True Transformation

by Mike Ratliff

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2 ESV)

Truth is not relative. Truth is not found through some synthesis process through which one concept of the truth is ‘synthesized’ with that which opposes it until some sort of compromise can be reached. This is the Hegelian Dialectic process which states that truth is not found in the thesis nor the antithesis, but the synthesis of the two. This synthesis process may take countless evolutions, but the theory is that eventually change will occur and that is the real goal. This is not biblical transformation. It is not what God does in Christians when He transforms them from flesh driven, prideful, self-oriented people to spirit-led, humble, God-focused servants of the Most-High.

In Koine Greek we must pay special attention to the verb tenses in the grammatical structure when we study God’s Word in the New Testament in its original language. Verb structure is imperative for our understanding of what is being said just as it is in any language. For instance, in the passage I placed at the top of this post, Romans 12:2, the words translated as “do not be conformed” are μὴ συσχηματίζεσθε in Greek. The translation is very accurate, but the reason I am using this as an example here is that this is a negated present tense, imperative mood, active voice verb structure. In other words, it is a command to do something that in the future which involves continuous or repeated action. However, since it is negated, it is a command to stop living continually with ones life conformed after or patterned after this world. Just a bit over in the same sentence are the words, “but be transformed…” These are the Greek words, “ἀλλὰ μεταμορφοῦσθε.” Again, this is a good translation. Again, Paul used the very same verb structure, which is present tense, imperative mood, active voice. This time, it is not negated so this is a command to be transformed as a way of life, continually. We are being to told live our lives, to pattern our lives in such a way that we will be transformed by God in the process. What process?

That process is given to us in the very next phrase, “by the renewal of your mind.” What is this? This is what happens as God works in His children as they walk before Him as living sacrifices (Romans 12:1) and live in His Word imitating Him as His beloved children (Ephesians 5:1). In Ephesians 5:1 we run into another one of those present tense, imperative mood, active voice verbs. Here is the passage from the ESV and the GNT.

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. (Ephesians 5:1 ESV)

Γίνεσθε οὖν μιμηταὶ τοῦ Θεοῦ ὡς τέκνα ἀγαπητά (Ephesians 5:1 GNT)

Become then imitators of the God as children loved (Ephesians 5:1 word-for-word translation from Koine Greek to English)

Γίνεσθε, translated as “be” in the ESV, is in present tense, imperative mood, and active voice. Again, this is a command to do something continually or as a way of life. We are being told to be imitators of God, as His beloved children, as part of how we live each day of our lives. This is a huge part of what God uses to renew our minds and transform us. How do we do this? Carefully read the following passage (Ephesians 5:3-21).

But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ. (Ephesians 5:3-21 ESV)

So you see, in our sanctification, our transformation, we do have a part to play. God transforms us, but we obey and walk in repentance. It is through this that God works in renewing our minds as we also spend time with Him in prayer, worship, and in His Word. As we learn to walk this way, then true transformation will take place as God works through us to change us from the inside out.

Soli Deo Gloria!

7 thoughts on “True Transformation

  1. Dear Mike,
    Bless you! This post is so dear to my heart. Do you think we could start a movement to reclaim the hijacked, twisted, perverted, misused word “transformation” and return it to its proper usage and term “Sanctification”?

    True Biblical transformation is SANCTIFICATION:

    “For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God;” 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 Major point being obedience in turning from the impurity of the flesh (this world) and live to please God.
    “Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who reside as aliens, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynis, who are chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure.” 1 Peter 1:1&2 Again major emphasis to obey Jesus!
    “But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth.” 2 Thessalonians 2:13
    Again you have the ongoing process of santification (the very hard work of every day life growing in the Lord). How is this grueling work being accomplished? Through the Spirit and “faith in the truth” which is the Word; The Bible.
    “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth” John 17:17

    May God equip His saints to courageously stand firm in His truth for the days are evil. In Christ alone, Charisse

  2. The CREATION PROCESS of the newer “bible” “translations”, used the Hegelian Dialectic PROCESS to Blend / Mix texts, WITH the Mixers Feelings and Emotions. Just as at the beginning, Lucifer in the disguise of the SERPENT took a PORTION of Gods PURE WORD, added a QUESTION and ADDED FEELINGS & EMOTION based on YOU, and came out with his Mix/Blend that caused the Family Shift ( Focus Shift ). Eve that was created from Son of God Adam SIDE so she was HIS PURE BRIDE, when the Facilitator Serpent added the MIX Blended speech pattern she became psychologically the Facilitators Prey, whom GUIDED HER to the HYBRID TREE.
    HYBRID SPEECH seduces and LEADS TO the HYBRID TREE, The serpent convinced Eve that she was a VICTIM that needed a saviour to rescue her, the deception was that she NEEDED A OUTSIDE OF THE FAMILY SOURCE OF TRUTH, when in reality her family unit had EVERYTHING THEY NEEDED. The reason why she was so easily deceived was she was a CHILD, the Serpent was our first recorded incidence of Child Molestation. A child molester gives the child WHATEVER THEY WANT to gain the child’s confidence to get them in their grasp. The MOLESTER wants the INNOCENTS INSIDE FAMILY INFORMATION of the child for HIS PLEASURE. This PROCESS has been used, and is currently being used by “pastors” turned facilitators to transform the American church from TRUTH FACT LOGIC based FATHER to EMOTIONS FEELINGS based MOTHER. It has also been introduced in the top U.S. companies as “help” in communicating in TEAMS, you see the TEAMS BECOME ONE by DIALOG, each individual member gives up their innermost thoughts to the Cell group leader that in turns funnels the INDIVIDUAL INFO after it is blended up to the top management, with this process the middle management and lower management is bypassed and ground level intel goes straight to the top, the current lower level management can still be left physically intact until the top decides they are no longer needed. In the Garden at the beginning, it was Top down management, until the facilitator came along as a HELP AGENT, he was in disguise as HELP, but in reality he was a TRANSFORMATION AGENT, Eve shifted from Top Down management to TEAM management LEGION, she began submitting to the FALSE FATHER who was acting as MOTHER, Adam and Eve had NO MOTHER FIGURE, they only had the True Father, Eve became the First Harlot she was fed MIXED SEED and has put out MIXED SEED that produced and produces all FALSE Religions and FALSE CONVERTS. The U.S. now has a Recreated Jesus that is 180 degrees from the Jesus of the 1st Century church, this false Jesus has been feminized with NO authority.

