Living the Gospel

In the preceding chapters of Romans, Paul has set out the glorious truth of the gospel and all that it means for those who trust in Jesus. Paul now wants us to live the gospel — to live in response to God's mercy and grace, and to live in the fullness of all the gospel has won for us. When we understand who we are in Christ, and renew our minds in line with this truth, we can be transformed! Living free and living for God — just like Jesus.

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Romans 12:1-2

A Living Sacrifice

12:1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, [1] by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. [2] Do not be conformed to this world, [3] 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. [4] (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 12:1 Or brothers and sisters
[2] 12:1 Or your rational service
[3] 12:2 Greek age
[4] 12:2 Or what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God

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