September 6, 1992
To be a “living sacrifice” is not as radical as it may sound. The apostle Paul didn’t extend this call to a special class of believers; he issued it to one and all. Alistair Begg explains that while Paul could have made this appeal on the basis of duty, he instead urged his readers to respond “in view of God’s mercy.” Giving all of ourselves over to God is an acknowledgement that He gave all for our salvation.
1I appeal to you therefore, brothers,1 by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.2 2Do not be conformed to this world,3 but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.4
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