269 Living Sacrifice
Rom 12:1 I exhort you, therefore, brothers, in view of God’s mercies, to offer yourselves as a sacrifice, living and set apart for God, this will please him; it is the logical “temple worship” for you.
Rom 12:2 In other words, do not let yourselves be transformed by renewing of your minds; so that you will know what God wants and will agree that what he wants is good, satisfying and able to succeed.
Rom 12:3 For I am telling every single one of you through the grace that has been given to me, not to have exaggerated ideas about your own importance. Instead, develop a sober estimate of yourself based on the standard which God has given to each of you, namely, trust.
“To offer and present yourselves…” a metaphor taken from bringing sacrifices to the altar of God. Think about this for a moment. A person offering a sacrifice to Adonai, picked out the choices of his flock, brought it to the altar, and presented it there as atonement for his sin. Have you become that living sacrifice, holy without blemish or spot? The sacrifice had to be perfect in its kind. Furthermore the intention of the one offering had to be such that both can be, acceptable and well pleasing to God who examines the heart. The apostle specifies their bodies particularly in reference to this fact. Still the entire animal was devoted. Have you ever seen in the bible a foot offering, a thigh offering, or a head offering? Of course not, hence Rav. Sha’ul evidently meant here the same as to say; present yourselves your entire person, to service to God as a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God. What does that statement truly mean? I thought the Christians said all the sacrifices were done? So how does a person become a living sacrifice to Adonai? Finally, if we are to be set apart and pleasing to the Most High then what does He consider pleasing?
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