Winer, p. 121 [E. T. 159]; Dissen, ad Dem. What ruined Demas?--the world: And “what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?”, 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. The practical portion of this Epistle is designed to help this judgment. ), or in the sense: "how good it is" (Oltram.). According to the tastes we cultivate, the acts we do, the society we keep, the subjects that engross our interest, we are becoming conformed to the world or to Christ; we are being made into “vessels unto dishonour,” or into “vessels meet for the Master’s use.” The process may be very gradual; but it is not on that account the less fatal and the less sure. See Philippians 2:5; 1 Peter 1:16. The key to making this change is the "mind," the part of humanity that controls our attitudes, thoughts, feelings, and actions ( Ephesians 4:22-23). For the two theories of life are clean contrary--the one is all limited by time, the other lays hold on the eternal. Hilda Bright and Keith Simons. 4. There is danger lest this habit of conformity fasten us down to a mere worldly level, and saturate all our desires with worldly estimates. He urged them to be transformed and to “quit being fashioned after this system of things. If all were truly renewed in their minds, they would lose their relish for such things, and seeking only to do the will of God, they would not be slow to find it. The word “good” here is not an adjective agreeing with “will,” but a noun. Conclusion: To attack at once the worldliness of the religious and the irreligion of the world, is to risk the displeasure of both. It performs the process of discrimination between good and evil, and so supplies the data to conscience. Therefore, even the mind, which is often thought of as that portion of the person which does the controlling, must itself be brought into subjection to God. 3. What about the Christianity that does not show itself in conduct and character? . The exact opposite of "offering yourselves as a living sacrifice," is to let the world squeeze you into its mold. Ex. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Broadman Press 1932,33. We are altogether sinful (Proverbs 15:8). We clarify what God"s will for us is by rededicating ourselves to God often. Proceeding upon this assumption, let us examine the forms and achievements of our modern civilisation. https: "E.W. 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 other, however, gives an equally good sense, ‘Ye are renewed so that ye prove, etc. Scripture: Romans 12:2–8. The meaning is, do not cherish a spirit. The design and result then of that great change of which Paul speaks, is, that Christians should know, delight in, and practice, whatever is good and acceptable to God; compare Ephesians 5:10, Ephesians 5:17; Philippians 4:8. What God wants for us is best. And if, after all, a given case seemed doubtful, remember, religion, not the world, is to have the benefit of the doubt. ].” It is your wisdom to avoid temptation, and to guard against the snares that are laid for your feet. What ruined Achan?--the world. What is it to re conformed to the world? The old sacrifices were not so, being but the shadows of good things to come; but the body is of Christ, He is the only good, the one well-pleasing and perfect sacrifice, and such are they who by faith shall be found in Him, perfect even as He is perfect, inasmuch as their old man being buried and dead, they are only known of God as having their life in Christ. How is it possible that such a one can know anything of the will of God, which is fixed and eternal? Nothing we need is left out. Thus, Ephesians 4:22-25, the new man is described as renewed in the spirit of his mind; that is, in all his faculties; in his affections and will, as well as in his understanding: in consequence whereof his whole conduct becomes holy and virtuous. No doubt there is a great deal of Christianity diffused through the average opinion and ways of looking at things, that prevail around us. 2. He brings every thing “to the law and to the testimony:” and a plain declaration, or command, of God will be more to him than any precepts of men, or than the example of the whole universe. It is not a condition for receiving that mercy. Romans 3:21-31 God’s Way of Accepting People. The agency is the same--the Holy Ghost. Those who allow the world to squeeze them into this mold are condemned because the thinking and lifestyle of the world are contrary to the ways of God. It is perfect, and the observance thereof will make us so too, 2 Timothy 3:17. The manner of it. These verses are a call for an act of presentation and the resultant duty of transformation. BibliographyCoffman, James Burton. https: 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. into the same image.’