There have not been wanting, in all ages of the Church, persons who, losing the savour of Divine things from their own souls by drinking into a worldly spirit, have endeavored to shun the reproach of the cross by renouncing the company of the godly, speaking evil of the way of life, and perhaps sitting down in the chair of the scorner with apostates like themselves. Romans 12:2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Distributing to the necessity of saints - Relieve your poor brethren according to the power which God has given you. Romans 12:2 Don't change yourselves to be like the people of this world. In like manner the law, distributed into various articulations, constitutes but one body." ", [Note: Hiebert, "Presentation and . Associative instrumental case. The sins we are most inclined to may have a prevalency over us, either--5. Στυγεω signifies to hate or detest with horror; the preposition απο greatly strengthens the meaning. They abound in quotations from the doctrinal parts, but seldom make that use of them which the apostle makes in this chapter. I do not account for it at all, it depends upon certain laws of nature, the principles of which have not been as yet duly developed. But providing for strangers in distress is the proper meaning of the term; and to be forward to do this is the spirit of the duty. The whole is a quotation from Proverbs 25:21, Proverbs 25:22, in the precise words of the Septuagint; and it is very likely that the latter clause of this verse, Thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, is a metaphor taken from smelting metals. iv. Let it be a matter of rejoicing to you when you hear of the health, prosperity, or happiness of any brother. (3.) 4. It would follow therefrom that the wherefore of Romans 15:7 was immediately connected with the end of chap. See Dr. Campbell's Dissertations on the Gospels, Diss. And on this account it is that so many of those who have been called to minister to the poor in parishes, workhouses, and religious societies, when they come to relinquish their employment find that many of their moral feelings have been considerably blunted; and perhaps the only reward they get for their services is the character of being hard-hearted. But let God change you inside with a new way of thinking. Romans 12:2 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. This is a hard lesson, and very few persons learn it thoroughly. of this epistle have Κυριῳ, the Lord; a reading in which all the versions concur. 2. I will repay - In my own time and in my own way. With eyes wide open to the mercies of God, I beg you, my brothers, as an act of intelligent worship, to give Him your bodies, as a living sacrifice, consecrated to Him and acceptable by Him. The principle upon which it proceeds was illustrated in Romans 5:12-21. that ye may prove what is the will of God. 5 The apostle Paul’s words recorded in the letter to the Romans were addressed, not to unbelievers or the general populace, but to his fellow anointed Christians. Nothing can be more regular or judicious than his plan of proceeding. No, it is a practical religion, that tends to the right ordering of the conversation. According to this world (twi aiwni toutwi). The apostle directs that this office should be executed with diligence, that such destitute persons should have their necessities as promptly and as amply supplied as possible. All these phrases are sacrificial, and show that there must be a complete surrender of the person - the body, the whole man, mind and flesh, to be given to God; and that he is to consider himself no more his own, but the entire property of his Maker. Conformity and Transformation. Instead of χρειαις, necessities, some ancient MSS. He first shows the miserable, wretched, fallen, degraded state of man; next, the merciful provision which God has made for his salvation, and lastly, the use which man should make of the mercies of his God. If it be possible - To live in a state of peace with one's neighbors, friends, and even family, is often very difficult. Your reasonable service - Nothing can be more consistent with reason than that the work of God should glorify its Author. Let your heart feel for the distressed; enter into their sorrows, and bear a part of their burdens. (4.) Having then gifts differing, etc. Hence the external non-conformity of that age meant a wider contrast than is possible now between the Christian and his more immediate surrounding, Yet in the receding background our present age darkens into a darkness almost as deep as heathenism itself. Verses 1-39. or ascertain by a full, rich actual experience. 2. Do not be litigious. Vengeance is mine - This fixes the meaning of the apostle, and at once shows that the exhortation, Rather give place to wrath or punishment, means, Leave the matter to the judgment of God; it is his law that in this case is broken; and to him the infliction of deserved punishment belongs. It is no sin to die through lack of the necessaries of life when the providence of God has denied the means of support; but it is a sin to take up goods without the probability of being able to pay for them. Dedication to God is a response to the mercy of God that we receive in salvation. He shows us, in a most pointed manner, the connection that subsists between the doctrines of the Gospel and practical piety. Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind: That ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God: Ð¾Ð±Ð½Ð¾Ð²Ð»ÐµÐ½Ð¸ÐµÐ¼ ÑÐ¼Ð° Ð²Ð°ÑÐµÐ³Ð¾, "The first verse calls for an explicit act; the second commands a resultant lifelong process. A. Living the Christian Life. And it was a terribly heathen, in which these Romans lived and the apostle wrote. Labour hard to live honestly; if God still appear to withhold his providential blessing, do not despair; leave it all to him; do not make a sinful choice; he cannot err. Through the grace given unto me - By the grace given St. Paul most certainly means his apostolical office, by which he had the authority, not only to preach the Gospel, but also to rule the Church of Christ. The Romanists make this distinction between λατρεια, and δουλεια, latreia and douleia, (or dulia, as they corruptly write it), worship and service, which they say signify two kinds of religious worship; the first proper to God, the other communicated to the creatures. In the kind warmth the metal learns to glow, And pure from dross the silver runs below.". Or he that teacheth - The teacher, διδασκαλος, was a person whose office it was to instruct others, who thereby catechizing, or simply explaining the grand truths of Christianity. , signifies not the physical frame of the globe, (for which, is the more proper term,) but the living world or, of man. Overcome evil with good - however frequently he may grieve and injure thee, always repay him with kindness; thy good-will, in the end, may overcome his evil. Romans 8:1-39 (c) The blessed condition and assured hope of such as are in Christ Jesus.The summary of the contents of this chapter, which follows the Exposition, may be referred to in the first place by the student, so as to assist comprehension of the line of thought. If thine enemy hunger, feed him - Do not withhold from any man the offices of mercy and kindness; you have been God's enemy, and yet God fed, clothed, and preserved you alive: do to your enemy as God has done to you. Given to hospitality - Την φιλοξενιαν διωκοντες, pursuing hospitality, or the duty of entertaining strangers. I once heard the following conversation between two persons, which the reader will pardon my relating in this place, as it appears to be rather in point, and is worthy of regard. Sacra. Abhor that which is evil - Αποστυγουντες το πονηρον· Hate sin as you would hate that hell to which it leads. And each to behave himself properly in the office which he has received from God, Romans 12:4-8; Various important moral duties recommended, Romans 12:9-18. That it gives us a title to privileges and blessings, as great as any the Jews could glory in, by virtue of that covenant, Romans 5:1-12. It is a fact, attested by universal experience, that by sympathy a man may receive into his own affectionate feelings a measure of the distress of his friend, and that his friend does find himself relieved in the same proportion as the other has entered into his griefs. These verses are a call for an act of presentation and the resultant duty of transformation. One of them regards the things that now are in reference to time, the other in reference to space. We are not our own, we are the property of the Lord, by the right of creation and redemption; and it would be as unreasonable as it would be wicked not to live to his glory, in strict obedience to his will. The, —The apostle strikes deeply. "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, and be not conformed to this world, etc." Poor man! "Love a brother Christian with the affection of a natural brother.". Or ministry - Διακονια simply means the office of a deacon; and what this office was, see in the note on Acts 6:4; (note), where the subject is largely discussed. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love - It is difficult to give a simple translation of the original: τῃ φιλαδελφιᾳ εις αλληλους φιλοστοργοι . ", "that good, and perfect, and acceptable will of God". Be of the same mind - Live in a state of continual harmony and concord, and pray for the same good for all which you desire for yourselves. J.B. Phillips has an outstanding and memorable translation of Romans 12:1-2: . Dr. Taylor, after Dr. Benson, conjectures that the apostle in these directions had his eye upon the indignities which the Jews, and probably the Christians too, (for they were often confounded by the heathen), suffered by the edict of Claudius, mentioned Acts 18:2, which "commanded all Jews to depart from Rome." Be always in earnest, and let your heart ever accompany your hand. He will bless thy poverty, while he curses the ungodly man's blessings. This exhortation might have for its object the apostles, who were all itinerants; and in many cases the Christians, flying before