Renew Your Mind with the Word of God
Changing into the Image of Christ
by J.M. Troppello
Living victoriously as a Christian is possible when you renew your mind with the Word of God. Renewing your mind is the catalyst to further change you into the image of Christ. This passage from Romans 12:1-2 is a pivotal Scripture encouraging believers to present their bodies as a living sacrifice holy, acceptable to God. Paul states that doing that is your ‘reasonable service’ as a Christian.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 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 12:1-2, NKJV)
I’ve written articles on this topic and Scripture before. However, this time I wanted to focus on the meaning of being transformed by the Word of God – as it pertains to the Greek word metamorphosis which is the word used for being transformed by the renewing of your mind with the Word of God. Dr. David Jeremiah shared the following definition of this word in his Turning Points Magazine & Devotional.
“Metamorphosis comes from Greek metamorphosis (transformation): meta means ‘after,’ while morphe means ‘form.’ Paul uses this word in Romans 12:2. ‘And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed [metamorphoo] by the renewing of your mind.’ It is God’s intent that His children be transformed, or changed , from carnal people to spiritual people. And that happens when we focus on the living Word of God and allow the Holy Spirit to apply it to our life. The Bible is the key to the transformation of the mind.”
7 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; 8 The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; 9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. 10 More to be desired are they than gold, Yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the [b]honeycomb. 11 Moreover by them Your servant is warned, And in keeping them there is great reward.
(Psalm 19:7-11, NKJV)
I love how the verse from this Psalm ends this section with and in keeping them there is great reward. For me, the reward has been that I’ve always received guidance from God through His Word. I’ve received discipline from God and have turned from the error of my ways. I’ve received comfort and peace from this love letter from God to me. It is His love letter to all believers.
The note from the Thomas Nelson Study Bible (TNSB) states the following:
“The law is the Torah, which means ‘instruction’ or ‘direction.’ This passage (vv.7-9 from Psalm 19) presents six words for the law of God—law, testimony, statutes, commandment, fear, and judgments. It shows six evaluations of the law—perfect, sure, right, pure, clean, and true. It states six results—converting the soul, making wise the simple, rejoicing the heart, enlightening the eyes, enduring forever, and righteous altogether. The value of the Scripture cannot be compared with any other desirable thing—even gold. It provides the key to wisdom, joy¸ and most importantly, eternal life.
If you want to grow in your walk with the Lord, it’s vital that you set aside time each day to read, study, and apply the Bible to your life. Hold the Word of God close to your heart.
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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