In Romans Chapter 12, Paul continued his message of salvation to the Jewish-Christian followers of Christ in Rome. These people believed that the Second Coming of Christ would happen in their lifetime.
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Moreover, they were being persecuted by both the Roman government, which had enough trouble with the monotheism of the Jews they ruled over, and the Jews, who thought the Jewish-Christian’s profession of faith in Jesus was blasphemous and heretical.
Members of One Body
In this letter, Paul exhorted the believers to make themselves, body and soul, acceptable to God. He said that none of them should think of themselves as higher or better positioned than their fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. Although everyone has their own unique gifts, they are still part of one body. Each member of the body is important and one part is not more important than the other.
Various Gifts for People
Paul reminded believers in Romans Chapter 12 that some of them have the gift of prophesy while others have the gift of teaching or ministering. He says some people good at being leaders and others are good at persuading people. Paul claimed that whatever talent a person has should be done used for God’s Kingdom and that they should love each other and keep clear of that which is evil and to cling to goodness.
Paul Says to Live in Peace
Paul reiterated the message at the end of Romans Chapter 12 that they should treat each other with brotherly love. He said they should not be lazy in their worldly business but should serve the Lord with passion.
Paul also urged the believers in Rome to be patient, hospitable, hopeful, and bless those people who persecute them. He wanted them to try to live with others in peace, even if those people were not inclined to live in peace with them. He encouraged the people to leave vengeance to the Lord and to live in peace.
Romans 12 (King James Version)
1 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.
2 And 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.
3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:
5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;
8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.