Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 6
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.
By the mercies—His mercy is your base of motivation.
Living sacrifice—not doing what it wants, fleshly lust, but what God wants. Dead to sin but alive unto God—Romans 6:11. Idea of dedication. Presented to God for His use.
Acceptable—well-pleasing, just as OT sacrifices were to be without psot, so to is our offering of ourselves.
Reasonable—rational, in harmony with reason.
Mercies of God—what he just got done talking about
For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.
--mercy is the means God chose to save, not human effort.
For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:31Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.32For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.
Present your bodies—your physical self.
Present--Same Greek word as yield in
Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Conform—shape to a pattern, in thought and action with the world. Follow the world’s fleeting fashions and trends.
Transformed—transfigure, change into another form. Submitted to God’s will.
Renewing mind—mind is renewed and what body does changes. Internal and external change.
Prove—show by trial
Will of God—what He desires, what He sees as good, acceptable and perfect.
For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
Through grace given to me—Paul viewed his apostleship as God’s grace to him, something God gave him, this is part of his job to authoritatively tell them these things.
Think highly—over-esteem yourself
Think soberly—moderate estimate
Measure of faith—Faith is what allows in all else that God gives. Goes on to talk about spiritual gifts—it requires faith to do such things.
Living to a higher standard requires stronger, deeper faith.