both cultures to develop separately for some time. With the advent of Claudius’ death, the two
groups encountered each other, creating cultural tension regarding expression of faith (Keener
412). Paul addresses many of their differential issues in the letter to the Romans with the
dissolution of cultural barriers as the overarching theme. The excerpt covered in this paper is
directly involved with this theme, and reads as follows:
1Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your
bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper
worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by
the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what
God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. 3 For by the grace given me I
say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but
rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God
has distributed to each of you. 4 For just as each of us has one body with many
members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5
we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
so in Christ
1Therefore, I cordially command you, brothers and sisters, by all of God’s mercy, to
devote your lives to God as a sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God. This is the logical way to
worship. 2Do not be like the rest of the world, but let your heart and mind be renewed in the
spirit, and you will know and do God’s will – his good, pleasing and perfect will. 3By the grace
given to me I say to each of you: D...
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...does not function. Ritual as an issue of division is made void in this passage, and its
application is needed for a healthy Church body. Fortunately, there is an observable trend for
dissolution of denomination and emphasis on unity among the current day’s young Christians.
This may not be a direct occurrence from this passage, but the trend is certainly affirmed by it.
Dunn, James D.G. Word Biblical Commentary - Romans 9-16. Ed. David A.
Hubbard and Glenn W. Barker. Vol. 38b. Dallas, TX: Word, 1988.
Holy Bible, ESV Study Bible: English Standard Version. Wheaton, IL: Crossway,
Holy Bible, NIV Bible. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2007.
Keck, Leander. The New Interpreter's Bible (NIB): Vol X. Nashville, TN:
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