So far as he is concerned, he is to do his best to maintain peace. The foundation for Christian living. God helps some people to be able to teach others. Do not think that you know everything. So here the general exhortation to universal holiness, grounded on, and inferred from, the whole of the preceding part of the epistle, is contained in the first and second verses. Then you will know how to serve him well. Romans 12 Commentary; EASY ENGLISH. Notice that the days of sacrifice are not over. That’s the most sensible way to serve God. 13 If any of God's people need anything, then help them with what you have. A living sacrifice.—“How is the body to become a sacrifice? (15) Rejoice with them that do rejoice.—The feeling of sympathy is perhaps more under the control of the will than might be supposed. http://www.calvaryhillsboro.org/ Subscribe To Watch More: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMljrvWnX5HWCHwB-GAbCsw Thank you for … For sacrifice can be made only of that which is clean; sacrifice is a firstfruit of other actions. Instead, positively, we are to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. 12 Therefore, I urge you,(A)brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice,(B)holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.2 Do not conform(C)to the pattern of this world,(D)but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Its object was to provide for the practical business as opposed to the spiritual ministrations of the Church. (11) In business.—Rather, in zeal; the reference is to the spiritual and not to the practical life, as the English reader might suppose. By the renewing of your mind.—“The mind” (i.e., the mental faculties, reason, or understanding) is in itself neutral. He sees his errors, and learns from them. 13 If any of God's people need anything, then help them with what you have. The “renewed mind,” or the mind acting under the influence of the Spirit, comes very near to “conscience” in the sense in which the word is used by Bishop Butler. . Beseech is a Greek word which comes from a root meaning to “call alongside to help”. .—There is a play upon words in this phrase, and those which follow, which is not preserved, and can hardly be preserved, in the English. "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". (12) In hope. Do not be proud. A. 17 If someone has done bad things against you, do not do bad things back to them. Psalms 18:12-14, where the phrase “coals of fire” is used of the divine vengeance. 16 Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Be not wise in your own conceits.—Comp. Negatively, we are not to be passively conformed to this world. We also belong to each other, like the different parts of one body belong to each other. and from the Hebrew, is precisely similar to that in Hebrews 10:30. 1 Therefore I urge you, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable (Greek: euareston—well-pleasing) to God, which is your spiritual (Greek: logiken—rational, genuine, true) service (Greek: latreian—service). Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of BibleSupport.com. Matthew 5:14-16; 2 Corinthians 8:21.). The sense, “Allow time for your own anger to cool,” cannot be got out of the Greek. Read Romans 12 commentary using Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete). Study the bible online using commentary on Romans 12 and more! Romans 12 Commentary by William Sanday; THEODORE EPP. 3:3-6 - God is right to make his judgement against our … According as God hath dealt to every man.—The standard of action which each Christian ought to propose to himself should be in proportion to the amount of his faith as given to him by God. Just as under the old dispensation the mind expressed its devotion through the ritual of sacrifice, so now under the new dispensation its worship takes the form of a self-dedication; its service consists in holiness of life, temperance, soberness, and chastity. (8) He that exhorteth.—It will be observed that in the apostolic writings, the one idea of “preaching” is divided into its several branches, “speaking with tongues,” “prophesying” (which appears to have had reference to the more recondite portions or relations of the faith), “teaching,” “exhortation.” This last form of address, corresponding perhaps rather to our word “encouragement,” would be especially needed in the troubled circumstances of the early Church. Sin vies with the Creator for control of humanity and the rest of creation to such an extent that Paul can speak of … Continue reading "Commentary on Romans 12:1-8" 5 In the same way, we are many people but we all belong to Christ, like one body. It would then be very nearly equivalent to the condition above—“according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” The prophet is to let his utterances be regulated strictly by the degree of faith of which he is conscious in himself. “To be conformed to this world” is to act as other men do, heathen who know not God; in opposition to this the Apostle exhorts his readers to undergo that total change which will bring them more into accordance with the will of God. L et’s take a close look at Romans chapter 3 and study it together and add some personal commentary to it. The reference is to the well-known poverty of the early Christian communities. Romans 12:1-21. 12 Be happy, because you can trust God to do what he says. (14) Bless them which persecute you.—Apparently with allusion to Matthew 5:44. So I beg you to offer your bodies to him as a living sacrifice, pure and pleasing. Introduction 1:1-17. “Not to be high-minded beyond that which he ought to be minded, but to be minded unto sober-mindedness.” Our words, “to be minded,” “high-minded,” &c., very nearly express the sense of the Greek, which is to have the thoughts and feelings habitually turned in a certain direction. Cheerfulness is not merely a matter of temperament, but to be cultivated as a duty. but be ye transformed.