In some ways, the rest of Romans 12 lays out what living Romans 12:1-2 and a life holy to God looks like. How does God’s Word say a transformed mind lives in a cursed world? This specific scripture gives three ways, and I want to develop them this morning.
As we consider ch 5 in light of the whole book of Exodus, we are taught not to be deceived by our circumstances, but to look up and hope in God. As we look around us at the world, it seems to be spinning out of control. The darkness around us gets blacker and blacker. We too, like the Israelites, may be tempted to lose hope in our trials. But we must not. Amidst a very dark age, we must keep the flickering candle of our hope in Christ aflame. In light of this, I want you to get this central message from this sermon: believers hope in God, no matter how black the world’s darkness becomes.
The book of Genesis closes with a dim but real ancient hope, uttered by the lips of Joseph, that God would bring his people to the Promised Land. The story picks right up in Exodus 1:1. As the first chapter of Exodus unfolds, we see, like the first lights of a new day on the eastern sky, the quiet opening acts by a God who keeps his word. No matter what the circumstances of life, you can trust God to keep his Word. In our passage this morning, we see three marks of God’s faithfulness to his promise.