13 cContribute to the needs of the saints and dseek to show hospitality. 3 For, being ignorant of dthe righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. pIsrael failed to obtain what it was seeking. Such a sacrifice is holy and acceptable to God, like a ram of consecration (Gen 22). v21: A summary verse, bringing together the section from v14; in Christ, we are confident that good will ultimately triumph. See note there. We are to be of one mind, and that the mind of Christ. See on consolation, Luke 6:24. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. ;" 2 Corinthians 8:7-8, (Greek) Hebrews 6:11. Hence, it became necessary to appoint persons over these contributions, who should be especially charged with the management of them, and who would see that they were properly distributed; Acts 6:1-6. 6 But hthe righteousness based on faith says, i“Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) 14 But kput on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, lto gratify its desires. If any where a mild, amiable, cheerful, and patient disposition is needed, it is near a sick bed, and when administering to the wants of those who are in affliction. We shall never find in our hearts to condescend to others, while we indulge conceit of ourselves; therefore that must be mortified. 18 do not be arrogant toward the branches. ( D) Do not be conformed to this world,[ c] but be transformed by. This confirms in our daily lives that Christianity is true. But as regards election, they are obeloved for the sake of their forefathers. Those who know most in this imperfect state, feel their own weakness most. They are God-given (1 Cor 12.11); His prerogative is to give to whomever He wishes; there is no room for jealousy or pride. As the apostle is speaking here of offices in the church, the former is evidently what is intended. Compare also προστάτις succorer, Romans 16:2, and see note. We are to do all the good we can, one to another, and for the common benefit. 15 For if your brother is grieved by what you eat, eyou are no longer walking in love. [2] 2 Do not be conformed to this world, [3] 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. 6 nHaving gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if oprophecy, pin proportion to our faith; 22 Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness to you, eprovided you continue in his kindness. See note there. 11 So I ask, did they stumble in order that they might fall? Here is the application of God's truth into practice. v6-8: A right attitude to our God-given gifts. 3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. This also implies that we take care of ourselves, body, soul, and spirit. And whenever we may be called to such a service, we should remember that this is indispensable. He that imparteth. The body is an orderly structure; there are offices or functions, for we all have a role to play. 11 Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you bto wake from sleep. True Christian love will make us take part in the sorrows and joys of each other. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. By no means! These were kept according to the election of grace. Depending on Divine grace, they must detest and dread all evil, and love and delight in whatever is kind and useful. It is before his own master1 that he stands or falls. 12 zRejoice in hope, abe patient in tribulation, bbe constant in prayer. cFor salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. 8 For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. And love to God and man, with zeal for the gospel, will make the wise Christian diligent in all his wordly business, and in gaining superior skill. The rejection of the Jews is not universal. 19 Then you will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.” By rejecting the gospel, and by their indignation at its being preached to the Gentiles, the Jews were become enemies to God; yet they are still to be favoured for the sake of their pious fathers. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service. The needy and infirm, the feeble and the aged, have enough to bear without the impatience and harshness of professed friends. Then do what is good, and you rwill receive his approval, 17 But if zsome of the branches were broken off, and you, aalthough a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing root3 of the olive tree, 12:3-8 Pride is a sin in us by nature; we need to be cautioned and armed against it. Though constantly encompassed by the infirm and the afflicted, yet he was always kind, and gentle, and mild, and has left before us exactly what the apostie meant when he said, "he that showeth mercy with cheerfulness." So then, uwhether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. Outdo one another in showing honor. 4 For eChrist is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.2, 5 For fMoses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that gthe person who does the commandments shall live by them. For he is the servant of God, tan avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. gives liberality; and in James 1:5, liberally. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. 4 For jas in one body we have many members,5 and the members do not all have the same function, (17-21). Romans 12 1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 16 gLive in harmony with one another. Whatever begins, let God's glory be the end: especially let us adore him when we talk of the Divine counsels and actings. 14 I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus cthat nothing is unclean in itself, dbut it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean. 2 For I bear them witness that bthey have a zeal for God, cbut not according to knowledge. He is served, not only by working for him, but by sitting still quietly, when he calls us to suffer. In 2 Corinthians 7:11, carefulness (Rev., earnest care). 2 For I bear them witness that b they have a zeal for God , c but not according to knowledge . 7 For tnone of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. 5 so we, kthough many, lare one body in Christ, and individually mmembers one of another. The line of our duty is clearly marked out, and if our enemies are not melted by persevering kindness, we are not to seek vengeance; they will be consumed by the fiery wrath of that God to whom vengeance belongeth. That is a brutish recompence, befitting only animals, which are not conscious of any being above them, or of any existence hereafter. we are the wild branches grafted into the good vine (11.24); all things are to be subject to Him (11.36). 3 Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and olet not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. 21 qIt is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble.3 12 zI appeal to you therefore, brothers,1 by the mercies of God, ato present your bodies bas a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.2 The captivities of Israel, their dispersion, and their being shut out from the church, are emblems of the believer's corrections for doing wrong; and the continued care of the Lord towards that people, and the final mercy and blessed restoration intended for them, show the patience and love of God.

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