romans 12:2 passion translation

The eyes of the LORD are searching to and fro throughout the earth (2Chr 16:9) for men and women who will not be conformed but rather transformed by the Holy Spirit into the image of Jesus Christ. Dont live with a lofty mind-set, thinking you are too important to serve others, but be willing to do menial tasks and identify with those who are humble minded. For less than $5/mo. and ask God to change your thinking. BUT That was what he lived for. 1 Samuel They know his will is good, but they admit that they are not pleased with it, especially in those areas where the culture they were brought up in has an extremely different view. I sometimes get this question put to me, concerning certain worldly amusements, "May I do so-and-so?" It does not matter to him as long as he catches his fish, what bait he uses. He trained for it, with months and months of hard work, and he was given the role. 2 John He became a star. Beware of the beginning of evil, for many, who bade fair to go right, have turned aside and perished amongst the dark mountains in the wide field of sin. Then you will be able to decide what God wants for you; you will know what is good and pleasing to him and what is perfect. Many, sad to say, reside in the earthly city of self-love. We must not conform to the maxims of the world. It's amusing to think of how a naturally round watermelon can become square because of the shape of the container in which it's grown. Then you will be able to know the will of God---what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect. It is no wonder Gods Word teaches us that a changed life begins with a changed mind. Kehillah in Rome 12:2 (OJB) gave Himself for our sins so that He might rescue (to pluck out, tear out; take out from a number and so deliver, set free from danger) us from this present evil (pernicious) age (aion), according to the will of our God and Father (Gal 1:4-note). Begin your journey with a thorough introduction . Significantly, there is a shift in the tense of the verbs (from the aorist "present") to the present tense, pointing up the necessity of continual vigilance lest the original decision be vitiated or weakened. Then you will learn to know Gods will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. 2 Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit . which leads to It is the very word of 1Co 7:31: scheme (Greek, schema), made into a verb, with the conjunction along-with (sun/syn), for prefix. While the careless and uncommitted are in confusion, he knows Gods will Maclaren in another discourse describes "the great reward and crown of this transfigured life. Verses 1-2 The apostle having closed the part of his epistle wherein he argues and proves various doctrines which are practically applied, here urges important duties from gospel principles. Version. Dont give up in a time of trouble, The Aramaic can be translated Bear your afflictions bravely.. , , , . Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Try Bible Gateway Plus free today! Thats why Christians are known for being out of style. What we need to do is present our selves to God to do so. (17-21). 13Take a constant interest in the needs of Gods beloved people and respond by helping them. he that giveth--in the exercise of private benevolence probably, rather than in the discharge of diaconal duty. Never have Gods people needed this more than we do today. To please the world; to get as large a portion as we can of its goods; to provide amply for ourselves and our children; to obtain and maintain a respectable station in itthis is the grand bent of man's carnal heart. Abide in Christ), J C Philpot - God's Perfect Will - "That good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God." (Wuest's Word Studies from the Greek New Testament). In order, then, that our spiritual experience of the truth of God should maintain its ground, it must not be dulled and deadened by conformity to the world. The dim moral and spiritual insight of the world is not the standard that the Christian is to walk by. 1Pet 1:14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance. Unfortunately, the situation has not improved over the past thirty years. Spirit Wrought Transformation. Only by giving ourselves to God and being transformed can we know His will (Romans 12:2). THINKING CHRISTIANLYRomans 12:2 Thus, to be godly, is to give up ourselves to God. In order, then, that our spiritual experience of the truth of God should maintain its ground, it must not be dulled and deadened by conformity to the world. He says you will discover, or prove, "what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God." How does this supernatural mind renewal take place? Many are not aware how much . Then life becomes exciting. Before we were saved, we were conformed to this present evil age and. In proportion as we are conformed to the spirit of this world, our understanding becomes dull in the things of God, our affections cold and torpid, and our consciences less tender and sensitive. Neos means new in point of time; kainos means new in point of character and nature. Live happily together in a spirit of harmony, and be as mindful of anothers worth as you are your own. Ive been following The Passion Translation, David C. McCasland (Our Daily Bread), Less of self and more of Jesus, It is clear enough that if a new likeness is being stamped upon a man, the process may be looked at from the other side; and that in proportion as we become liker Jesus Christ, we shall become more unlike the old type to which we were previously conformed. