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Posted by xdoulos on March 23, 2010

Being Transformed

Romans 12:2, “and do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”


Being conformed to the world is usually defined as listening to certain kinds of music or going to movies, dancing or drinking wine.  However, Scripture does not treat the subject in the same way.  Conforming to the world is to basically adopt a philosophy of life, even religious life (such as Pharisaism) or to live by the same values and moral standards of the age in which we live.  The word  “world” in this verse is not kosmos but aiōn and usually refers to a period of time or an age.  To not be conformed or patterned after the age we live in is a serious challenge to our human nature.  We are being conformed from the day we are born.  Our families and friends tell us what success means, our country tells us what our rights are and where our duty lies.  Business dictates certain attitudes and ethical behavior which our culture has approved and our educational system begins when our minds are young and naïve to tell us what is good and what is bad, what is normal and what is acceptable.  Even patriotism can be a form of worldliness as much as enjoying rock and roll music.  When our nationalism or political views are more important than God’s global work of redemption, then we are conformed to the world.  For these reasons Paul does not tell us to not become conformed to the world, but the text can literally read, “Stop being conformed.”


The appeal in this verse is to “be transformed.”  In other words, we need to change from the mindset, the attitude and philosophy our world has programmed into us and to think differently.  The language and flow of thought of Paul is that transformation is a process (literally, “be being transformed”).  This process is brought about by “renewing the mind.”  How does one “renew” his/her mind?  By meditating in the Word of God and by critiquing the values, ethics, morals, and norms of our world by that which God has revealed in His Scriptures.  By honest and serious study of the Bible, one can learn what sin is (not what religious or secular culture has determined sin is), how sin affects us and those around us.  One learns from Scripture the difference between heart attitude and outward religious behavior and the difference in Christ’s standards for His followers and the dead religious rituals or self-righteous efforts of religions or the autonomous human philosophy of life. 


Laying our culturally conditioned values and attitudes before the Word of God and being willing to renew our thinking can be threatening but can also provide the joy and peace of living in harmony with God.   The last part of this verse indicates that a renewed mind will prove (test and find to be genuine) God’s will.  The will of God is only good and acceptable (pleasing) and perfect, it is not to be feared or doubted.  For one to be in God’s will is to find the meaning of life and provides a base for dealing with the age in which we live.





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Posted by xdoulos on March 13, 2010

Mediate on God’s Word           

 Psalm 1:2, But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night

Psalm one describes the “blessed man” who does not become a participant with wicked men, sinners, nor scoffers (v1).  In contrast to the philosophy, values, and life-styles of those who do not know God, the blessed man focuses upon God’s law.  By “law” the writer of the psalm does not mean the ten commandments or the six-hundred and three other commandments of the Old Testament nor the one hundred and twenty-seven commandments given in the New Testament, he is referring to God’s revealed wisdom, instructions and guidance contained in all divine Scripture (e.g., the various synonyms of “law” in Psalm 119, “testimonies,” “precepts,” etc.).

The blessed man “delights” (“takes pleasure in”) the law of the Lord and in that delightful law he meditates day and night.  The word “meditate” in Psalm 1 means literally to “moan” or to “utter” in a low tone but carries the idea of deep contemplation which produces understanding.  Synonyms for the word “meditate” of Psalm 1:2 in the Hebrew Bible add the ideas of lengthy contemplation or remembering with deep thoughts.  The Septuagint translates the Hebrew word for “meditate” in Psalm 1:2 with a word which means “give careful thought to” or to “study” or “train oneself” by.  The concept is simple, the blessed man is one who doesn’t just read a verse of Scripture but one who gives deep contemplation to or carefully thinks about the meaning, significance, and application to God’s Word.  The New Testament offers similar encouragement to dwell upon, study, understand, and apply Scripture (Luke 6:47-49; James 1:22)

The blessed man (one who is led in a way of good fortune, truly happy or joyful) is one who rejects the worldly attitudes and values but desires to understand God’s truth and purpose for his/her life.  The one whose life is focused upon gaining a better understanding God’s heart, God’s perspective, and God’s will for him/her will find the blessedness which God has promised.  Thus, every day, morning and evening, God’s Word is read, studied, contemplated and applied.  The Bible is not just a symbol of one’s religious conviction nor a “rule book” for living a devout life, but it is the way of communing with God and being intimate with the heavenly Father.  God has gone to great lengths to reveal and preserve His Self-Revelation and He has provided the believer with opportunity and divine help (The Holy Spirit) as well as numerous study tools and godly teachers so that they may mediate upon His law. 

The responsibility is for the believer to dedicate his/her mind and time to grow in knowledge and understanding of God’s Word (Col. 1:9-10) and to be transformed into Christ’s image by renewing the mind (Rom. 12:2).  Making God’s Word central to one’s value system and to live by divine wisdom rather than human wisdom will produce a blessedness that the world cannot.



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