the face of persecution. If whatever is done in this way be not done unto the Lord, it can never be done with cheerfulness. Romans 9:24 - even us, whom He also called, not from among Jews only, but also from among Gentiles. Returning from Arabia he visited Jerusalem and Damascus, and then went to Cilicia, where he doubtless did evangelistic work until Barnabas soug… A man cannot have broils and misunderstandings with others, without having his own peace very materially disturbed: he must, to be happy, be at peace with all men, whether they will be at peace with him or not. Where the spirit, the temper, and disposition of the mind, Ephesians 4:23, are not renewed, an outward change is of but little worth, and but of short standing. Not to think - more highly - Μη ὑπερφρονειν, Not to act proudly; to arrogate nothing to himself on account of any grace he had received, or of any office committed to him. Christians should make this commitment as close to the moment of their justification as possible. Or he that exhorteth - Ὁ παρακαλων, The person who admonished and reprehended the unruly or disorderly; and who supported the weak and comforted the penitents, and those who were under heaviness through manifold temptations. He that knows God best, loves and resembles him most. We must not avenge ourselves, but overcome evil with good, Romans 12:19-21. It is most evident, from the whole connection of the place and the apostle's use of it, that the heaping of the coals of fire upon the head of the enemy is intended to produce not an evil, but the most beneficial effect; and the following verse is an additional proof of this. "I know not," said one, "that I neglect to do any thing in my power to promote the interest of true religion in this place, and yet I seem to be held in very little repute, scarcely any person even noticing me." And the apostle warns them against reviving usages that Christ had abolished: this exhortation still continues in full force. In newness of life - This is a Hebraism to denote new life. . It is natural to suppose that the new converts might be puffed up with the several gifts that were bestowed upon them; and every one might be forward to magnify his own to the disparagement of others: therefore the apostle advises them to keep each within his proper sphere; to know and observe the just measure and proportion of the gift intrusted to him, not to gratify his pride but to edify the Church. He who takes credit, even for food or raiment, when he has no probable means of defraying the debt, is a dishonest man. The reader will, no doubt, have observed with pleasure the skill and address, as well as the Divine wisdom, with which the apostle has handled the important subjects which he has brought forth to view in the preceding chapters. There are two terms in the original language for the expression the world. The Christian is to walk singularly, and not after the world's guise; he must not cut the coat of his profession according to the fashion of the times, or the honour of the company he falls into. The order in which the apostle handles this argument is this:- 1. But the man who loves God must labor after this, for it is indispensably necessary even for his own sake. He proves this, ; 5:13,14: 3. It is not a condition for receiving that mercy. , and the perfect. 11. Test drive it and tell us about your experience. Romans 12:2 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. Sentio, says he, non Emendari me tantum, sed Transfigurari; "I perceive myself not to be amended merely, but to be transformed:" i. e entirely renewed. The doctrine of justification by faith bears the strictest analogy or proportion to the grace of Christ and the helpless, guilty, condemned state of man: whereas the doctrine of justification by Works is out of all analogy to the demerit of sin, the perfection of the law, the holiness of God, and the miserable, helpless state of man. The apostle having now finished the doctrinal part of this epistle, proceeds to the practical; and here it may be necessary to take a view of his arguments in the preceding chapters. Never take the execution of the law into your own hands; rather suffer injuries. The justifying ground of this discharge from condemnation was set forth in Romans 3:21-26. spiritually minded. God wants and deserves to be our pilot, not our co-pilot. the lambs, rams, kids, bulls, goats, etc., which were offered under the law. Romans 12:2. This is both antichristian and abominable, whether in a state or in an individual. The word implies a radical, thorough, and universal change, both outward and inward. The angel refused δουλειαν, douleia, Revelation 22:7, because he was συνδουλος sundoulos, a fellow servant; and the Divine worship is more frequently expressed by this word δουλεια, douleia, service, than by λατρεια, latreia, worship. Love God and your neighbor; and, by obedience to the one and acts of benevolence to the other, show that your love is sincere. The word φιλαδελφια signifies that affectionate regard which every Christian should feel for another, as