In Light of God’s Infinite Mercies

In Light of God’s Infinite Mercies

In Light of God’s Infinite Mercies

 

infinite mercies

 

Because of God’s infinite mercies, we are free to fulfill our highest destiny.

In these hectic times, our minds are constantly bombarded with all kinds of crazy. Sometimes, we forget just how great and awesome God is and how abundant His infinite mercies are toward us.

Recently, I thought about steps to initiate the most amazing spiritual transformation. Simply read and follow the exhortations and directives in Romans 12.

The apostle Paul writes in verses 1 and 2:

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present yourself a living sacrifice holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. — Rom 12:1-2

Of course, these two verses alone are worthy of a book. But, for today, let’s begin with a review of some of God’s infinite mercies.

In light of God’s infinite mercies

To paraphrase Paul the apostle:

Brothers, Sisters,

In light of all that I have been sharing with you concerning God’s infinite mercies and lovingkindness towards us —

1. Remember, God showed His great love for us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us Rom 5:8
2. God freely justified us by His grace Rom 3:24
3. He gives us access into His superabundant grace by faith Rom 5:2
4. God has given us the gift of righteousness and an awesome reign in life in Christ Jesus Rom 5:17
5. He has given us eternal life through Christ Jesus Rom 5:21
6. He has predestined every believer to the glorious image of Christ (sharing the same inner essence as Christ) Rom 8:29
7. God did not spare His own Son but delivered Him up for us all. Will He not with Christ also freely give us all things? Rom 8:32
8. Christ is at the right hand of God making intercession for us Rom 8:34
9. We are more than conquerors through Christ Rom 8:37
10. Nothing can separate us from the love of God Rom 8:38-39

 

WOW!

—and, in light of the tender mercies that God showers us with every day (Lam 3:23; Ps. 145:9)—

Because of these marvelous things, I urge you:

Present yourself a living sacrifice

In the Hebrew, to present means an act of offering.

Under the Old Covenant, God accepted the lifeblood of an innocent animal offered as a substitute for the lifeblood of the sinner. God then forgave the person.

All the offerings and sacrificial ceremonies under the Old Covenant foreshadowed Jesus Christ, the sinless Lamb of God who came to take away the sins of the world.

“He made the One who knew no sin to become a sin offering on our behalf, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Cor 5:21, TLV)

“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.” (Eph 1:7)

Now in heaven, He is our High Priest through whom we can present ourselves to God.

The Greek word translated present means to place beside or near, to offer, to put at one’s disposal.

Thus, in light of God’s infinite mercies,

  1. Make a once-for-all present of yourself to God as a living sacrifice.
  2. Then, each day live holy—wholly dedicated to Him.

A living sacrifice is vibrant, alive, expressive with praise and thanksgiving. A living sacrifice actively wills to do the will of God.

Such rational and reasonable worship is well-pleasing to God.

to be continued

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What do you say about God’s infinite mercies? Post your comments.

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Capazin Thornton is a Christian speaker and author in Orange County, California.

 

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