How to Change, Your State of Being
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
Romans 12:2 New American Standard Bible
As the Apostle Paul is laying out the instruction on how to present ourselves holy and acceptable to God for worship, he informs us it will require a decision within our soul/mind. In this second verse of Romans 12, we are going to explore two words to increase our understanding to help correctly present ourselves to God. We will look at conformed and transformed.
The word conformed used here in the Greek is syschēmatizō. This is a compound word. The first part of the word, syn, means to be identified with someone/thing. The second part of the word, sxēmatizō, means to have an outward shape. When these words come together it means to assume a similar outward form or expression by following the same pattern; to fashion one’s self according to something else. This word, applied here in scripture, instructs the believer to not be conformed to this world/age/system. In other words, do not fashion yourself, or follow the same pattern as the world’s system.
The word transformed used here in the Greek is metamorphóō. This is a compound word. The first part of the word, metá, means to change after being with, and the second part of the word, morphóō, means changing form in keeping with inner reality. When these words combine, it means to be transfigured after being with; to change or transform. Applied in scripture, we see the instruction is to be changed, transformed, from within by the renewing of our minds/soul.
We are destined to either be conformed to what occurs outside, or be transformed to what is on our inside. The instruction is to change from the inside based on what we decide to put on the inside, a renewed mind/soul, not the old-mind/soul. The old-mind/soul, before accepting Jesus as Savior and Lord, was conditioned to operate according to the world. The old-mind/soul was already conformed. A renewed mind/soul, feed by the Word of God, is how we are to be transformed. Only you must decide your state of being, conformed or transformed!
In the Name of Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ)