A Living Sacrifice
A Sermon on Romans 12:1-2
A Living Sacrifice
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. 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. (ESV)
In matters of Christian conduct, do we appeal to the mind or to the heart? These are often pitted against one another, but Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones does not believe we should approach the Christian life by making an appeal to merely the intellect or simply the emotions. Instead, he says, we begin with doctrine –– who we are in Christ –– and deduce from truth our proper conduct. But true doctrine always appeals to the emotions. As Dr. Lloyd-Jones reminds us, there is no such thing as dry-as-dust theology! Humanism and legalism stand in opposition to the true teaching of Scripture here. Humanism can only appeal to the intellect, whereas legalism appeals directly to the will of the person. But the great motive of the Gospel, which is God’s great mercy in Christ Jesus, lifts the whole problem of conduct to a high spiritual level. No other system of philosophy or religion knows of the two great motives. He then works out the implications of the Apostle Paul’s appeal to the mind and the heart in our Christian conduct. He labors to demonstrate that Paul has in mind here presenting our entire physical body as a sacrifice to God who by His great mercy makes us participators in this glorious and wonderful salvation. Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones offers us a challenging message on Romans 12:1-2.
About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.