. Now all this arises from overlooking the fact that the precepts of the gospel are addressed to our new and inner nature; that they supply principles and motives on which we are to act always, not laws applying to any particular act or set of acts. — The will of God as exhibited in His word is perfect. Hard not to be fashioned by the world. “To be conformed to this world” is to act as other men do, heathen who know not God; in opposition to this the Apostle exhorts his readers to undergo that total change which will bring them more into accordance with the will of God. II. Both the promises and warnings in God's word transform our lives and behavior. I. What is it not to re conformed to it? But the Word of God says plainly, “Be not conformed to this world.” And if we would, fall in with this requirement we must strive to be “transformed by the renewing of our mind.” We all know what a complete change is signified by the word “metamorphosis,” which is the one here used. And wherever these results are wrought within us we can dispense with much that is merely outward and palpable. But that you cannot do if you yield a forced submission. They cannot help paying it a tribute of admiration, and finding it beautiful as well as good. It can be known only by trial. Comp. Nothing has happened to our injury, but all things, according to the promise, have worked together for our good. Brown (3:864) describes our transformation this way: It "is accomplished by an inner renewal of the mind and by a resistance of the influence of the world (or ‘age,' aion). Only here and 1 Peter 1:14. Used by Permission. ‘This world’ here, in my text, is more properly ‘this age,’ which means substantially the same thing as John’s favourite word ‘world,’ viz. All external changes, if the mind was not changed, would be useless, or would be hypocrisy. . Be practically unselfish.—The great body of existing generations is selfish. and perfect, will of God — We prefer this rendering (with Calvin) to that which many able critics [Tholuck, Meyer, De Wette, Fritzsche, Philippi, Alford, Hodge] adopt - “that ye may prove,” or “discern the will of God, [even] what is good, and acceptable, and perfect.” God‘s will is “good,” as it demands only what is essentially and unchangeably good (Romans 7:10); it is “well pleasing,” in contrast with all that is arbitrary, as demanding only what God has eternal complacency in (compare Micah 6:8, with Jeremiah 9:24); and it is “perfect,” as it required nothing else than the perfection of God‘s reasonable creature, who, in proportion as he attains to it, reflects God‘s own perfection. The phrase is used in a bad sense. Consider the ultimate consequence which the Apostle regards as certain, from this central inward change, viz., the unlikeness to the world around. “The path of the just is as the shining light, etc. Many of the plans for the social and moral renovation of the world are as superficial as a doctor’s treatment would be, who would direct all his attention to curing pimples when the patient is dying of consumption. ), There will arise in the Christian’s course, from time to time, occasions on which he will be in doubt as to some points of his duty in relation to social intercourse and amusements. The will of God relates to his commands in regard to our conduct, his doctrines in regard to our belief, his providential dealings in relation to our external circumstances. This term denotes the entire change that passes on a man when he becomes a Christian. How complete the transformation must be if, instead of being conformed to this world, you are to “prove,” etc. The beginning of all transformation is the revolutionised conviction of a mind that has accepted the truths of the gospel. BibliographyBengel, Johann Albrecht. N.T. In this view the "will of God," which believers are experimentally to prove, is said to have three characteristics to recommend it: It is "good," as it demands only what is essentially and unchangeably good (see Romans 7:10); it is 'well-pleasing,' in contrast with all that is arbitrary, as demanding only what God has eternal complacency in (compare Micah 6:8 with Jeremiah 9:24); and it is "perfect," as it requires nothing else than the perfection of God's reasonable creature, who, in proportion as he attains to it, reflects God's own perfection. it is far, far more likely that the Christian should have stepped out of his narrow path, than that the worldling should have forsaken his, to walk, even for a moment, with the Christian. https: “Good ,” ἀγαθὸν, is useful, advantageous, beneficial; “acceptable ,” εὐαρεστον, is what is pleasing to and accepted by God; and “perfect ,” τέλειον, is complete, entire, without any defect, or just and right. Commentary on Romans 12:9-16. He will endeavour to defend at one time this, and at another that, thinking that God is such a one as himself, They by unworthy means shun this perfect will, who are continually seeking after such things as they are at liberty still to engage in without sin, The conduct of such men as these resembles that of the traveller, who takes a delight in walking, not in the safe path, but without necessity on the extreme verge of the bank, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. This life he now proceeds to show as manifesting itself simultaneously in two spheres, that of the church, chap. Sentio, says he, non Emendari me tantum, sed Transfigurari; "I perceive myself not to be amended merely, but to be transformed:" i. e entirely renewed. But we think it yields but doubtful sense to say 'that ye may prove what is the will of God, even what is acceptable;' for who could doubt that what is the will of God is acceptable to Him? God wants and deserves to be our pilot, not our co-pilot. Romans 12:2. He hastens, as usual, to the details of Christian duty; those specified being almost exclusively. 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. