It is not a condition for receiving that mercy. What is it to re conformed to the world? All such matters are still to be determined in the proper fashion, by the exercise of our own best judgment and common-sense. The effect of the Spirit is fresh vitality and a true direction of the mind. And remember, brethren, this transformation is no magic change effected whilst men sleep. If all would separate from the vices and follies, the amusements and gaieties of the world, Christ would be glorified. BibliographyAlford, Henry. They are to be governed by the laws of the Bible; to fashion their lives after the example of Christ; and to form themselves by principles different from those which prevail in the world. Present passive imperative with μη mē stop being fashioned or do not have the habit of being fashioned. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/scn/romans-12.html. “If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine whether it be of God,” John 7:17. When people become Christians, they "approve what is the will of God." IV. The nonconformity here does not consist of that cheap nonconformity which consists of a peculiar fashion of coat or bonnet. II. Glory in it, mingle in it, work in it, rejoice and prosper in it, but do not allow it to have such a hold upon you as to master you and fashion your soul according to its will. But be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind; which regards not the first work of conversion and renovation; for in this sense these persons were transformed, metamorphosed, changed, and renewed already; but the after progress and carrying on the work of renovation, the renewing of them day by day in the spirit of their minds; see Ephesians 4:23; which believers should be desirous of, and pray for, and make use of those means which the Spirit of God owns for this purpose, attending to the spiritual exercises of religion, as reading, meditation, prayer, conference, the ministration of the word and ordinances, which is the reverse of conformity to the world: and the end to be attained hereby is. The term world has several significations, but here it means the sentiments and the morals of men; to which, not without cause, he forbids us to conform. The inner man must be dealt with first, and then the outward will come right in due time. Subordinate motives indeed a believer may feel; but a desire of pleasing and honouring God, and a fear of dishonouring or displeasing him, will operate with the greatest force; and that too, in opposition to carnal considerations, no less than in aid of them. The renewal of the mind is the means by which the transformation is gradually effected. "Commentary on Romans 12:2". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/dcc/romans-12.html. But as we are led to feel the misery of the one state, and the blessedness of the other, we shall seek after these gracious operations and divine influences; and as the blessed Spirit from time to time brings the soul out of this worldly conformity and transforms it into the suffering image of Christ, it sees more and more the beauty and blessedness of walking in this path; and cleaving to Christ and his cross with its tenderest affections proves for itself the goodness, acceptability, and perfection of the will of God. Let us cultivate this nonconformity, knowing that the friendship of the world is enmity with God, and that if any man love the world the love of the Father is not in him.—W. Romans 12:12; Romans 12:16. However notice that Paul addressed his appeal to believers, not the unsaved. Romans 7:23; Romans 7:25, and Excursus), or, practical reason, is naturally under the dominion of the flesh; it needs renewal, which is wrought by the Holy Spirit, faith being the subjective element of its operation. If we let them fall upon the world, it is like a soldier trailing his saber upon the pavement; every step he takes dulls both edge and point. The word brings out vividly the contrast with the prevailing pessimism of contemporary thought. There are maxims and ways of living, and so on, characteristic of the Christian life, which are in as complete antagonism to the ideas and maxims and practices that prevail amongst men who are outside of the influences of this Christian truth in their own hearts, as ever they were. R omans chapter 12 is a turning point in the book of Romans. Romans 2:12 (with Romans 5:20-21) The Doctrine of Sin. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rwp/romans-12.html. III. Copyright StatementThese files are a derivative of an electronic edition prepared from text scanned by Woodside Bible Fellowship.This expanded edition of the Jameison-Faussett-Brown Commentary is in the public domain and may be freely used and distributed. It keeps you down on the Lord’s bottom at the feet of Jesus, whence you never can fall unless you imbibe some pride from Satan and go climbing. Instead of following the path offered by the world, Christians must be "transformed." "The will of God, to wit, the good, the acceptable, the perfect." Read Introduction to Romans . It enters in different proportions into different bosoms; it is found in a different form in contiguous towns, in the fashionable watering-places, and in the commercial city; it is this thing at Athens, and another in Corinth.
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