Transformation

Transformation

Romans 12:1-2

Introduction

: Salvlation Series part 2. Part 1 was Regeneration as Initiation. This week I want to you about The Process of Transformation. (Next Week – Evidence of Sanctification)

Question: So What happens after we are ‘born again’ or ‘saved’ as we discussed last week?

Today: Proof of the Progress of Salvation

Romans 12:1 – Transformed by the renewing of our minds….

I. Purpose (of transformation)

12:2, ‘That we might prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable perfect will of God’.

Romans 8:29 ‘For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.’ (NKJ)

Romans 8:5-8 – Set our minds on the things of the Spirit

1 Corinthians 5:17

Romans 8:13, ‘Put to death the deeds of the body by the spirit.’

Image = Likeness 

John 12:35 – ‘Walking in the Light’

• To “walk” is, in short, to live one’s life. One’s lifestyle or way of life can be considered a “walk.” The word also indicates progress. 

• Walking is related to growth; it is taking steps toward maturity. “Light” in the Bible can be a metaphor for life, happiness, righteousness, or understanding. The Bible is clear that light comes from the Lord God, the “Father of the heavenly lights” (James 1:17). He is the opposite of evil. Putting it all together, “walking in the light” means “growing in holiness and maturing in the faith as we follow Jesus.”

Our Christian duty is to live in the light God gives: “Now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light” (Ephesians 5:8). When we walk in the light, we cannot walk in darkness. Sin is left in the shadows as we let our light “shine before men” (Matthew 5:16). It is God’s plan for us to become more like Christ (1 Thessalonians 4:3).

“Walking in the light” means we consider Jesus as “the light” in this world, and we “walk” in that light by following His precepts, living in His power, and growing in His grace.

Question: What is being ‘transformed’?

o Attitudes

o Pursuits

o Purposes

o Intentions

II. Pursuit (of transformation)

‘Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily1, and follow Me’. ( Luke 9:23NKJ).

Daily Denial

Daily Growth

Daily Progress

Galatians 5:22-23 – Fruit of the Spirit = 

III. Pressure / Problem (of transformation)

Hebrews 12:1-2, let him ‘lay aside every weight and sin which so easily entangles us….’

Challenges are the failures, disapointments, natural man and our natural ways!

IV. Pleasure (of Transformation)

Romans 8:2-4 – Living in the Spirit – Brings:

• Joy

• Strength

• Peace 

• Confidence

• Satisfaction

• Security

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