Summary: When you made Jesus Christ Lord of your life, you became what the Bible calls a "new creature." Inside, you’re not the same person you were before. You have the nature of God born into you. But it’s not enough for you just to have that new nature on th
Let Your New Man Out
"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." -- (Romans 12:1)
When you made Jesus Christ Lord of your life, you became what the Bible
calls a "new creature." Inside, you’re not the same person you were
before. You have the nature of God born into you. But it’s not enough
for you just to have that new nature on the inside. You have to let it
take over the outside as well.
Don’t expect that to happen automatically. You have to make a decision
to bring your body into obedience to the new man within you. You must
determine to do what Romans 6:12 says and "let not sin...reign in your
I know that sounds tough, but remember, you’re not in this alone. You
have a Helper inside you to enable you to carry out that decision. His
name is the Holy Spirit. He’s there to strengthen you. He gives you the
power to put sin out of your life and under your feet.
Make that decisive dedication of your body today--and let that new man
that’s on the inside of you begin to come out!
a[beseech] Greek: parakaleo (GSN-3870), to call aside; make an appeal in view of
certain facts. Here it is an appeal in view of the wonderful doctrines of Romans 1-8
and of God’s dispensational dealings with Jews and Gentiles in Romans 9-11. Paul
comes now to the practical application of the gospel to people (Romans 12:1-15:7).
b[mercies] Greek: oiktirmos (GSN-3628), tender compassions. Here; 2 Cor. 1:3;
c[present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God] People are now to bring themselves to God instead of sacrifices to the altar as of old. They are now to be wholly the Lord’s as were the former sacrifices.
d[living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God]
Fifteen Commands about the Body
2.Make it living sacrifice (Romans 12:1).
3.Make it holy (Romans 12:1; 1 Cor. 3:17).
4.Make it accepted of God (Romans 12:1).
5.Make it full of light (Matthew 6:22).
6.Reckon it dead to sin (Romans 6:11).
7.Reckon it alive to God (Romans 6:11).
8.Refuse its slavery to sin (Romans 6:12).
9.Mortify its deeds (Romans 8:13).
10.Refuse to defile it (1 Cor. 3:17).
11.Make it fit temple of Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 3:16-17; 1 Cor. 6:13-20).
12.Make it free from fornication and only for the Lord (1 Cor. 6:13-20).
13.Glorify God in it (1 Cor. 6:20).
14.Keep it in control (1 Cor. 9:27).
15.Put off its sins (Col. 2:11).
e[reasonable service] Rational worship, because performed with the heart, mind, and
soul of intelligent beings, and is in contrast to the worship of idols of Romans 1:25.
SCRIPTURE READING: Romans 6:12-23
Romans 6:12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
A [Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body]
Here sin is pictured as a king or a tyrant, who has the soul passions, spirit faculties, and physical members of man under control, dominating his life. Let him not work or reign in the mortal body; give him no place or grounds for working in your being. Sin does not rule or ruin; sin rules and ruins. Wherever sin is, it will have more or less dominion.
b [obey it in the lusts thereof] Obey sin in its lusts. This further proves sin to be a real spirit person ruling the life. Sin itself has lusts other than the lusts of man. The lusts of sin are in reality the lusts of Satan (John 8:44; Ephes. 2:2-3; 1 John 2:17; 1 John 3:8). The lusts of man are his own creative powers depraved and corrupt (James 1:14; James 4:1,3; 2 Tim. 4:3; 1 Peter 4:2). They make up the basic Adamic nature. The same faculties that yield to sin can likewise yield to God and commit holy acts (Romans 6:13,16,18-20,22; Romans 8:1-13; Col. 3:5-10).
Romans 6:13 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.
a[Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin] It is
not sin to be tempted; the sin is in yielding (James 1:13-15). While sin exists as
satanic solicitation, it is Satan’s lust and sin, not ours. When we yield, we make the