being members of the same mystical body: hence it is emphatically termed the love of the brethren. See also Luke 1:76; Luke 7:28; Acts 15:32; 1 Corinthians 14:29. And Ludouicus Vives, a learned Romanist, has proved out of Suidas, Xenophon, and Volla, that these two words are usually taken the one for the other, therefore the popish distinction, that the first signifies "the religious worship due only to God," and the second, "that which is given to angels, saints, and men," is unlearned and false. The apostle knew that it would be difficult to get into and maintain such a state of peace, and this his own words amply prove: And if it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably. ], Revelation -programming of the mind does not take place overnight but is a lifelong process by which our way of thinking is to resemble more and more the way God wants us to think.". But to think soberly - Αλλα φρονειν εις το σωφρονειν . Tons more resources, better tools, NIV84 and easier navigation. And has not a sense of his goodness and long-suffering towards you been a means of melting down your heart into penitential compunction, gratitude, and love towards him? - Dr. Taylor. The reasonable service, λογικην λατρειαν, of the apostle, may refer to the difference between the Jewish and Christian worship. As to the pretences of the Jews, that "God was bound by express promise to continue them as his only people for ever, and that this was directly inconsistent with the election and calling of the Gentiles, on the condition of faith alone;" he demonstrates that the rejection of the Jews is consistent with the truth of God's word, and with his righteousness: he shows the true cause and reason of their rejection, and concludes with an admirable discourse upon the extent and duration of it; which he closes with adoration of the Divine wisdom in its various dispensations, Romans 9, 10, 11. The persons to whom it is extended, and the new life of which they become the participators was specified in Romans 6:1-11. a living sacrifice, in opposition to the bodies of slain beasts offered under the legal dispensation, … The poor are often both wicked and worthless: and, if those who are called to minister to them as stewards, overseers, etc., do not take care, they will get their hearts hardened with the frequent proofs they will have of deception, lying, idleness, etc. According to Schultz, it is from Romans 15:7 that the real Epistle to the Romans recommences, to which the whole moral treatise, Romans 12:1 to Romans 15:6, was originally foreign. The Christians were to renounce this world - the Jewish state of things; to be transformed, by having their minds enlightened in the pure and simple Christian worship, that they might prove the grand characteristic difference between the two covenants: the latter being good in opposition to the statutes which were not good, Ezekiel 20:25; acceptable, in opposition to those sacrifices and offerings which God would not accept, as it is written, Psalm 40:6-8; and perfect, in opposition to that system which was imperfect, and which made nothing perfect, and was only the shadow of good things to come. The election, calling, and justification of the believing Gentiles, and their being admitted into the kingdom and covenant of God, and having an interest in all the privileges and honors of his children. Thus, having cleared this important subject with surprising judgment, and the nicest art and skill in writing, he now proceeds, after his usual manner in his epistles and the apostolic method of preaching, to inculcate various Christian duties, and to exhort to that temper of mind and conduct of life which are suitable to the profession of the Gospel, and the enjoyment of its privileges. Romans 8:1-4 Under the gospel we are free from condemnation, walking. A wonderful plan of trial, which begins with giving judgment, and ends with examining the proof, wherein the whole skill and ingenuity of the judges are to be exerted in wresting the evidence so as to give it the appearance of supporting the sentence pronounced before hand." The world that now is - This present state of things, is as much opposed to the spirit of genuine Christianity as the world then was. "But how do you account for this?" The Author. That ye may prove - Εις το δοκιμαζειν, That ye may have practical proof and experimental knowledge of, the will of God - of his purpose and determination, which is good in itself; infinitely so. He that showeth mercy - Let the person who is called to perform any act of compassion or mercy to the wretched do it, not grudgingly nor of necessity, but from a spirit of pure benevolence and sympathy. that is, "Do not fashion or accommodate yourselves to the corrupt principles or customs, to the sinful courses and practices, of the men of the world." I believe this to be the meaning of give place to wrath, οργῃ, punishment; the penalty which the law, properly executed, will inflict. vi, shows us the force of this word when used in a moral sense. 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