These words are supposed by Schoettgen to refer entirely to the Jewish law. Romans 12:2 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Romans 12:2, NIV: "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will." The attachment to high things and high men is the vice of little, shallow minds. 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. J.B. Phillips has an outstanding and memorable translation of Romans 12:1-2: . It is a waste of moral strength where there is so much real sin and ruin in the world to expend our efforts on incidental trifles. 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 (. a living sacrifice, in opposition to the bodies of slain beasts offered under the legal dispensation, … 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. Provide things honest - Be prudent, be cautious, neither eat, drink, nor wear, but as you pay for every thing. He that ruleth - Ὁ προΐσταμενος, He that presides over a particular business; but as the verb προΐσταμαι also signifies to defend or patronize, it is probably used here to signify receiving and providing for strangers, and especially the persecuted who were obliged to leave their own homes, and were destitute, afflicted, and tormented. Associative instrumental case. Pride, luxury, vanity, extravagance in dress, and riotous living, prevail now, as they did then, and are as unworthy of a Christian's pursuit as they are injurious to his soul, and hateful in the sight of God. Be ye transformed - Μεταμορφουσθε, Be ye metamorphosed, transfigured, appear as new persons, and with new habits, as God has given you a new form of worship, so that ye serve in the newness of the spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. The same metaphor, in nearly the same words, is used in Synopsis Sohar, page 13. He alone lives the life of a fool and a madman who lives the life of a sinner against God; for, in sinning against his Maker he wrongs his own soul, loves death, and rewards evil unto himself. 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! To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love -, Distributing to the necessity of saints -. Be not fashioned (mh sunsxhmatizeste). 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. Faith, therefore, is our self-commitment to God, and to all goodness, acceptability, and perfection. 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! When he was reviled, he reviled not again. As in the ancient MSS. We mistake our religion if we look upon it only as a system of notions and a guide to speculation. It is the part of a noble mind to bear up under unmerited disgrace; little minds are litigious and quarrelsome. By the mercies of God! EXPOSITION. I do not account for it at all, it depends upon certain laws of nature, the principles of which have not been as yet duly developed. The principle upon which it proceeds was illustrated in Romans 5:12-21. The reader will, no doubt, have observed with pleasure the skill and address, as well as the Divine wisdom, with which the apostle has handled the important subjects which he has brought forth to view in the preceding chapters. 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. And the terms, are not, as in our translation, adjectives qualifying, , but adjective nouns in apposition with it. This is beautifully expressed by one of our own poets, in reference to this explanation of this passage: -. There are both ingenuity and probability in this view of the subject. нать, что есть воля Божия, благая, угодная и совершенная. See Romans 12:6. It is a fact, attested by universal experience, that by sympathy a man may receive into his own affectionate feelings a measure of the distress of his friend, and that his friend does find himself relieved in the same proportion as the other has entered into his griefs. Romans 12:1 • Romans 12:1 NIV • Romans 12:1 NLT • Romans 12:1 ESV • Romans 12:1 NASB • Romans 12:1 KJV • Romans 12:1 Commentaries • Romans 12:1 Bible Apps • Romans 12:1 Biblia Paralela • Romans 12:1 Chinese Bible • Romans 12:1 French Bible • Romans 12:1 German Bible Interlinear Bible Bible Hub Do good unto all men, but especially to them which are of the household of faith. 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. One of them regards the things that now are in reference to time, the other in reference to space. The worshipping of idols is forbidden under the word λατρεια, latreia, thirty-four times in the Old Testament, and once in the New, as above; and twenty-three times under the term δουλεια, douleia, in the Old Testament; and St. Paul uses δουλευειν Θεὡ, and λατρευειν Θεὡ indifferently, for the worship we owe to God. The first is thirty-nine times in the Old and New Testament ascribed unto God, the other about thirty times; and latreia, worship or service, is given unto the creatures, as in Leviticus 23:7, Leviticus 23:8, Leviticus 23:21; Numbers 28:18; yea, the word signifies cruel and base bondage, Deuteronomy 28:48; : once in the New Testament it is taken for the worship of the creatures, Romans 1:25. A. 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. Returning from Arabia he visited Jerusalem and Damascus, and then went to Cilicia, where he doubtless did evangelistic work until Barnabas soug… The reader will perceive here a sort of paronomasia, or play upon words: φρονειν, from φρην, the mind, signifies to think, mind, relish, to be of opinion, etc. According to this world (twi aiwni toutwi). Poor man! If whatever is done in this way be not done unto the Lord, it can never be done with cheerfulness. 4. 