Home > Study Desk. Romans 12:2. It is no sin to die through lack of the necessaries of life when the providence of God has denied the means of support; but it is a sin to take up goods without the probability of being able to pay for them. Having then gifts differing, etc. The word implies a radical, thorough, and universal change, both outward and inward. I think the apostle uses the term in the same sense here - Let every man who has the gift of preaching and interpreting the Scriptures do it in proportion to the grace and light he has received from God, and in no case arrogate to himself knowledge which he has not received; let him not esteem himself more highly on account of this gift, or affect to be wise above what is written, or indulge himself in fanciful interpretations of the word of God. the word Κυριῳ is written contractedly, ΚΩ, some appear to have read it καιρῳ instead of Κυριῳ ; but I confess I do not see sufficient reason after all that the critics have said, to depart from the common reading. This reading Griesbach has received into the text, and most critics contend for its authenticity. To which the other replied: "My good friend, set yourself down for nothing, and if any person takes you for something it will be all clear gain." A man cannot have broils and misunderstandings with others, without having his own peace very materially disturbed: he must, to be happy, be at peace with all men, whether they will be at peace with him or not. The Romanists make this distinction between λατρεια, and δουλεια, latreia and douleia, (or dulia, as they corruptly write it), worship and service, which they say signify two kinds of religious worship; the first proper to God, the other communicated to the creatures. See Romans 12:6. But he gives the sinner space to repent, and this longsuffering leads to salvation. Bless them which persecute you - Ευλογειτε, Give good words, or pray for them that give you bad words, καταρασθε, who make dire imprecations against you. See Romans 1:9, Romans 1:25; Romans 12:1, Galatians 4:8, Galatians 4:9; 1 Thessalonians 1:9; Matthew 6:24. Introduction. Thus they run on in a shuffling, circular sort of argument, which, though they studiously avoid exposing, is, when dragged into the open light, neither more nor less than this; 'you are to try our doctrine by the Scriptures only; but then you are to be very careful that you explain the Scripture solely by our doctrine.' Acceptable, ευαρεστον, well pleasing to and well received by every mind that is renewed and transformed. The sins we are most inclined to may have a prevalency over us, either--5. He urged them to be transformed and to “quit being fashioned after this system of things. Whether prophecy - That prophecy, in the New Testament, often means the gift of exhorting, preaching, or of expounding the Scriptures, is evident from many places in the Gospels, Acts, and St. Paul's Epistles, see 1 Corinthians 11:4, 1 Corinthians 11:5; and especially 1 Corinthians 14:3; : He that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort. These verses are a call for an act of presentation and the resultant duty of transformation. Present passive imperative with mh, stop being fashioned or do not have the habit of being fashioned.Late Greek verb susxhmatizw, to conform to another's pattern (1 Corinthians 7:31; Philippians 2:7).In N.T. Thus, having cleared this important subject with surprising judgment, and the nicest art and skill in writing, he now proceeds, after his usual manner in his epistles and the apostolic method of preaching, to inculcate various Christian duties, and to exhort to that temper of mind and conduct of life which are suitable to the profession of the Gospel, and the enjoyment of its privileges. Give place unto wrath - Δοτε τοπον τῃ οργῃ· Leave room for the civil magistrate to do his duty, he holds the sword for this purpose; and if he be unfaithful to the trust reposed in him by the state, leave the matter to God, who is the righteous judge: for by avenging yourselves you take your cause both out of the hands of the civil magistrate and out of the hands of God. The world that now is - This present state of things, is as much opposed to the spirit of genuine Christianity as the world then was. Fervent in spirit - Τῳ πνευματι ζεοντες· Do nothing at any time but what is to the glory of God, and do every thing as unto him; and in every thing let your hearts be engaged. Labour hard to live honestly; if God still appear to withhold his providential blessing, do not despair; leave it all to him; do not make a sinful choice; he cannot err. I believe this to be the meaning of give place to wrath, οργῃ, punishment; the penalty which the law, properly executed, will inflict. We must not avenge ourselves, but overcome evil with good, Romans 12:19-21. "God is my co-pilot," does not give God His rightful place. Nothing can be more regular or judicious than his plan of proceeding. The reasonable service, λογικην λατρειαν, of the apostle, may refer to the difference between the Jewish and Christian worship. "Love a brother Christian with the affection of a natural brother.". for a decent outside is often necessary to enable them to secure the ends of their ambition. Tons more resources, better tools, NIV84 and easier navigation. Your kindness may be the means of begetting in him a sense of his guilt; and, from being your fell enemy, he may become your real friend! And when that is completed in the glorified man he is renewed in the divine likeness. Καιρῳ, the time, is not found in the two original editions; that of Complutum, in 1514, which is the