I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:1-2
told to 'present' our bodies as 'a livingsacrifice'
to God as a part of what is our "reasonable service" to him. In
this verse -- the word "present" is noted as a 'verb' (not a 'noun') BUT the
phrase of "a living sacrifice" is what makes me think of the idea of "an
exchange, in which we offer unto God (the sacrificial-gift) of a life of
repentance and obedience and He, in response provides (as a reward-gift) the
'power of His ’godliness and grace. In this salvation God fully expects His
saints to provide Him with the sacrificial-gift of 'repentance followed by a
life of holiness, which (after all that He has done for us) is really only our
reasonable service as His Willing bond-servants. Even the prodigal son
did not expect more from his dad than (possibly) being received
into the household as a mere servant and, when his dad saw that he had 'repented
and was also willing to live a 'righteous life, he was pardoned and restored
again to the family. .
What I have found is that due to false-teaching everyone seems to think of God as being some type of Celestial Santa, who gives-and-gives and that He would never think to expect anything in return not even obedience (which is utterly preposterous as even the pagan-character of Santa expects his fabled gift-receivers to live lives of being nice and not naughty.
THE GIFT OF GOD’S GRACE
People truly need to begin realize that the GIFT of God IS not Repentance. In other words God does not give to nor does He provide as a Gift’ the act of ‘Repentance. And this is because the act of ‘Repentance can only occur through the impetus of ‘one’s-free-will-triggered-by-one’s-godly-sorrow’.
The GIFT of God IS actually both His MERCY (which is His salvation) FROM a life/lifestyle of sin and is His GRACE (which is the spiritual empowerment that God grants for us to resist following-sin) both of which are provided (by God) again, as a Gift. God gives His Gift” of Mercy and Grace as a result of or in exchange for (much in the same manner as that of the act of a gift-giving or a gift-exchange) one’s Faith in (which is one’s fidelity to / faithfulness to) Christ (which is displayed-and-proven via one obeying His commandments and laws)a person’s FAITH in (fidelity to) Christ is INITIATED by their FIRST taking the
free-will action of true REPENTANCE.
Faith is triggered by Repentance and Repentance is triggered by Godly-Sorrow. Repentance is making the choice, and taking the action, of turning-away from the evil path of living an-ungodly-life-of unrighteousness to the straight and narrow path of godliness, AND this act is also demonstrated in an observable BEHAVIOR of: humility->confession->repentance->amends->obedience”. It is through REPENTANCE (on mankind’s part) followed by MERCY and GRACE (on God’s part) that we are REDEEMED and RECONCILED TO God. AND it is by our CHOICE to continually place our FAITH-IN (fidelity-to) Christ (empowered by God’s GRACE) that we remain in communion-with God all the way until we reach the end of our life’s journey. As, SALVATION can only occur with this act of REPENTANCE AND of a continual-OBEDIENCE to (FAITH-IN / fidelity-to) Christ TO THE END!
That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life
by Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 5;21)
THE GIFT OF GOD (THAT PEOPLE LOVE TO MAKE NOTE OF FROM JOHN 3:16 AND EPHESIANS 2:8) IS ACTUALLY A TWO-WAY / GIFT-EXHANGE AND IT IS *NOT*A *ONE-WAY GIFT TAKING
Humanity is to offer the sacrificial-gift (gift / dōron) of Repentance (which is displayed / acted-out / worked-out via continual-obedience to, i.e. faith-fulness / fidelity to God’s commands) proven by deeds/behavior/action/ thoughts / words intentions/etc. AND God THEN reciprocates with His sacrificial-gift of Mercy (salvation) which is combined with Grace (empowerment).