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. spiritually minded. Not to think - more highly - Μη ὑπερφρονειν, Not to act proudly; to arrogate nothing to himself on account of any grace he had received, or of any office committed to him. He will bless thy poverty, while he curses the ungodly man's blessings. Home > Study Desk. "I know not," said one, "that I neglect to do any thing in my power to promote the interest of true religion in this place, and yet I seem to be held in very little repute, scarcely any person even noticing me." Cleave to that which is good - Κολλωμενοι τῳ αγαθῳ· Be Cemented or Glued to that which is good; so the word literally signifies. If thine enemy hunger, feed him - Do not withhold from any man the offices of mercy and kindness; you have been God's enemy, and yet God fed, clothed, and preserved you alive: do to your enemy as God has done to you. ; and σωφρονειν from σοος, sound, and φρην, the mind, signifies to be of a sound mind; to think discreetly, modestly, humbly. 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. 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. Your reasonable service - Nothing can be more consistent with reason than that the work of God should glorify its Author. Do not be litigious. Overcome evil with good - however frequently he may grieve and injure thee, always repay him with kindness; thy good-will, in the end, may overcome his evil. - Dr. Taylor. Never take the execution of the law into your own hands; rather suffer injuries. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. 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. Not slothful in business - That God, who forbade working on the seventh day, has, by the same authority, enjoined it on the other six days. The foundation for Christian living. The οἴδαμεν (comp. 2. The word φιλοστοργος, which we translate kindly affectioned, from φιλος and στοργη, signifies that tender and indescribable affection which a mother bears to her child, and which almost all creatures manifest towards their young; and the word φιλος, or φιλεω, joined to it, signifies a delight in it. Holy - Without spot or blemish; referring still to the sacrifice required by the law. or ascertain by a full, rich actual experience. 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. Christianity does not prescribe a certain fashion or, costume, or a special grammar. This was the proper office of a preacher; and it is to the exercise of this office that the apostle refers in the whole of the chapter from which the above quotations are made. The persons to whom it is extended, and the new life of which they become the participators was specified in Romans 6:1-11. Conformity to our age in things involving no sin or moral depravation is right. For whom would Paul’s words at Romans 12:2 have special meaning?. [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 The angel refused δουλειαν, douleia, Revelation 22:7, because he was συνδουλος sundoulos, a fellow servant; and the Divine worship is more frequently expressed by this word δουλεια, douleia, service, than by λατρεια, latreia, worship. All men are sinful (Romans 3:10-12). , signifies not the physical frame of the globe, (for which, is the more proper term,) but the living world or, of man. That ye present your bodies - A metaphor taken from bringing sacrifices to the altar of God. 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. The whole is a quotation from Proverbs 25:21, Proverbs 25:22, in the precise words of the Septuagint; and it is very likely that the latter clause of this verse, Thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, is a metaphor taken from smelting metals. Or ministry - Διακονια simply means the office of a deacon; and what this office was, see in the note on Acts 6:4; (note), where the subject is largely discussed. Christians are exhorted to think meanly of themselves, Romans 12:3. of this epistle have Κυριῳ, the Lord; a reading in which all the versions concur. Let love be without dissimulation - Ἡ αγαπη ανυποκριτος· Have no hypocritical love; let not your love wear a mask; make no empty professions. . A living sacrifice - In opposition to those dead sacrifices which they were in the habit of offering while in their Jewish state; and that they should have the lusts of the flesh mortified, that they might live to God. Romans 12:9-11.Having spoken of faith and its fruits, Romans 12:3, he comes now to speak of love. He affirms that death passed upon all men by Adam's one transgression, Romans 5:12. I once heard the following conversation between two persons, which the reader will pardon my relating in this place, as it appears to be rather in point, and is worthy of regard. 2. The term συναπαγομενοι, which we translate condescend, from συν, together, and απαγω, to lead, signifies to be led, carried, or dragged away to prison with another; and points out the state in which the primitive Christians were despised and rejected of men, and often led forth to prison and death. Continuing instant in prayer - Προσκαρτερουντες· Making the most fervent and intense application to the throne of grace for the light and power of the Holy Spirit; without which you can neither abhor evil, do good, love the brethren, entertain a comfortable hope, nor bear up patiently under the tribulations and ills of life. Hence the external non-conformity of that age meant a wider contrast than is possible now between the Christian and his more immediate surrounding, Yet in the receding background our present age darkens into a darkness almost as deep as heathenism itself. 