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". This infidel, having no regard for the Sabbath, was as busy, and his mill was as noisy, on that holy day as any other. By the renewing of your mind. Acceptable (euarestos) is explained in the commentary for Romans 12:1. Romans 12:2. Well then, secondly, note the transfigured life. John Piper Jul 28, 2007 0 Shares Sermon. NASB (UPDATED) TEXT: ROMANS 12:1-2 1 Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. It is the character of those who are dead in trespasses and sins, that they walk ‘according to the course of this world,’ acting conformably to those maxims which regard only the present life; and they ‘who mind earthly things’ are described as the enemies of the cross of Christ; but the conversation of believers, as being pilgrims and strangers, is in heaven. The age still largely lies in wickedness. Let it not be a mere external conformity, but let it have its seat in the spirit. Romans 12:2 (ESV) Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that be testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. συνσχημ. "Commentary on Romans 12:2". Commentary. Heavenly-mindedness tends to “perfect” the man of God in all his faculties, and “thoroughly to furnish him unto all good works.” Till this takes possession of the soul, a man is the sport of every temptation, and liable to be led captive by every lust: but grace will establish his heart; it will bring a consistency into his whole conduct; it will change him into the very image of God; and will render him “meet for the inheritance of the saints in light.”], 1. There are people who are so dependent upon the good opinion of others, that to gain it they will forfeit their own respect by doing things which otherwise they would have left undone. [They by unworthy means shun this perfect will, who are continually seeking after such things as they are at liberty still to engage in without sin (as they think). But, on the other hand, if by any gracious operations of the Spirit on my heart, I am drawn out of this worldly conformity, am renewed in the spirit of my mind, and transformed into the likeness of the suffering Son of God, then "that good, and perfect, and acceptable will of God" becomes commended to my conscience. The same exhortation is as applicable to men in every age, even since so large a portion of the world has assumed the name of Christian, as it was to the pagan Roman empire. Erasmus rendereth it, Ne accommodetis vos ad figuram, Accommodate not yourselves to the figure and fashion of the world; do not impersonate and act the part of such; as a player doth, when he playeth the drunkard or wanton on the scaffold or stage (so μη συσχηματιζεσθε signifies). τί τὸ θέλημα τοῦ θεοῦ = what the will of GOD is for your new life; Cf. 3:23; 5:8; 6:23; 10:9-10, 13; and now, 12:1-2). .," p312. And so, brethren, here is the way, the only way, by which we can change ourselves, first let us have our minds renewed by contact with the truth, then we shall be able to transform our lives into the likeness of Jesus Christ, and our faces too will shine, and our lives will be ennobled, by a serene beauty which men cannot but admire, though it may rebuke them. Further, according to a man's constitution, so is this "world" good or bad, safe or dangerous, to him. https: An EasyEnglish Bible Version and Commentary (2800 word vocabulary) on the Book of Romans. The Gospel of Jesus Christ presents itself, not as a mere republication of morality, not as merely a new stimulus and motive to do what is right, but as an actual communication to men of a new power to work in them, a strong hand laid upon our poor, feeble hand with which we try to put on the brake or to apply the stimulus. (So Erasmus, Tholuck, Fritzsche, Meyer, DeWette, Alford, Philippi, Hodge, Lange, etc.) If we soften a lump of wax, and then press a signet upon it, on its surface is left the impression of the seal. Copyright StatementThe New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible Modernised and adapted for the computer by Larry Pierce of Online Bible. But be ye transformed . Their idea of unworldliness is the abstaining from these things, and a few others, e.g., display in entertainments and equipage. "Commentary on Romans 12:2". 1. I. The effect of the Spirit is fresh vitality and a true direction of the mind. The proving of the will of God, then, with your whole nature changed into the image of the heavenly, what a joyous exercise of liberty and love will it be! God"s will calls for self-denial, but I want self gratification; it requires obedience, but my carnal mind is the essence of disobedience; it demands many sacrifices, but my coward flesh revolts from them; it bids me walk in the path of suffering, sorrow, and tribulation, but my fleshly mind shrinks back, and says, "No, I cannot tread in that path!". The word brings out vividly the contrast with the prevailing pessimism of contemporary thought. True change demands a change in the way we think. Now this St. Paul will not for an instant admit to be the form which any man is created to bear. Galatians 1:4; Ephesians 2:2. Not the beautiful world of nature, nor the social world merely, nor the world of intellect, nor the world of commerce. It is a commandment which we have to brace ourselves to perform, day by day to set ourselves to the task of more completely assimilating ourselves to our Lord. Colossians 3:10. This perception evidently requires a renewed mind. All rights reserved. 