Instead of conforming to the world, we must be transformed. The Greek word here is “metamorpho”, from which we have the word “metamorphosis”. This is the word that describes the process through which the caterpillar passes, to become a butterfly. That is, it is not an external, cosmetic, superficial change.
“Metamorphosis” indicates a complete, complete change. Who knew the person as he was, now knows no more. Who knows now does not imagine that this result came from that origin that the person claims to have.
The same Greek word is used by Paul in II Corinthians 3:18 – But all of us, with unveiled face, reflecting like a mirror the glory of the Lord, are transformed from glory to glory in the same image Ouvir Musicas Evangélicas , as by the Spirit of the Lord. This is God’s ideal for His children!
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This is how inner transformation, of character, occurs: adopting a new pattern of thoughts and judgments.
In conversion, the mind is put under the influence of the Spirit of God. The result is that “we have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2: 13-16). And as the inner being is transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit, the outer life is progressively altered (Note that this is a further inversion of values common among professing Christians).
Some scriptural texts reinforce this need:
Matthew 22:37 And Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
Colossians 3: 2 – Think of the things that are above, and not of things that are of the earth.
Philippians 4: 8 Moreover, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good there is some virtue, and if there is any praise, think about it (or, “whatever your thoughts may be”).
Ephesians 4: 23 – And be renewed in the spirit of your mind.
We understand, then, that transformation is done by the renewing of the mind. But is it easy to change the way you think? Change habits? Change tastes and preferences? It’s not easy. Perhaps this is the most difficult and most misunderstood work of the entire process of conversion. Paul deals with this question in Romans 7: 14-25, where he describes the spirit’s struggle to dominate the flesh which he himself faced. However:
Philippians 2:13 For it is God that worketh in you both to will and to do according to his good pleasure.
Philippians 4: 13 – I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
But whose is the decision? God works, strengthens, helps, empowers. But who is the deciding agent of the transformation? It is up to us, and ourselves alone, to define where we are going to focus our mind from now on, with only two options: earthly things and things above.
We find ourselves in a world opposed to righteousness or purity of character, and especially to growth in grace. In everything we look at, we observe pollution and corruption, deformity, and sin. How contrary is all this to the work that must be performed in us just before we receive the gift of immortality! The elect of God must remain untainted in the midst of the corruption prevailing around them in these last days. Your body must become holy, pure your spirit. … The Spirit of God will have to exert perfect control, influencing every action. (White – Maranata, 117)
True religion is made up of decisions. There is only a change of life when we make right, God-directed, and empowered decisions for Him. And right decisions, even when they are God-driven, are the fruits of mental processes. Therefore, the center of religion, and the only way of communication between God is man is the mind.
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The word “experience” here does not have the sense of “feel the taste”, “take pleasure in”. Even now, Paul is not speaking in senses, or emotions.
The Greek word is “dokimazo” and has the sense to prove, prove, discern, approve, test. So the idea here is not to “enjoy”, but to interpret correctly, to know in depth and to fully understand.
What a privilege it is granted to us: to prove for ourselves, experimentally, the mind of the Lord and His will about us! Praise His dear name for this precious gift! (Testimonies for the Church, v. 1, p. 693)
What is the good, pleasing and perfect will of God.
Only the mind transformed and purified by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit can properly interpret the word of God and extract from it His will.
Matthew 12: 50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, he is my brother, and sister, and mother.
John 7: 16-17 – Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but he that sent me. If anyone wants to do his will, by the same doctrine he will know if it is of God, or if I speak of myself.
Ephesians 5: 17 – Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
1 John 2: 17 – And the world passeth away, and its lust; but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
By the renewing of the mind, the believer is enabled to know what God wants him to do. is enlightened to reject and depart from the ways of conduct of this evil time. When the Holy Spirit dwells in him, he no longer has a carnal mind but the mind of Christ, he is willing to do the will of God and thus is able to recognize and understand the truth.
James said, “Be ye therefore doers of the word, and not hearers only” (James 1:22). This is our rational worship!
In other words, when you surrender your life, it is saying, Not my will be done, but Thine. From now on, whatever your will is, whatever, according to you, is good, acceptable, and perfect, that is what I wish to do.
Let your prayer be: “Take me, Lord, to be wholly yours. At Thy feet I lay all my plans. Use me today in Your service. Remain with me, and let all my work be done in you. “This is a daily question. (White – Way to Christ, 70).