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INTRODUCTION:

 

1.  Turn with me in your Bibles to Romans 12:3-8.

 

2.  Two weeks ago we talked about Romans 12:1-2

 

3.  We saw, Being a Living Sacrifice. V1-2

 

  A.  Today, we are not as familiar about sacrifices and what they mean, so we

        Must do a little study to see what is being discussed here.

 

    1.  I think it is important. (For us to get to know what kind of sacrifice is

         Being discussed here if we are to understand what our response should

         Be)

 

      a.  We know according to Scripture. (That Yahshua is our sacrifice for sin,

           and we also know that He is the only one qualified to be the sacrifice for

           sin, Isaiah 53:4-12)

 

      b.  Look at Genesis 3:20. (Now in this verse it is important for us to look at

           the provision of the covering, if you look at Genesis 3:7 after they had

           they had sinned they knew that they where uncovered and they tried to

           cover themselves, First, by fig leaves, and second by hiding, they must

           have known that this self covering wasn’t working, so they hid

           themselves, and in Genesis 3:20 it was Yahweh who provided the

           covering they could not provide for themselves, and blood was shed)

 

      c.  Look at Hebrews 9:22-26. (We find it was Yahshua who was the blood

           sacrifice for us, that all of the sacrifices done in the Tabernacle and the

           Temple were only shadow pictures of the sacrifice that took place in the

           Temple in the heavens, the true Temple, and it was once for all goes

           Along with Hebrews 8:1-6 and Hebrews 10:10)

 

      b.  Look at Colossians 1:21-23. (Once again this has to do with Yahshua

           being the One who has reconciled us by His physical body and made

           us blameless and Holy)

 

      c.  Look at 1 Peter 1:18-23. (Once again, it is by the blood of Yahshua that

           we were purchased or bought back by, but in this passage we find Peter

           taking this a little bit deeper into what Paul has been discussing, that we

           have a responsibility through obedience to the truth, and we will discuss

           this a little deeper in a minute)

 

      d.  Look at Hebrews 10:14. (For by one offering He perfected forever those

           who are sanctified, and this is really important for us to look at and to

           get our minds around, because this is key to what Paul is teaching in

           Romans 12:1)

 

      e.  So, I went to great lengths. (To show that Romans 12:1 isn’t about the sin

           sacrifice, just so we are not getting confused, we need to know the

           different aspects of the Law so we will be able to translate better)

 

      1).  Look at Isaiah 1:10-20. (In this passage we find that it is not the blood

            Sacrifices that Yahweh is even talking about, they were doing all of the

            Sacrifices, the New Moon, the Sabbath, and the Festivals but Yahweh

            But look Yahweh says that they were detestable to Him, because what

            He really desired is obedience)

 

      2).  Look at Hosea 6:1-11. (Once again, this message is for both Ephraim

            and For Judah, and goes on to says that Yahweh is not pleased with the

            Sacrifices they are offering, He is more interested that they know Him

            And that they show mercy more than their sacrifices)

 

   2.  Turn with me to Jeremiah 31:31-34. (In Jeremiah 31:31, a word is used that

        We need to look at, this word means “new” or fresh, we can find this

        Same thought in Ezekiel 11:18-21 and the same word is used, where

        Yahweh is going to put a New Spirit within them, and a heart of flesh,

        Goes on to explain why, so they will be able to follow His commands and

        Be obedient)

 

   3.  Turn with me to John 6:53-59. (Now it is at this teaching that many of

        Yahshua’s disciples left Him, because they could not take this teaching,

        And to them it went against Torah, it was against Deuteronomy 12:23,

        In this verse it forbids the drinking of blood because it is the life of that

        Animal, the word life in Hebrew means spirit, so they would be taking on

        The spirit of that animal)

 

   4.  So back to John 6:53-59. (They understood it as taking on another’s spirit,

        But Yahshua wasn’t talking about a physical drinking of the blood, but a

        Partaking of His blood through faith, which would be taking on His life,

        Which would be His spirit or the Holy Spirit which goes back to

        Ezekiel 11:18-21 that He will put a new Spirit within us, which will give

        Us a heart of flesh so that He may write His commands on a heart of flesh

        So will be able to be obedient)

 

   5.  This also goes back to. (How the branches that have been broken off from

        The cultivated Olive tree could be grafted back in. Because by faith in

         Him they receive His blood or His Spirit which brings His life into them)

 

   6.  So, when Paul is talking. (About becoming a living sacrifice what he is

        Really talking about is surrendering to the life they had taken on, which

        Was the life of Yahshua which is the Holy Spirit who is bringing us into

        Obedience to the commands that He is writing on the hearts of flesh He is

        Replacing within us)

