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Don’t Conform to This Age

Posted in New Testament, Romans, Romans 12

Romans 12:2a-b

Don’t Conform to This Age

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

It can be difficult to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice. One hard aspect of it is the matter Paul will deal with here. This danger is a great threat to spirituality.

The world is always luring us, wooing us, seeking to seduce us. Every believer feels pressure to conform. This threat is a temptation we must resist.

Romans 12:2a Do not be conformed…

The picture drawn here is a sculpture whose outward form is being molded into a particular shape. Paul was telling us our outward lives, our lifestyles, must not be patterned after the manners, customs, opinions, attitudes, beliefs, philosophies, styles, habits, and impulses that predominate the culture we live in.

Paul had no illusions. He knew, though we are citizens of Heaven, we still have to live in this evil world. The strong pull of its enticements is ever with us.

The Christian’s situation is complicated further by the fact that by nature human beings are imitators. We are social creatures who tend to copy one another.

In its proper place this instinct is good. It provides social stability and order. However, this tendency can easily become a stumbling block for Christians. In our desire to please those around us, we can often be tempted to forego pleasing God.

A believer’s lifestyle must not be determined by the f

Be Transformed

Posted in New Testament, Romans, Romans 12

Romans 12:2c-e

Be Transformed

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

Believers live in two overlapping ages; a present evil one, which is passing away, and the Kingdom of Christ, which will last forever. We are to bear witness to this dying age, but are to live according to standards of the eternal age.

The world hates it when we reject its dying ways and values. Do not let this discourage us. This is the same world that found the spotless Son of God intolerable. We should not expect to receive better treatment than our Master did.

“Do not be conformed to this age.” Resist the lure of a decaying society. This world is passing away (1 John 2:7). Do not hitch your wagon to a falling star.

Believers should live not for the here and now, but for eternity. Christian, be happy to give up fleeting vanities of time for everlasting glories.

This world is too small for believers to expend all their energies on. Christ-followers have grown up into a more expanded world. However beautiful the cradle, a time comes when it must be set aside. Our minds have been awakened to a much larger sphere.

It would be wrong for us to return to our old ways. Let’s act like what we are: citizens of another world. This is not our home. We seek “the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God” (Hebrews 11:10). “Do not be conformed to this age.” Instead, choose