first edition of the Greek Testament ever printed; and that of Erasmus, in 1516, which is the first edition published; the former having been suppressed for several years after it was finished at the press. It is the part of a noble mind to bear up under unmerited disgrace; little minds are litigious and quarrelsome. The person offering picked out the choicest of his flock, brought it to the altar, and presented it there as an atonement for his sin. We have no objection to the elevation of others, providing we may be at the head. read μισουντες, which signifies hating in the lowest sense of the term. ", [Note: Hiebert, "Presentation and . He proves this, ; 5:13,14: 3. This virtue is highly becoming in all Christians, and especially in all Christian ministers, who have the means of relieving a brother in distress, or of succouring the poor wherever he may find them. One of them regards the things that now are in reference to time, the other in reference to space. But δουλεια, douleia, services, is used by the Septuagint to express the Divine worship. But I really cannot see any good sense which this various reading can make in the text; I therefore follow the common reading. Conformity to our age in things involving no sin or moral depravation is right. edit., where several other sensible remarks may be found. Romans 2:2, Romans 3:19, Romans 7:14) is sufficiently explained as an appeal to the Christian consciousness, in which the view of nature stands in connection with the curse of sin. The word φιλαδελφια signifies that affectionate regard which every Christian should feel for another, as being members of the same mystical body: hence it is emphatically termed the love of the brethren. Measure of faith - Μετρον πιστεως . Your reasonable service - Nothing can be more consistent with reason than that the work of God should glorify its Author. The justifying ground of this discharge from condemnation was set forth in Romans 3:21-26. Dr. Taylor, after Dr. Benson, conjectures that the apostle in these directions had his eye upon the indignities which the Jews, and probably the Christians too, (for they were often confounded by the heathen), suffered by the edict of Claudius, mentioned Acts 18:2, which "commanded all Jews to depart from Rome." Have the loving, forgiving mind that was in your Lord. However notice that Paul addressed his appeal to believers, not the unsaved. [Romans 12:2] Of the most that would be held knowing men, it may well be said, as Cicero says the proverb went of the Athenians, that they used their wisdom as men do artificial teeth, for show only, and that they did scire quae recta sunt, sed facere nolle, know what was right, but had no mind 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. Faith, therefore, is our self-commitment to God, and to all goodness, acceptability, and perfection. Be not overcome of evil - Do not, by giving place to evil, become precisely the same character which thou condemnest in another. Christianity does not prescribe a certain fashion or, costume, or a special grammar. 14, vol. - Δια των οικτιρμων του Θεου· By the tender mercies or compassions of God, such as a tender father shows to his refractory children; who, on their humiliation, is easily persuaded to forgive their offenses. (4.) Seneca, Epis. The former religious service consisted chiefly in its sacrifices, which were δι 'αλογων, of irrational creatures, i.e. Romans 12:2 Context. Poor man! There have not been wanting, in all ages of the Church, persons who, losing the savour of Divine things from their own souls by drinking into a worldly spirit, have endeavored to shun the reproach of the cross by renouncing the company of the godly, speaking evil of the way of life, and perhaps sitting down in the chair of the scorner with apostates like themselves. Romans Overview, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, as set of 17 volumes on the New Testament, the result of Barclay's dedicated work Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind: That ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God: обновлением ума вашего, "The first verse calls for an explicit act; the second commands a resultant lifelong process. Two MSS. The ἀπολοῦνται, which is to set in at the final judgment, not through natural necessity (Mangold), is the opposite of the σωτηρία, Romans 1:16, of the ζήσεται, Romans 1:17, of the ζωὴ αἰώνιος, Romans 2:7, of the δόξα κ. τ. λ (633), Romans 2:10; comp John 3:15; Romans 14:15; 1 Corinthians 1:18. And be not conformed to this world:, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, and Satan is the evil god of this world (, The exact opposite of “offering yourselves as a living sacrifice,” is to, This is written to Christians who are already new in Christ (, After being put right with God, the new Christian is still, The Christian is continually faced with the, Only one who has been united to Christ can know this (, "Be not conformed to this world—but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God. He first shows the miserable, wretched, fallen, degraded state of man; next, the merciful provision which God has made for his salvation, and lastly, the use which man should make of the mercies of his God. The motto of the royal arms of Scotland is in direct opposition to this Divine direction - Nemo me impune lacesset, of which "I render evil for evil to every man," is a pretty literal translation. He will bless thy poverty, while he curses the ungodly man's blessings. There is no sin but all men by nature are prone to (Psalms 51:5). Abhor that which is evil - Αποστυγουντες το