Emanna for 02/22/2020
The Result of Being Moved by God's Compassions
Rom 12:1 I beg you therefore, brothers, through the compassions of God to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, well-pleasing to God, which is your most reasonable service. 6:13 ...but present yourselves to God as alive from the dead, and your members as weapons of righteousness to God.
Words of Ministry
In 12:1 Paul speaks in a begging way, revealing the importance of the matter concerning which he is about to charge us. It unveils God's desire and purpose. For centuries and ages God has had a particular desire--to have a body for Christ. Hence, the Apostle said, "I beg you therefore, brothers, through the compassions of God." Notice that it is not "compassion" in singular, but "compassions" in plural. God not only has one kind of compassion, but many kinds of compassion upon us. He has had compassion on us in selecting us. He has had compassion on us in calling us, in saving us, and in bringing us into His life. It was through these compassions of God that the Apostle Paul begged us to present our bodies to God. If we realize the compassions of God and are moved by them, we shall do what the Apostle begged us to do. Why does Paul use the word "living"? Because he compares this sacrifice with the sacrifices of the Old Testament. The sacrifices offered in Old Testament days were all slain, but the church is not a slain offering; it is a living offering full of Christ as life. In chapter eight we see that the believers are filled with Christ as the life-giving Spirit. When they come to chapter twelve to offer themselves as a sacrifice to God, they are a living offering filled with the Spirit of life.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee. Life-study of Romans, pp. 296-297. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 10/26/98) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org.