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Romans 12:1-2 [Expanded Translation]
-- Jeff, Monday 06-18-2007, 7:32 am CDT

I thought, this morning, that the following expanded translation, which comes from research that we hope to publish in detail at some point in the future, might be a blessing to our readers.
Romans 12:1-2 [Expanded Translation]
Therefore (with all God has done to make grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord) I -- the Apostle Paul on the behalf of God -- by the mercies of God (by which, when you were dead in sin and at enmity with Him, He withheld judgment against you, to the end that now you are as dead to sin as if you had never sinned, so that now you have eternal life and can nevermore come into condemnation, so that now you are superconquerors in every situation whom no created thing can separate from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord):

I lovingly beg you, beseeching you time and time and time again, that you present your bodies -- indeed your whole heart, soul, mind and strength wholly -- as living sacrifices -- set apart and well-pleasing unto God by the shed blood of Jesus Christ -- in obedient commitment and dedication to God; this presentation being your only logical, reasonable, rational, sound and wise response to God's mercy, and it is your divine service to God in His presence.

And (I beseech you by the mercies of God, in order for you to perform your divine service as living sacrifices) do not conform yourselves together (by the pressure of fear) or fashion yourselves together (through the lure of deception) with the secret, under-handed schemes and plots of this age -- when Satan is the god of this world.

But instead be changed, be transformed, be transfigured (by God, in a metamorphosis into the image of Christ) by the "newing up" in quality of your whole mind (by beholding, in the mirror of God's Word, the glory emanating from within from the Christ who lives in you), in order for you (working together with God through Christ Jesus) to prove out (according to the standard of the Word of God) what the will of God is -- demonstrating it by obeying what God has commanded and by receiving by believing what God has promised -- God's will for us always being good (because God is good), and well-pleasing (through the work of Christ), and perfect (attaining God's purposes and ends perfectly).

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