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Tho' the whole world against me convene; Dont live with a lofty mind-set, thinking you are too important to serve others, but be willing to do menial tasks and identify with those who are humble minded.[. The New Covenant gives the grace to make the vow and to keep it too (Jer 31:31, 32, 33, 34, cp Ezek 36:27). Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Now your new mind allows you at least the potential to see life the way God sees life. Conformity to the world is the bane of many professors in this day. Many persons become for a time changed in conduct from various motives, who are not changed in heart by the Spirit of God, and the truth believed respecting the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. NIV, KJV, NASB, Amplified Parallel Bible--hardcover. Before you read further, ask yourself whether you have "drifted" in any of these three areas-understanding, affections, conscience. Be careful of disobedience even in little things. Nothing can be added to it, nothing can be taken from it (Haldane). Jonah . You cant be in God's army and be a civilian. You can think even while you are working. It's the same mindset that's behind the slogan: "If it feels good, do it." Your mind is the control center of your attitudes, thoughts, feelings, and actions. We are set to prove to the world what the mind of God is: may we have grace to accomplish our mission. Romans 12:2 (LEB) It is very hard in English to bring out both these ideas with one word. More and more each day like Thee; For instance, it is Gods will for us to be good citizens as a challenge to those opposed to Christ (1 Peter 2:15), to give God thanks no matter what (1 Thess. He calls us to think His thoughts after Him and to conform our thoughts to His will and His ways. (The Daily Study Bible Series - Online), Haldane quotes the apostle John "We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. (1Jn 5:19NLT) By conformity to the world is meant assimilation to the people of the world; or the sentiments, conduct, and customs by which they are distinguished. And then one night I was "surfing" [usually a bad thing for a man to be doing!] At its basic level, pleasure has to do with fulfilling one's sensual desires. with simplicity--so the word probably means. In his bookCreating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World, he says, Innovation occurs in every aspect of human endeavor, and most people can become more creative and innovativegiven the right environment and opportunities.. We can take such evil thoughts captive in Christ and cast them down. In the Septuagint (LXX) teleios is used to translate the following Hebrew words and/or phrase: "blameless" (describing Noah in Ge 6:9), "wholly devoted" (Solomon's prayer for the hearts of the people toward God 1Ki 8:61), "whole" (David's prayer for Solomon was that he would serve God with a "whole heart" 1Chr 28:9). Read 42 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. As Proverbs says, . Its the word metamorphosis. When a tadpole is changed into a frog or when a caterpillar becomes a butterfly, we speak of it as a metamorphosis. Aliens get their cue from God and not the world. 9. One of the best ways to "energize" and facilitate this "mental revolution" which produces transformation is to memorize the living Word of God (see Memorizing His Word), allowing implantation of the "seed" (see 1 Pe 1:23-note; 1 Pe 1:24 -note; 1 Pe 1:25-note cf Jer 23:28, 29, James 1:18-note, James 1:21-note) which His Spirit can germinate into a new way of thinking for as Jesus declared "It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life." But there is no distinctly Christian frame of reference, no uniquely Christian worldview, to guide our thinking in distinction from the thought of the secular world around us. Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed (anakainoo = present tense = continuous process; passive voice = outside force producing this effect, i.e., the Spirit) day by day, for momentary, light affliction is producing (working out) for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.. (2Cor 4:16, 17,18), Again writing to the saints at Colossae Paul encourage them that, and have put on the new self who is being renewed (anakainoo = present tense = continuous process; passive voice = outside force producing this effect, i.e., the Spirit) to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him. Its goods exhibited upon every page are ours, and we have no business merely moving respectfully amongst them and coming away none the richer. 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. On the other hand, if God controls your thinking, you are a transformer. Don't be conformed to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you can figure out what God's will iswhat is good and pleasing and mature. (Ro 8:23-note). Give me Jesus As it is through the body that all the evil that is in the unrenewed heart comes forth into palpable manifestation and action, so it is through the body that all the gracious principles and affections of believers reveal themselves in the outward life. There is no promise here, nor is there anything in the tendencies of Christ-like living, to lead us to anticipate that guidance in regard to matters of prudence or expediency or temporal advantage will follow from such a transfigured life. Romans 12:2 (WYC) ", "If a man saw the world upside down," Chesterton continues, "with all the trees and towers hanging head downward as in a pool, one effect would be to emphasize the idea of dependence. What are you going to do with your life?" What does it look like to be transformed? Romans 12:2 (GNT) Like the Living Bible that