|Romans 12:1-2 |
1 I beseech you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service and worship.1 [At the conclusion of the death of our selfish, sinful nature, we are washed on the inside with holy water, we are burned with the Holy Spirit's baptism of fire, the blood of Jesus is sprinkled in our consciences, (the door to our heart), and we offer the incense of prayerful praise, joy, and thanksgiving for being freed from the darkness of this world to enter the kingdom. These are the events that you must see, feel, and experience before your belief has yielded salvation.]
2 And do not be conformed to this world; but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may recognize what is the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God.2
2 Paul says to prove what is the will of God for you. This is not to be assumed. To begin, the will of God is for you to crucify your sinful nature on the inward cross of self-denial, so that you can be reunited and reconciled with him through Christ, our savior. Those who live in the flesh, cannot please God. You do this by listening to and obeying the word of God, Jesus, within your heart. So you must kill the sinful nature, and have Christ resurrected within you — then you are extremely pleasing to God. When you produce the fruit of the spirit: love, peace, joy, patience, kindness, faith, etc., then you bring glory to God. So here is your lifetime's opportunity — to bring glory to God by producing much fruit: When you produce much fruit, my Father is honored and glorified, and you show that you are truly my disciples [true followers]. After you have been crucified by the Spirit to produce fruit and be under complete control of the Spirit, you will be directed by God to do works to his glory, even energized by the Spirit.