The two things have to go together. If we want transformed bodies – made like that of the Lord Jesus, being free from sin and death – then our minds must be transformed, and that process starts now! By understanding the Bible and by making it our lifelong guide and companion, we can change the way we think. It shows us how to have a relationship with God and Jesus and teaches us how to learn to live with them and relate to them in prayer.
Once that relationship is established we will begin to alter the way we behave. We will come to learn what pleases God, as we have been doing in this course, and then we will begin to want to do it. This change will not come overnight: it takes time to cultivate – to develop a new attitude and a different set of desires from those with which we were born. Changing the way we think and feel is something we should be doing together with other believers. Paul says that together believers form the body of Christ:
“We, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another’’ (Romans 12:5).
We have taken it for granted so far in our studies that there was a Christian congregation in Rome to which Paul was writing. His letter was addressed to
“all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints” (1:7).
The word “saint” in Scripture means people who are “set apart” from the world and worldly ideas. They have chosen to serve God, and have made an agreement with Him through their involvement in the work of Christ. In Rome they were the people who believed what Paul believed and taught: it was their understanding and acceptance of the gospel that justified them in God’s sight and made them sharers of the one true faith.
It is the same today. Only those who believe the gospel as Paul taught it are members of the true church. As we have seen, there are many people who believe and teach wrong things about God’s purpose; they are not members of the true church, for their teachings are man-made and not Godgiven. It is vitally important to transform the mind by believing the truth as God has revealed it. Human reasoning is useless for that purpose. What matters first is to understand and then to do the will of God.
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- Broken, coming before God
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- Christ entered our world to transform our lives
- Nurturing a close relationship with God
- Our relationship with God, Jesus and each other
- Rebirth and belonging to a church
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