Renewed Thinking about Ourselves and the Body
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I. Body Basics
A Renewed Mind and life is necessary for Responsible Body Participation and Pleasing God (nothing optional)
1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present (A) your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, pleasing to God, which is your reasonable service of worship (B) Move from being self-centered to self-sacrificing to saint-serving
A. To present is to yield/place ourself totally at the disposal of and under the control of God, to do His will and His will only.
B. To do our rational (vs ritual) service of worship is a God honoring, response to Revelation as specified, which gives Him pleasure.
2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformedA by the renewing of your mind,B that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God
A. To be transformed/metamorphed is to experience a change of identity and actions predicated upon a renewal of our soul (mind will and emotions to pre-fall values, ambitions and obedience, thus proving/demonstrating the perfect will of God in our everyday lives.
B. An emotion is a filtered response to a filtered perception. Our filters are either natural/cultural/conditioned, or Biblical.
Josh 1:8 meditate (thinking thru implications for applications)...obey all 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."
3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberlyA, as God has dealt to each one a measure/std of faith BGodet 267 capacity/(faithfulness stwdshp?) assigned each man in the domain of faith
A. To think sound-mindedly/acc to reality is to govern our life by noble supernatural objectives rather than instinctual natural passions
B. To have Biblical Rm-10-Word-based faith is to believe that God is who He said He is and will do what He said He'll do (Heb 11:6)
II. Body Order
It is vital that every vital part be under the Headship of Christ and linked to other members cf Eph 4:11-16
4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, Diversity has a purpose.
5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Unity gives diversity a purpose.
III. Body Building is a Team Sport (necessary functions/positions)
6a Having then gifts differing according to the grace(coin of the realm of heaven) that is given to us, let us use them:
1Pt 4:10 As each one has received a gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11 If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability/strength which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever.
Gifts are bestowals of grace/power by the HS, at conversion/regeneration, for building up the Body, supplanted by maturity cf Eph 4:11-16
1Cor 12:4 There are diversities of gifts, 5 ministries, 6 activities, 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all 11 distributing to each one individually as He wills. 28 God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets...29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets?...30 Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret?...31 But earnestly desire the best gifts...better way 13:3...but have not love, it profits me nothing. 4 love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 10 when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. 13...when I became a man, I put away childish things. 14:1 Pursue love, and desire the manifestation ofspiritual gifts, but especially that you (pl) may prophesy. 3 But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men. 6 what shall I profit you unless I speak to you either by revelation, by knowledge, by prophesying, or by teaching? 12 since you are zealous for spiritual gifts, let it be for the edification of the church that you seek to excel. (14 understanding is unfruitful. 16 sg 17 the other is not edified.) 26 Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, teaching, tongue, revelation, interpretation. Let all things be done for edification. 29 Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others judge. 31 For you can all prophesy one by one, that all may learn and all may be encouraged. 39 Therefore brethren, desire earnestly cf v1 to prophesy (infin: emphasizes exercise rather than gift), and do not forbid to speak (infin) with tongues 40 Let all things be done decently and in order
6b if prophecy (advance light), let us prophesy in analogy to our faith; Proclaiming God's Revelation: His call to repentance from sin, specifying the correct thinking/behavior, outlining consequences what God said He'll do if they obey (blessing) and if they disobey (cursing)
1Cor 13:2 have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; 3 prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort
7a or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; Ac 6:4 ministry of the word 11:29 send relief 1Co 12:5 differences of administrations 2Cor 5:18 ministry of reconciliation 2Co 9:1 ministering to the saints...superfluous Eph 4:12 equipping the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ Heb 1:14 angels ministering spirits Rev 2:19 I know your works, love, service
7b he who teaches, (cause to learn) in teaching; Mt 28:19 make disciples 20 teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you.
8a he who exhorts/encourages (Climb the mountain and call along side the flagging), in exhortation; “comfort” speak alongside to persuade
8b he who gives/imparts, with simplicity/liberality; to meet the needs of others without a selfish agenda
8c he who leads, with diligence; (To stand before/over); a function later proscribed for elders/deacons on basis of character/maturity (no gift)
8d he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. (alms to meet another's need) Mt 5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
IV. Body Dynamics
How we obey influences how much we enjoy the process and fruits (present and eternal) of our obedience
9a Let love (desiring what is in another's best interest) be without hypocrisy. Hypocritical love seeks our own good above another's
9b Abhor what is evil/destructive. Cling to what is good. We value what meets our needs. Holiness requires discriminatory allegiance.
10a Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love,
10b in honor giving preference to one another When we value what God values we will value/honor those whom He values.
11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord Our ministry to each other grows out of our relationship to the Lord.
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