Studies In The Book Of Romans
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1. In what way are we to present our bodies to God?
As living sacrifices: “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” (Romans 12:1).
By God’s mercy (IICorinthians 4:1 and Ephesians 2:1-5).
Present your bodies (Romans 6:13, ICorinthians 6:13-20, and Philippians 1:20).
A living sacrifice (Hebrews 13:15-16 and IPeter 2:5-9).
Reasonable (IPeter 3:15) service (Hebrews 12:28).
2. Should we be conformed to this world?
No: “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” (Romans 12:2).
Don’t be a conformer to the world (Deuteronomy 18:9-14, IKings 11:1-8, Psalms 1:1-2, Psalms 26:4-5, Psalms 101:3, Psalms 119:104, Proverbs 1:10-19, Proverbs 4:14-16, Proverbs 13:20, Proverbs 29:27, Jeremiah 15:17, ICorinthians 3:18-19, ICorinthians 15:33, IICorinthians 6:14-18, Galatians 1:3-4, Ephesians 5:11, James 4:4, IPeter 4:1-5, and IJohn 2:15-17).
Renewal of mind leads to change in action (Ezekiel 18:31, Ephesians 4:17-32, and Colossians 3:10).
Prove [try; test; discern; cf. Luke 12:56 and IThessalonians 5:21] what is that good, acceptable, perfect, will of God (IITimothy 3:16-17).
3. In this context, in what way should we not think of ourselves?
More highly than we ought to think: “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 faith” (Romans 12:3).
Be humble (Proverbs 16:18, Philippians 2:3-8, and James 4:6-10).
Don’t think too much of yourself (Luke 18:10-14).
Even the “natural” abilities you have are God given (IPeter 4:11).
4. What kind of difference should there be among members of the Lord’s body?
In the church, we have different offices [functions]: “For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office” (Romans 12:4).
Unity at all times (Psalms 133:1, Matthew 12:30, Matthew 12:46-50, Mark 3:24, Luke 11:23, John 17:20-23, Acts 2:46, Romans 12:16, Romans 15:6, Romans 16:17-18, ICorinthians 1:10, ICorinthians 4:17, IICorinthians 13:11, Ephesians 4:1-6, Philippians 1:27, Philippians 2:2, Philippians 3:16, and IIJohn 9-11).
Yet, some will be different in functions. Some will be elders (ITimothy 13:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9), deacons (ITimothy 3:8-13), evangelists (IITimothy 4:1-5), teachers (Ephesians 4:11 and Titus 2:3-5), weak or strong (Romans 15:1-3), supporters Romans 15:1-4), etc.
There is only ONE body [church] (Ephesians 1:22-23, Ephesians 4:4, and Colossians 3:15; cf. Matthew 16:18 and Romans 16:16).
5. Being one body in Christ, who else are we supposed to be members of?
One another: “So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another” (Romans 12:5).
ICorinthians 10:17, ICorinthians 12:12-27, and Ephesians 4:25.
6. During the temporary age of spiritual gifts (cf. I Corinthians 12:1-13:13), did everyone have the same gifts?
No: “(6) Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; (7) Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; (8) Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness” (Romans 12:6-8).
Spiritual gifts were imparted by the Holy Spirit after the laying on of Apostle’s hands (Acts 8:12-24, Acts 19:1-7, Romans 1:11, and ICorinthians 12:11).
7. What is “dissimulation”?
“Let love be without dissimulation…” (Romans 12:9).
The word [Strong’s #505] means insincere; without hypocrisy.
Love for God and brethren is to be real, sincere, pure (IICorinthians 6:6, Ephesians 6:24, ITimothy 1:5, IPeter 1:22, and IPeter 4:8).
8. How should Christians feel about evil?
We should abhor it: “Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good” (Romans 12:9).
Psalms 26:4-5, Psalms 97:10, Psalms 101:3, Psalms 119:163, Amos 5:14-15, and Hebrews 1:8-9.
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