Holiness: Being Set Apart, Part 2
In one section of Part 1 of my blog “Holiness: Being Set Apart”, I made the statement:
“First, to be set apart means to be different, to live differently, to speak differently than those who have yet to believe. True faith in Yeshua radically transforms us from who we once were; it is the Holy Spirit that now lives within Who gives us the ability to be different. “
While I believe that true faith in Yeshua will radically transform a person by the mere fact that once you say yes to Him, the Holy Spirit now lives in you (Eph 1:13-14), there is a process that each of us starts upon his salvation.
“Like newborn babes, long for the pure milk of the word, that by it you may grow in respect to salvation” 1 Peter 2:2
To be different, to live different and to speak different is a process that starts with one’s salvation, but doesn’t end there. It is a daily process that needs to be continually renewed, every minute of our day.
“And they were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” Acts 2:42
I love the NASB translation of this verse. The fact that they continually devoted themselves to the things of God is a great example of how we are to live our lives today. When we continually devote ourselves to those things, we will see God working in and through our lives. We will see that our minds will be filled in the things of God and not the things of the world.
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” Rom 12:2
Most translations that I know will translate this verse by saying “but be transformed by the renewing of your mind”, however the oldest manuscripts will translate it to “but be transformed by the renewed mind”. Let me suggest that the “renewed mind” may be the mind of the Messiah, the process of transformation of our minds needs to be replacing our thoughts with His thoughts, our mind with His mind, our words with His words, our acts with what He would like us to do.
This Shabbat let us put Him first.
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