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The greatest victory in life is the victory over self
One of the great truths of the Christian life is the matter of the transformation of believers. The greatest verse on the subject is found in 2 Corinthians 5:17 which states, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.”
The greatest explanation of this truth is seen in the transformation of believers. Romans 12:1-2 should be read and notice v2 which states, “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.” This word literally means “metamorphose.” and is also translated change, transfigure. This is what happens in the catapillar as it is changed into the beautiful butterfly. The single most telling, most evident and most obvious indication that there is a change inside a person is the change outside the person!
Romans 6:4 and 7:6 speak of “newness” …“newness of life” and “newness of spirit.” Galatians 6:15 states, “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.”
The moment a person is saved, born again, born of the Spirit, the transformation begins. Old things begin to pass away, and all things become new.
Now this is how the transformation takes place:
1. First and obviously necessary there is a power behind transformation, and in fact, it all rests on the power of God to change us. Eph. 3:20-21
2. Secondly, there is a definite, obvious, and necessary Path in and to transformation…It doesn’t just happen. If it did, Paul would not have said, “be ye transformed” to people who were already saved. You can be saved and not yet be fully transformed! Notice in Rom. 12:2 we are transformed “by the renewing of your mind.” Transformation is singular, serious and settled, and a transformed life is impossible apart from a new mind. 2 Peter 2:22 tells us the sow that was washed returns to her wallowing in the mire…because she is still a sow by nature.
3. The progress of transformation. Transformation is a never ending process and we are changed day by day, truth by truth, experience by experience until we leave this earth. We never stop changing and we never stop growing in the grace and knowledge of Christ. See. Gal. 4:19 and 2 Cor. 3:18
4. Finally, the purpose of transformation. Romans 12:2 states, “that ye may prove…” Simple fact is our transformation is connected to the will of God, and when we fail to be transformed we fail to know and do the will of God. This is why some people never can get a handle on God’s will…they fail to reach a point of purposefulness in life. Acts 6:8-15
When we who are truly saved are transformed, or willing to be, God is glorified; His grace is magnified; we are purified, and salvation is amplified.