1. BibliographyRobertson, A.T. "Commentary on Romans 12:2". Strip the man of the nineteenth century of these externals, and how much is he like the man of ages since! "Commentary on Romans 12:2". All our actions proceed--. "Commentary on Romans 12:2". A constant dependence upon God. "Physically, man is moulded by climate, by food, by occupation. BibliographyPoole, Matthew, "Commentary on Romans 12:2". The Christian is often represented as a new creature; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 6:15; Ephesians 4:24; 1 Peter 2:2. The coming day will burn them up,” says the Lord who rules over all. [Note: Moo, p757.]. the sum total of godless men and things conceived of as separated from God, only that by this expression the essentially fleeting nature of that type is more distinctly set forth. 1887. The following, then, is the rsum of the apostle"s thought: To the false model, presented in every age by the mundane kind of life, there is opposed a perfect type, that of the will of God, which is discerned by the renewed mind of the believer, and which he strives to realize by means of his God-consecrated body, at every moment and in all the relations of his life; thus is laid down the principle of life in salvation. I. 2.] 1. ;' such is the effect of the change in question. This world. The Holy Spirit is the unidentified transformer that Paul set in contrast to the world ( Romans 8:9-11; cf. This is its meaning here. The apprehension of the will is essential to the true conduct of the new life. Romans 12:1-21.DUTIES OF BELIEVERS, GENERAL AND PARTICULAR. Copyright � Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960. ], and not only to have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but faithfully to reprove them [Note: Ephesians 5:11.]. Romans 12 highlights the social and community aspects of salvation. "Let no man," says Paul, "seek his own, but every man another's wealth.". https: Are they the better for this, if they indulge the covetous spirit elsewhere? Copyright StatementJames Burton Coffman Commentaries reproduced by permission of Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. τῷ αἰῶνι τούτῳ. As he sat, he heard children playing a game and they called out to each other these words: “Take up and read! The Christian is not simply to be unlike the world; he is to be like Christ. They will become essential verses in your heart and mind. A certain kind of seaweeds 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 and fruited, they sink again into the depths. Its manners and customs are determined by its reigning spirit. This commentary covers all chapters in the Book of Romans Translated by Bro. The man will be renewed according to the image of his Creator and Father, because the Spirit of his Creator and Father is working in him. BibliographyCalvin, John. Romans 12:2. There are both ingenuity and probability in this view of the subject. There is no command in Scripture about which there is more debate than this. . Nonconformity to the world.—We must be careful not to fall into the error of disparaging this world. Insubordination to God is that “fashion of the world” to which you are not to be conformed. Late Greek verb συσχηματιζω — suschēmatizō to conform to another‘s pattern (1 Corinthians 7:31; Philemon 2:7.). It is this mode of living anterior to regeneration which the believer is not to imitate in the use which he makes of his body. But Paul pulls her down from her throne, and so reduces her to nothing by teaching us that we must be renewed in mind. 3. And so, says Paul, the beginning of transformation of character is the renovation in the very centre of the being, and the communication of a new impulse and power to the inward self. (P. kosmos“cosmos.” The word used here properly denotes an age, or generation of people. The more we get like Jesus Christ, the more certainly we get unlike the world. Many draw for themselves a line within which they keep; but unfortunately each person draws it differently. He castigated, not commerce as commerce, but fraudulent commerce. The opposite habit is to try things as they should be. They will not frequent the ball-room. Read Romans 12 commentary using Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete). It talks and prays and sings and preaches throughout Christendom. If all Christians would obey this, religion would be everywhere honored. Hence, it also means to explore, investigate, ascertain. John Piper Nov 14, 2004 14 Shares Sermon. I. Mr. Hill went to him and said, “This will never do--a member of my Church in the habit of going to the theatre!” Mr. So-and-so replied that it surely must be a mistake, as he was not in the habit of going there, although it was true he did go now and then for a treat. Live for eternity. as the proverbs of all nations and all lands have taught us, it is very little indeed. "Living By Faith: Commentary on Romans". But he also regards a higher good. There is no greater stumbling-block than want of candour, justice, and generosity in those who profess to be “not of the world.” But the soldier who is more brave because of a higher than earthly courage; the judge who is more scrupulously just because he has before him a higher than earthly tribunal, the men of business who “ply their daily task with busier feet, because their souls a holy strain repeat,” are instances of what the apostle means by being “transfigured through the renewal of our minds.”