Ok so, “the body” Your body! You are to present it to Yahweh as a living sacrifice. It will be his body. Now let me tell you something that might trip you out. Yahweh is not interested in your money, your time or your skills, Nah homie, He is interested in you, your body. There is only one gift that makes the redeemed creator happy, and that is the redeemed creation.
Ok, now when you do this, give your body to Yahweh, you will not be conformed or molded in the ways of this world. Conformed. Let’s talk about this word for a sec. If you look it up in an English dictionary, you will see that
Conformity is the act of matching attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors to group norms or politics. Norms are implicit, specific rules, shared by a group of individuals, that guide their interactions with others. Wikipedia
Huh? What does this mean? Whatever society, Your favorite politician, your favorite rapper, social media etc…, whatever they say is good, you say is good. If they say it or do it, you say it or do it. Romans 12:1-2 was written in greek. The word conformed (συμμορφώθηκε) translated out of Greek is …
A1. Conformed, Conformable [Verb] summorphizo "to make of like form with another person or thing, to render like" (sun, "with," morphe, "a form"), is found in Php 3:10 (in the Passive participle of the verb), "becoming conformed" (or "growing into conformity") to the death of Christ, indicating the practical apprehension of the death of the carnal self, and fulfilling his share of the sufferings following upon the sufferings of Christ. Some texts have the alternative verb summorphoo, which has practically the same meaning.
B1. Conformed, Conformable [Adjective] summorphos akin to summorphizo, signifies "having the same form as another, conformed to;"
(a) of the "conformity" of children of God "to the image of His Son," Rom 8:29;
See also : summorphos
B2. Conformed, Conformable [Adjective] suschematizo "to fashion or shape one thing like another," is translated "conformed" in Rom 12:2, AV; RV, "fashioned;" "fashioning" in 1 Pet 1:14. This verb has more especial reference to that which is transitory, changeable, unstable; summorphizo, to that which is essential in character and thus complete or durable, not merely a form or outline. Suschematizo could not be used of inward transformation. See suschematizo under FASHION (schema) and morphe under FORM.
And of course the word World refers to the World itself and everything in it. But you see as A Christian we should never be molded or formed into the ways of this world, its concepts and its systems. If you were to believe the lie of the World, you can have the best of everything. Money, happiness, pleasure. But it’s a lie! It’s not real! The spirit of the World has a seed of corruption planted inside of it. That seed leads to…
As a Christian we are never conform or mold, or fashion ourselves after this world follow it’s false security and we should never follow the crowd.
Next week we will get into being transformed