τὸ ἀγαθ. The way to escape from our worldliness is not so much to struggle with it hand to hand, but to supersede it, as it were, by the entrance into us of a new affection; by giving our hearts to another, even to Him who has already entered for us within the veil, and who now and ever liveth to be our Intercessor and our life. Christ in us, if we are true to Him, will make us more ourselves, and yet new creatures in Christ Jesus. The more we get like Jesus Christ, the more certainly we get unlike the world. Copyright StatementThe Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament. I. Williams, The Epistles and Gospels, vol. 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. Have you recognized the conforming influences on you yet? Another inconveniency is this: that such marks are likewise given that even a bad man may experience them in himself, though some good men cannot. Romans 12:2 “Do not conform to the pattern of 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. It was soon noticed that one of the deacons of the church passed the mill to the place of worship during the silent interval; and so punctual was he to the hour that the infidel knew just when to stop the mill, so that it should be silent while the deacon was passing, although he paid no regard to the passing of the others. To dare means to “have the courage to do something.” The Holy Spirit (through Paul) tells us how we can be transformable in Romans 12:1-2. Yet it is possible for an unworldly spirit to transfigure them. BibliographyHaldane, Robert. It is also everything that is in antagonism with God. That transformation is no sudden thing, though the revolution which underlies it may be instantaneous. ]: and, if we have attained that object, instead of congratulating ourselves upon our success, we have reason to tremble on account of the woe denounced against us [Note: Luke 6:26.]. Present passive imperative with μη mē stop being fashioned or do not have the habit of being fashioned. 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. Theoretical theism is somewhat prevalent. “This world” here, in my text, is more properly “this age,” which means substantially the same thing as John’s favourite word “world,” viz., the sum total of godless men, and things conceived of as separated from God. Romans 12:2 (DBY) Let your heart, your ambition, carry you to heaven: ever despise those things which the world admires, that every one may see by your actions that you are not of the society of worldlings, and have neither regard nor friendship for them. How are we to prove personally and experimentally that it is all this? Each peak we climb opens wider and clearer prospects into the untravelled land before us. As if he had said, Let not this change appertain to the body only, but to the soul. So you can the spirit of “this world.” Here are some of its maxims--. The will of God relates to his commands in regard to our conduct, his doctrines in regard to our belief, his providential dealings in relation to our external circumstances. Melanie Newton is the founder of Joyful Walk Ministries, an online ministry that helps women learn to study the Bible for themselves and grow their Bible-teaching skills to lead others on a joyful walk with Jesus. τ. ν. ὑ΄ῶν. 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 same Greek word is used of the transfiguration of Jesus. 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. 3. We have to keep our two hands round it, for fear it should be blown out by the rough gusts of passion and of circumstance. Man is so created that the inner throne of life may not be occupied by himself, because it was made for God's occupancy, God being Spirit in nature; but, alas, due to the fall in Eden, Satan, also spiritual, has been allowed by man to occupy the place intended for God. He goes deep down, because he had learned in His school who said: “Make the tree good and the fruit good.” To tinker at the outside with a host of red-tape restrictions, and prescriptions, is all waste time and effort. Now, precisely here we may detect an evil tendency. Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. with all men--The impossibility of this in some cases is hinted at, to keep up the hearts of those who, having done their best unsuccessfully to live in peace, might be tempted to think the failure was necessarily owing to themselves. The popular saying, "God is my co-pilot," does not give God His rightful place. He was a jaded worldling when he said all was "vanity and vexation." All external changes, if the mind was not changed, would be useless, or would be hypocrisy. 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. What stopped the saw-mill.—In one of the older States of America resided an infidel, the owner of a saw-mill, situate by the side of a highway, over which a large portion of the community passed every Sabbath to and from the church. 