. The term (this) present world is used in the Rabbins to denote the whole state of things which precedes the epoch of the Messiah; in the N. T. it describes the course of life followed by those who have not yet undergone the renewing wrought by Christ in human life. It is a great achievement for man to control new forces without; it is a greater achievement when in the inmost recesses of his being there unfolds a law which forbids all sin, even under the mask of the most splendid gain; when there is awakened a vitality of conscience which inspires him to make only a beneficent application of mighty instruments; when there settles in his soul a sublime patience by which if he cannot conquer pain he can bear it; and when in the midst of all physical terrors he enjoys a spiritual vision which pierces through calamity and looks beyond death. Nay, even religion may become too closely identified with mere excitement. One of them regards the things that now are in reference to time, the other in reference to space. 1* I urge you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship.a 2Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, https: It is not the heart we are called to judge. We give way in this and in that thing. Romans 12:2. by Grant | Dec 31, 2013 | Romans | 0 comments. III. Ephesians 2:2) depends upon the idea of the transitory and superficial character of ‘this age’ when treated as of independent value: its standards and claims all deal with what is superficial and transitory in man, that is, with his lower nature, ignoring the eternal in him. by the renewing of your mind — not by a mere outward disconformity to the ungodly world, many of whose actions in themselves may be virtuous and praiseworthy; but by such an inward spiritual transformation as makes the whole life new - new in its motives and ends, even where the actions differ in nothing from those of the world - new, considered as a whole, and in such a sense as to be wholly unattainable save through the constraining power of the love of Christ. All other rights reserved. This also reveals why people don"t change and grow. There are two types possible for us: this world; Jesus Christ. Even the more sober and discreet part of mankind regard the precepts before us as “hard sayings,” unsuitable to modern times, and unfit for general practice. The phrase always implies contrast to ὁ αἰὼν ὁ μέλλων, even when the latter is not expressed. "It is fallen human nature, acting itself out in the human family, fashioning the framework of human society in accordance with its own tendencies." Doubtless there is a degree of conformity to the world which is necessary, if we would not render ourselves perfectly ridiculous and absurd: but there are limits, beyond which we ought not to go. ROMANS 12:1-2. our favorite color who we will marry. Now, we often get into this worldly conformity, and run the risk of dulling the sword and sullying the shield, by degrees. Let your heart, your ambition, carry you to heaven: ever despise those things which the world admires, that every one may see by your actions that you are not of the society of worldlings, and have neither regard nor friendship for them. That ye may be able to prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. He is tried as the first Adam was tried, and upon she same issue, namely, His willingness to prove the will of God; and in His case also the will of God may be so presented to His human soul as to appear neither reasonable nor desirable. Self is the centre and circumference of his activities. Be you regenerated, and changed in your whole man; beginning at the mind, by which the Spirit of God worketh upon the inferior faculties of the soul: see Ephesians 4:23. A series of scriptures will highlight the world's danger to us. Sep 23, 2001. You may prove this by telling an average man of his faults and watching the result. Deliverance from conformity to the world is the transformation which is spoken of in the next clause of the verse. This is a rule which we would plead with worldly people. "Commentary on Romans 12:2". II. "The first verse calls for an explicit act; the second commands a resultant lifelong process. It is not the much that you say you believe that shapes your character; it is the little that you habitually realise. This delicate appreciation demands a continual perfecting, even of the transformed mind. There are graces which are sometimes seen more in the world than in the Church, and here we cannot go wrong in conforming to the world. 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. I. St. Paul had been dwelling at great length, in this Epistle to the Romans, on the unsearchable riches and goodness of God, in grafting the Gentiles into the stock of Israel, whereby they were become partakers of all the promises made to the Jews of old; which he sums up by this appeal: "I beseech you, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.". Here, then, is the point where we have to make our chief stand; for if we are conformed to the maxims, the principles, the customs, and the spirit of the world, we so far lose that spiritual position which is a believer"s highest blessing and privilege. 3:13). BibliographyAlford, Henry. There is an inward nonconformity: the soul lives in the world without being absorbed in its evil. BibliographyClarke, Adam. 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