Short Scripture Study – 2/20/16

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Blinkin Squiggle

“Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became His counselor? Or who has first given to Him that it might be paid back to him again? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”  Romans 11:33-12:2

Today we are studying Romans 11:33-12:2 and once again we find God’s Word packed with great application for our day, even with a short Scripture study.  Remember to go deeper in this study at the leading of the Holy Spirit, but I hope that you enjoy the take away and blessing here in this short study as well. 🙂

Let’s begin by making a list of what we learn of the Divine nature of God:

  1. Oh, the depth of the riches of His wisdom and knowledge
  2. His judgments are unsearchable and His ways are unfathomable
  3. No one knows His mind or has ever been His counselor
  4. No one has ever given God something, that needed to be paid back
  5. All things are from Him
  6. All things are through Him
  7. All things are to Him
  8. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.

What a wonderful thing to make the study of God’s Word a lifelong pursuit.  It is for sure that any person, no matter how long they should live, would never come to the depth of the riches of God’s wisdom and knowledge.  I have found that God’s Word is revealed a little at a time so that each time I read a verse, I understand something in it that I didn’t understand before and it holds revelation for the season of life I am in.  It brings peace when I am anxious, joy when I am sad, truth and conviction when I am in sin, wisdom for my confusion, cleansing for my unrighteousness; and so much more.  With Paul I say, “Oh the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!”

Who can question or doubt God’s judgments, His ways, His mind – yet we feel daily that we have this right even though James 4:12 warns us, “There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and destroy; but who are you who judge your neighbor?” Often we forget that He alone is the Judge and that His ways are perfect. In prayer I can easily give Him my thoughts as to how I think a matter should be dealt with and truly believe that He should receive my wise counsel!

Can you imagine thinking that the God who created all of the universe owes you something?  These verses clarify that there is no one who has given anything to God that God should have to pay him back.  I think we can get confused in this matter when we begin to think that something or someone belongs to us, as if we created it, but the next thing we see is that all things are from God.  All things are through God. And all things are to God.  It all belongs to Him and He chooses to share it all with us simply because He loves us.  Yes!  To Him be glory forever!  Amen.

Now, what do we learn about us from these verses?

  1. We are to present our bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God
  2. We are not to be conformed to this world
  3. We are to be transformed by the renewing our our mind
  4. We are to do all this that we may prove what the will of God is

Again, as we saw in Hebrews 12, we see that Romans 12 begins with “Therefore”.  I have picked up from the last four verses of Chapter 11 in this short study, but in reality, it would be best for us to go back and read Romans 1-11 and then we would truly know why Romans 12 begins with “Therefore” 🙂  Paul tells us in Romans 1-11 what marvelous things God has wrought for us through His Son Jesus Christ, and it’s because of all this, that we CAN present our bodies as a living and holy sacrifice that is acceptable to God.  We can because God the Father has drawn us to His Son, and has given us the grace and faith we need to believe all that He says about His Son, and about ourselves.  When we choose to accept this grace and faith to believe in Jesus Christ, we are immediately identified with Him on the cross, dying with Him and raising up with Him a new creation.  It’s that new creation that we can now present to God – a living (not dead in sin and trespasses) and holy (not defiled and enslaved to sin) sacrifice.  This is a sacrifice that is acceptable to God and is our spiritual service of worship. WOW!  Look and see what God has done! Amazing Grace!

Now we can see why it is so important that we not take this new living and holy sacrifice that has been raised up with Jesus from the dead and conform it to the world – as it was before.  But instead as the Body of Christ, we are to be transformed by the renewing of our mind, by reading God’s Word and obeying what it says.  By walking by the Spirit and not by our flesh, and in doing this we prove what the will of God is for each of us, that which is good and acceptable and perfect for each one of us.  His will is that we walk as Jesus walked and we love God and others as ourselves.

Blinkin Squiggle

What are your thoughts about these verses?  How do they help you?  I would love to hear from you in the “Comment” section below. 🙂

Fixing our eyes on Jesus – Have a Happy SimplyLiving Day!

Constance

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