“Be not conformed to this world, but be ye TRANSFORMED by the RENEWING of your mind.” (Rom 12:2). The word transformed is translated from the Greek word metamorphoo. It is from this word we get our transliterated, English word metamorphose. Therefore, according to this verse, our change is due to the process of a metamorphose. We might also note: It does not say, “…Be ye transformed by resurrection.” It does not say, “…Be transformed by being raptured.” It does not say, “be ye transformed by the manifestation of the sons of God.” And it does not say that the transformation comes by being faithful and just believing or confessing it. However, it DOES say, “…Be ye transformed BY THE RENEWING OF YOUR MIND.” This is the simple principle involved in the transformation.
The imaginations of mankind’s mind, as a consequence of the influencing traducer, has tried to get instant glorification. Men have wanted it instantly, like instant cereal, instant pudding, instant everything. This is really an instant world we’re living in. We want everything post haste — right now! Therefore, we design by imagination an instant transformation. However, dear ones, it just doesn’t work that way, for as the word and evidence obviously declares, it’s by the renewing of the mind.
Someone might ask, “What do we do then? Are we to get books and educate our minds and continuously meditate on what we’ve learned? Dale Carnegie has a good positive thinking book. Will that help, or should we start reading the bible and get sound, biblical thoughts in our mind?” Well, it’s better to have a cleaned up adamic mind than to have a dirty adamic mind; but that still won’t do it. Even though one intellectually knows all the mysteries of the Bible and lives accordingly, he is still Adam. A little better than most, perhaps, but it is Adam just the same. This is not what God is looking for. He wants something better. What He wants and will have is a transformed man.
It is an absolute must to receive from a higher realm than what Adam can give in order to have our minds renewed. The change comes from the Lord from heaven, not from the god of this age (the man of earth). You see, the heavenly Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith, and that faith is finished/manifested through transformation as a result of renewing our minds.
This word, renewing, is adequately rendered in Romans 12:2; however, to be a little more accurate, the word could be translated RENOVATION (Strong’s Exh. Conc.). We are then transformed by the renovation of our minds. There is only a slight difference in the two words, but when renovation is used, we get the thought of a complete house clearing, cleaning and then a total refurbishing. Everything old is removed and replaced with all new furnishings. God, however, does something differently in His renovation. He does it just the opposite. He does not clear out the old things and leave our minds a total void and then start filling them with new thoughts. He starts bringing in the new thoughts first, and with this the old passes away and gives place to the new — and all this is what is of God. Think about it…