So here, but in a strictly metaphorical sense, it means, “Thou shalt take the best and most summary vengeance upon him.” There may be the underlying idea of awakening in the adversary the pangs of shame and remorse. Paul appeals to Roman Christians "to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God" (v. 1). .—These words are supplied in the English, “Let us be absorbed in, devoted to, our ministering.”. The history of St. Paul himself, which is one of almost constant conflict, shows that this would not always be possible. Romans 12:12, ESV: "Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer." Yes, ask him to be kind to them. Romans 12:2 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Romans 12:2, NIV: "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." It might mean “a service demanded by reason.” Such, however is not the sense of the Greek, but rather “a service of the reason,” i.e., a service rendered by the reason. Paul is using the language of Old Testament animal sacrifice to express the idea of a complete giving of oneself to God. 2 Do not become like the people who belong to this world. (17) Provide things honest . It would then be very nearly equivalent to the condition above—“according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” The prophet is to let his utterances be regulated strictly by the degree of faith of which he is conscious in himself. Therefore.—We may well believe that the Apostle having brought his argument up to a climax at the close of the last chapter, would make a pause in his dictation, and perhaps not resume it until another sitting. ÷ROMANS 12:14-21. 15 If you are with someone who is happy, you should also be happy. The fact that this is a persuasive discourse adds more weight to Romans 12. Be not wise in your own conceits.—Comp. And first, the all-comprehensive duty. Preaching in which this proportion is not observed is sure to become rhetorical and insincere. Let us wait on . Be of the same mind one toward another. This world.—Not here the same word as that which is used, e.g., in 1 John 2:15-17, but another, which signifies rather the state of the world as it existed at the Coming of Christ, as opposed to the newly-inaugurated Messianic reign. I consider myself to be a slave of *Christ Jesus. Romans 12:1-5 Not Imitation but Incarnation; Romans 12:6-16 No Room for Envy in the Church; Romans 12:14-21 Dealing With Disagreements; Romans 12:38 Members of the Body; EXPLORE THE BIBLE The temperament of the Christian is compared to water bubbling and boiling over the flame. 18 If it is possible, try always to be friends with other people. Sep 24, 2017 - Paul's letter to the Romans - A free Bible Version and Commentary on the New Testament Book of Romans in Easy English. 1 Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 4:11; 1 Timothy 5:17. .—In every Christian community there should be that harmony which proceeds from a common object, common hopes, common desires. Romans: Paul's Letter to the Romans; CHARLES ELLICOTT - editor. (16) Be of the same mind . Matthew 5:14-16; 2 Corinthians 8:21.). (20) Thou shalt heap coals of fire.—Comp. This will be prevented by the presence of the Christian motive. Read Romans 12 commentary using Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete). Romans 12:1. Other examples would be the insertion of the phrase “and fasting” in Mark 9:29, and the addition of the doxology to the Lord’s prayer in Matthew 6:13. “Not to be high-minded beyond that which he ought to be minded, but to be minded unto sober-mindedness.” Our words, “to be minded,” “high-minded,” &c., very nearly express the sense of the Greek, which is to have the thoughts and feelings habitually turned in a certain direction. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, [] but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. A. Acts 9:13; Acts 26:10.) If you help your enemies, they will be ashamed. Because of that, I say this to every one of you: Do not think that you are better than you really are. 12:1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Romans 12:12. Perhaps no shorter advice is to be given than “become Christians.”. If you are with someone who is sad, you should also be sad. Bibliography InformationEllicott, Charles John. The best manuscripts are wonderfully free from corruptions of this kind, and even inferior manuscripts admit them to a much smaller extent than might have been expected. Just as being enslaved to sin was an embodied existence, so is being alive to God. It has entered into the social code, and belongs as much to the gentleman as the Christian. "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". The History of the English Bible . Then you will know how to do everything that is good and pleasing to him. They will see that you do good things. Let us, then, from our hands, and feet, and mouth, and all our other members, yield a firstfruit unto God” (St. Chrysostom). It was probably just about the time that St. Paul was writing this Epistle, or at most a year or two later, that the series of compositions which ultimately took the shape of our present Gospels began. Your bodies.—Not merely a periphrasis for “yourselves,” but in the strict sense “your bodies,” i.e., the very part of you which is apt to be “an occasion of falling.” The Apostle takes the two main parts of human nature separately. (4) Members in one body.—This figure of the body and the members is worked out more fully in 1 Corinthians 12:12-27. 10 Love each other truly like brothers and sisters. Charitable Incorporated Organisation 1162807, https://www.facebook.com/BibleEasyEnglish/. Cheerfulness is not merely a matter of temperament, but to be cultivated as a duty. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the la… DUTIES OF BELIEVERS, GENERAL AND PARTICULAR. (18) The Christian can only be responsible for himself. Instead, positively, we are to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. Fervent.—In the literal and etymological sense boiling or seething. Please leave your own comment so that we can all learn from one another. Always continue to pray. (5) In Christ.—Christ is the unifying principle in the Church, just as the personality or will is the unifying principle in man. Do not engage in enterprises of a doubtful character, that might bring not only yourselves but the Christian body into ill repute. The word for “kindly affectioned” is specially used of the family relation, and is, therefore, appropriately applied to the brotherhood of the Christian family. 1. According to the proportion of faith.—It seems best to take this, not as having reference to the objective rule of faith or doctrine, the due proportions of which are to be preserved, but rather of the active faculty of faith present in him who prophesies. Bible Commentaries (1) At this point the Apostle turns from the speculative, or doctrinal, portion of his Epistle, and begins a series of... (2) Be not conformed . “The mind” here is not strictly identical with what we now mean by “conscience;” it is, as it were, the rational part of conscience, to which the moral quality needs to be superadded. The inward inspiration and the outward deliverance must keep pace, and advance step by step together. Vengeance is mine; I will repay.—The form of this quotation, which differs both from the LXX. They should do that well. Condescend to men of low estate.—Probably, on the whole, rightly translated in our version; “Let yourselves be carried on in the stream with those who are beneath yourselves in rank and station; mix with them freely; be ready to lend them a helping hand if ever they need, and do this in a simple and kindly way; do not let any social assumptions keep you at a distance.” “Accommodate yourselves,” or “condescend”—of course without any conscious idea or appearance of condescension. In the first two verses of the chapter he speaks of this in general terms, but then goes on to give a number of special precepts in no very distinct arrangement or order. It performs the process of discrimination between good and evil, and so supplies the data to conscience. We also belong to each other, like the different parts of one body belong to each other. Romans 12:12-13. Prove.—As elsewhere, “discriminate, and so approve.” The double process is included: first, of deciding what the will of God is; and, secondly, of choosing and acting upon it. Most of the commentators prefer this latter way of taking the passage, but it is not quite clear that the former is impossible, “that good, and acceptable, and perfect thing, or course of action which God wills.” “Acceptable,” that is to say, to God Himself. Romans 12 Commentary; EASY ENGLISH. (14) Bless them which persecute you.—Apparently with allusion to Matthew 5:44. You will know what is good. It would naturally lead us to expect a similar play upon words in the Greek. But all the parts belong to our one body. NASB (UPDATED) TEXT: ROMANS 12:14-21 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. J.B. Phillips has an outstanding and memorable translation of Romans 12:1-2: With eyes wide open to the mercies of God, I beg you, my brothers, as an act of intelligent worship, to give Him your bodies, as a living sacrifice, consecrated to Him and acceptable by Him. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Romans 12:9-21 EXEGESIS: ROMANS 12. With eyes wide open to the mercies of God, I beg you, my brothers, as an act of intelligent worship, to give Him your bodies, as a living sacrifice, consecrated to Him and acceptable by Him. Reasonable service.—The English phrase is somewhat ambiguous. Try to live in a good way so that people will respect you. The reference is to the well-known poverty of the early Christian communities. Those people should trust God to tell them what to say. The view first stated is to be preferred. Offer your bodies to him like a sacrifice that continues to live. Through the grace given unto me—i.e., in virtue of his apostolic authority. Patient in tribulation.—This virtue was, of course, specially needed in the troublous times through which the Church was passing. We are to dedicate our bodies to God. . Psalms 18:12-14, where the phrase “coals of fire” is used of the divine vengeance. 2 - Why God gave the Bible firstly to the Jews. A Living Sacrifice. He that ruleth.—He who holds any position of prominence or importance in the Church. http://www.calvaryhillsboro.org/ Subscribe To Watch More: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMljrvWnX5HWCHwB-GAbCsw Thank you for … ... and commonly cross and peevish, have need to put on not only patience, but cheerfulness, to make the work the more easy and pleasant to them, and the more acceptable to God.III. —This virtue was, of course, specially needed in the troublous times through which the Church was passing. Holy, acceptable unto God.—The qualification sought for in the Jewish sacrifices was that they were to be unblemished, without spot. (6) Gifts differing according to the grace.—The English loses a point here. The word translated “gifts” means specially “gifts of grace,” grace standing here for the operation of the Spirit. You will know what pleases God. The same word is applied to “presbyters” in 1 Thessalonians 5:12; 1 Timothy 5:17; and to heads of families in 1 Timothy 3:4-5; 1 Timothy 3:12. According as God hath dealt to every man.—The standard of action which each Christian ought to propose to himself should be in proportion to the amount of his faith as given to him by God. (8) He that exhorteth.—It will be observed that in the apostolic writings, the one idea of “preaching” is divided into its several branches, “speaking with tongues,” “prophesying” (which appears to have had reference to the more recondite portions or relations of the faith), “teaching,” “exhortation.” This last form of address, corresponding perhaps rather to our word “encouragement,” would be especially needed in the troubled circumstances of the early Church. It will disarm the enemy, and turn him into a friend. # 12:1 lives Literally, “bodies.”. You will know what is completely right. Continue to do things that are good. Such references occur (as we should expect) more frequently in the Epistle of St. James. All the saints make up one body in Christ, who is the Head of the body, and the common Centre of their unity. We should say, rather, “fellow-members with one another.”. Romans 12:13-14. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? The foundation for Christian living. In spirit—i.e., not “in the Holy Spirit,” but “in that part of you which is spirit.”. We Belong Together Sin, in the singular, is a power in Paul’s thought. Study the bible online using commentary on Romans 12 and more! Romans 12 Commentary by William Sanday; THEODORE EPP. Instead, think about yourself carefully. The institution of this office is described in Acts 6:1-5. Every one.—A somewhat peculiar phrase in the Greek, not found in this form in classical writers, meaning “as individuals.”, Members one of another.—Strictly speaking, the members are called members in their relation to the body, and not in their relation to each other. But it is not so; indeed, there is a clear distinction between the two different words employed. Used by Permission. On the other hand, in the Epistles of a writer like St. Paul, it does not by any means follow that because the word for “high” is neuter that for “low estate” must be neuter too. Viewed individually, they stand to each other in the same sort of relation as the different limbs and organs of the natural body, as foot and hand, or hand and eye. (9) Without dissimulation.—The same Greek word is translated “unfeigned” in 2 Corinthians 6:6; 1 Timothy 1:5; 2 Timothy 1:5, and “without hypocrisy” in James 3:17. Serve the Lord well because you enjoy it. (15) Rejoice with them that do rejoice.—The feeling of sympathy is perhaps more under the control of the will than might be supposed. 9 Really love other people, not like a hypocrite. “To be conformed to this world” is to act as other men do, heathen who know not God; in opposition to this the Apostle exhorts his readers to undergo that total change which will bring them more into accordance with the will of God. 6 God has been kind to us. This book has caused many to come to saving faith as they are walked down the Roman Road of Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23 and many others. 12 Their mistake brought rich blessings to the world. (10) With brotherly love.—Better translated as in the margin, In love of the brethren (fellow Christians) be kindly affectioned. It would seem from the first of these passages (“thirdly teachers”) that teaching was considered as a special office, though not, perhaps, confined to special persons. Romans 12 deals with three of these changes. Always be happy to let people stay in your home. The kindness of charity is doubled when it is done in a cheerful and kindly way. The worshipper must offer, or present, before God, himself, with all his living energies and powers directed consciously to God’s service. Instead, do good things. Then you will win against the bad things that people do. He says, "Don't be conformed to this world, but be transformed 12 Be happy, because you can trust God to do what he says. 2 Don’t be like the people of this world, but let God change the way you think. Romans 12:1-5 Not Imitation but Incarnation; Romans 12:6-16 No Room for Envy in the Church; Romans 12:14-21 Dealing With Disagreements; Romans 12:38 Members of the Body; EXPLORE THE BIBLE It is the bully on the playground that enthralls everyone, gathering devotees, terrorizing would-be opponents into silence, enslaving all. ... and commonly cross and peevish, have need to put on not only patience, but cheerfulness, to make the work the more easy and pleasant to them, and the more acceptable to God.III. The sense, “Allow time for your own anger to cool,” cannot be got out of the Greek. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. We bring our bodies to the new life, and so Paul writes in Romans 12, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship” (Romans 12:1). A Life of Giftedness (vv. (11) In business.—Rather, in zeal; the reference is to the spiritual and not to the practical life, as the English reader might suppose. It is, however, essential that the estimate which each man puts upon the strength of his own faith, should be thoroughly single-minded and sincere, nor biased by self-love. The “renewed mind,” or the mind acting under the influence of the Spirit, comes very near to “conscience” in the sense in which the word is used by Bishop Butler. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. 17 If someone has done bad things against you, do not do bad things back to them. The idea contained in sacrifice is that of dedication. The record of our Lord’s teaching was no doubt at first preserved and circulated in the Church orally, and it would be in this form that St. Paul first became acquainted with the precept to which he here seems to allude. EXEGESIS: ROMANS 12:1-2. (19) Give place unto wrath.