GOD’S WILL IS THAT WE PRESENT OUR BODIES AS A LIVING SACRIFICE, HOLY AND ACCEPTABLE TO GOD

GOD’S WILL IS THAT WE PRESENT OUR BODIES AS A LIVING SACRIFICE, HOLY AND ACCEPTABLE TO GOD

“These people are springs without water, mists driven by a whirlwind. The gloom of darkness has been reserved for them. For by uttering boastful, empty words, they seduce, with fleshly desires and debauchery, people who have barely escaped from those who live in error. They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption, since people are enslaved to whatever defeats them. For if, having escaped the world’s impurity through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in these things and defeated, the last state is worse for them than the first. For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness than, after knowing it, to turn back from the holy command delivered to them. It has happened to them according to the true proverb: A dog returns to its own vomit, and, “a sow, after washing itself, wallows in the mud.” (2Pet 2:17-22 [HCSB])

“For if God didn’t spare the angels who sinned but cast them down to hell, in chains in utter darkness until judgment; and if He didn’t spare the ancient world, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others, when He brought a flood on the world of the ungodly; and if He reduced the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes and condemned them to ruin, making them an example to those who were going to be ungodly; and if He rescued righteous Lot, distressed by the unrestrained behavior of the immoral (for as he lived among them, that righteous man tormented himself day by day with the lawless deeds he saw and heard) — then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment, especially those who follow the polluting desires of the flesh and despise authority. Bold, arrogant people! They do not tremble when they blaspheme the glorious ones;” (2Pet 2:4-10 [HCSB])

“Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If someone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, which is what you are.” (1Cor 3:16-17 [NET])

“The body is not for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. Now God indeed raised the Lord and he will raise us by his power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Should I take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! Or do you not know that anyone who is united with a prostitute is one body with her? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.” But the one united with the Lord is one spirit with him. Flee sexual immorality! “Every sin a person commits is outside of the body” – but the immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body.” (1Cor 6:13-20 [NET])

 Remember that you “are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1Cor 6:20 [KJV]) God bought your freedom from the bondage of sin with a price: the cost of the shed blood of His beloved and only Son Jesus Christ, for it had been predestined from eternity to eternity that “According to the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” (Heb 9:22 [HCSB])

Ephesians 1:7 says that, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.”  Because of Christ’s shed blood, God is able to forgive us for our sins and give the punishment that we deserved to Christ. “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:” (Gal 3:13 [KJV])

Christ had a special way of explaining forgiveness through the shed blood to his disciples during the Last Supper, which also was the Passover meal celebration. He said, “For this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins” (Matthew 26:28).  He was telling his disciples that just as the blood of the lamb delivered the Hebrews from the night of terrors in Egypt, so Christ’s own blood would deliver the people who were covered by it from the judgment of God on the last day. Because we have been delivered from the bondage of sin and from the curse of the law, we should therefore present our bodies as living sacrifices to be worshipping Him and our Father with our hands (blessing people and laying hands on the sick for them to get healed), legs (beautiful feet to help preach the gospel to them who are far off Rom 10:15) and eyes (eyes that would see only what wants you to see). “I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn to evil; it shall not cleave to me.” (Ps 101:3 [KJV])

“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.” (Rom 12:1-2 [KJV])

 

Amen.

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