(1) Well, of course there are large tracts of life where the saint and the sinner have to do the same things, feel the same anxieties, weep the same tears, and smile the same smiles. It was so in the case of Christ; it must be in yours. (2)From one sect to another. It is a lifelong task till the lump be leavened. (Canon Miller. The Second Adam will not, like the first, accept Satan's representation; He will prove it for Himself; and so He "learns obedience by the things which He suffers." In our judgment concerning —(1)God (Matthew 19:17). But whilst the individuality remains, and ought to be heightened by Christian consecration, yet a change should pass over our lives, like the change that passes over the winter landscape when the summer sun draws out the green leaves from the hard black boughs, and flashes a fresh colour over all the brown pastures. 6. So how can we change for good? MEANS.1. Would such a character crowd houses? Beveridge. If you never examine yourselves, you have the more cause to fear your condition.IV. But He proved it, and in the proving of it He found it to be "good and acceptable and perfect." You are to prove God's will —(1) In what must be the first act of your obedience — namely, your believing on Him whom He has sent. Words (Matthew 12:36).7. But apart from any inquiry into the reason of it, the fact is pregnant with important consequences. )Nonconformity to the world -- outwardM. He goes deep down, because he had learned in His school who said: "Make the tree good and the fruit good." To be conformed to the world is to take things as they are and make the best of them. The old Christian virtue of chivalry still lingers amongst us — the leaning to the weaker side because it is weaker, the desire to protect the weak and repress the strong, etc., may run to excess, but even Quixotism is refreshing. WHAT IS IT TO BE TRANSFORMED? It is He alone who can make the Son partaker of your human nature, without making Him to be as fallen man; it is He alone who can make you partakers of the Son's Divine nature, without making you to be as God.2. Not civil.3. In Elijah's day it was idolatry. Mark: —I. But as with the inward renewal so with the outward transfiguration, the life within will not work up to the surface except upon condition of our own honest endeavour. Are we then to abstain from those practices which are common among irreligious persons? You are safer there. He laid aside His natural position of equality with God. The least speck of musk, invisibly taken from n cake of it, and carried away ever so far, will diffuse the same fragrance as the mass from which it came; and the little slice of Christ's life that is in you and me, will smell as sweet if not as strong as the great life from which it came.2. The remark of Jeremy Taylor is but too true: "Most men choose the sin, if it be once disputed whether it be a sin or no." And remember, this transformation is no magic change effected whilst men sleep. 4. To its carnal policy.5. The inner man, having been consecrated as a prince, by yielding of himself to God, is called upon to manifest inward consecration by outward sacrifice; an inward "renewing of the mind" is regarded as the necessary antecedent of transformation of outward life.I. You will then see Him thus transfigured, and the result will be your own transfiguration (Philippians 3:21). The lust of the eye (Ecclesiastes 5:11).3. Naturally, self-will is the ruling principle of your mind. We are altogether sinful (Proverbs 15:8).2. It is better to abstain from mistaken scrupulosity from a hundred lawful things than to run the risk of one unlawful act of conformity to the world, or of throwing one stumbling-block in the way of another. It is through your believing and appropriating His transformation, that you are yourselves transformed. We are altogether sinful (Proverbs 15:8).2. Paul's "world" was a grim, heathen, persecuting world; our "world" has got christened, and goes to church and chapel, like a respectable gentleman. How is the commandment to be obeyed? "The world: difficult to defineC. Maclaren, D.D.One master word, for the whole Christian life is sacrifice, self-surrender, and that to God. He goes deep down, because he had learned in His school who said: "Make the tree good and the fruit good." (2)All His actions to your good (Romans 8:28).3. Actions (1 Peter 1:15, 16). And so in this. Make of your every thought an action; link every action with a thought. It is the reign or kingdom of the carnal mind, which is enmity against God. You are safer there. Purity.4. THE ULTIMATE CONSEQUENCE WHICH THE APOSTLE REGARDS AS CERTAIN, FROM THIS INWARD CHANGE; unlikeness to the world around. You are to prove God's will —(1) In what must be the first act of your obedience — namely, your believing on Him whom He has sent. And so in this. )The worldR. Or, to put it more Christian-like, let there be nothing in your creed which is not in your commandments; and let nothing be in your life which is not moulded by these. Nor does the thing now exist in worldly minds. The more we get like Jesus Christ, the more certainly we get unlike the world. Each peak we climb opens wider and clearer prospects into the untravelled land before us.