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COMMENTARY ON ROMANS CHAPTER 12

October 2012             

 

 

Searching the Scriptures

 

“Search the Scriptures…They are they which testify of me.”  John 5:39

 

Author:  Bob Moses

 

Commentary on Romans

 

Chapter 12

 

            We arrive at Chapter 12 and find that it is pretty straight forward, and easy to understand.  Therefore I will not contribute much in the way expository.  I would encourage you nevertheless, to ponder the content prayerfully and meditate upon the passages to glean their full meaning and how to apply their teaching to your daily walk.

            Verse 1—3: “I BESEECH you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.  For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”  Paul is calling us into remembrance that we are not of this world nor should we be conformed to this world.  We are to think spiritually and seek out what God would expect of us.  Further, we are not to be boastful or high-minded, but to soberly contemplate our position both before God and our fellow man.

            Verse 4 & 5: “For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.”  Our body is made up of different parts.  The eye has a different function than the ear, the hands different than the feet, the arms differ from the legs, and so forth.  Thus the body of Christ is also made up of different members and each of us has a different function. 

            Verse 6--8:  “Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering; or he that teacheth, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation:  he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.”  These are the attributes of the various functions of the body of Christ.  And not these only, seek out and discover what your calling is before God, then be about it with diligence. 

            Verse 9—13:  “Let love be without dissimulation-(hiding or under false appearances).  Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.  Be kindly affectioned-(tender affection: kind) one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another; Not slothful-(laziness) in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.” Notice the parallels and contrast shown here.  Love, be kind toward one another, preferring one another (over the non spiritual); Not lazy, but fervent; rejoice, be patient; instant in prayer, given to hospitality.  All these reflect spiritual qualities, which are to be manifest in Christians.  To be a Christian is to be Christ-like.

            Verses 14—18:  “Bless them which persecute you; bless, and curse not.  Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.  Be of the same mind one toward another.  Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate.  Be not wise in your own conceits.  Recompense-(to return in kind) to no man evil for evil.  Provide things honest in the sight of all men.  If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceable with all men.”

            Verses 19—21:  “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place- (turn from) wrath; for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.  Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink; for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.  Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”



JOHN THE BAPTIST

THE STUDY OF JONAS

THE FOUR GOSPELS

THE EASTER STORY

SEVEN UTTERANCES OF JESUS FROM THE CROSS

SEVEN UTTERANCES PART II

SEVEN UTTERANCES PART III

SEVEN UTTERANCES PART IV

SEVEN UTTERANCES PART V

SEVEN UTTERANCES PART VIII

SEVEN UTTERANCES PART VI

SEVEN UTTERANCES PART VII

INTRODUCTION TO THE BOOK OF ROMANS

COMMENTARY ON ROMANS CHAPTER 1

COMMENTARY ON ROMANS CHAPTER 2

COMMENTARY ON ROMANS CHAPTER 3

COMMENTARY ON ROMANS CHAPTER 4

COMMENTARY ON ROMANS CHAPTER 5

COMMENTARY ON ROMANS CHAPTER 6

COMMENTARY ON ROMANS CHAPTER 7

COMMENTARY ON ROMANS CHAPTER 8

COMMENTARY ON ROMANS CHAPTER 9

COMMENTARY ON ROMANS CHAPTER 10

COMMENTARY ON ROMANS CHAPTER 11

COMMENTARY ON ROMANS CHAPTER 12

COMMENTARY ON ROMANS CHAPTER 13

COMMENTARY ON ROMANS CHAPTER 14

COMMENTARY ON ROMANS CHAPTER 15 & 16

INTRODUCTION TO THE BIRTH OF JESUS

THE BIRTH OF JESUS SEGMENT ONE

THE BIRTH OF JESUS SEGMENT TWO

PHILEMON

THE EPISTLE OF JUDE

THE RAINBOW

STANDING IN STATE

OUR PRESENT EVIL WORLD. LESSON 2

THE TWO NATURES OF MAN

CONTRAST AND COMPARISON

NICODEMUS AND THE FIVE MUSTS

THE WOMAN AT THE WELL OF SYCHAR - PART 1

THE WOMAN AT THE WELL OF SYCHAR - PART 2

GIFTS AND DUTIES

PROVERBS CHAPTER 30

MAN-WARD GIFTS

CHRISTIANITY Its Standing, Object and Hope

BODY, SOUL, SPIRIT

THE LORD'S PRAYER

THE RICH MAN AND LAZARUS

GENESIS CHAPTER ONE

GENESIS CHAPTER TWO

THE UTTERANCE'S OF JESUS FROM THE CROSS

GENESIS CHAPTER THREE

GENESIS CHAPTER FOUR
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