πονηρον· Hate sin as you would hate that hell to which it leads. "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, etc." If we wish to see our brethren honored, still it is with the secret condition in our own minds that we be honored more than they. The αναλογια της πιστεως, which we here translate the proportion of faith, and which some render the analogy of faith, signifies in grammar "the similar declension of similar words;" but in Scriptural matters it has been understood to mean the general and consistent plan or scheme of doctrines delivered in the Scriptures; where every thing bears its due relation and proportion to another. , and the perfect. All these phrases are sacrificial, and show that there must be a complete surrender of the person - the body, the whole man, mind and flesh, to be given to God; and that he is to consider himself no more his own, but the entire property of his Maker. Let love be without dissimulation - Ἡ αγαπη ανυποκριτος· Have no hypocritical love; let not your love wear a mask; make no empty professions. We mistake our religion if we look upon it only as a system of notions and a guide to speculation. Be of the same mind - Live in a state of continual harmony and concord, and pray for the same good for all which you desire for yourselves. Such displays of God's mercy as Jews and Gentiles have received should induce them to consecrate themselves to Him; and not be conformed to the world, Romans 12:1, Romans 12:2.Christians are exhorted to think meanly of themselves, Romans 12:3.And each to behave himself properly in the office which he has received from God, Romans 12:4-8; Various important moral … suffer poverty a little; perhaps God is only trying thee for a time; and who can tell if he will not turn again thy captivity. According to this world (twi aiwni toutwi). The election, calling, and justification of the believing Gentiles, and their being admitted into the kingdom and covenant of God, and having an interest in all the privileges and honors of his children. 5 The apostle Paul’s words recorded in the letter to the Romans were addressed, not to unbelievers or the general populace, but to his fellow anointed Christians. Then you will be able to decide and accept what God wants for you. For as we have many members - As the human body consists of many parts, each having its respective office, and all contributing to the perfection and support of the whole; each being indispensably necessary in the place which it occupies, and each equally useful though performing a different function; So we, being many - We who are members of the Church of Christ, which is considered the body of which he is the head, have various offices assigned to us, according to the measure of grace, faith and religious knowledge which we possess; and although each has a different office, and qualifications suitable to that office, yet all belong to the same body; and each has as much need of the help of another as that other has of his; therefore, let there be neither pride on the one hand, nor envy on the other. Be not wise in your own conceits - Be not puffed up with an opinion of your own consequence; for this will prove that the consequence itself is imaginary. The nonconformity here does not consist of that cheap nonconformity which consists of a peculiar fashion of coat or bonnet. These words are supposed by Schoettgen to refer entirely to the Jewish law. The apostle directs that this office should be executed with diligence, that such destitute persons should have their necessities as promptly and as amply supplied as possible. Rejoicing in hope - Of that glory of God that to each faithful follower of Christ shall shortly be revealed. The Christian is to walk singularly, and not after the world's guise; he must not cut the coat of his profession according to the fashion of the times, or the honour of the company he falls into. He fully explains, both with regard to the Gentiles and Jews, the nature of the Gospel constitution in relation to its obligations to holiness, and the advantages it gives for encouragement, obedience, and support, under the severest trials and persecutions, Romans 6, 7, 8. This is both antichristian and abominable, whether in a state or in an individual. But let God change you inside with a new way of thinking. Or he that exhorteth - Ὁ παρακαλων, The person who admonished and reprehended the unruly or disorderly; and who supported the weak and comforted the penitents, and those who were under heaviness through manifold temptations. Though it be but barely possible, labor after it. In order to this there must be simplicity in the Intention, and purity in the Affections. The principle upon which it proceeds was illustrated in Romans 5:12-21. This is well expressed by the author of the book of Ecclesiasticus, 19:17: Admonish thy neighbor before thou threaten him, and, not being, angry, Give Place to the Law of the Most High. the lambs, rams, kids, bulls, goats, etc., which were offered under the law. In this sense the word προστατις is applied to Phoebe, Romans 16:2; : She hath been a Succorer of many, and of myself also. I beseech you therefore, brethren - This address is probably intended both for the Jews and the Gentiles; though some suppose that the Jews are addressed in the first verse, the Gentiles in the second. Romans 12:9-11.Having spoken of faith and its fruits, Romans 12:3, he comes now to speak of love. Serving the Lord - Ever considering that his eye is upon you, and that you are accountable to him for all that you do, and that you should do every thing so as to please him. Love God and