For by GRACE are ye SAVED through FAITH; and that not of yourselves: it is the GIFT of God: Ephesians 2:8)
THE LAW OF
FIDELITY, i.e. the choice OF REPENTANCE and of Continuing Obedience IS NOT
THE LAW OF DEATH, i.e the act SELF-REIGHTEOUSNESS
For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.2Cor7:10
FIDELITY / FAITH-FULNESS, VIA OBEDIENCE TO THE LAW IS WHAT CONNECTS US TO
OUR JUSTIFICATION IN CHRIST. GOD’S LAW IS ESTABLISHED VIA OUR FIDELITY
THE ‘RIGHTEOUSNESS OF FIDELITY IS A FACT. OBEDIENCE TO GOD’S-LAW BRINGS
US TO-CHRIST’AND THIS FIDELITY JUSTIFIES US THROUGH-CHRIST (FIDELITY ‘TO-CHRIST’ -- AND HIS LAW) THIS IS ACTUALLY WHAT DISPLAYS / SHOWS / PROVES THAT WE ARE ‘IN-CHRIST OUR OBEDIENCE TO THE-LAW-OF-LIFE FREES US FROM THE-LAW-OF SIN AND DEATH.
The word Dōrēma means “a gift, bounty, benefaction
The ROOT of the word Dōrēma is – the word Dōreomai to present, bestow and it is found used in the following verses:
Every good gift and every perfect GIFT is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
2 Peter 1:3
According as his divine power hath GIVEN unto us all things that pertain unto life and
godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
2 Peter 1:4
Whereby are GIVEN unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye
might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
The word dōrea means a gift AND it is used in the following verses:
Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the GIFT of God, and Who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of Him, and He would have given thee living water.
Jesus approached the woman with a REQUEST which represents God calling-out to sinners to REPENT after which He then provides (to the repentant) His own GIFT-EXHANGE of
‘The Living Water, SALVATION in Christ!
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the GIFT of the Holy Ghost.
But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the
GIFT of God may be purchased with money.
And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter,
because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the GIFT (G1431) of the Holy Ghost.
Forasmuch then as God gave them the like GIFT as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I could withstand God?
The English word Believed as used in Acts 11:17 is from the Greek word Pisteuō which means to entrust a thing to / fidelity and it is based on the Greek ROOT word of pistis which means fidelity to / faith-fullness to
But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead,
much more the grace of God, and the GIFT ) by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of
grace and of the GIFF) of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
Whereof I was made a minister, according to the GIFF) of the grace of God given unto
me by the effectual working of His power
But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the GIFT ) of Christ.
For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly GIFT
and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
BOTH the word Dōreoma) AND the word dōrea) are based on the root word of dōron which means a present / gift; the offering of sacrifices and other gifts offered to God; presents offered in expression of honor; the offering or gifts of money cast into the treasury for the purposes of the temple and for the support of the poor and is used in the following verses:
And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell
down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him
GIFTS gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
Therefore if thou bring thy GIFT to the altar, and there remember that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy GIFT (G1435) before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy GIFT
And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest,
and offer the GIFT that Moses commanded, for a TESTIMONY unto them.
But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a GIFT by whatsoever
thou mightest be profited by me;
And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever sweareth
by the GIFT that is upon it, he is guilty. Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the GIFT or the altar that sanctifieth the GIFT (G1435)?
But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a GIFT, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free.
And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their GIFTS into the treasury.
For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the OFFERINGS of God: but she of her
penury hath cast in all the living that she had.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the GIFTof God:
For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God,
that he may offer both GIFTS and sacrifices for sins:
For every high priest is ordained to offer GIFTS and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that
this man have somewhat also to offer.
For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest,seeing that there are priests that offer GIFTS according to the law:
Hebrews 9:9 Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both GIFTS and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience;
By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his GIFTS and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send GIFTS one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth.
OF THE GIFT-EXCHANGE:
The INTIAL Offering of Repentance (by a person) AND the RESPONDING Receiving of Salvation (from God) is a type of an Exchange and it is very much like Breathing, wherein TWO INTER-ACTIONS OCCUR (via the act of BOTH inhaling AND the act of exhaling) and the inter-change of these TWO ACTIONS result in BOTH bringing about AND (also in continuing on in) the GIFT of LIFE to all.
