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Romans 12:1-2 – Being Transformed

Summary

The gospel concerning God's redemptive work in Christ implies that the believer will live the new life in Christ in contrast to the old ways of "this world."

Analysis

After discussing other major themes in his letter, Paul turns at 12:1-2 to ethical matters. He calls upon his readers to live sacrificially to God and to be transformed by "renewing" their minds in light of the gospel of Christ. The believer should not be conformed to the existing "world" (meaning the social, cultural, and spiritual environment in which one lives day-to-day) and its values. Instead one is to "discern" the good, that which conforms to "the will of God."

Romans 12:1-2

The New Life in Christ

12I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters,* by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual* worship. 2Do not be conformed to this world,* but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.*

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