"A living sacrifice"

In Paul's epistle to the Romans, after writing about "the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God," and after declaring that "of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever," Paul goes on to say, "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." From that day to this Christians have been trying to understand what this "living sacrifice" implies.

Because of the different concepts concerning sacrifice which men have entertained, they have rarely reached satisfactory or unanimous conclusions in regard to its true nature. From a religious standpoint, it has generally been thought to be the giving up of something to God; and also that this something must be what is highly prized by the giver. In other words, unless the one making the sacrifice sustains thereby what he considers a definite loss, the gift is supposed to have little, if any, value.

June 7, 1924

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