In these three verses of Romans 12, we have 8 traits that are the practical expressions of the love and devotion which Paul set before us in verses 9 and 10. These are not just the character traits that belong to super-saints, but the traits that are to be embodied by every true child of God. In Christ, who is the perfect example of all of these, we are fully capable of manifesting all of them.
When God regenerates the heart as a matter of His grace, He imparts to each believer a spiritual gift or gifts that are to be used for the edification of his body and the exaltation of His name. Employing these gift is not optional for believers. This exposition from Romans 12 discusses the nature of the gifts as well as some of the excuses Christians tend to make for not serving according to their giftedness.
As Paul continues his transition to the ethical and moral instructions of Romans 12-15, he develops further in verse 2 what is entailed in being living sacrifices that are acceptable to God. First, to not be conformed to this world means we must be like Christ — striking a balance between being in the world but not of the world. Second, we must submit to and join with the Holy Spirit as He works both inwardly and outwardly upon us. We must pursue the Person and truth of Christ, praying for the humility to embrace that truth and glory in that truth when it is set before us.
Jesus promises refreshment to the thirsty that will come to Him and drink. Even more than that, Jesus promises rivers of living water from the hearts of believers. This He said about the Holy Spirit, who is examined in detail in this sermon.
There are many things Christians can disagree about, but there is no more important doctrine of the Christian faith than the new birth. Jesus clearly teaches, “You must be born again.” Listen to this sermon for what Jesus Christ teaches about the necessity of being born again to enter the kingdom of heaven.
As we come to Romans 8:12, Paul moves from instruction to exhortation, giving us one of the most essential evidences of those who are truly sons of God: killing sin. The critical practice of killing sin in your heart is evidence of the fact that you have been justified in Christ alone. So walking in Christ means that you are by nature someone who is making war on your remaining sin, thereby manifesting that you are indeed in the Spirit and of the sons of God.
With verses 9 through 11, Paul continues to delineate the contrast between those who are of the flesh and those who are of the Spirit. The emphasis here is that those who are of the Spirit can be confident that God’s own Spirit is within them, they belong irrevocably to Christ, they are alive because of Christ’s righteousness, and that at Christ’s return, the Holy Spirit will raise our mortal flesh to eternal life.
In a world filled with greed, disease, suffering, terrorism, violence, and death, there is one certain cure, one message of hope, one source of eternal life: Jesus Christ is Risen! What does that mean for believers? It means we are both recipients and stewards of the greatest gift in the universe. In this sermon from John 20, we explore the gifts that compose the commission that Christ issued to His disciples when He made His first post-resurrection appearance to them.
Moses has been on the mountain with God for 40 days and 40 nights. As that time ends, God provides Moses with three final things: The Promise of Gifted Laborers, a renewed warning to Keep the Sabbath, and the Tablets of the Law written in stone. In these three things, we are privileged once again to see the perfection of God’s provision as well as His redemptive grace.