Are we allowing God’s Word to transform our life? It is very easy to say “well that’s who I am you just have to take me as you find me!” or that “God will accept me for who I am – he will forgive all my sins so why bother?”
Notice the words here in 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.” The Greek word Paul used here is “me·ta·mor·phoʹo” which translates as metamorphosis and we associate this transformation with a butterfly. To continue to exist the butterfly must go through this transformation.
So what is the impact of Gods word on our lives? Well note what Paul says here is 1 Corinthians 6:9 and 10 says: “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”
These are characteristics and actions that most faiths accept, saying that Jesus death covers all of our sins and yet none of these practices or those who practice them will inherit God’s Kingdom.
So what impact did this information have on those Christians in Corinth?
Note verse 11: “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” They made changes as other translations help us to appreciate.
We need to accept that what we have been taught is acceptable to God by the religions of this planet just don’t reflect his standards. When refering to I Corinthhians 6 many evangelical groups and fundamentalists state that homosexuality is condemned but forget all of the other things listed, fornication, idolatry, and adultery.
Paul did not pick on the LGBT community he stated clearly that all sexually immoral choices were judged in the same way.
If we want to be acceptable to God and inherit the Kingdom what do we need to do?
- Read God’s Word
- Let it soak into our heart and mind
- conform to the things we read
- develop the traits and practices that please God
- where we struggle pray for help and lean on god
- spend time with people who want to please God in the same way
- Live with the bible as our guide and reject the Godless society
We learn many things from the experiences of others – we have Pauls example he was a foremost sinner in his own words but the Bible truth transformed his life. Does that happen today?
Notices some of the experiences in the video link here.
The Bible transforms lives – as Hebrews 4: 12 “For the word of God is alive and exerts power and is sharper than any two-edged sword and pierces even to the dividing of soul and spirit, and of joints from the marrow, and is able to discern thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
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