—It seems best to understand this of “the wrath of God” (indicated in the Greek, here as elsewhere, by the use of the article). We are to present our bodies a living sacrifice.Sacrificing has been transferred from the physical slaughtering of animals to the sacrifice of the self, from the slaying of a dumb and uncomprehending beast to the intelligent and deliberate choice of an understanding human, made in the image of God. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Romans 12:1-2. Give Your Lives to God. There is a class of religious minds which is especially apt to forget this. What precise relation this bore to the prediction of future events, mentioned in Acts 11:27-28; Acts 21:10-11, does not appear. What are the mercies to which Paul refers? (13) Distributing to the necessity of saints.—By “saints” is here meant simply “Christians.” So, in Ephesians 1:1, we find the salutation addressed to the “saints which are at Ephesus.” (Comp. 21 Do not let bad things win against you! —The Christian’s hope, of which we have had more in Romans 8:20-25. Preferring one another.—Rather, perhaps, anticipating one another. 3:3-6 - God is right to make his judgement against our … and from the Hebrew, is precisely similar to that in Hebrews 10:30. It becomes so, however, not so much by isolated efforts as by a conscious direction given to the whole life. Beseech is a Greek word which comes from a root meaning to “call alongside to help”. While the argument of the letter to the Romans opened with a preoccupation regarding God’s anger (1:18-32), this section of the letter opens with an embrace of God’s mercies. These are the two verses that link Romans 1-11 with Romans 12-16 and tell us about our changed lives. 19 My friends, if someone has done bad things to you, do not try to punish them yourselves. Are we to take the adjectives “good, and acceptable, and perfect” (with the Authorised version), as in agreement with this phrase, or are they rather in apposition to it, “that we may prove the will of God, that which is good, and acceptable, and perfect”? It is the difference between an outward conformity or disguise and a thorough inward assimilation. (3) Having thus stated the broad principle which is to govern the conduct of the Christian, the Apostle now goes on to apply it to certain details, and, first, his object is to secure that temper in the members of the Roman Church which will best enable them to act with union and efficiency. Then you will understand what God wants you to do. Be patient when you have troubles. Romans 11:25, and Proverbs 3:7. Introduction 1:1-17. PRESENT YOUR BODIES A LIVING SACRIFICE. Romans 12:1 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. Be friends with people who are not important. 4 Each part of our body works in a different way. Romans 12:1-21. Yes, ask him to be kind to them. Decide how much God has helped you to trust him. Continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; When you have told your own necessity to God, then help the necessities of those who come to you. easyenglish.bibleBooks > EasyEnglish Bible >. 12 Dear friends, God is good. To repress the desire for revenge is to gain a victory over self, which is not only nobler in itself, but will also be much more effectual. The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans Commentary by DAVID BROWN CHAPTER 12 Rom 12:1-21. PRESENT YOUR BODIES A LIVING SACRIFICE. 13 If any of God's people need anything, then help them with what you have. 1 Therefore I urge you, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable (Greek: euareston—well-pleasing) to God, which is your spiritual (Greek: logiken—rational, genuine, true) service (Greek: latreian—service). . Romans: Paul's Letter to the Romans; CHARLES ELLICOTT - editor. Romans 12 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by Charles Ellicott has been an oft consulted resource by many a preacher! Sin vies with the Creator for control of humanity and the rest of creation to such an extent that Paul can speak of … Continue reading "Commentary on Romans 12:1-8" "Commentary on Romans 12:4". Do not think that you know everything. 16 Always try to agree and to be friends with each other. Romans 12:1-2 & 13:8-14 ESV Easy-Print Commentary Romans 12:1-2 & 13:8-14 ESV Easy-Print Large Print Commentary English Standard Version and Student Study Handout for Romans 12:1-2 & 13:8-14 11 Do not be lazy, but always work hard. Be patient when the flail falls heavily. Romans 12 Contemporary English Version (CEV) Christ Brings New Life. The Apostle assumes that this will be the case. He sees his errors, and learns from them. The scholar will observe that in this way of taking the passage, the Greek word for “condescend” (sunapagomenoi) has to be a little forced, or at least is not so expressive and natural as in the other. .—A fine sentiment. Do not be proud. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of BibleSupport.com. In like manner the Christian’s sacrifice must be holy and pure in God’s sight, otherwise it cannot be acceptable to Him. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Romans 12:1-8 EXEGESIS: ROMANS 12:1-2. The infliction of vengeance is not a sign of strength, but of weakness. It is not, however, necessary to suppose that St. Paul had actually seen one of these. Necessity.—Some of the Græco-Latin manuscripts and fathers here read, memories, or commemorations, by a slight change of letters, “taking part in the commemorations of the saints,” as if the allusion was to the later ecclesiastical usage of holding festivals in honour of martyrs. Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect (NASB: Lockman). So, again, in the next verse, the “hospitality” of which the Apostle speaks is something more than the ordinary entertainment of friends. 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