Friday, July 22, 2016
“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. 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” (Romans 12:1,2 KJV).
We have two choices—conform or be transformed.
To “conform” literally means “with [same] shape;” the word “transform” literally means “change shape thoroughly.” We can think of gelatin or bread conforming to a mold; we can imagine raw ingredients transformed into a mass of gelatin or a loaf of bread. If we carry these illustrations over into the spiritual realm, today’s exhortation becomes clear.
When Paul says “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God,” he is referring to the first 11 chapters of Romans (previous chapters). The “mercies of God” (plural, not “mercy”) is everything that God has done in the prior 11 chapters. It especially refers to chapters 1-8—Christian justification and sanctification. Chapter 12 (today’s Scripture) heads the final section of Romans, which terminates with chapter 16.
Not long ago, I talked with a Christian man who, rather than being “transformed by the renewing of his mind,” has been and is still being “conformed to this world.” He has refused any offers to fellowship with our assembly. Without a local church, without daily renewing his mind with the King James Bible rightly divided, constantly tuned in to newscasts, he has become progressively weary and depressed. Stranded, Satan is having him get so caught up in what sinful man is doing that his focus has shifted from Jesus Christ his Saviour. Operating in the energy of the flesh, he is slowly being worn down. His mentality and behavior have been forced into the world’s mold!
Dear friends, let us stay in the King James Bible rightly divided each and every day. The Adversary is always out to pervert us and conform us to his policy of evil. God’s Word dispensationally-delivered is the way to renew our minds! 🙂