SUBJ: The presenting of ourselves
in such a way that true worship is in everything evident which is a
reasonable outcome of the great work of regeneration and conversion.
AIM: That we might understand and
respond to the mandate to make this presentation and pursue ways to make
INTR: We would at this point more
thoroughly introduce the things foundational issue whereby we shall be
enabled to serve in an acceptable manner. Wherefore we receiving a
kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve
God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: Hebrews 12:28.
are to ever be reminded of the importance of Romans in every regard and
so to embrace it as a complete message.
2. We would be careful that
our understanding of the way of salvation is in both word and deed and
thus being careful to act as those who have received the grace of God in
3. So, we would endeavor, as we continue, to remember what is
referenced in “therefore.”
The idea of presenting ourselves assumes that we are presenting
what has been provided to us and in us in the marvelous work of
regeneration and developed by a walk of faith.
I. The manner of
1. We note the affection with which Paul begins the
exhortations that are to follow – the term brethren is one of
tenderness, identity, and loving care.
1) We are reminded of earlier
references to the Romans and the fact that Christian love spans miles
2) That he is not talking down to them, rather that he
is encouraging them in that which he had learned.
3) This was not the
commands of apostolic authority (which Paul had) nor was there any
threat made or implied – he had there good at heart.
2. He is
exhorting them which is to be taken as more than a mere suggestion –
thoughts such as invite, invoke, implore, and intreat are included as
3. But, he does not assume anything apart from
acknowledging the basis upon which these things may be done:
the mercies of God – certainly a matter of Paul’s confession, but would
be essential to them as well.
2) But, it would also be a matter of
mercy to enable them to respond in a God-honoring way.
4. Paul is the
one who by the Spirit was coming alongside.
II. The matter of the
1. They (we) are to make a presentation
1) The thought
here is of putting forth a sacrifice and is not unlike what was done in
the Old Testament.
2) We are here seen as both the presenter and the
sacrifice – Isaiah’s “Here am I. Send me”
2. The idea of sacrifices
may seem strange to some, but as we think of Paul and the "sweet savor
of Christ we understand more.”
1) In Hosea, the returning backslider
was encourage to bring “The calves of our lips.”
2) We are to
especially consider here: 15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice
of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving
thanks to his name. 16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for
with such sacrifices God is well pleased. Hebrews 13:15-16
3) And to
see further, 21 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and
for his wonderful works to the children of men! 22 And let them
sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with
rejoicing. Psalms 107:21-22.
3. We are to present our bodies, not
merely the fleshly portion, but as the under the direction of that new
man who walks not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Wherefore we
labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. 2
4. We would note three essential characteristics of
1) That it be living (not as the dead sacrifices of old).
And, that we realize that we have been raised up to live in His presence
– we are presenting what He has created.
2) That it be holy in all
with which God has to do. It must be so and can be no less.
Acceptable unto God – fully agreeable with all that He has set before in
terms and having come through the mediatorial work of Christ Jesus our
III. The Meaning of the sacrifice
1. The title of the
great work of the Dutch theologian Wilhemus a`Brakel is derived from
this passage – it is simply called The Christian’s Reasonable Service.
1) Of note is the fact that he devoted half of the work to the various
points of theology and apologetics and the second half to such things as
the Law and ethics.
2) It is not that all of that was an exposition
of this verse only that the thought should be threaded through all we
2. The idea is not that of being reasonable in the minds
of men in that many would try to set a cap on what is expected.
The question what makes it reasonable and why it is to critical to us to
4. Reasonable here may well have been rendered logical and
again we appeal to the “therefore.”
5. It has been well-stated that
this might be characterized as sanctified reasoning:
1) We consider
the blessings of providence, much of which was done before we had any
2) The awareness of new life in Christ and the realization that
we have been born again and so made aware of such blessedness and
Our identity with Christ and the attendant joy of serving Him and being
partakers of the divine nature.
4) And so to be exercised in the
understanding of His majesty and beauty.
6. And this brings us to the
worship that is due Him and so the meaning of Reasonable Service – the
worship of God in every aspect of our motions in Him.