your neighbor; and, by obedience to the one and acts of benevolence to the other, show that your love is sincere. Verses 1-39. The word οικτιρμος comes from οικτος, compassion; and that from εικω, to yield; because he that has compassionate feelings is easily prevailed on to do a kindness, or remit an injury. It is a voluntary commitment that every Christian, "To require from the unsaved a dedication to His lordship for their salvation is to make imperative what is only voluntary for believers (. Patient in tribulation - Remembering that what you suffer as Christians you suffer for Christ's sake; and it is to his honor, and the honor of your Christian profession, that you suffer it with an even mind. We are not our own, we are the property of the Lord, by the right of creation and redemption; and it would be as unreasonable as it would be wicked not to live to his glory, in strict obedience to his will. "As man is divided into various members and joints, united among themselves, and raised by gradations above each other, and collectively compose one body; so all created things are members orderly disposed, and altogether constitute one body. "To the law and to the testimony," says Dr. Campbell, "is the common cry; only every one, the better to secure the decision on the side he has espoused, would have you previously resolve to put no sense whatever on the law and the testimony but what his favourite doctrine will admit. This may be a good general view of the subject; but when we come to inquire what those mean by the analogy of faith who are most frequent in the use of the term, we shall find that it means neither more nor less than their own creed; and though they tell you that their doctrines are to be examined by the Scriptures, yet they give you roundly to know that you are to understand these Scriptures in precisely the same way as they have interpreted them. It would follow therefrom that the wherefore of Romans 15:7 was immediately connected with the end of chap. . Full effective faith reforms us from the image of the world, and conforms to the model of the divine will. Living the Christian Life. This I believe to be the sense of this passage, which many have encumbered with difficulties of their own creating. The foundation for Christian living. that ye may prove what is the will of God. From the beginning of the first to the end of the eleventh chapter he states and defends the grand truths of Christianity, and from the beginning of the twelfth to the end of the epistle he shows the practical use of these doctrines. - See Leigh's Crit. The persons to whom it is extended, and the new life of which they become the participators was specified in Romans 6:1-11. The poor are often both wicked and worthless: and, if those who are called to minister to them as stewards, overseers, etc., do not take care, they will get their hearts hardened with the frequent proofs they will have of deception, lying, idleness, etc. He who neglects to labor during the week is as culpable as he is who works on the Sabbath. i, page 146, 8vo. 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, … This is a point which is rarely considered by professors; multitudes run to the Epistle to the Romans for texts to prop up their peculiar system of doctrine, but how few go to this sacred book for rules relative to holy life! Upon this occasion Aquila and Priscilla removed to Corinth, where Paul found them, and dwelt with them a considerable time. Or he that teacheth - The teacher, διδασκαλος, was a person whose office it was to instruct others, who thereby catechizing, or simply explaining the grand truths of Christianity. It is very likely, as Dr. Moore has conjectured, that the πιστις, faith, here used, means the Christian religion; and the measure, the degree of knowledge and experience which each had received in it, and the power this gave him of being useful in the Church of God. Believe that you stand in need both of help and instruction from others. is internal. on StudyLight.org only here and 1 Peter 1:14.. There are two terms in the original language for the expression the world. Provide things honest - Be prudent, be cautious, neither eat, drink, nor wear, but as you pay for every thing. The real meaning, then, is, Ye may prove what God’s requirement of us is; namely, the. The Christian service or worship is λογικη, rational, because performed according to the true intent and meaning of the law; the heart and soul being engaged in the service. He affirms that death passed upon all men by Adam's one transgression, Romans 5:12. Mind not high things - Be not ambitious; affect nothing above your station; do not court the rich nor the powerful; do not pass by the poor man to pay your court to the great man; do not affect titles or worldly distinctions; much less sacrifice your conscience for them. Paul, the author, was a Hebrew by descent, a native of Tarsus in Cilicia, and educated by Gamaliel, the great Pharisaic teacher. The οἴδαμεν (comp. (4) Israel's unbelief is the Gentile opportunity (Romans 11:11-25). Dedication to God is a response to the mercy of God that we receive in salvation. Now we learn from the use which the apostle makes of his doctrines, that whatsoever teaching comes from God leads to a holy and useful life. Where the spirit, the temper, and disposition of the mind, Ephesians 4:23, are not renewed, an outward change is of but little worth, and but of short standing. .," p312. Be not wise, παρ 'ἑαυτοις, by yourselves - do not suppose that wisdom and discernment dwell alone with you. 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