In the second part of his letter Paul now shows what quality of life should characterize those who believe in the gospel as set out in chapters 1-11. The close connection between belief and conduct is emphasized by the significant word ‘Therefore’ in 12:1. See Analysis.
- What should be the believer’s attitude:
(a) to God, and
(b) to the world? What results should such a right attitude produce?
- It has been suggested that the teaching of verses 3-8 might be summed up in the word ‘humility’, and that of verses 9-21 in the world ‘love’. How far is this true? At what points do I particularly come short of these standards?