Godliness and Moral Purity.

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 12:2 NKJV.

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Conformed, suschematizo, Strong’s #4964: compare “scheme” and “schematic.” This word refers to conforming oneself to an outer (schema, # 4976) fashion (schematizo, # 4862) or outward appearance, yielding oneself to a model or pattern. Used in 1 Peter 1:14 also. In our text we have me, not, and suschematizesthe, with this age. As in, do not fall in with the external and fleeting fashions of this age nor be yourselves fashioned by them, but undergo a deep inner change by the qualitative renewing of your mind as the Spirit of God alone can work in you.fashioned
To “renew” is “to renovate,” meaning to restore to freshness or to an original state. It discloses the potential of redemption’s power to reinstate features of God’s original intention for humanity and the recovery of many potentialities of the human soul (mind, will, emotions) as designed before the fall.
The “mind” constitutes the intellect or understanding, but also includes all that is understood in the word “mind-set,” that is the emotions and will. Being “transformed” by the renewal of the mind indicates a literal “change in the form or formulas of thought or being.” This describes redemption’s provision of power to instill godliness in us-a power that transforms:
• Our thoughts which lead to formulating
• Our purposes, which proceed to dictate our actions, and thus,
• Our actions become character-determining habits, shaping the life and setting the course for the future.
The path to godly living is not complicated, nor is it energized by the flesh, but it does call the believer to willing submission to the father’s provision and ways.
We are to prove by practice in everyday life that God’s will for us is good and acceptable and perfect.
Tomorrow: God’s Word a purifier unto holy living.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Delight in Truth
    Aug 22, 2013 @ 22:48:49

    Tough subject for the morally compromised church, Manny. Moral purity is a big charge and challenge for our churches who are struggling with this particular chapter.

    I like the flow of thoughts, purposes and actions and how the path to godly living is not complicated. The problem is that the sinner loves sin. The lukewarm Christian loves to mingle in the things of the world. I think it is the biggest problem in the church at this time.

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    • Mannyr
      Aug 23, 2013 @ 02:39:29

      Delight,I agree with your assessment. Sin is a big issue, it is also addicting. I think if people one on one, were to have a meaningful close relationship with our Lord lives would be different. I feel there is no fear of God (reverential awe, respect), to experience His presence and to absolutely fear to lose it because of sin. I think we have become very shallow people, due to too distant relationship with Him. If only we could all walk continually in our first love, and somehow still mature and grow as He did as a man/woman.The Bible tells me His love is far stronger than any sin. Praise God we can repent.

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  2. Chris
    Aug 23, 2013 @ 16:25:20

    Both of you guys make excellent points.

    This is a difficult subject as Delight has written. I think moral purity is at an all time low, at least in this country if not the world.

    When you wrote that, “sin is addicting,” Manny, I think you hit the nail on the head. The fear of God is another issue. If it is not gone, it is at least at an all-time low.

    I praise God with you that we can repent and ask God’s forgiveness for our sins.

    A church I attend just covered Romans. I’ve mentioned this in another post, but the pastor calls the book of Romans. “God’s Pharmacy.”

    We are “not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…”

    Here is the link to the post:

    http://chrisreimersblog.com/2013/06/30/hope-for-american-christians/

    I hope you both have a blessed day and weekend…

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