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. "God is my co-pilot," does not give God His rightful place. In honor preferring one another - The meaning appears to be this: Consider all your brethren as more worthy than yourself; and let neither grief nor envy affect your mind at seeing another honored and yourself neglected. I will repay - In my own time and in my own way. Test drive it and tell us about your experience. When William Penn, of deservedly famous memory, made a treaty with the Indians in North America, and purchased from them a large woody tract, which, after its own nature and his name, he called Pennsylvania, he built a city on it, and peopled it with Christians of his own denomination, and called the city from the word in the text, φιλαδελφια, Philadelphia; an appellation which it then bore with strict propriety: and still it bears the name. He shows us, in a most pointed manner, the connection that subsists between the doctrines of the Gospel and practical piety. edit., where several other sensible remarks may be found. Romans 12 Verse 1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service. Though it be but barely possible, labor after it. This is a hard lesson, and very few persons learn it thoroughly. Tons more resources, better tools, NIV84 and easier navigation. However, it argues one important fact, that such persons are conscious that they are of no worth and of no consequence in Themselves, and they seek to render themselves observable and to gain a little credit by their endeavors to associate themselves with men of rank and fortune, and if possible to get into honorable employments; and, if this cannot be attained, they affect honorable Titles. However notice that Paul addressed his appeal to believers, not the unsaved. Romans 12:2 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. Christianity had not softened and shaded the world to its own likeness. Dr. Taylor observes that the measure of faith, Romans 12:3, and the proportion of faith, Romans 12:6, seem not to relate to the degree of any gift considered in itself, but rather in the relation and proportion which it bore to the gifts of others; for it is plain that he is here exhorting every man to keep soberly within his own sphere. 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. 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. See Deuteronomy 13:4; Judges 2:7; 1 Samuel 7:3, and 1 Samuel 12:10; : and in the New Testament, Matthew 6:24; Luke 6:23; Romans 16:18; Colossians 3:24. Beware of too nice a sense of your own honor; intolerable pride is at the bottom of this. ", "But be transformed by the renewing of your mind. How magnanimous is that authority which, having the power to command, stoops to plead for mortal compliance with God's will! Instead of τῳ Κυριῳ δουλευοντες, serving the Lord, several MSS., as DFG, and many editions, have τῳ καιρῳ δουλευοντες, serving the time - embracing the opportunity. Στυγεω signifies to hate or detest with horror; the preposition απο greatly strengthens the meaning. Be always in earnest, and let your heart ever accompany your hand. (4) Israel's unbelief is the Gentile opportunity (Romans 11:11-25). The justifying ground of this discharge from condemnation was set forth in Romans 3:21-26. 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. That ye may prove - Εις το δοκιμαζειν, That ye may have practical proof and experimental knowledge of, the will of God - of his purpose and determination, which is good in itself; infinitely so. The, —The apostle strikes deeply. Be not wise, παρ 'ἑαυτοις, by yourselves - do not suppose that wisdom and discernment dwell alone with you. These verses are a call for an act of presentation and the resultant duty of transformation. Some think it means, "Yield a little to a man when in a violent passion, for the sake of peace, until he grow cooler.". 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. He that showeth mercy - Let the person who is called to perform any act of compassion or mercy to the wretched do it, not grudgingly nor of necessity, but from a spirit of pure benevolence and sympathy. 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. Στυξ, Styx, was a feigned river in hell by which the gods were wont to swear, and if any of them falsified this oath he was deprived of his nectar and ambrosia for a hundred years; hence the river was reputed to be hateful, and στυγεω signified to be as hateful as hell. Distributing to the necessity of saints - Relieve your poor brethren according to the power which God has given you. 2 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. Believe that you stand in need both of help and instruction from others. 5. .," p312. Verses 1-39. - As the goodness of God, with this view of our mutual subserviency and usefulness, has endowed us with different gifts and qualifications, let each apply himself to the diligent improvement of his particular office and talent, and modestly keep within the bounds of it, not exalting himself or despising others. In this sense the word προστατις is applied to Phoebe, Romans 16:2; : She hath been a Succorer of many, and of myself also. But providing for strangers in distress is the proper meaning of the term; and to be forward to do this is the spirit of the duty. This I believe to be the sense of this passage, which many have encumbered with difficulties of their own creating. But to think soberly - Αλλα φρονειν εις το σωφρονειν . Feel the tenderest affection towards each other, and delight to feel it. 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