romans 12:2 sermon outline

Note the reasons for this examination.1. S. Candlish, D.D.This word is used to denote the Lord's transfiguration, when His body was seen invested with the glory in which He is to appear at His second coming. To lay down a rule for all lives is as difficult as to prescribe a diet for all constitutions. This is a rule which we would plead with worldly people. Worldliness can no more be excluded by a fence of conventional rules and habits than a fog or a miasma by a high wall: it is in the atmosphere. It is held in slavery to the material; it is a mass of affections fixed upon the transient; a predominant self-regard characterises it and its actions.3. It is a commandment which we have to brace ourselves to perform. Many of the plans for the social and moral renovation of the world are as superficial as a doctor's treatment would be, who would direct all his attention to curing pimples when the patient is dying of consumption.2. Does your Christianity do that? There are here two types, of one or other of which you must take the fashion. Any man that has ever tried to cure himself of the most trivial habit which he desires to get rid of, or to alter in the slightest degree the set of some strong taste or current of his being, knows how little he can do, even by the most determined toil. Have nothing to do with things which in themselves are unmistakably wrong; nor with things which have got evil inextricably mixed up with them, like the English stage; nor with things which, as experience shows you, are bad for you. It may be very hard sometimes to believe that the will of God concerning you is "good, and acceptable," etc. (1)His anger to love (Isaiah 66:2). He that judgeth me is the Lord" — is a true unworldly maxim. And thus people lose true independence of thought and life. It is a commandment which we have to brace ourselves to perform. It is profoundly true that "as a man thinketh, so is he." There is nothing in the gospel of Jesus Christ which is meant to obliterate the lines of the strongly marked individuality which each of us receives by nature. THE ULTIMATE CONSEQUENCE WHICH THE APOSTLE REGARDS AS CERTAIN, FROM THIS INWARD CHANGE; unlikeness to the world around. (3) Now if in all such cases the Christian would be content to say — I refrain because I find I cannot enjoy it and afterwards have communion with God, he would give an answer which, if not understood, could certainly not be gainsaid. There are people who are so dependent upon the good opinion of others, that to gain it they will forfeit their own respect by doing things which otherwise they would have left undone. You "look for new heavens and a new earth." To tinker at the outside with a host of red-tape restrictions, and prescriptions, is all waste time and effort. The more we get like Jesus Christ, the more certainly we get unlike the world. Or, to put it more Christian-like, let there be nothing in your creed which is not in your commandments; and let nothing be in your life which is not moulded by these. He becomes a servant, continuing still to be the Son; you become sons in Him, feeling yourselves now, for the first time really, to be servants. And the resulting conducts cannot be the same unless the Christian man is insincere.III. But there are those in whom this spiritual life is as the tender blade, or as the just kindling fire, who ask, anxiously, What is the danger? Now not to enlarge upon the evils connected with the stage, to which you give your countenance and aid by attendance and payment for admission: we will admit that these are not essential to the stage, though somehow they are always found connected with it. )Worldliness: its spirit permanent, its forms changefulW. Romans 12:9-21 A little boy was punished by his father. You do not see how this aspect of the gospel call can be incompatible with that. And just as every leaf that you take off some plants and stick into a flower-pot will in time become a little plant exactly like the parent from which it was taken, so the Christ-life that is in you will be growing into a copy of its source and origin. If you ask us whether certain food will agree with you, we answer — That depends upon your constitution; we can only give you the broad rule — eat nothing that you find to disagree with you. These are the two verses that link Romans 1-11 with Romans 12-16 and tell us about our changed lives. To some, this world means profligacy and sin; to others, great luxury; to others, certain fashionable amusements, or dress; to others, the use of secular music, or the reading of light literature. For He is to "change your vile bodies," etc. But as with the inward renewal so with the outward transfiguration, the life within will not work up to the surface except upon condition of our own honest endeavour. The more we get like Jesus Christ, the more certainly we get unlike the world. (1) If they answer — Because they are sinful, they say what they cannot prove. The great means of becoming unlike the world is becoming like Him, and the great means of becoming