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In Old Testament times, the Law defined the covenant people and determined their actions. It established their ethics, customs, and so on. The various rituals and dress code were an important part of the Israelites’ group identity. The way they lived set them apart from other cultures and the people around them.
But what Jesus did changed all that. On the cross, He said, “It is finished.” Righteousness and salvation are no longer based on the Law (works); they are now based on Jesus, being “in Christ,” accepting what Jesus did as the only way to have relationship with God.
In the Book of Romans, the apostle Paul wrote an orderly, logical development of this profound theological truth. In chapters 1-11, he outlined the great plan of salvation and all its benefits. Since the Law with its rituals, circumcision and dress code no longer identifies the covenant people, what does? What sets Christians apart as covenant people?
Romans 12:1 (NLT) says, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.”
Our appropriate response to all that the Lord has done for us is to offer ourselves to Him. This isn’t something that we do only when we first accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. This is something that we must do every day. This is what sets us apart from the world, what identifies us as Christians—the daily sacrifice of ourselves to the Lord, the submitting of our will and our ways to His will and His ways.