1909-1922. Where are they forbidden in Scripture?” We answer this question by another: “What is the state of your soul? You may prove this by telling an average man of his faults and watching the result. Dedication results in discernment that leads to delight in God"s will. “The world,” then, is a spirit, that is everywhere around us and within, and the injunction is most needed precisely where this spirit is most likely to be confounded with something that is good and true. “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. But here it seems to be used as applicable to the whole spirit as distinguished from the body, including the understanding, will, and affections. "The will of God, to wit, the good, the acceptable, the perfect." https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/romans-12.html. This phrase is intended to be explanatory of the preceding. 3. Glory in it, mingle in it, work in it, rejoice and prosper in it, but do not allow it to have such a hold upon you as to master you and fashion your soul according to its will. Romans 12:2 (MSG) The word “good” here is not an adjective agreeing with “will,” but a noun. Prove—That is, may test or ascertain by a full, rich actual experience. p. 719 B: τὸ μεμορφωμένον καὶ ἐσχηματισμένον, Eur. that ye present--See on Romans 16:13 , where we have the same exhortation and the same word there rendered "yield" (as also in Romans 12:16 Romans 12:19 ). ESV Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. That commitment leads to a lifestyle. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. Nothing can be added to it, nothing can be taken from it; yet that monstrous system of Antichristianity which has so long, in the name of Christ, lorded it over the world, has added innumerable commands to those of Christ, and even taken away many of His laws. He is served, not only by working for him, but by sitting still quietly, when he calls us to suffer. "That you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God." Full effective faith reforms us from the image of the world, and conforms to the model of the divine will. 1. These two operations fit into one another: the one effecting that supernatural birth by which the Son becomes a servant, the other that supernatural birth by which the servants become sons. If you never examine yourselves, you have the more cause to fear your condition. By faith, you can “Dare to Be Different.” Accept the challenge. There is scarcely a more difficult text in the Bible than this, or one that is more full of meaning. A renewed heart is the best preparation for studying Christianity; as a man who is temperate is the best suited to understand the arguments for temperance; the man who is chaste, has most clearly and forcibly the arguments for chastity, etc. And you will agree that what he wants is right. The fallen world and sinful man is all too ready to squeeze us into its own mould and to cultivate in us a worldly mindset, where God is far removed. 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. Worldly men set down the objections of ministers to prejudice or envy. Romans 12:2. There are people who are so dependent upon the good opinion of others, that to gain it they will forfeit their own respect by doing things which otherwise they would have left undone. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good--What a lofty tone of moral principle and feeling is here inculcated! This is attested by St. Paul [Note: 2 Corinthians 5:14-15. For conformed to, Rev., correctly, fashioned according to. Paul said our minds must be "renewed" ( Revelation -worked). “Therefore I exhort you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a sacrifice – alive, holy, and pleasing to God – which is your reasonable service. For I say--authoritatively through the grace given unto me--as an apostle of Jesus Christ; thus exemplifying his own precept by modestly falling back on that office which both warranted and required such plainness towards all classes. Romans 12:2 (WBT) What a world will ours be when this shall become its reigning spirit! Romans 12:2 (TMBA) If so, where is his independence? The Christian is to walk singularly, and not after the world's guise; he must not cut the coat of his profession according to the fashion of the times, or the honour of the company he falls into. This is corrupted and atrophied in the natural man, and renewed by the action of the Holy Spirit. τῷ αἰῶνι τούτῳ. What is it not to re conformed to it? Faith, therefore, is our self-commitment to God, and to all goodness, acceptability, and perfection. Mark:--, I. But the very reverse of this is known to be true by all those who make the experiment. II. Are they any gainers, if they indulge the same spirit of display, etc., in a quiet party, or in a religious meeting? Romans 12:2. Christianity seeks to reign in the soul; and having its seat there, the external conduct and habits will be regulated accordingly. And what the Apostle is thinking about here is, as I take it, principally how the body of Christian truth, if it effects a lodgment in, not merely the brain of a man, but his whole nature, will modify and alter it all.
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