1Therefore I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2And 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.
1I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Why must the Christian present their bodies to God? Why is the body important at all? In this sermon on Romans 12:1–2 titled “Present Your Bodies,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explores the Scripture, teaching how and why physical frames are important to the lives of believers in Christ Jesus. First, he teaches, the believer is meant to glorify God with the whole of their being, every part of it, and this includes their physical body. Embodiment is not a curse or burden, but an essential part of being human as God created. The emphasis in this Scripture is placed on the fact that God saves the whole person, not just the mind or spirit, but a complete redemption that includes the body. This is a great promise we are given! As whole people, therefore, Paul is showing that believers must present their bodies as the temples of the Holy Spirit; it means to offer themselves completely to God. There is an interrelationship and unity of the different parts that is designed by God and brings him glory as the whole person is offered to Him for His service.
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.