Written By: John - Jun• 19•13

In Romans 12:1-2 we find these familiar words,

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, 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.”

We could spend the rest of our lives digging into these two verses and never get to the bottom, but I want to help you focus on one phrase today, “Present your bodies as a living sacrifice.”  How do we do that?  How do we take the body that was once devoted to sin and present it to God as something that is “holy and acceptable to God?”  Obviously the work of regeneration must be first and that is the work of the Holy Spirit, but what do we do in the process of sanctification?

Joseph Alleine, in his book A Sure Guide to Heaven, wrote on the nature of conversion and spoke of the internal cause and the external cause of conversion.  He said the internal cause is free grace alone, but he also said the external cause is the merit and intercession of Jesus.  In other words—conversion is all about the work of Jesus and that work impacts every part of our bodies.  Alleine dealt with the impact of conversion on the mind, the members, and the life and practice of our day-to-day living.

I want to share what he said about the work of conversion on the members of our bodies with an eye toward Romans 12, “present your bodies as living sacrifices…”

He  talked about how the members of the body change after conversion.

The eye, that was once a wandering eye, a wanton eye, a haughty, a covetous eye, is now employed, a Mary’s, in weeping over its sins, in beholding God in His works, in reading His Word, or in looking for objects of mercy and opportunities for His service.

The ear, that was once open to Satan’s call, and that did relish nothing so much as filthy, or at least frothy talk, and the laughter of fools, is now bored to the door of Christ’s house, and open to His disciples.  It says, ‘Speak, Lord, for Thy servant heareth…”

The head, that was full of worldly designs, is now filled with other matters, and set on the study of God’s will…the thoughts and cares that fill his head are, principally, how he may please God and flee sin.

His heart that was a sty of filthy lusts, is now become an altar of incense, where the fire of divine love is ever kept burning and from which the daily sacrifices of prayer and praise, and the sweet incense of holy desires…and prayers, are continually ascending.

The mouth is become a well of life; his tongue as choice silver, and his lips feed many…”  (pages 35-37)

Do you know transformation like this?  Are you walking in the Spirit who indwells you?  Are you being conformed into the image of Christ?

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