imgvideodocAt Bible study last week it was brought up that sometimes we read the Scriptures, but we often overlook the meaning of words. For this reason, we fail to comprehend the full meaning of the passage.

One of those particular words, I believe, is the word, therefore. The meaning of therefore is, ‘as a result of this’. It is used many, many times in the Bible. For example, the first use of the word is in Genesis 2:24. God had taken a rib from Adam and made Eve and brought her to Adam. Therefore (as a result of this), a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife. Based upon God’s creative act of making woman from the side of man, one man, and one woman is to respond by being joined together as a result of what God did.

In the book of Romans, the apostle Paul writes, “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.” (12:1) In the preceding chapters, he spelled out the mercy that God has shown to both Jews and Gentiles. The book of Romans states that all have sinned and are deserving of the wrath of God. But God provided the way to be reconciled to Him, and that is through the death of His Son, Jesus. (5:9) We are free from wrath through Him. We are set free from sin. (6:22) We have the free gift of eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (6:23) There is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. (8:1) Nothing can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (8:37) And whosoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (10:13)

Therefore (as a result of the provision of God for our forgiveness), present your bodies a living sacrifice. A sacrifice is the offering of the life of a person or animal. Here it is the picture of a life being offered to God, not in death but in living. It is a life dedicated to serving God as a result of what God has done for you. Have you dedicated your life to God as your reasonable service? If you haven’t won’t you consider responding to God today? If you have but have gotten off track, just confess that to Him and get back on the track – not at the beginning of the journey but the place of the derailment. For “God is faithful by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” (I Cor 1:9)

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