This month I will be writing a series of blogs on these two important verses, Romans: 1-2.
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. 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. (Romans 12:1-2 ESV)
But let us learn a little more on this book and its author.
A Letter to Rome
The book of Romans was a letter written by the Apostle Paul to the Christians living in Rome. This is one of the most systematic presentations of the Gospel in the New Testament, and it’s one of my most treasured letter to read.
If there was one word to describe Romans it would be righteousness.
Quick definition of Righteousness:
God’s saving activity in and through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, his Son.
Fun Fact: Paul used the noun, adjective, and verb of Righteousness over 100 times in the New Testament. Paul understood how important righteousness is to God and also to us!
So Romans could be outlined as this (super informal, by the way)
- We have righteousness, say what?
- How did we get this righteousness?
- Who gets this righteousness?
- How do I actually receive this righteousness?
- Does Israel receive this righteousness?
- What does the application of God’s righteousness look like?
- And lastly, what is Paul’s plan to disseminate this knowledge?
Romans 12 falls into “What does the application of God’s righteousness look like?” section. This is Paul’s discussion of how God’s righteousness is at work in the believer’s life, specifically in the Body of Christ.