Richard Mayo: Present your bodies as a living sacrifice

Reformed Covenanter

Cancelled Commissioner
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. (Romans 12:1)

Hitherto the apostle hath discoursed of matters of faith; in this and the following chapters he sets down precepts of holy life. By the mercies of God: he useth the word in the plural number, to amplify and set forth the manifold mercies of God, in election, justification, adoption, &c.: … Seeing you Gentiles have received so many and so great mercies from God; seeing he hath preferred you to his ancient people the Jews, and hath chosen and called you, when he hath rejected them; as you value these mercies, let the consideration of them engage you to all manner of holiness and new obedience.

That ye present; that you give, dedicate, and offer up, as spiritual priests. Your bodies; yourselves, or, your whole man; a part is put for the whole; the body is named, because it is the soul’s instrument in the service of God. A living sacrifice; the sacrifices of old were presented alive to God, and their blood was shed at the feet of the altar: a beast that died of itself, or was torn by wild beasts, was not so much as to be eaten, Exodus 22:31 Leviticus 22:8. Conformable hereunto, God will have us offer up ourselves a living sacrifice; i.e. we must be quickened and alive to God, and not dead in sins and trespasses. Holy; as the sacrifices under the law were to be without blemish or defect, Exodus 12:5 Leviticus 1:10 Deut. 15:21. Acceptable unto God; or, well pleasing unto God. So were the appointed sacrifices under the law, Leviticus 1:9; so was the sacrifice of Christ the Lamb of God, Ephesians 5:2; and so are all spiritual sacrifices under the gospel, Philippians 4:18 Hebrews 13:16. ...

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