sprung forth in the days of the Jesus Movement, this translation bursts forth from the womb of this present revival. The opposite of being conformed to this world is being transformed by the renewing of your mind. As the believer chooses to saturate his or her mind with the abiding seed, the living and active Word of God, the Spirit progressively "renovates" our mind so that the way we see, think and feel lines up more and more with the mind of God. If you have the grace-gift of teaching, then be actively teaching and training others. His books main thesis, repeated over and over in chapter 1, is that There is no longer a Christian mind, meaning that in our time there is no longer a distinctly Christian way of thinking. When a man's passion is up, and the stream is strong, let it pass off; lest it be made to rage the more against us. We must be (passive) transformed by God, trusting Him to do in and through us what only His Spirit can accomplish. Then follows, "And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free." Not really because reading the Bible without meditating on it is like eating without chewing. Proverbs Romans 12:2, Educator and best-selling author Tony Wagner is a firm believer in disruptive innovation that changes the way the world thinks and works. We must fight against the tide of sin, self, and Satan. God is in this Book, the Holy Ghost is in this Book, and if you want to find Him, go into this Book. Once you get to that place, then He is free and able to direct your steps (Pr 20:24) -- every one of which is a fulfillment of His will. And so because of the mercies of God, believers are in the world but are not to be of the world. GNB: Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. That is right. EDUCATION SAYS: Let us INFORM man by knowledge. This explains why conscience is different in different people. of mind. That is what Paul is talking about by not being conformed to this world -- not going along with its pattern of thinking, not being willing to go in for all that it goes in for in its pursuit of pleasure and happiness. I give it to you for the rest of my life, to be your instrument for whatever you want." Cease from man and look above you, The one who is committed to God sees life with a sure eye. 24:45; Ro 1:28; 7:23, 25; 11:34; 12:2; 14:5; 1 Co. 1:10; 2:16; 14:14f, 19; Eph. As we walk in loving obedience, we prove the blessedness of the good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God. Disobedience dulls the conscience, darkens the soul, deadens our spiritual energies--therefore keep the commandments of Christ with implicit obedience. They are two sides of one process; both arising from the renewing of the mind within. Transform me to be like You. Comment: I can identify with the seductive and subtle nature of what I call "spiritual adaptation" or gradually being conformed to the world - I had heard about a show called "The Sopranos" but since we did not receive the so called "premium (pernicious)" channels, I paid no attention to the hype. Does a lack of certainty about the future translate into not knowing Gods will? Jerome Hines went to Rudolph Bing, the Metropolitan Opera general manager, and said to him, "Sir, if you have that dance in the opera then I am not going to sing in it." #3 Then you will be able to test and approve what Gods will is Just as the spirit of a man knows the man, the Spirit of God is the only one to truly know God (1 Cor 2:11). So help me live the kind of life It has a bad look when a courtier (a companion to a king, in our case the King of kings!) Unfortunately, it made me disappointed every time I opened an English translation of the Scriptures. If the water ever gets into the submarine then there is cause to sound the alarm. Greek: kai me suschematizesthe (2PPPM) to aioni touto, alla metamorphousthe (2PPPM) te anakainosei tou noos eis to dokimazein (PAN) humas ti to thelema tou Theou, to agathon kai euareston kai teleion. Even apparent or superficial conformity to a system controlled by such a spirit, much more an actual accommodation to its ways, would be fatal to the Christian life. Suschematizo is used of masquerading or putting on an act, specifically by following a prescribed pattern or scheme (a "schema"). And be not conformed to this world: but be reformed in the newness of your mind, that you may prove what is the good and the acceptable and the perfect will of God. God will help us control our thoughts and bring them into subjection to Jesus, to conform to His way of thinking. Here, then, are some of the principal effects produced by our being changed, or reformed, conformed, and transformed by the Spirit of God. Romans 12:1 (note) speaks of a specific act in which we offer ourselves to God and Romans12:2 tells us of two ongoing activities (both are present tense) that carry out the intent to present ourselves as a living sacrifice. They can infiltrate the minds of you and your children only if you refuse to use the discernment, power, and instruction God has provided to everyone who is redeemed by faith in His Son Jesus Christ (Eph. Whatever property, or comfort, or friends, or health, or earthly happiness we have been deprived of, it was better for us to lose, than to retain them. that ye may prove--that is, experimentally. Is the path that we should take; And what the Net seems to be doing is chipping away my capacity for concentration and contemplation. And live in holiness, experiencing all that delights his heart. The ultimatum of gospel obedience is to lie passive in His hand, and know no will but His. And be ye not conformed to this world--Compare Ephesians 2:2 , Galatians 1:4 , Greek. (Haldane), James Montgomery Boice - Harry Blamires, an Englishman who wrote an important Christian book in 1963 titled The Christian Mind: How Should a Christian Think? (See related resource - an Inductive Study on the Power of God's Word). Article Images Copyright 2023 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. Then allow the Spirit to "renew your mind" by memorizing 1Cor 13:4, 5, 6, 7, 8 (see notes 1Co 13:4; 5; 6; 7; 8) asking God to change your thinking in the process. He that has this rule over his spirit, is better than the mighty. A mans schema is not the same when he is seventeen as it is when he is seventy; it is not the same when he goes out to work as when he is dressed for dinner. That can only come as you are exposed to the truth as it is in Jesus. Not being conformed is not a negative approach so much as it is a positive one. And first, the all-comprehensive duty. 4:3), to live under the Holy Spirits control (Eph. If you want to know the future details of God's will of . 17. Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:32). In the Scriptures it is called "the mind of Christ," {1Co 2:16}. Amplified: Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you]. Daily Words for Zion's Wayfarers - September 18). A submarine on the ground (out of the water) is useless and is not accomplishing its mission. It is a delicate and fragile flower, susceptible of every variation of the spiritual atmosphere. The world, or the dominion of darkness has particular ways and goes round by certain means. Click to play How can someone trained in the world, (which Romans 12:2 tells us not to be conformed to) do anything but bring a person into conformity with the worlds way of thinking? In ideas similar to Jesus command to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, and mind (Matt. This is the transformed mind. we'll be out of step with the world. He heard Beverly Shea singing, "I'd Rather Have Jesus." We all with unveiled faces reflectingas a mirror doesthe glory of the Lord, are changed . or "What do I do?" When we walk with the Lord, If we are conformed to this world, we lose the sweet understanding that we had before of the precious truth of God; we lose that tender sensitiveness of conscience, whereby sinany sinbecomes a grief and a burden to the soul. but overcome evil with good--and then the victory is yours; you have subdued your enemy in the noblest sense. They feel just to think about the event should do something for them. In other words, our problem is not so much the evil in society as it is our lack of discernment and self-control. Not only must there be kindness to friends and brethren, but Christians must not harbour anger against enemies. If you have the gift of leadership, be passionate about your leadership. What a world will ours be when this shall become its reigning spirit! Philippians 1:6. It is where immoral fantasies and schemes can play out in intimate detail. Do your best to live as everybodys friend. Is there anything or anyone that you are withholding from God? Now, we often get into this worldly conformity, and run the risk of dulling the sword and sullying the shield, by degrees. If you really feel that way, you don't have to sing; we'll get someone else. For less than $5/mo. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good and acceptable, and perfect will of God. As His mission could be summarized in the affirmation that He had come to do the Father's will Jn 6:38), the Christian's service can be reduced to this simple description also. Patience for God's sake, is true piety. Wuest has an enlightening "amplified version" - And stop assuming an outward expression that does not come from within you and is not representative of what you are in your inner being but is patterned after this age; but change your outward expression to one that comes from within and is representative of your inner being, by the renewing of your mind, resulting in your putting to the test what is the will of God, the good and well-pleasing and complete will, and having found that it meets specifications, place your approval upon it. Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. --JDB. Paul is calling for an outward change in the character and conduct of the believer, which is to correspond with his or her inward spiritual condition. AMG). Not more opposed in their natures are the flesh and the Spirit, darkness and light, sin and holiness, than are a vigorous life of faith and a sinful love of the world. Our sacrificial presentation should lead to our spiritual transformation. We are not to be squeezed into the mold of this world system that is falling apart. Nothing else is acceptable to Him, however specious it may appear to human wisdom. What does a believer have to do into those places and companies, where everything tends to promote a spirit of dissipation; where the fear of God has no place; where things are purposely disposed to inflame or indulge corrupt and sinful appetites and passions, and to banish all serious thoughts of God and ourselves? The god and prince of this world is Satan (2Cor 4:4; John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11. Dont be a thermometer. This is what the psalmist is telling us here." Only then will Gods ways, higher than our own (Isa 55:9), truly begin to look as lovely as they are. This shows that, in general, it is not difficult to discriminate Christians from the world. They had numerous slowdowns, detours, and stops along the way. I own dozens of translations and hundreds of commentaries to immerse myself in the language and the context of the biblical narrative to see how the Living Word of God impacts culture and the love of God transforms lives. The believer tests everything in life, trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord (Ep 5:10-note). And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. . The subtle influence of that mighty enemy must be daily resisted, and without a daily battle can never be overcome. Romans 12:2 (RSVA) Song of Solomon If the change be as great as the word of God here teaches, what difficulty can there be, in most cases, in judging of the character of those who profess Christianity? All of life begins and is defined by how we think, what we think about, and what we decide in the confines of our thoughts. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of Godwhat is good and acceptable and perfect. God wants to stretch you. Some will flatter, some will slight; Close communion with mere nominal religious professors is particularly to be avoided. 11. not slothful in business--The word rendered "business" means "zeal," "diligence," "purpose"; denoting the energy of action. Then you will be able to know the will of God - what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect. This takes conviction, courage, and courtesy. If you do not have an appetite for God's Word, do a personal inventory with 1Pe 2:1. It is a kingdom that is antagonistic to God. So the Christian's shield should be without a stain, his reputation without a blot. Oh! I find that some of the most valuable and glorious times of understanding of what God is doing come when I meditate on the Scriptures as I am driving on the highways or in the city. Lord. But even apart from having any peculiar temptation to make a wide breach like this, our social ties, our daily occupation, the friends and relations whom we love in the flesh, all, through their power over our natural affections, draw us aside from time to time into this worldly conformity. Romans 12:2. ",, "One of the greatest things to happen with Bible translation in my lifetime. It is often translated "mature" or "complete". "Everybody is thinking this way, everybody wants to do that, nobody understands you -- so why don't you give in?" Instead, fix your attention on God. Look back and see how God's perfect will has, in previous instances, reigned supreme in all points, for your good. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good--What a lofty tone of moral principle and feeling is here inculcated! What does God's Word say? 1 Peter Beloved friends, what should be our proper response to God's marvelous mercies? When it is in the water it must be insulated (not isolated) from the water. You no longer take everything that is said to you personally, but you become able to back off and look at it objectively.This is the work of the Spirit of God, and you find a concern for others beginning to show and to grow in your life. (J. C. Philpot. The Bible is meant not merely to inform There is an eternal opposition between God and the world lying in wickedness. Here then are the stages of Christian moral transformation: first our mind is renewed by the Word and Spirit of God; then we are able to discern and desire the will of God; and then we are increasingly transformed by it. (Ed Note: For more on morphe and schema see Trench's Synonyms of the New Testament) A man has not the same schema at seventeen and seventy, but he has the same morphe; a man in dungarees has not the same schema as a man in evening dress, but he has the same morphe; his outward form changes, but inwardly he is the same person. Stop allowing yourself to be conformed to the Olam Hazeh, but be transformed by your hitkhadshut (regeneration, renewal) of your mind, so that you may ascertain what is the ratzon Hashem (the will of G-d), what is the good, acceptable, and perfect will of G-d. And be not conformed to this world: but be reformed in the newness of your mind, that you may prove what is the good and the acceptable and the perfect will of God. Ive found that the phraseThis does not meet our needs at this timeor evercan be a helpful saying in my Christian walk to renew my mind and refocus my thoughts on the Lord. Dont copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Paul knows that it is a moral axiom that we become like the gods we serve and so using metamorphoo he writes to the saints at Corinth explaining we all, with unveiled face beholding (present tense = continually. Recompense--"Recompensing," Provide--"Providing" things honest--"honorable" in the sight of all men--The idea (which is from Proverbs 3:4 ) is the care which Christians should take so to demean themselves as to command the respect of all men. NLT Dont copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Matt 5:48; 19:21; Rom 12:2; 1 Cor 2:6; 13:10; 14:20; Eph 4:13; Phil 3:15; Col 1:28; 4:12; Heb 5:14; 9:11; Jas 1:4, 17, 25; 3:2; 1 John 4:18. (cp Proverbs 4:23-note). And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. We must not say, I am nothing, therefore I will sit still, and do nothing; but, I am nothing in myself, and therefore I will lay out myself to the utmost, in the strength of the grace of Christ. 