(A. Our characters are largely made by our estimates of what is good or bad, desirable or undesirable. Does your Christianity do that? It can be known only by trial. To the Son Himself His being born of the Spirit brought a new mind. How invigorating to see men dependent on God, though independent of man, stand up against professional clamour and popular prejudice, to see men resist the tyranny of public opinion which will not hear the other side, and refuse the popular and give the unpopular praise!3. Certain weeds that lie at the bottom of the sea, when their flowering time comes, elongate their stalks and reach the light and float upon the top, and then, when they have flowered, they sink again into the depths. )Nonconformity to the worldDean Vaughan.There are two words for world, αἰών and κόσμος. In the days of Noah the spirit of the world was violence. It was a new thing for Him to have the mind of a servant, and to say, "I come to do Thy will, O God." The least speck of musk, invisibly taken from n cake of it, and carried away ever so far, will diffuse the same fragrance as the mass from which it came; and the little slice of Christ's life that is in you and me, will smell as sweet if not as strong as the great life from which it came.2. Read the word written (James 1:21).2. Have nothing to do with things which in themselves are unmistakably wrong; nor with things which have got evil inextricably mixed up with them, like the English stage; nor with things which, as experience shows you, are bad for you. But you have got to be cured before you can do what you need to do in order to be cured." Rather the gospel is meant to heighten and deepen these, and to make each man more intensely himself, more thoroughly individual, and unlike anybody else. This, then, is the reward. Now, so long as the fashion of this world lasts, so long as that second transformation which awaits you is postponed, this proving of the will of God must throughout be more or less an effort. Purity.4. 2. And the resulting conducts cannot be the same unless the Christian man is insincere.III. There has to be a radical change in the middle. There is a new way of looking at things. This new creation of the inner man is only possible as the result of the communication of a life from without; the life of Jesus, put into your heart, on condition of your opening the door of your heart by faith, and saying, "Come in, Thou blessed of the Lord." "Nonconformity to the worldAbp. To tinker at the outside with a host of red-tape restrictions, and prescriptions, is all waste time and effort. )LinksRomans 12:2 NIVRomans 12:2 NLTRomans 12:2 ESVRomans 12:2 NASBRomans 12:2 KJVRomans 12:2 Bible AppsRomans 12:2 ParallelRomans 12:2 Biblia ParalelaRomans 12:2 Chinese BibleRomans 12:2 French BibleRomans 12:2 German BibleRomans 12:2 CommentariesBible Hub, (2)Principles or maxims.(3)Conduct.2. It is a new gift of a life which will unfold itself after its own nature, as the bud into flower, and the flower into fruit; giving new desires, tastes, directions, and renewing the whole nature. Aim at reading five good Christian books this year. The more we get like Jesus Christ, the more certainly we get unlike the world. Note the reasons for this examination.1. WHY SHOULD WE NOT BE CONFORMED?1. They who choose the world will perish with it.IV. You are safer there. (3)Not interruptedly, but constantly (Luke 1:75).3. (2) That the essential character of our transfiguration is the moulding of us into the likeness of Christ. There is nothing in the gospel of Jesus Christ which is meant to obliterate the lines of the strongly marked individuality which each of us receives by nature. Each is alternately accuser and accused; while the ungodly consequently declare that it is quite impossible to say what is and what is not worldly.2. We answer this question by another: "What is the state of your soul? "(Dean Vaughan. WHAT IS IT NOT TO RE CONFORMED TO IT?1. To a new end (1 Corinthians 10:31; Matthew 5:16).V. If you and I really believed what we say we believe, that Jesus Christ has died for us, and lives for us, and is ready to pour out upon us the gift of His Divine Spirit, and wills that we should be like Him, and holds out to us the great and wonderful hopes and prospects of an absolutely eternal life of supreme and serene blessedness at His right hand should we be, could we be, the sort of people that most of us are? What ruined Achan? Hear it preached.3. ; and in the trial of them you find that "wisdom's ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace."