Romans 12:1-2 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. 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.
The bible says that not one jot or tittle written within it will ever go undone. This means they must be important. So, what is a jot and tittle? A jot is the tenth and the smallest letter written in Hebrew. It is written above the line and would look similar to an apostrophe in the English. A tittle is an even smaller defining mark or stroke on a letter in Hebrew. To change or omit either, completely changes the meaning of the words written.
Today, I want to point out a mark used in the English language. It is neither a jot nor a tittle, but a comma which some people may miss. It is in the first verse of Romans 12 between holy and acceptable. Look at the verse again. Do you see it now? Without the comma some may read this as if it were to say, “wholly acceptable.” This would mean completely acceptable. We do need to be completely acceptable. However, reading it this way does not define how to become acceptable. With the comma in the proper place, it says that first we must be Holy. This means we are to be set apart for God’s use. We must first be willing to be set apart from the worldly desires and lusts. Also, set apart unto God. To be used of Him as He desires. If we will give our life over to God, then we will be acceptable or pleasing unto Him. The next few words in this phrase tell us why. This is because it is the reasonable thing to do. We must realize, this is the only reasonable thing to do for our God who sent His Son to die for us and has blessed us with all spiritual blessing
Are you still not sure how to be holy, and acceptable? That is why verse two is there. God does not want us to wonder how to figure this out. Just read the second verse and it will all be clear. It is by a renewed mind transformed by God’s Holy Word.
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1 Samuel 18, 19 / Psalm 110 / Proverbs 14 / Romans 11, 12
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2 Samuel 16-18 / John 1:1-34
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