And the apostle warns them against reviving usages that Christ had abolished: this exhortation still continues in full force. The meaning is, do not cherish a spirit. The world that now is - This present state of things, is as much opposed to the spirit of genuine Christianity as the world then was.
Romans 12:2 NLT 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. 20 But if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him to drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire, Text: First Corinthians 13. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Acceptable, ευαρεστον, well pleasing to and well received by every mind that is renewed and transformed. There are both ingenuity and probability in this view of the subject. If all would separate from the vices and follies, the amusements and gaieties of the world, Christ would be glorified. 2. The word “good” here is not an adjective agreeing with “will,” but a noun. Satan cannot cast out Satan.
If all Christians would obey this, religion would be everywhere honored.
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Sorry, an error was encountered while loading the book. Several of us would think that if we meet the requirements of Romans 12:1, then everything else would automatically work out. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. All external changes, if the mind was not changed, would be useless, or would be hypocrisy. This verse goes on to give us the answer.
We must be vigilant against this spirit precisely where it is the most subtle and concealed, e.g. It may denote a particular generation, or it may be applied to the race.
The Christian is often represented as a new creature; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 6:15; Ephesians 4:24; 1 Peter 2:2.Your mind - The word translated “mind” properly denotes intellect, as distinguished from the will and affections. 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Romans 12:2. NIV Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. All rights reserved. “The meek will he guide in judgment, and the meek will he teach his way,” Psalm 25:9. If all would separate from the vices and follies, the amusements and gaieties of the world, Christ would be glorified.
That applies to the state …John Henry Jowett—My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year, The Sacrifice of the Body'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.'
Christianity seeks to reign in the soul; and having its seat there, the external conduct and habits will be regulated accordingly.That ye may prove - The word used here δοκιμάζω dokimazōis commonly applied to metals, to the operation of testing, or trying them by the severity of fire, etc. --ROMANS xii. Romans 12:2 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. An error occurred while marking the devotional as read. Please try again soon. Where the spirit, the temper, and disposition of the mind, Ephesians 4:23, are not renewed, an outward change is of but little worth, and but of short standing.
And be not conformed to this world - By this world, αιωνι τουτῳ, may be understood that present state of things both among the Jews and Gentiles; the customs and fashions of the people who then lived, the Gentiles particularly, who had neither the power nor the form of godliness; though some think that the Jewish economy, frequently termed הזה עולם olam hazzeh, this world, this peculiar state of things, is alone intended.
That which has all its parts complete, or which is not disproportionate. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. or which he will approve. Seneca, Epis. Pride, luxury, vanity, extravagance in dress, and riotous living, prevail now, as they did then, and are as unworthy of a Christian's pursuit as they are injurious to his soul, and hateful in the sight of God. New Living Translation (NLT) Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Be ye transformed - Μεταμορφουσθε, Be ye metamorphosed, transfigured, appear as new persons, and with new habits, as God has given you a new form of worship, so that ye serve in the newness of the spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. These words are supposed by Schoettgen to refer entirely to the Jewish law. New Living Translation (NLT) It will demand a good temper to overcome the bad temper in my brother. Take thought for things honorable in the sight of all men.
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Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
12:2 And be not conformed - Neither in judgment, spirit, nor behaviour. “That ye may find the will of God, what is good and acceptable.” It implies that that thing which is good is his will; or that we may find his will by finding what is good and perfect.
In the application of this rule there is much difficulty. The surgeon cannot cut out the disease if his instruments are defiled. The word implies a radical, thorough, and universal change, both outward and inward. Christianity seeks to reign in the soul; and having its seat there, the external conduct and habits will be regulated accordingly.
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