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Frameworks: Romans 12

 

(The objective of these ‘Frameworks' is to provide an easy-to-read layout of the text in order then to use these individual verses for verse-by-verse study or meditation. To focus each verse we have also added in italic a description of what is happening)

         

 

CHAPTER 12

v.1,2 Be a Living Sacrifice
v.3-8 Be humble as you serve in the Body of Christ
v.9-21 Let goodness flow in all you do

[Context: We continue to provide a brief summary of each previous chapter to provide present context:

Part 1: Ch.1-8 Our lost state & God's Justification & the New Life

Part 2: Ch.9-11 Considering the State of Israel

Now, Part 3: Ch.12-16 Living the Christian Life

 

 

v.1,2 Be a Living Sacrifice

 

v.1 (so, as a consequence of the warnings I've just been giving, give your entire being over to God, like a living sacrifice to please Him) Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

v.2 (specifically let your mind be renewed to conform to God's way of doing things) Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

 

v.3-8 Be humble as you serve in the Body of Christ

 

v.3 (build humility by realising your faith expressions are purely a gift from God) For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.

v.4,5 (remember, as church we are all different but needing each other) For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.

v.6-8 (his grace has given us different gifts to whichever they are use them to the full extent) We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

 

v.9-21 Let goodness flow in all you do

 

i) create a loving community of good

v.9 (let your love be real, detesting evil, holding onto the good) Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.

v.10 (cling to each other in love, honouring others more than yourself) Be devoted to one another in love. Honour one another above yourselves.

v.13 (be a sharing hospitable person) Share with the Lord's people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

v.15 (empathize with the needy) Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.

v.16 (be harmonious, avoid pride or conceit) Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

 

ii) stand out as different

v.11(go all out for God and keep at it) Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.

v.12 (if it gets tough do this) Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

 

iii) don't respond negatively to those against you

v.14 (bless those against you) Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.

v.17 (don't do wrong when wronged) Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.

v.18 (as much as you can live at peace with others) If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

v.19 (let God deal with those who harm you) Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” [Deut 32:35] says the Lord.

v.20  (bless your enemy) On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head. ” [Prov. 25:21,22]

v.21  (just do this:) Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good.