• Jonathan Parnell

Creating—Not Fabricating—Radical Christian Sacrifice (Romans 12:1-2)

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. 2 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

In Romans 12:1-2 the Apostle Paul appeals to his readers by the mercies of God (explained in chapters 1-11) to present our bodies to God as a living sacrifice.

The basis of our sacrifice is the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In God’s mercy, Christ died for the ungodly and he was raised for our justification. He ascended to heaven and is seated at the Father’s right hand where he reigns until he has put all enemies under his feet. He is Lord over all and he will return to judge the living and the dead. His kingdom will have no end.

The mercies of God entail the all-encompassing supremacy of Jesus Christ. Our sacrifice in response to this is not fabricated, nor is it the guilt-ridden mechanics of a debtor’s ethic. No. This kind of mercy, this all-encompassing supremacy of Jesus Christ creates Christian sacrifice.

And so in his message “How the Supremacy of Christ Creates Radical Christian Sacrifice,” John Piper asks a crucial and inciting question . . .

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