(R. And it seems to be by a great many professing Christians thought to be a great feat to walk as the mules on the Alps do, with one foot over the path and the precipice down below. But this positive commandment is only one side of the transfiguration that is to be effected. In that event our Lord's indwelling divinity came up to the surface and became visible.1. (3) "Honesty is the best policy." Does your Christianity do that? Neil, M.A.The world cannot be clearly marked out as if it were a kingdom on a map, and every year makes it more difficult to draw any line of demarcation or to lay down any hard and fast lines upon the subject, because society is being leavened by Christian principles, the moral conscience of the nation quickened, and a public opinion, on the whole of a healthy character, making itself powerfully felt. If we would not be conformed to the world, we must rise above it.3. What this will of God is as an expression of His nature you cannot know until you prove it. It can be known only by trial. Well then, secondly, note THE TRANSFIGURED LIFE. Add to this, becoming members of religious associations, frequenting religious society, and attending a gospel ministry, and their definition of unworldliness is complete. Then the question arises, What practices? Note the reasons for this examination.1. They have interests of their own, but they are laughed or frowned out of them; they have opinions of their own, but they modify and explain them away! )LinksRomans 12:2 NIVRomans 12:2 NLTRomans 12:2 ESVRomans 12:2 NASBRomans 12:2 KJVRomans 12:2 Bible AppsRomans 12:2 ParallelRomans 12:2 Biblia ParalelaRomans 12:2 Chinese BibleRomans 12:2 French BibleRomans 12:2 German BibleRomans 12:2 CommentariesBible Hub. Davies, D.D. Maclaren, D.D.One master word, for the whole Christian life is sacrifice, self-surrender, and that to God. You must give an account of what you do here.(Bp. Certain weeds that lie at the bottom of the sea, when their flowering time comes, elongate their stalks and reach the light and float upon the top, and then, when they have flowered, they sink again into the depths. It is profoundly true that "as a man thinketh, so is he." For the two theories of life are clean contrary — the one is all limited by time, the other lays hold on the eternal. For the two theories of life are clean contrary — the one is all limited by time, the other lays hold on the eternal. To lay down a rule for all lives is as difficult as to prescribe a diet for all constitutions. The inner man must be dealt with first, and then the outward will come right in due time. And the transformation is to be into His likeness who is the pattern of all perfection. )Nonconformity to the world -- outwardM. To show this, we will take —(1) The theatre. Alas! The inner man must be dealt with first, and then the outward will come right in due time. And it seems to be by a great many professing Christians thought to be a great feat to walk as the mules on the Alps do, with one foot over the path and the precipice down below. And just as every leaf that you take off some plants and stick into a flower-pot will in time become a little plant exactly like the parent from which it was taken, so the Christ-life that is in you will be growing into a copy of its source and origin. 1. And it seems to be by a great many professing Christians thought to be a great feat to walk as the mules on the Alps do, with one foot over the path and the precipice down below. H. Etchers, M.A.The world in our days is not a heathen world, as it was in the days of the apostle; but it is not a whit less "the world that lieth in wickedness." We have to make our choice, That transformation is no sudden thing, though the revolution which underlies it may be instantaneous. Hear it preached.3. WHAT HE EXPECTS FROM THE INWARD CHANGE — a life "transfigured," the same word as is employed in the account of our Lord's transfiguration. This generation of the Church seems to be trying how near it can go to the world. Consciences (Acts 24:16).4. 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