—Here the English is somewhat misleading. 12:1 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. NASB (UPDATED) TEXT: ROMANS 12:14-21 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. The history of St. Paul himself, which is one of almost constant conflict, shows that this would not always be possible. Prophecy.—The gift of prophecy is treated at length in 1 Corinthians 14. “The mind” here is not strictly identical with what we now mean by “conscience;” it is, as it were, the rational part of conscience, to which the moral quality needs to be superadded. Be of the same mind one toward another. What is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.—The “will of God” is here, not the divine attribute of will, but the thing willed by God, the right course of action. Hate anything that is bad. Charitable Incorporated Organisation 1162807, https://www.facebook.com/BibleEasyEnglish/. Holy, acceptable unto God.—The qualification sought for in the Jewish sacrifices was that they were to be unblemished, without spot. Let us, then, from our hands, and feet, and mouth, and all our other members, yield a firstfruit unto God” (St. Chrysostom). The injunction in this verse is one of those that have been perhaps most fully carried out in modern times. The one prevailing impression left on his mind, both by the argument just ended and by the whole previous portion of the Epistle, is a profound sense of the merciful and benevolent purposes of God, who, out of seeming evil, only educes the highest good. Viewed individually, they stand to each other in the same sort of relation as the different limbs and organs of the natural body, as foot and hand, or hand and eye. Romans 12 deals with three of these changes. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Romans 12:1-2. 10 Love each other truly like brothers and sisters. 2 Don’t be like the people of this world, but let God change the way you think. Serve the Lord well because you enjoy it. (5) In Christ.—Christ is the unifying principle in the Church, just as the personality or will is the unifying principle in man. Paul appeals to Roman Christians "to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God" (v. 1). Romans 12:12. The scholar will observe that in this way of taking the passage, the Greek word for “condescend” (sunapagomenoi) has to be a little forced, or at least is not so expressive and natural as in the other. "Commentary on Romans 12:4". He says, "Don't be conformed to this world, but be transformed The best manuscripts are wonderfully free from corruptions of this kind, and even inferior manuscripts admit them to a much smaller extent than might have been expected. Romans 12:1. Instead, let God be angry and punish them. (21) Be not overcome of evil, but . The reference is to a state of things in which the Christian was liable to be persecuted and driven from city to city, and often compelled to seek for shelter with those who held the same faith as himself. Instead, think about yourself carefully. Romans 12:12, ESV: "Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer." So surely the world will get much richer blessings when enough Jews become the kind of people God wants. The sequence is as much one of feeling as of ratiocination. The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans Commentary by DAVID BROWN CHAPTER 12 Rom 12:1-21. ÷ROMANS 12:14-21. Romans: Paul's Letter to the Romans; CHARLES ELLICOTT - editor. Romans 12 Contemporary English Version (CEV) Christ Brings New Life. .—A fine sentiment. Be friends with people who are not important. (9-21) Now follow to the end of the chapter a number of general exhortations, not addressed to particular persons or classes, but to the Church at large. What precise relation this bore to the prediction of future events, mentioned in Acts 11:27-28; Acts 21:10-11, does not appear. DUTIES OF BELIEVERS, GENERAL AND PARTICULAR. 1. (20) Thou shalt heap coals of fire.—Comp. The Christian is to take the initiative, and show honour or respect to others without waiting for them to show it to him. Try to live in a good way so that people will respect you. 14 Ask God to bless people who cause trouble for you. … .—In every Christian community there should be that harmony which proceeds from a common object, common hopes, common desires. Those people should teach well. Romans: Paul's Letter to the Romans; CHARLES ELLICOTT - editor. 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. He who gives “to be seen of men,” or with any selfish motive, exhausts thereby the merit of the act, see Matthew 6:2 et seq. It is the bully on the playground that enthralls everyone, gathering devotees, terrorizing would-be opponents into silence, enslaving all. © MissionAssist 2020 The word translated “gifts” means specially “gifts of grace,” grace standing here for the operation of the Spirit. The doctrinal teaching of this Epistle is now followed up by a series of exhortations to practical duty. If you help your enemies, they will be ashamed. # 12:1 lives Literally, “bodies.”. The idea contained in sacrifice is that of dedication. The other most plausible interpretation would be, “Give room to the wrath of your adversary; let it spend itself; resist not evil,” etc., as in Matthew 5:39. That is the true way to worship God. Bible Commentaries (1) At this point the Apostle turns from the speculative, or doctrinal, portion of his Epistle, and begins a series of... (2) Be not conformed . The word for “kindly affectioned” is specially used of the family relation, and is, therefore, appropriately applied to the brotherhood of the Christian family. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Romans 12:9-21 EXEGESIS: ROMANS 12. But there is to be this distinction between the old Jewish sacrifices and the Christian sacrifice: the one was of dead animals, the other of the living man. Romans 12:1-2. Be patient when you have troubles. (13) Distributing to the necessity of saints.—By “saints” is here meant simply “Christians.” So, in Ephesians 1:1, we find the salutation addressed to the “saints which are at Ephesus.” (Comp. The infliction of vengeance is not a sign of strength, but of weakness. Sep 24, 2017 - Paul's letter to the Romans - A free Bible Version and Commentary on the New Testament Book of Romans in Easy English. . We should say, rather, “fellow-members with one another.”. Patient in tribulation; The word “tribulation” signifies threshing as with a flail. The worshipper must offer, or present, before God, himself, with all his living energies and powers directed consciously to God’s service. He that ruleth.—He who holds any position of prominence or importance in the Church. Serve him with everything that you have and that will please him. 12 Be happy, because you can trust God to do what he says. The institution of this office is described in Acts 6:1-5. If God has helped you to be kind to others, do that happily. (12) In hope.—The Christian’s hope, of which we have had more in Romans 8:20-25. But let God completely change the way that you think, so that you live differently. He has given to each of us different gifts so that we can serve him. Always continue to pray. It is to exalt our views respecting the blessings Christ has procured for us, by comparing them with the evil which followed upon the fall of our first father; and by showing that these blessings not only extend to … Perhaps no shorter advice is to be given than “become Christians.”. Give Your Lives to God. Such references occur (as we should expect) more frequently in the Epistle of St. James. All Christians, viewed collectively, make up one body, the unity of which is supplied by their relation to Christ. Another rendering would be “condescend to lowly things,” in which case the sense would be nearly equivalent to that of Keble’s well-known and beautiful lines—. —This virtue was, of course, specially needed in the troublous times through which the Church was passing. If God has helped you to be a leader, do that carefully. Romans 12:2 English Standard Version (ESV). And first, the all-comprehensive duty. (2) Be not conformed . It is impossible to convey in good English the emphatic play, so to speak, which each word here has upon another: "not to be high-minded above what he ought to be minded, but so to be minded as to be sober-minded" [CALVIN, ALFORD]. Other examples would be the insertion of the phrase “and fasting” in Mark 9:29, and the addition of the doxology to the Lord’s prayer in Matthew 6:13. (10) With brotherly love.—Better translated as in the margin, In love of the brethren (fellow Christians) be kindly affectioned. 6 God has been kind to us. Then you will win against the bad things that people do. THE CONTEXT Romans 12:1-8 establishes the foundation upon which 12:9-21 is built. Do not ask him to do bad things to them. And what they lost brought rich blessings to the non-Jewish people. There is a class of religious minds which is especially apt to forget this. 15 If you are with someone who is happy, you should also be happy. This should be noted as a point of resemblance between St. Paul and the author of that Epistle, but its strength as an argument for the identity of the two is much diminished by the fact that other marked coincidences are found in the literature of this age, which seem to point to the conclusion that forms of text were current (perhaps confined to a few familiar quotations) of which no direct representations have come down to us. Please leave your own comment so that we can all learn from one another. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? Are we to take the adjectives “good, and acceptable, and perfect” (with the Authorised version), as in agreement with this phrase, or are they rather in apposition to it, “that we may prove the will of God, that which is good, and acceptable, and perfect”? 18 If it is possible, try always to be friends with other people. Reasonable service.—The English phrase is somewhat ambiguous. 16 Always try to agree and to be friends with each other. Serving the Lord.—Some of the extant Græco-Latin codices, and others known to Origen and Jerome, read here by a slight change of vowels “serving the time”; no doubt wrongly, though the expression might be compared with 1 Corinthians 7:29; Ephesians 5:16, et al. We are to dedicate our bodies to God. I beseech you therefore, brethren — Paul uses to suit his exhortations to the doctrines he has been delivering. This last is the most literal rendering, and brings out the resemblance to Matthew 23:13, et al. The kindness of charity is doubled when it is done in a cheerful and kindly way. Always be happy to let people stay in your home. CHAPTER 12. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. See Romans 1:9, Romans 1:25; Romans 12:1, Galatians 4:8, Galatians 4:9; 1 Thessalonians 1:9; Matthew 6:24. Simplicity.—With singleness of motive, desiring only God’s glory, and to benefit the object for which he gives, and with no secret thought of self-exaltation. 21 Do not let bad things win against you! Just as being enslaved to sin was an embodied existence, so is being alive to God. The Apostle assumes that this will be the case. The Book of Romans is among my favorites in the entire Bible. We are to present our bodies a living sacrifice.Sacrificing has been transferred from the physical slaughtering of animals to the sacrifice of the self, from the slaying of a dumb and uncomprehending beast to the intelligent and deliberate choice of an understanding human, made in the image of God. 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