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How do you know who to trust?
John 5:31-47
Who is Jesus Christ personally to you?
John 5:16-30
Struggling with verses in the Bible? Look at the big picture to keep clarity. Are you suffering? Jesus identified, knows, and understands.
John 5:1-15
Do you know God? - Or is a wrong understanding of Him keeping you at distance?
John 4:43-54
Jesus revealed Himself as Messiah to a Samaritan woman. She and many in her city believed in Him once they got to know Him.
John 4:1-42
How a right view of God, your neighbor, and yourself may lead you to live a God-honoring and intelligent life.
1 Corinthians 3
How envy and humility may change your life
John 3:22-36
Jesus proved His love for God the Father and true worshippers by standing up for them against powerful rulers who increasingly hated Him.
John 2:12-25
The source of joy that surpasses everything else in my life.
Romans 5
Why are there seasons of lack of joy and happiness?
John 2:1-11
What determines who you follow on social media? - Do you know Jesus? Have you decided to follow Him first and foremost?
John 1:35-51
Do you remember a time when you were honored with a good testimony? Read here about John's unique testimony of Jesus.
John 1:29-34
Who is John the Baptist? But more importantly: "Who are you?" and "Who is Jesus Christ?"
John 1:19-28
The Lord is supreme over all! Hallelujah!
Psalms 113
Who is Jesus Christ? Find deep treasures about Him in the God-inspired writings of Apostel John.
John 1:1-18
Do you note and avoid false teachers? Are you part of a team that works for the furtherance of the Good News of Christ? Yes? - Praise God!
Romans 16:17-27
What did Paul appreciate most in others?
Romans 16:1-16
What to do when desire and calling are not matching? See how Paul did it.
Romans 15:22-31
God fulfilled His promise of the Good News for the Gentiles in Paul's life. Which promises does God fulfill in your life?
Romans 15:14-21
Do you have trouble with a weakness of your brother/sister in the Lord? Accept him/her because Christ accepted you despite your weaknesses.
Romans 15:1-13
Do things from faith. All action in doubt is sin.
Romans 14:14-23
Walk fully convinced in the fear of the Lord. Don't despise or judge a fellow-saint but seek his best.
Romans 14:1-13
Outline of Romans 4: Saving Faith explained
Romans 4
Time is short - love one another and your neighbor by being led by the Spirit, in reflecting Christ to them.
Romans 13:8-14
Our lives are governed by authorities that God appointed
Romans 13:1-7
All things such as space, energy, and authority were created by God's perfect representative, that is the supreme God-Man Jesus Christ.
Colossians 1:15-16
Paul's instruction on how to relate to fellow believers and unbelievers
Romans 12:9-21
What is your gift as a member of the body of Christ?
Romans 12:3-8
What is better than life?
Psalms 63
In God alone I put my trust, who is my Deliverer, strong Protector, Refuge, and save Shelter.
Psalms 62
What does the goodness of God lead you to think, say, and do?
Romans 11:11-36
David walked in integrity, are you too?
Psalms 26
A prayer to know more our Lord Jesus Christ
Ephesians 1:17-19
Think soberly and walk in the fear of the Lord, because God is blessed for His great saving work in Jesus Christ for you.
1 Peter 1
God offers His righteousness in grace as a gift in Jesus Christ.
Romans 3
In Christ are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. - Col 2:3
Proverbs 2:1-9
Amazing grace of God! He is faithful, and will complete what He started.
Romans 11:1-10
Israel disobeyed and rejected God's compassion to save. Please don't do the same mistake. Receive God's gift of eternal life in Christ.
Romans 10:14-21
How does a victorious life look like for you?
Psalms 148
Believe Jesus and receive eternal life.
John 3:1-21
Zealous works cannot save, but faith in Christ does!
Romans 10:1-13
Focus on the Lord in your difficulty.
Psalms 123
Where does your help come from?
Psalms 121
Revive me, O Lord.