 

   7.  Paul says. (This is your Spiritual worship, or this is how we worship, we

        Have made worship to be about many things it is not about, but here it is

        It is about a surrendering of ourselves to the Holy Spirit to shape us and

        To make us into the image of Yahshua)

 

   8.  Look at 2 Corinthians 3:17-18. (Now, I want you to see this, The Lord

        Which is translated Master, which has been used to describe Yahshua

        All throughout the New Testament, is now the Spirit and He is busy

        Transforming us into the image of His image and if you will look at

        Romans 12:2 we are not to be conformed to this world but we are to

        Be Transformed by the renewing of our minds)

 

   9.  To be conformed. (Means that we are not to fashioned like this world, and

        To be transformed is to be changed, to be transfigured into what He is

        Making us as discussed in Ezekiel 11)

 

  10.  Without this transformation. (We will not be able to discern what is the

         Good, and pleasing, and perfect will of Yahweh is. Look at

         1 Corinthians 2:15-16)

 

4.  Today I would like to continue in Romans 12 and also continue the idea of

      Being a living sacrifice and what all of that means.

 

5.  Read Romans 12:3-8, Pray!

 

 

I.  Gifts and Body Life. Romans 12:3-8

 

  A.  The importance of body life we must reveiw.

 

    1.  Look at Hebrews 9:22-26. (We find it was Yahshua who was the blood

           sacrifice for us, that all of the sacrifices done in the Tabernacle and the

           Temple were only shadow pictures of the sacrifice that took place in the

           Temple in the heavens, the true Temple, and it was once for all goes

           Along with Hebrews 8:1-6 and Hebrews 10:10)

 

      a.  Look at Colossians 1:21-23. (Once again this has to do with Yahshua

           being the One who has reconciled us by His physical body and made

           us blameless and Holy)

 

      b.  Look at 1 Peter 1:18-23. (Once again, it is by the blood of Yahshua that

           we were purchased or bought back by, but in this passage we find Peter

           taking this a little bit deeper into what Paul has been discussing, that we

           have a responsibility through obedience to the truth, and we will discuss

           this a little deeper in a minute)

 

      c.  Look at Hebrews 10:14. (For by one offering He perfected forever those

           who are sanctified, and this is really important for us to look at and to

           get our minds around, because this is key to what Paul is teaching in

           Romans 12:1)

 

      d.  So, I went to great lengths. (To show that Romans 12:1 isn’t about the sin

           sacrifice, just so we are not getting confused, we need to know the

           different aspects of the Law so we will be able to translate better)

 

      1).  Look at Isaiah 1:10-20. (In this passage we find that it is not the blood

            Sacrifices that Yahweh is even talking about, they were doing all of the

            Sacrifices, the New Moon, the Sabbath, and the Festivals but Yahweh

            But look Yahweh says that they were detestable to Him, because what

            He really desired is obedience)

 

      2).  Look at Hosea 6:1-11. (Once again, this message is for both Ephraim

            and For Judah, and goes on to says that Yahweh is not pleased with the

            Sacrifices they are offering, He is more interested that they know Him

            And that they show mercy more than their sacrifices)

 

   e.  Turn with me to Jeremiah 31:31-34. (In Jeremiah 31:31, a word is used that

        We need to look at, this word means “new” or fresh, we can find this

        Same thought in Ezekiel 11:18-21 and the same word is used, where

        Yahweh is going to put a New Spirit within them, and a heart of flesh,

        Goes on to explain why, so they will be able to follow His commands and

        Be obedient)

 

   f.  Turn with me to John 6:53-59. (Now it is at this teaching that many of

        Yahshua’s disciples left Him, because they could not take this teaching,

        And to them it went against Torah, it was against Deuteronomy 12:23,

        In this verse it forbids the drinking of blood because it is the life of that

        Animal, the word life in Hebrew means spirit, so they would be taking on

        The spirit of that animal)

 

   g.  So back to John 6:53-59. (They understood it as taking on another’s spirit,

        But Yahshua wasn’t talking about a physical drinking of the blood, but a

        Partaking of His blood through faith, which would be taking on His life,

        Which would be His spirit or the Holy Spirit which goes back to

        Ezekiel 11:18-21 that He will put a new Spirit within us, which will give

        Us a heart of flesh so that He may write His commands on a heart of flesh

        So will be able to be obedient)

 

   h.  This also goes back to. (How the branches that have been broken off from

        The cultivated Olive tree could be grafted back in. Because by faith in

         Him they receive His blood or His Spirit which brings His life into them)

