As is our custom, on Sundays we present passages about a topic, with little
commentary. During Lent, we often think of sacrifice - what Christ sacrificed
for us and what we should sacrifice, ourselves. Today we will look at related
passages. All passages today are from the Amplified Bible.
John 3:16 For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the
world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever
believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come
to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.
Philippians 2:3-8 Do nothing from factional motives [through
contentiousness, strife, selfishness, or for unworthy ends] or prompted by
conceit and empty arrogance. Instead, in the true spirit of humility (lowliness
of mind) let each regard the others as better than and superior to himself
[thinking more highly of one another than you do of yourselves]. Let each
of you esteem and look upon and be concerned for not [merely] his own interests,
but also each for the interests of others. Let this same attitude and purpose
and [humble] mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: [Let Him be your example
in humility:] Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form
of God [[possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God God], did
not [think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped for
retained,But stripped Himself [of all privileges and rightful dignity], so
as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and
was born a human being. And after He had appeared in human form, He abased
and humbled Himself [still further] and carried His obedience to the extreme
of death, even the death of the cross!
Romans 12:1 I APPEAL to you therefore, brethren, and beg
of you in view of [all] the mercies of God, to make a decisive dedication
of your bodies [presenting all your members and faculties] as a living sacrifice,
holy (devoted, consecrated) and well pleasing to God, which is your reasonable
(rational, intelligent) service and spiritual worship.
Romans 14:20-22 Do not destroy the work of God for the
sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a man to eat anything
that causes someone else to stumble. It is better not to eat meat or drink
wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother to fall. So whatever
you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is
the man who does not condemn himself by what he approves
Ephesians 5;1-2 1THEREFORE BE imitators of God [copy Him
and follow His example], as well-beloved children [imitate their father].
And walk in love, [esteeming and delighting in one another] as Christ loved
us and gave Himself up for us, a slain offering and sacrifice to God [for
you, so that it became] a sweet fragrance.
Philippians 4:17-18 Not that I seek or am eager for [your]
gift, but I do seek and am eager for the fruit which increases to your credit
[the harvest of blessing that is accumulating to your account]. But I have
[your full payment] and more; I have everything I need and am amply supplied,
now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent me. [They are
the] fragrant odor of an offering and sacrifice which God welcomes and in
which He delights.