Yesterday I was lying in my sister's room, trying to remember a text of the Word of God that had been on my mind in the morning.
I opened the Bible forcing my mind to remember the text. A few minutes later, the Holy Spirit (of course he was), reminded me of the text was Romans 12:2:
"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God."
I mistakenly thought that the text spoke "transformed the" not me I heed that the right is "be ye transformed." I thought that we were going to change the world when we do not conform with it! I was wrong! It is we who are transformed in a process that will last till the end of our lives.
In short: is the process of Sanctification!
"For this is the will of God, namely, your sanctification ..." 1 Thessalonians 4.3
Similarly, I've heard many people incorrectly preaching and talking like me (like me until yesterday), this word of the text. But by the mercy and grace of God, the Holy Spirit teaches us all things!
Whatever the Spirit want to say here is that:
1) We must not be conformed to this world;
2) To be transformed by the renewing of our minds;
3) Separating the world by God Holiness.
We, as a Church, we have no ability in ourselves to change the world around us and it is not what the text means. Only Jesus Christ can save and transform people. He uses the Church, people, yes, but who becomes, who does the work, who is the Holy Spirit works! I am not saying here that God uses the Church as a tool to reach the lost, is not it, the focus here is that only Jesus can transform people!
Going beyond. This text refers to the Church, which must conform to the way of living the world has and be transformed by the renewing spiritual (remembering that the renewal process of understanding / knowledge is only through the Holy Spirit). And speaking of the world as diabolical system contrary to the teachings of God. It can only be transformed who is in fact converted to Jesus Christ.
* Note: Read the entire text of Romans 12 speaks of consecration to God, humility and faithfulness in the use of gifts. There are also a number of references, that among them are: 1 Pero 1:14 / 1 John 2:25 / Ephesians 4:23 / Ephesians 5:17 / Colossians 3:10 / 1 Thessalonians 4.3, among others ...
1 ° Do not be conformed to this world ...
Let's see some references to this text.
In 1 Peter 1:14 says: Exhortation to Holiness.
"As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance."
God is holy and we must be like Him. Can not live according to the sinful ways of the world. Not that we have not sinned, but we should not sin willfully. Living in the "church" and the world is inconceivable by the Word of God. Want to win the world and be within the Church is impossible! We must not confuse be attending a religious temple to join the Church of God are different things, though, I am not saying that anyone who belongs to a religious denomination is not of God, is not it! I'm just reiterating the difference.
We despise and abhor all that is evil. Jesus said in John 17:16 He is not the world and also we are not. Live according to the world, shows that the person is here! Every one that is of the world hates those who are not. If you are not of this world, as I am not, you can be sure that many will hate, it's fact.
"For whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, our faith." 1 John 5:4
2 ° But be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind ...
"And be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness." Ephesians 4:23-24
The text of Ephesians 4, between verses 17 to the 32, shows us that Christian holiness is opposed to the customs of the heathen. As discussed above in summary, it is not possible that the church has the same customs sinful world. Put on the new man, speaks of baptism, symbolizing that our old man was killed and live in the New Covenant by the blood of Christ.
"And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him." Colossians 3:10-11
Our "old man" was back with his deeds. An exhortation to holiness is made again in Colossians 3.
Paul says in 1 Corinthians 2.6-16 regarding the profound wisdom of God unto his brethren, that they received and relayed to others. The wisdom of God needs to be renewed in us daily.
Understanding is knowledge. And knowledge is the Holy Spirit.
3 ° To prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
The will of God is always good and in this context, the desire of the Lord is our sanctification, a process of transformation and salvation daily.
"For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication." 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4
The Lord tells us not to be foolish below. The Lord's will is our sanctification:
"Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord."
Look below this text, magnificent promise that God gave. But only achieve through sanctification.
"And this is what he promised us, even eternal life." 1 John 2:25-26
Do not forget that before the process of sanctification, is the plan of salvation for man. Here things fit:
Believing the man in Jesus Christ as the only Savior, repenting and turning from sin, being baptized as a public testimony of faith, the Lord will performing the process of sanctification in person. The Holy Spirit will teach and the church is being used in various ways to the building of God (composed of living stones, people), will be completed.
For God so loves this world (people) that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him (one must believe) not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).
The transformation process by the renewing of our minds (sanctification) is definitely something that we should seek every day. We must present our bodies to God as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing, this is the "spiritual worship"!
The word sanctification is hardly preached today. Instead, many are teaching that the believer can live up to the world, where everything is "normal", everything is permitted, everything is licit, where what is wrong, say it is good, and what is good, that speak is evil! But it is not the Word of God! Sanctification is a serious thing, and is only for those who want to!
Undoubtedly, this is just a sketch, because the Word is an inexhaustible and deep. May the Holy Spirit continue to open our understanding and will transform us daily!
Glory to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen!