Written by Larry M. Jaynes;
I 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.
This is the opening verse of scripture of the prACTical side of Romans. This verse begins explaining to the Christian the how or means to truly begin walking with God in the knowledge and understanding given to the believers in the first 8 chapters of Romans.
Mercy means that judgment has been withheld, judgment that is rightfully due and should have been pronounced, has now been denied us by God Himself. This is why we can honestly present our bodies to God. The body means our inner self with all our frailties, hopes, and dreams. We are currently equipped in the joyful knowledge of being risen to a new life with Christ, a life that can be lived without condemnation, clothed in God’s own righteousness and standing. It is only by the mercies of God that we may be so bold as to fearlessly present ourselves to the Judge of all Who acquitted us of all sins, endowing each believer with the mercies of and from the Creator of life.
In Old Testament times, sacrifices were presented to God at the Temple, slain and offered on behalf of man’s sins and shortcomings. However, by God’s mercy, Christ became our substitute and sacrifice for our sins in order that we may humbly present ourselves to God a living sacrifice, standing shoulder to shoulder with Christ, who was slain for us and now he is our risen Savior.
We currently have God’s love which is inseparable from our hearts (Romans 5:5) because in Christ we are genuinely holy and thus eternally acceptable unto God. Presenting ourselves holy and acceptable is a reasonable service and can only be enjoyed and realized by the mercies of God that He has placed upon our very lives.