israel and giving the law of God. Think of David, the hands of a simple shepherd boy who was used to tell chasing lambs around the desert.
But when his body was presented to God those hands holding a sling and a stone brought a giant down to the earth, named Goliath. Think of Paul's feet spreading the gospel around the world because he presented his body to God through your body. My body can be a base of operations for God to work through you wants to touch the world. Skip a message for you today from the series partnership now you Scripture tell you about how you can keep encouraging messages like this coming your way as you help connect others to God's truths. We are called to worship the Lord with our lives surrendering ourselves over to him so that he can work in and through us. We want to encourage and inspire you in your walk with the Lord. That's why we share these messages to equip you in your faith and your generous support today means we can continue to connect you and others to God's word. Here's how you can make that possible. You can give firstname.lastname@example.org/donate.
That's connectwithskip.com/donate or call 800-922-1888, 800-922-1888. Thank you. Be sure to tune in tomorrow as Skip Heitzig shares how you can pursue God's plan and will for your life, boil down God's will, something very simple to understand what I mean in the context of love. God and do whatever you want your that's a little weird. Notice is actually very true love God with all your heart mind soul and strength of your presenting your body to him. Your mind is being renewed in his mind through his truth. One executive castle may Skip presentation of connection communications to God's unchanging truth, ever-changing time