I like to study and write about the subject of Worship. For me, this is the main theme of the Christian life, which serves as the north to mark our communion with God, which is the heart of the Christian life.
The theme of true worship has been overlooked and overlooked, in a manner wholly unjust to its importance. This has led to important distortions, for where there is no knowledge, or study of the Word, there is corruption of distortions, leading to spiritual destruction
(Proverbs 10:21, 29:18, Isaiah 5:13, Hosea 4: 6).
I usually define worship as “all that occurs when a human being understands who God is, who he is before God, and all that this majestic and holy God has done, and will do for him, an unworthy sinner” .
“The biblical idea of sovereignty places God and man in their proper perspective, and establishes the arguments and modes of true worship. The man who recognizes the legitimacy of the divine lordship can only yield to God a reverent and worthy worship. ” Os melhores hinos evangélicos
People usually think of worship as a time to “seek blessings”; that is, they hardly think of worship as an act of sacrifice. But this is exactly how Paul describes it. Let’s study this subject based on an excerpt from Paul’s letter to the Romans. This is, in my understanding, the most deeply theological book of Paul, where the logic of Pauline argumentation reaches its climax.
We will look closely at the text of Romans 12: 1-2. Quoting specifically this text, Ellen White writes:
“This entire chapter is a lesson that I implore should be studied by all who claim to be members of the body of Christ. “(White – Testimonies for the Church v. 6, 239)
Note that, like the entire Bible, the book of Romans was not written in chapters. Romans was a whole letter, written from beginning to end. Subsequent studies have created chapters and verses to facilitate the study and citation of passages.
An outline of the book of Romans music gospel can be traced as follows:
Introduction (1: 1-17)
Human sinfulness (1: 18-3: 20)
Imputed righteousness – Justification (3: 21-5: 21)
The righteousness granted – Sanctification (chapters 6-8)
The vindication of the righteousness of God (chs. 9-11)
The Practice of Justice – Christian Life (12: 1-15: 13)
Conclusion (15: 14-33)
Recommendations and greetings (Chapter 16)
Therefore, the verses we will study are the first in an entire section of the book dedicated specifically to the Christian life. That is, Paul is speaking here to mature Christians, saved by grace, justified by faith, and held steadfast on the path of sanctification by the power of the Holy Spirit. Paul is now going to deal with the issue of how these saints can live in a world dominated on all sides by sin.
In Romans 12: 1-2 we read thus:
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your understanding, that you may prove what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. (João Ferreira de Almeida version, Corrected and Revised, Faithful)
I beseech you, brethren
The use of the word “therefore” (or, therefore, consequently in this way, etc.) shows that Paul’s appeal is based on the things said earlier. All that has been said up to this point is the motive, the reason why we should live in the way it now describes.