Romans 11:27–12:8 (NKJV)
27 For this is My covenant with them,
When I take away their sins.”
28 Concerning the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but concerning the election they are beloved for the sake of the fathers. 29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. 30 For as you were once disobedient to God, yet have now obtained mercy through their disobedience, 31 even so these also have now been disobedient, that through the mercy shown you they also may obtain mercy. 32 For God has committed them all to disobedience, that He might have mercy on all.
33 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!
34 “For who has known the mind of the LORD?
Or who has become His counselor?”
35 “Or who has first given to Him
And it shall be repaid to him?”
36 For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.Romans 11:27-26
Irrevocable…. Paul speaks of the role reversal between the Israelites and the Gentiles that has occurred since the resurrection of Christ. The Israelites were once righteous and the Gentiles hopeless. Now, anyone–including Gentiles–may come to Christ, but the Jews are hardened to this fact and disobedient to God’s will. However, they will come to Christ through the witness and example of the Gentiles. He makes the well-known statement in this passage about the irrevocable nature of the callings and giftings of God. In this context, it most directly links to the calling of Israel to be God’s people. They are not losing their calling, but they have rejected the means to accomplish that calling by rejecting Christ. God works in ways unknown to us, sometimes confusing to us, but never stops wanting to work through us. Stay true and faithful to your calling, for God never completely gives up on you.
1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
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 soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. 4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.Romans 12:1-8
Living Sacrifices…. In light of the permanent nature of the callings and giftings of God on His people, Paul then calls all servants of God to be proactive in seeking God’s will. He begins with the often-quoted passage about presenting one’s self to God as a living sacrifice. He elaborates by including the call to be holy, acceptable to God, and serving. These demands are reasonable, and not complete without the call to avoid conformity to the world and accept the transformation of the Holy Spirit upon one’s life. These obedient actions provide the believer clarity as to the will of God. He then calls the reader to a humility that leads to obedience to the call of God, no matter where that may lead. Operate in your calling, flourish in your function, do what God has gifted and called you to do. This is the will of God. This is the purpose for which God has gifted you. Follow His lead and use His gift, and the Kingdom of God will be strong and fulfilled. This is the calling of God, and He is calling you!
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