rescue02I received the following questions:

Could you explain Rom 12:1
Present your body as a living sacrifice holy acceptable unto God which is reasonable service.

1Pet4:18
If the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and sinner appear?  Wherefore, let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well-doing, as unto a faithful creator.

Thanks for your help.

To present your bodies to God as Romans 12:1 indicates means to live a life that is separate from the world around you and acceptable to God. It means not being conformed to the world around you by acting like the world acts, but rather being changed by having your very way of thinking about things renewed to accord with the good and acceptable and perfect will of God. It means living a lifestyle that accords more and more with the lifestyle set forth in Ephesians 4-6, which is the worthy walk (lifestyle) of the believer, in keeping the unity of the Spirit, in putting off the old man (manner of life) and putting on the new man, in walking in love, in walking in light, in walking circumspectly, in submitting to other believers in the fear of God, in putting on the whole armor of God, and in praying.

The word “scarcely” here is the Greek molis, which means hardly, with difficulty, or not easily. The salvation even of those whom we think of as “righteous” is a difficult thing, so difficult that only God could do it. Yet God can and does do it, saving those who will believe the truth of the gospel. Yet if saving the righteous is difficult, how much more difficult is it to save the ungodly and the sinner? Yet Christ died for the ungodly (Romans 5:6,) and He is able to save sinners (I Timothy 1:15.) Therefore, those who are being persecuted for the sake of Christ should know that the God Who can save the ungodly and the sinner is able to save them from persecution. They can commit themselves to Him in doing well, even when that well-doing results in suffering for His sake, knowing that His power is sufficient to sustain them and bring them into eternal life.

I pray this helps.

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