Psalms 119:153-160
Israel in large rejects God's righteousness by faith, how about you? Have you accepted God's gift of a perfect standing in Christ?
Romans 9:30-33
Christians exist only because of the mercy and compassion of God.
Romans 9:14-29
God's Word was, is, and will always be effective
Romans 9:6-13
Paul's grief for Israel's rejection of Christ
Romans 9:1-5
Nothing can separate the elect of God form the love of Christ.
Romans 8:31-39
Jesus, King-everlasting, shamed, mocked and tortured by His creatures, to restore a relationship with them.
Matthew 27:27-31
God works Christ-likeness in those he foreknew.
Romans 8:28-30
The Lord is Holy. Majestic, mighty, and faithful King who always was is and forever will be. He is the everlasting King!
Psalms 93
What is the Spirit's part of work in the life of God's children?
Romans 8:26-27
Christians groan in longing for their glorification
Romans 8:23-25
Outline of Romans 2
Romans 2
What gets creation to perfection?
Romans 8:19-22
Children of God are saved to be glorified together with Christ.
Romans 8:16-18
Great is God the giver of every spiritual blessing!
Ephesians 1:3-4
What does it mean to live according to the Spirit?
Romans 8:1-17
The law cannot help in the struggle with indwelling sin but the Lord Jesus can.
Romans 7:13-25
Is the law still condemning you or have you found the grace of God in Christ?
Romans 7:7-12
Are you in the flesh under the curse of the law, or are you liberated serving in the newness of the Spirit?
Romans 7:1-6
Do you live as a person who is under grace? Are you devoted to God or yourself? We received all in Christ, should we not also live for Him?
Romans 6:15-23
What does your baptism mean?
Romans 6:1-14
Great disasters will happen before the powerful and glorious appearance of the Son of Man. Tribes will mourn; the elect will be gathered.
Matthew 24:29-31
The Fall of Humanity and God's gracious Gift of Justification
Romans 5:12-21
Outline of Romans 1
Romans 1:1-32
Rejoice: In Christ's death and resurrection, reconciliation and salvation is freely available for you.
Romans 5:6-11
Justification by faith grands peace with God, access to God and an overflowing joy which causes to boast in God even in suffering.
Romans 5:1-5
What are the signs of the Lord's coming and the end of the age?
Matthew 24:1-28
God's promise, Abrahams faith, and its lesson
Romans 4:13-25
Were the Jews who lived at the old testament time saved in the same manner as the Gentiles today?
Romans 4:1-8
Who do you boast in?
Romans 3:27-31
Have you received the righteousness of God by believing Jesus? Or are you still in your sins? Trust Him today to be made right in Gods sight
Romans 3:21-26
All are guilty before God. There is none righteous. All are under sin.
Romans 3:9-20
God is faithful to save and just in all His judgments. Either submit to His truth, or His wrath will inflict you for your sins.
Romans 3:1-8
No salvation in anything outward which man could boast in, but only in God who causes the inward change of heart.
Romans 2:25-29
The Jew knows the will of God, but fails as the Gentile in doing it. All have failed and are guilty.
Romans 2:17-24
A call for repentance to lost and self-righteous sinners.
Luke 15:11-32
Bear fruit for God because we belong to and love Jesus
Romans 7:4-6
The blessed man meditates on the law of the Lord
Psalms 1:1-6
Meditate on Scripture
Joshua 1:8
All men are unrighteous and therefore under the wrath of God. They are guilty unless they received the righteousness of God by faith.
Romans 2:1-16
Praise the Lord. He takes pleasure in His people.
Psalms 149
The Spirit intercedes for us in our weaknesses.
Romans 8:26-27
No one served God like Jesus; He is the greatest. Hypocrites work for themselves to be seen and praised by man. Their desire misleads them.
Matthew 23:1-36
Gott zeigt seine Größe im Erhalten und Versorgen der Bedürftigen. Lob und Ruhm sei Gott dem ewigen König für alle Zeit.