 

   i.  So, when Paul is talking. (About becoming a living sacrifice what he is

        Really talking about is surrendering to the life they had taken on, which

        Was the life of Yahshua which is the Holy Spirit who is bringing us into

        Obedience to the commands that He is writing on the hearts of flesh He is

        Replacing within us)

 

   j.  Paul says. (This is your Spiritual worship, or this is how we worship, we

        Have made worship to be about many things it is not about, but here it is

        It is about a surrendering of ourselves to the Holy Spirit to shape us and

        To make us into the image of Yahshua)

 

   k.  Look at 2 Corinthians 3:17-18. (Now, I want you to see this, The Lord

        Which is translated Master, which has been used to describe Yahshua

        All throughout the New Testament, is now the Spirit and He is busy

        Transforming us into the image of His image and if you will look at

        Romans 12:2 we are not to be conformed to this world but we are to

        Be Transformed by the renewing of our minds)

 

   l.  To be conformed. (Means that we are not to fashioned like this world, and

        To be transformed is to be changed, to be transfigured into what He is

        Making us as discussed in Ezekiel 11)

 

   m.  Without this transformation. (We will not be able to discern what is the

         Good, and pleasing, and perfect will of Yahweh is. Look at

         1 Corinthians 2:15-16)

 

2.  Now it is here we need to pick up this next section. (The idea of unless we are

     A living sacrifice, and have our minds transformed, we will not know what

     And be able to carry out the things He has for us to do Ezekiel 11:18-24,

     And goes to 1 Corinthians 2:16, being able to know the mind of Messiah)

 

 a.  Look at Romans 12:3. (Paul here begins to talk about the idea of not

      thinking of ourselves more highly that we ought to think, and uses the

      word grace in this passage, the word grace in the Greek is charis and it has

      with it a couple of meanings, one: acceptable, benefit, favor)

 

  b.  But it can also mean. (The divine influence of the heart, and the word

       divine can mean something that comes directly from Yahweh, and the

       word influence means something coming from, and in this case Yahweh

       so what Paul is saying that by the Holy Spirit that is in me, do not think

       of yourself more highly than you ought to. The reason is it is not you at

       work it is Him at work through you, Look at Ezekiel 11:18-24 and at

       1 Corinthians 12:7, it is a demonstration of the Holy Spirit)

 

  c.  Look at Romans 12:3. (Paul tells us to think sensibly, and this word in KJV

      soberly and the Greek is means to think with a sound mind, or to be sane

      look at 2 Timothy 1:7 He has given us a sound mind and good judgment,

      so in this passage it is not our mind or we could say a mind of the flesh but

      the mind of Messiah, one that thinks as it was originally created to think

      like)

 

  d.  And if you will look at. (Romans 12:3 this gift is tied up with faith that He

      has given to each one of us. So if we claim to have the Holy Spirit within

      us then we have to also admit that we have been given this gift from Him

      that is to be a benefit to the body)

 

  e.  Now I want to stop here for just a minute. (I know there are many ideas as to

       what is being discussed here, and we have to look at a couple of things. It

       always comes up that Paul is talking to the body at large, and he is, but we

       need to take this within the context it was written. This letter was written

       to the congregation in Rome, and then later to other places)

 

  f.  Also, back then. (Back then you didn’t have congregations on top of

      congregation, you had one congregation in each community, at the time of

      this writing there was one congregation, the people were to be accountable

      to one congregation, so Paul is saying that each congregation has been

      given these gifts that are a benefit to that body, as well to the body at

      large)

 

  g.  Look at Romans 12:4. (As we have many parts to the body, not all of the

       parts serve the same function, in other words not all of the gifts are the

       same gifts, we find this in 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, but it was like that in the

       Torah as well, look at Exodus 28:3 and Exodus 35:30-36)

 

   h.  But just as. (There are many gifts and not all function the same way there

        is only one body in Messiah, and notice we are members of one another,

        if we are in Messiah, then we are attached to one another through the

        Holy Spirit)

 

   i.  The list that Paul gives here is not exhaustive. (The gifts here are just

        general description of the gifts, look at Ephesians 4:7-16 these are the

        leadership gifts, and if you will notice they are not for the purpose of

        lording over the congregation, but for the building up of the saints for

        the work of ministry, so the body will mature looking like Messiah and

        not being tossed here and there by every wave of doctrine that comes

        along)

   j.  Look at 1 Corinthians 12:4-31. (These are the gifts within the body that

       help build up each individual within the body coming together, still

       looking like Messiah but ministering to one another so that the whole

       bodies needs are met through each individual gift given, and no one is

       left without a gift, if you are in Messiah you have a gift to use to serve

       Him through each other, once again look at 1 Corinthians 12:7, to each

       Person is given a gift)    

    

 

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