Romans 12:1-2 1 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. 2 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. Romans 12:6-8 Whatever your gift is, use it for the body of Christ as in 1 Corinthians 12:7&27 7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. Romans 12:20 Burning coals is directly from Proverbs 25:21-22 An explanation of this passage about burning coals is about the emotional discomfort an enemy will feel when you waken his conscience about his conduct toward you.
13:1-2 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. Four examples where this seems to have been violated: Exodus 1:22-2:1-3; Daniel 3:14-18; Daniel 6:11-13; and Matthew 2:13-15a&16
So what are we to make of this? What Jesus had to say: Mark 12:17 and Luke 12:12-21 (Parable of the Rich Fool)
13:3-4 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. Proverbs 28:1
13:5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience. Do not set yourself up as sole arbiter of what is just and what is not, but use God’s word and His appointed leaders – even there be cautious.
13:6 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing.
13:7 Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.
Same Question as last five weeks
Are we willing to say “Jesus I am yours!” Are we? If so and we are living sacrifices we WILL put the words of God into practice.
If so we will not be as those in Ezekiel 33:30-32
As for you, son of man, your people are talking together about you by the walls and at the doors of the houses, saying to each other, ‘Come and hear the message that has come from the Lord.’ My people come to you, as they usually do, and sit before you to hear your words, but they do not put them into practice. Their mouths speak of love, but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain. Indeed, to them you are nothing more than one who sings love songs with a beautiful voice and plays an instrument well, for they hear your words but do not put them into practice.
Why are you here?
You are here to learn how to be a non-conformist! And a living sacrifice!