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A Living Sacrifice
Can something that is sacrificed go on living? Yes, when the term is used to refer to the people of God "putting to death" old ways and attitudes and thereafter living a life of genuine obedience to God.
"12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
"Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good"
Becoming a true Christian doesn't mean living a lawless life, as some seem to think (see Grace Into Licentiousness). Christianity means being liberated from Satanic lawlessness: "yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God."
"6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 6:2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? 6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by Baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
A living sacrifice means living a way of life, no longer "living" (actually, perishing from) the ways of the world that produce only misery and death.
"4:21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: 4:22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 4:23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
Fact Finder: Why was the Christ sacrificed?