  3. @Mike, thanks for your clear message.

    @Charisse and Numa Reid, very interesting what you both write! Thanks.

  4. A PERFECT EXAMPLE of a Hegelian Dialectic process that has been swallowed by American “Pastors” and sold to their members is Professional Facilitator Rick Warren, trace the ROOTS of his Pure Hegelian Dialectic book, the “Purpose”Driven life, it synthesis Good and Evil, it is a perfect example of the Tree Father God told the First Family to NOT eat of. Example from his synthesized book.
    His DEDICATION in the Purpose Driven Life ” I’M GRATEFUL TO THE HUNDREDS OF WRITERS AND TEACHERS, BOTH CLASSICAL AND CONTEMPORARY, WHO HAVE SHAPED MY LIFE AND HELPED ME LEARN THESE TRUTHS”
    Look at just two who he quotes who have shaped his thinking.
    Bertrand Russell >> ATHEIST << Quoted by Rick Warren Day 1 Purpose Driven Life P. 17
    Anais Nin Quoted by Rick Warren Day 5 Purpose Driven Life P. 41
    She is famous for her Erotica
    she wrote that she had an incestuous relationship with her father,
    and refers to experiments with beastiality,
    and sexual relationships and experiences with women.
    Did you read that? Why would a "Pastor" put DIRECT LINKS in his materials that if followed lead directly to evil? Another example,Thomas Carlyle Quoted by Rick Warren Day 3 Purpose Driven Life P. 27, who is this fellow and his beliefs?Thomas Carlyle made an attempt to draw a picture of the development of human intellect by using historical people as coordinates and accorded the Prophet Muhammad a special place in the book under the chapter title "Hero as a Prophet". In his work, Carlyle declared his admiration with a passionate championship of Muhammad as a Hegelian agent of reform, insisting on his sincerity and commenting ‘how one man single-handedly, could weld warring tribes and wandering Bedouins into a most powerful and civilized nation in less than two decades.’
    Carlyle's distaste for democracy and his belief in charismatic leadership was unsurprisingly appealing to Adolf Hitler. I could go on and on, Professional Facilitator Rick Warren takes a zillion of fable books called bibles and slices and dices them into little bits and pieces, mixes in folks experiences and beliefs etc to come up at the end of his 40 Days "Journey" with building "Community", Unity, Consolidation, note the symbolism visuals in his book, count the BRIDGES in his book, note the drawing of the NEW BUD on the vine with the TAILS around the border of the drawing, Mr. Warren by using nearly every known "bible" book in bits and pieces "verses" and words pulled OUT OF CONTEXT with the thoughts and beliefs of OUTSIDE of the church teachers with filth, he has indeed produced a TRANSITIONAL book moving "pastors" that uses his materials and passes on to their followers to MOM. You should take note that these newer "translations" are using Therapeutic terms also. I could go on, BUT if you are in a "church" that has brought in Warrens materials you need to GET OUT NOW, do NOT get into a Small Group Cell group in that "church" to discuss your feelings and emotions, if you do, you have been moved into a DECEPTION circle where you will be DECEIVED even maybe by the Small Group leader, even NOT knowing what he is really doing, he is just following "Pastors" orders. In this country we have "pastors" using the very tactics Lucifer used in the garden, tactics FOCUSED on YOU to build a RELATIONSHIP with YOUR HEAD, EMOTIONS, FEELINGS for the desire to gain CONTROL over YOU INDIVIDUALLY by deception. It works, I have sat in three "churches" where this process has had it's full run. The "pastors" become dictators, demanding money and your very soul, some of these "pastors" have even seduced women in the congregation and divorced their wives.

  5. Mike, you are a true servant of God as Paul was:
    Titus 1:1-3 (New International Version)
    1Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ for the faith of God’s elect and the knowledge of the truth that leads to godliness— 2a faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time, 3and at his appointed season he brought his word to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior

    Although sometimes a thankless job, the true apostle’s praise is not from men, but from God. The truth of God register’s in our hearts when we hear it. And thank you for your loyalty to God’s Word rather than the transformations of men.
    ******
    Rev. Numa Reid – well said.
    You asked: Why would a “Pastor” put DIRECT LINKS in his materials that if followed lead directly to evil?
    Here is a scriptural reply:
    Galatians 1:9-11 (New International Version)
    9As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!
    10Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.
    Paul Called by God
    11I want you to know, brothers, that the gospel I preached is not something that man made up.
    ******
    The Word is all we need, and praise God there are still servants of Christ who have not exchanged it for man’s ideas!

    God Bless you Mike!

  6. Continuously and repeatedly do not be conformed to this world. Continuously and repeatedly be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Continuously and repeatedly imitate God. VERY GOOD!!

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