The continuing ACT / ACTION of FAITH (fidelity) to God via His continuing GIFT of GRACE (which is the POWER to reject sin and to live in godliness) is similar to the way Vegetation provides / offers
Oxygen to a Living Creature AND the Living Creature also provides / offers Carbon Dioxide to Vegetation as a type of a Gift-Exchange, much like God offers GRACE (power) and His saints offer FAITH (fidelity) (i.e. BOTH entities are WORKING-TOGETHER or SYMBIOTICALLY TO CREATE a righteous-result) Thus, for a TRUE saint of God the desire, willingness, determination; drive and action
to be OBEDIENT to God and His commands should truly be as natural as breathing.
BOTH the Greek word Doma and the Greek word Dosis are derived from the base of the Greek word Didōmi which is a VERB (ACTION word) that means (to) give, grant, put, make, show, deliver; (to) give give something to someone; of one's own accord to the other’s advantage, to bestow a gift; grant; let have (to one asking) / permit / supply / furnish (necessary things; give forth from one's self; endure / reach out / extend / present / cause to come forth (as the sea, death and Hell are said to give up the dead who have been engulfed or received by them) give over, deliver, entrust, commit to one's care (a writing / something to be administered / something to be religiously observed) , give what is due or obligatory / to pay: wages or reward; hand out lots / appoint to an office; commission give one to someone (as his own, as an object of his saving care; to follow him as a leader and master; to give one to someone to care for his interests; to whom he already belonged, to return.
1 Corinthians 3:10
According to the grace of God which is GIVEN unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he build thereupon.
1 Corinthians 15:57
But thanks be to God, which GIVETH us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Corinthians 1:22
Who hath also sealed us, and GIVEN the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
2 Corinthians 5:5
Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath GIVEN unto us the earnest of the Spirit.
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may GIVE (G1325) unto you the spirit of
wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will PUT my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will PUT (G1325) my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that GIVETH to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be GIVEN him.
But he GIVETH more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but GIVETH grace unto the humble.
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh
will I GIVE to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison,
that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give GIVE thee a crown of life.
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I GIVE to eat of the hidden manna, and will GIVE him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.
And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I GIVE power over the nations:
To him that overcometh will I GRANT to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.
And to her was GRANTED that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is
the righteousness of saints.
And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will GIVE
unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
the gift of divine grace; the gift of faith, knowledge, holiness, virtue; grace or gifts denoting xtraordinary powers, distinguishing and enabling to serve Christ, the reception of which is due to the power of divine grace operating on souls by the Holy Spirit
For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual GIFT to the end ye may be established;
For the wages of sin is death; but the GIFT of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
1 Timothy 4:14
Neglect not the GIFT that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.
1 Peter 4:10
As every man hath received the GIFT even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
The ROOT word of the Greek word CHARISMA is the word CHARIZOMAI, which means to do something pleasant or agreeable (to one), to do a favor to, gratify; to give graciously; to bestow; to give freely; to show one's self gracious, kind, benevolent; to (grant) forgive(-ness) / pardon; to graciously restore one to another; to preserve for one a person in peril
He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how SHALL he not with
him also freely GIVE us all things?
1 Corinthians 2:12
Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely GIVEN to us of God.
For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God GAVE it to Abraham by promise.
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, FORGIVEING one another, even as God
for Christ's sake hath FORGIVEN you.
For unto you it is GIVEN in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;
The ROOT word of the Greek word Charizoma” is the Greek word CHARIS
which means Grace
For the GRACE of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
That being justified by his GRACE we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of GRACE that we may obtain mercy, and find
GRACE to help in time of need.
Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden
under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was
sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of GRACE
Looking diligently lest any man fail of the GRACE of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;
Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have GRACE whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:
Be not caried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart
be established with GRACE not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.
For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the GRACE of our God into lasciviousness, and denying
the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.