“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.” Romans 12:2. As the born again children of God, we have been transformed into the exact representation of our Lord. Obviously as we look at the Ekklesia of Christ today, this concept is foreign to many professing Christians. We are a peculiar people as Paul tells us in his epistle to Titus. “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people…” Titus 2:13-14. The Greek word translated into English as peculiar is “periousios”, which actually means “possession”. What we understand from this verse is that Jesus has taken us (His followers) as His possession. When our Creator justifies us we become His property, which means we have been transformed. Our minds too are to be transformed, thus conformed to God and His will – and no longer to the world.
How is this transformation possible? “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;” Ephesians 1:7. When Jesus died on that cross His blood was shed. His death and the shedding of His blood was the full purchase price for our redemption. We who believe in Him have been redeemed. The very fact that we will have no part in the Lake of Fire, that we have been given eternal life through Jesus Christ should give us pause when we are confronted with tough decisions during our sojourning on this planet. Tough decisions are only a dilemma when we see two paths before us. As God’s children there is only one path, therefore no dilemma, no decision. We stand with God – period.
God bless you all,