Sunday, September 19, 2021
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2) To “renew” is “to renovate,” implying a restoration to freshness or to an original state.
It intimates that potential of redemption’s power to reinstate features of God’s original intentions for humanity and a recovery of many potentialities of the human mind and soul as designed before the Fall.
The “mind” constitutes the intellect or understanding, but also includes all that is described in the world “mind-set”. That is, the feeling and the will.
Being “transformed” by the renewal of the mind indicates a literal “change in the form or formulas of thought of being.” This describes redemption’s provision of power to instill godliness in us–a power that transforms 1) our thoughts, which lead to formulating, 2) our purposes, which proceed to dictate our actions, and, thus, 3) our actions become character determining habits, shaping the life and setting the course for the future.
The path to godly living is not complicated, nor is it energized by the flesh, but it does call the believer to willing submission to the Father’s provision and ways.
You are loved, Pastor Don