Psalms 145
The denial of the truth of the existence of God is followed by unrighteous and wicked characteristics.
Romans 1:18-32
Highly honored by the Gospel of Christ
Romans 1:16-17
An example of how Paul made plans according to his call and longing and then trusted God to succeed or hinder these plans.
Romans 1:8-15
The privilege of being in Christ! No condemnation, and a walk in the Spirit!
Romans 8:1-4
Beloved of God; you who are called to be saints: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 1:1-7
The Lord is long-suffering, who desires that all men come to repentence.
2 Peter 3:8-9
Reconciled to God through Christ's death and saved by His life to evermore rejoice in that fact.
Romans 5:10-11
A people of God
1 Peter 2:9-10
In Christ we may receive all things that exist for life and godliness to share in divine nature
2 Peter 1:3-4
Is there anything better than the Love of God in Christ?
Romans 8:31-39
Paulus bittet das der Vater der Herrlichkeit den Heiligen in Epheser den Geist der Weisheit und der Offenbarung gebe.
Ephesians 1:15-23
Experience the power of God in your life through prayer together with your brothers and sisters.
James 5:13-18
Blessed is the one who trusts the Lord
Psalms 84
Wealth cannot save you, Christ can. Forsake the dream that riches will fulfill you and follow Christ who is the all-surpassing reward.
Matthew 19:23-30
God is the judge and lawgiver. Submit to His law and do not speak evil against you brother.
James 4:11-12
God's work of Regeneration - A new heart with new desires and His Spirit to live a fulfilled life in the will of God
Ezekiel 36:25-27
Do you labor for the people of God?
Colossians 4:12-13
Fruchtbar oder Unfruchtbar?
John 15:1-3
Praise the Lord for of His might and acts of mercy
Psalms 147
Kill sin, because in Christ you have put off the sinful nature. Put on Christ, because in Him you have put Him on already.
Colossians 3:1-17
To be blessed and truly honored by God is to live out what Christ has done for His church
Psalms 119:1-8
Trust and be content in the Lord; He is your Helper; He will never leave nor forsake you!
Hebrews 13:5-6
Live out the from God received Wisdom, but be careful not to boast of wisdom if your heart is sidetracked by the flesh.
James 3:13-18
Are you wholeheartedly devoted to good works? Can people learn when they see you work?
Titus 3:12-15
Foolish talk is useless, empty, and self- condemning. Warn those who do that and stay away from them if they do not repent.
Titus 3:9-11
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Living Sacrifices to God
Romans 12:1-2
How to know the will of God
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Published November 20th, 2017
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Paul beseeches Christians to present their bodies to God and be renewed in their minds, that they may prove what is the will of God.
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Romans 12:1-2
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I beseech you therefore, brethren,
by the mercies of God,
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that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God,
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And do not be conformed to this world,
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that you may prove what is that good
and acceptable
and perfect will of God.