4:17, 23; Phil. milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation (1Pe 2:2-note). In this view the presentation of ourselves, as living monuments of redeeming mercy, is here called "our rational service"; and surely it is the most rational and exalted occupation of God's reasonable creatures. Paul wrote in Romans 12:2, "Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.". . How relevant this is today as we find our thoughts and the way our minds process material affected by the world around us. To surrender yourselves to God to be his sacred, living sacrifices. For this becomes your genuine expression of worship. Live in the truths found in Romans and discover the heavenly treasures of faith, grace, righteousness, and power. He said, "There's nothing in the opera like this!" See how Paul, after having (Ro 12:1-note) taught believers to lay themselves upon the altar, whole and holy burnt-offerings to their God, at once proceeds (Ro 12:2) to tell them what the true--altar-life is: being ever more and more "renewed in their mind to prove what is the good and perfect and acceptable will of God." Metamorphoo describes Jesus' transfiguration in which His glory shined through His garments so that what Jesus really was on the inside was made manifest to Peter, John and James (Mt 17:2, Mk 9:2). See. Dont be a conformer. Nothing preventing the least of His favor: He seeks to attract and hold people through the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life (1John 2:16). is the eager inquiry of many. (Amplified Bible - Lockman). He is my all! To keep out the weeds of the world, seek continually to yield to and walk by the Spirit (Gal 5:16-note) Who produces the fruit that effectively strangles the weeds. Don't live any longer the way this world lives. Romans 12:2 (WNT) The book of Romans was written to communicate Gods message of grace and glory to all of his believers. Whatever we have lost, it was better for us that it was taken away. I wonder if I have yet grasped the incredible process described in Romans 12:2, "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Do not change yourselves to be like the people of this world, but be changed within by a new way of thinking. The Cross of Christ has come in between the believer and the world (cp Ga 2:20-note). The noun anakainosis is used only twice in the NT, Romans 12:2 (see discussion) and Titus 3:5 and means to cause something to become new and different with the implication of becoming superior. He said, He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:6). When you sin, confess and repent. Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Read the Bible, discover plans, and seek God every day. It is that territory no other person can invade. To be transformed describes a change on the outside that comes from the inside (an "inside job" so to speak). Are not heaven's attractions many and powerful? (2Cor 3:18-note). Radiate with the glow of the Holy Spirit and let him fill you with excitement as you serve him. How fearful, then, how dangerous, and yet how ensnaring is that worldly conformity which sets us in deadly opposition to that good and perfect will of God which was, and is "acceptable" to his dear Son, to all the holy angels round the throne, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to his spiritually-minded people on earth, and hateful to none but devils and carnal, ungodly men. Love: 1Cor 13:4, 5, 6, 7, 8-note Nothing More pres . If we are born of God we will see His guiding hand and give Him the credit. get to know the Bible better! D L Moody - The Scriptures were not given for our information, but for our transformation. Such a life brings comfort, confidence, assurance, etc. Romans 12:2Amplified Bible. Romans 12:2 (TMBA) Be devoted to tenderly loving your fellow believers. DUTIES OF BELIEVERS, GENERAL AND PARTICULAR. The following post isn't designed to be a comprehensive review of the whole Passion translation project; instead I've decided to (deliberately) limit myself to . As a result, we tend to be very much ourselves in our minds. Good (18) (agathos [word study] 19/102 uses in Romans -- Ro 2:7, 10; 3:8; 5:7; 7:12, 13, 18, 19; 8:28; 9:11; 10:15; 12:2, 9, 21; 13:3, 4; 14:16; 15:2; 16:19) describes that which is "good" in its character or constitution or beneficial in its effect. (J C Philpot), Turned Upside Down - In G. K. Chesterton's biographical sketch of St. Francis of Assisi, he describes a time when Francis felt deep discouragement and a sense of failure. The transformation or change that passes on the man who becomes a believer of the Gospel, is not one produced by enthusiastically imaginations, monkish austerity, or a spirit of legalism, endeavoring to attain salvation by good works (cp Ga 5:7, 8, 9). We are not to suppose that nonconformity to the world necessarily involves awkward behavior, peculiar dress, or rude manners. ",, "With the Mind of a Scholar and Heart of a Lover, Brian Simmons combines the best of both worlds for us in his devoted translation work in Letters from Heaven. Truth professed has no transforming power; truth received and fed upon can revolutionize a mans whole character. Make of your every thought an action; link every action with a thought. My hearts need is to trust God. This is truly the way to worship him. Let's make it today. David C. McCasland, O Lord, You see what's in my heart Must not my heart from Him ever sever Maclaren says world is "the sum total of godless men and things conceived of as separated from GodNo doubt the Gospel has sweetened society; no doubt the average of godless life in England is a better thing than the average of godless life in the Roman Empire. He emerged from that experience looking at the world, "as differently from other men as if he had come out of that dark hole walking on his hands. If we learn to sing by it, we shall easily detect the false in all of the music of the world. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. (Haldane), Hodge - The transformation to which Christians are exhorted, is not a mere external change, but one which results from a change of heart, an entire alteration of the state of the mind. 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