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teach that Christ is the Creator of the Universe--that is a subject treated elsewhere--but
rather that "the all things" were created "in Him". These "all things" were created
through Him--dia, and unto Him--eis (compare Rom. 11: 36), and "in Him" "the all
things" have been "placed together" or "consist".
And so, with every acknowledgment of the immensity of our theme, and of our own
incapacity to plumb its depths, we leave this great dispensational section of a mighty
epistle, glad at the close to have come to the silencing of all argument, not because of the
challenge, "Who art thou, O man, that repliest against God?" but because worship has
taken the place of argument, and adoration fills our hearts with song.
We have not given the structure of verses 33-36, believing that it will be obvious to all
who will search and see, and feeling that to have introduced it here would have been
somewhat of an intrusion.
"To Him be glory unto the ages, Amen."
#72. Romans 12: and 13:
"Your Reasonable Service" (12: 1, 2).
pp. 191 - 197
The great dispensational section of this epistle has brought before us the
overwhelming depths and heights of divine sovereignty, foreknowledge and
predestination; but, far from such high doctrines inducing the irresolution of fatalism, we
find that the Apostle opens this practical section by "beseeching", and even speaks of
"yielding your bodies" and of "logical service". The Apostle never hesitates to bring to
bear the greatest of doctrines upon the lowliest points of practice. He uses, for example,
the sublime descent of the Lord from the high pinnacle of equality with God, to the deep
abasement of the death of the cross, in order to encourage the believer to seek "that mind
which was in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 2: 5-8). So, with Rom. 1:-8: behind him, and the
marvelous exhibition in Rom. 9:-11: of the mercy of God as revealed in His
dispensational dealings with Israel and the Gentiles, the Apostle turns to the practical
working out of this truth in the various departments of daily life.
He addresses himself to the believer in four capacities:
(1) As AN INDIVIDUAL POSSESSING BODY AND MIND.--He deals with both in
their relation to Christian service (Rom. 12: 1, 2) by teaching that is derived from
renewal and separation.
(2) As A MEMBER OF A CHURCH ENDOWED WITH SPIRITUAL GIFTS.--He
refers all to the measure of faith. (12: 3-8).
(3) As ONE DWELLING AMONG FELLOW-BELIEVERS AND IDOLATORS.--In
this he shows that hatred of evil is not incompatible with rendering to all their dues,
or with living peaceably, as far as is possible, with all men. (12: 9, 18; 13: 7).