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19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it [9] to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. tHow unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! The sense is unusual, and the rendering simplicity or singleness is defensible in all the passages. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. This direction is particularly applicable to a physician. In the spiritual body, some are fitted for and called to one sort of work; others for another sort of work. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. 12 I appeal to you therefore, brothers,[ a] by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 33 Oh, the depth of the riches and swisdom and knowledge of God! Abraham was as the root of the church. The wild olive was often ingrafted into the fruitful one when it began to decay, and this not only brought forth fruit, but caused the decaying olive to revive and flourish. (ESV), [1] 12:1 Or brothers and sisters Divine curses will work long; and we have our eyes darkened, if we are bowed down in worldly-mindedness. The apostle Paul knew the mysteries of the kingdom of God as well as ever any man; yet he confesses himself at a loss; and despairing to find the bottom, he humbly sits down at the brink, and adores the depth. It was deemed an important matter among the early Christians to impart liberally of their substance to support the poor, and provide for the needy: Acts 2:44-47; Acts 4:34-37; Acts 5:1-11; Galatians 2:10; Romans 15:26; 2 Corinthians 8:8; 2 Corinthians 9:2, 2 Corinthians 9:12. (3-8) Exhortations to various duties. It is acceptable to God: a reasonable service, which we are able and ready to give a reason for, and which we understand. There is the example of Phinehas (Num 25.11), who was commended for his zeal for God. "Transformed;" a change from the inside; the word is used of Christ at the transfiguration, and also in 2 Cor 3.18. Compare Ephesians 4:28; Luke 3:11. This denotes the love of parents to their children; which is more tender and natural than any other; unforced, unconstrained. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. This is also a continuous offering, Lev 6.13. But as regards election, they are obeloved for the sake of their forefathers. v13: Practical kindness to others. It requires the bestowment of a favor without seeking any personal or selfish ends; without partiality; but actuated only by the desire to bestow them in the best possible manner to promote the object for which they were given; 2 Corinthians 8:2; 2 Corinthians 9:11, 2 Corinthians 9:13; 2 Corinthians 1:12; Ephesians 6:5; Colossians 3:22. Outdo one another in showing honor. cFor salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. God glorifies his grace by changing the hearts and tempers of the rebellious. 10 Brothers,1 my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. 30 For just as qyou were at one time disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their disobedience, 4 For e Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes . Do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he appeals to God against Israel? Romans 12 – Living the Christian Life A. Of all judgments, spiritual judgments are the sorest; of these the apostle is here speaking. We do not envy those who prosper, but rejoice with them; we do not despise those who suffer, but weep with them. 18 But I ask, have they not heard? Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. [ b] 2 Do not be conformed to this world,[ c] 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. By no means! There is not only depth in the Divine counsels, but riches; abundance of that which is precious and valuable. 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) Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise), Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete), California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. is not settled by the use of the word. 13 cContribute to the needs of the saints and dseek to show hospitality. If then this 5 so we, kthough many, lare one body in Christ, and individually mmembers one of another. 12 zRejoice in hope, abe patient in tribulation, bbe constant in prayer. c“I will dmake you jealous of those who are not a nation; with a efoolish nation I will make you angry.”. It means here that they should be attentive to the duties of their vocation, and engage with ardor in what was committed to them to do. [4] 12:2 Or what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God Thus we are members of one another, part of the same body. Those committed to God are more interested in blessing others than in pleasing themselves. Take heed of forming plans for happiness, as though it lay in the things of this world, which soon pass away. everyone should use his gifts in a proper (v6-8) way. But we have a responsibility to each other, to be loyal, supportive, working for the mutual benefit of all, see 1 Cor 12.7, "for the profit of all.". 3 For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. All Rights Reserved. 3 For , being ignorant of d the righteousness of God , and seeking to establish their own , they did not submit to God’s righteousness . In all the others liberality is, at best, very doubtful. Our attitude to others means we show respect and give dignity. The preposition μετά indicates sharing with. (9-16) And to peaceable conduct towards all men, with forbearance and benevolence. Cheerfulness is not merely a matter of temperament, but to be cultivated as a duty. 16 yIf the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, so is the whole lump, and if the root is holy, so are the branches. Compare 1 Corinthians 14:3; Acts 4:36, where Rev. The rejection of the Jews is not universal. He entreated the Romans, as his brethren in Christ, by the mercies of God, to present their bodies as a living sacrifice to Him. a stumbling block and a retribution for them; 10  let their eyes be darkened so that they cannot see. Multitudes were made heirs of Abraham's faith, holiness and blessedness. 34  “For uwho has known the mind of the Lord. 15 For if your brother is grieved by what you eat, eyou are no longer walking in love. (11-21) The Gentiles cautioned against pride and unbelief, The Jews shall be called as a nation, and brought into God's visible covenant again.

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