Romans 12:2 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Breaking Down the Key Parts of Romans 12:2
#1 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world,” “They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you” (1 Pt 4:4). Several of the authors of the New Testament warn against the dangers of being of the world. We are rather called to be in the world, but not of it. Every Christian will be tested by this reality.
#2 “but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” If your mind changes, you will change. Feed it with truth from the word. Change it by acting appropriately in the world. When you sin, confess and repent. When your mind changes, you are fundamentally a different and more Christlike person.
#3 “Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is…” Just as the spirit of a man knows the man, the Spirit of God is the only one to truly know God (1 Cor 2:11). With a renewed mind we have the Spirit of God and the “mind of Christ” (1 Cor 2:16). The Christian with a renewed mind will know how to walk through life with an understanding of the will of God and will be able to obey him.
#4 “his good, pleasing, and perfect will.”
New Christians sometimes admit that some parts of God’s will are not pleasing to them. They know his will is good, but they admit that they are not pleased with it, especially in those areas where the culture they were brought up in has an extremely different view. But the more mature Christian will begin to love all the ways of God and find them increasingly pleasing.
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