Sanctification:You vs the World

Sanctification:You vs the World


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In Romans 12:1 Paul tells us "I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.  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."

I want to focus on the conform-transform verse.

Confirmed to the world
Paul tells us do not be conformed to this world, which means do not act in accord with the prevailing standards, attitudes, practices, etc., of society or a group. What is in the world? What does worldly people do?
Worldly people are lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, truce-breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof [2 Timothy 3].
Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans? For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere human beings? What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task [1 Corinthians 3:1-5].
Transformed into Godliness
Paul tells us do not be conformed be transformed by the renewal of your mind. Paul is the same person who said in 2 Corinthians 5:15-18 that we are new creations in Christ Jesus. So if we are new creations, why do we have to be transformed? Salvation is a process; first justification then sanctification. When you are justified you are given a new heart (spiritually) as stated in Ezekiel 36:26, but your mind still needs to be renewed. It's like getting a new engine in a old car. The sanctification process sets you apart from the world, and is when your mind starts to be renewed as you read the word of God and are led by the Holy Spirit.

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