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αἰών Noun strongs : G165 source : from the same as ἀεί ; an age, a cycle of time
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Therefore 1a-b What does the "therefore" build on? It builds on the mercies of God which Paul mentioned in the chapters before. Among many other mercies of God, the Roman Christians: were justified in Christ received peace with God in Christ were reconciled to God in Christ received life in Christ are in union with Christ are in the Spirit under grace in Christ receive God's everlasting love with Christ are God’s elect in Christ present your bodies 1c This connects to Rm 6:11-14. To present is what is "reckoned, considered" or "accepted to be true". Without presenting the body to God, lusts take over and rule the body which turns the members of the body into instruments of unrighteousness. a living sacrifice means that the whole life is a sacrifice. Not only on Sundays but always 100% devoted to God. A living sacrifice, when no one is around, in the family, with Christians, at work, on the soccer field, always and everywhere the same. To present your bodies a living sacrifice is a continues presentation. Storms of lust may rise at times and will desperately try to get the body off the altar. Life on the alter can get uncomfortable and the easiest way out is to give in and get off the altar. So, sins reign must be denied and the body holy devoted to God. When the body is presented as a living sacrifice in complete devotion to God, then the presenting of the body is also acceptable to God . reasonable service 1d To present the body to God makes only sense because of the great mercies of God. How could we not give our all to the One who gave us all with Christ? Someone who doesn't understand or has a great lack of understanding of the Gospel, will not agree at this point. To present the body a living sacrifice is only reasonable if the mercies of God appear as they are. God's mercies are better than all the fleeting goods of this world. conformed to this world 2a How is one conformed to this world? What does world mean? The word "world" shows up 11x in the book of Romans (ESV). 9x "world" is translated from the Greek as the universe: κόσμος. 1x it is οἰκουμένης (Rm 10:18) "the inhabited earth" And one other time here in Romans 12:2 - αἰῶνι "an age, a cycle of time". What is "this age" like? Thanks to the many mercies of God, there are countless good and honorable things in our age such as, to mention only a few, a shrinking but yet still existing value for the family, a work mentality, support of people in need, and a care for the neighbor. On the negative side, much of this age is driven by lust for money, power, and pleasure. That's what motivates some people to get out of their beds in the morning. That's what people boast in if they think to have enough of it. And out of an over-desire for these things some people commit immoral acts and crimes such as murder, adultery, theft, slander and the like. When anything captures the Christian mind possessively to live life for apart from God, then he is conforming to the standards of this fleeting age and will experience great emptiness, after an initial satisfying rush. Thankfully, that emptiness is often the cause to run back to our merciful God, who receives the humble gladly and opens the eyes to the awesome blessings in Christ. In other words, whenever Christians become so comfortable in this world that they forget the new world yet to come, they are living by the standards of this world. Abraham knew that reality and lived as a pilgrim on earth (Heb 11:10). Likewise, Mose who forsook the riches of Egypt and chose to suffer with the people of God because he looked ahead to the reward in the coming age (Heb 11:24-27). transformed by the renewing of your mind 2b-2c How does the transformation by the renewing of the mind look like? The renewing of the mind is the "reckoning" Paul describes in Chapter 6. By thinking truth often, our minds get transformed to think truth more naturally. It is to meditate on the word of God. To think over the word God speaks. To thoroughly 'digest' them and let them become part of us. Christians learn and grow to be solid thinkers. It happens by studying the word of God. Christianity is definitely more than an emotional boost and some entertainment on Sunday mornings. Will of God 2d-2e The will of God can be discerned through examination and testing. It requires a transformed mind to do that, otherwise, His will may be inadvertently mistaken because the standard by which the discerning is done, is of this age. The will of God is always good, acceptable, and perfect. I find it a great pleasure to spend time with older Christians, who have already walked most of their Christian journey with true desire to please the Lord. Not very seldom, I'm surprised to see how the truth of the word of God affected their life story. Sometimes I wonder if they even know how much they are affected because they don't make always a direct reference to the Bible. I'm thinking of dear Christians who suffered unjustly, at times even from other Christians who should have been a support. Why are they still with these Christians? Why have they not left as others did? How were they able to forgive? - They have discerned the will of God and proved His will in their lifetime. Not that they are super-Christians, they are still broken but healed by faith and their faults and weaknesses are known to them more than ever before, nonetheless, the work of God is clearly seen in their lives. Besides scripture, these are the people I go to in order to think something over and to discern the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God for my life.
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Romans 12:1-2
I beseech you therefore, brethren,
by the mercies of God,
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that you present your bodies a living sacrifice,
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holy,
acceptable to God,
which is your reasonable service.
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And do not be conformed
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to this world,
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but be transformed
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by the renewing of your mind,
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that you may prove
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what is that good
and acceptable
and perfect will of God.
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Comments
Kabeeria
Great job, very simple and clear illumination of the text.
Christian Giesbrecht
Thank you
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