like Him is living near Him and drinking in His life and Spirit.4. There are people who are so dependent upon the good opinion of others, that to gain it they will forfeit their own respect by doing things which otherwise they would have left undone. (2)Desire and abhorrence. For the transformation in either case is a union. "Mind" seems to be equivalent to the thinking faculty, but, possibly, includes the whole inner man. He has no wand of miracle to supersede law. They will not wear fashionable dresses; to what purpose, if they are secretly as proud of their plain dress? Worldly men set down the objections of ministers to prejudice or envy. Only by this expression the essentially fleeting nature of that type is more distinctly set forth. One high heroic instance of truth, justice, or courage is worth a hundred lesser cases — the world is startled by it. Or, to put it more Christian-like, let there be nothing in your creed which is not in your commandments; and let nothing be in your life which is not moulded by these. (3) Perfect. )Conformity to the worldP. The will of God looks worse at the beginning; but on, on, child of God, and you will find a growing light, encouragement, and joy. Are they the better for this, if they indulge the covetous spirit elsewhere? (3) Rather "be ye transfigured," and then you will find that when the inner mind is changed, many of the things that attracted tempt no more, and many of the people that wanted to have you do not care to have you, for you are a wet blanket to their enjoyments. And just as every leaf that you take off some plants and stick into a flower-pot will in time become a little plant exactly like the parent from which it was taken, so the Christ-life that is in you will be growing into a copy of its source and origin. Actions (1 Peter 1:15, 16). Many of the plans for the social and moral renovation of the world are as superficial as a doctor's treatment would be, who would direct all his attention to curing pimples when the patient is dying of consumption.2. It is clear enough that if a new likeness is being stamped upon a man, the process may be looked at from the other side; and that in proportion as we become liker Jesus Christ, we shall become more unlike the old type to which we were previously conformed. (3) Rather "be ye transfigured," and then you will find that when the inner mind is changed, many of the things that attracted tempt no more, and many of the people that wanted to have you do not care to have you, for you are a wet blanket to their enjoyments. (2)From one sect to another. Beware, too, of that religion which is anxious to take up its lodging next door to the world. In one aspect, it is self-surrender; in another, it is growing transformation. That thus only could God's perfection be vindicated — the perfection of His sovereign right to rule; that thus only could the perfection of the creature be wrought out in an onward and upward path of loyalty and love. Be quite sure the world would not be drinking of that cup, if it were not in some way spiced to their taste. That man is best qualified for the perils, yet not disqualified for the blessings of the world around him who is moved, not by pressure from without, but by principle from within, who in the midst of these changing tendencies holds a purpose, and whose personality does not dissolve in the social atmosphere around him, but who preserves a rocky identity of faith and conviction, a moral loyalty to his own ideal. This new creation of the inner man is only possible as the result of the communication of a life from without; the life of Jesus, put into your heart, on condition of your opening the door of your heart by faith, and saying, "Come in, Thou blessed of the Lord." If we are asked, Is there any sin in a theatrical representation? Till transformed —1. Now, I suppose that in my text the word "mind" is not so much employed in the widest sense, including all the affections and will, and the other faculties of our nature, as in the narrower sense of the perceptive power, or that faculty in our nature by which we recognise, and make our own, certain truths. Towards God and men (Acts 24:16).II. It is only a little seed that is sown in our hearts; we have to cherish and cultivate it, to water it by our prayers, and to watch over it, lest either the fowls of the air with light wings should carry it away, or the heavy wains of the world's business and pleasures should crush it to death, or the thorns of earthly desires should spring up and choke it.II. HOW IT MAY BE PREVENTED. WHY ARE WE TO BE TRANSFORMED. WHERE PAUL BEGINS — WITH AN INWARD RENEWAL1. You must give an account of what you do here.(Bp. (1) Well, of course there are large tracts of life where the saint and the sinner have to do the same things, feel the same anxieties, weep the same tears, and smile the same smiles. But apart from any inquiry into the reason of it, the fact is pregnant with important consequences. There are two types possible for us: this world; Jesus Christ. It is profoundly true that "as a man thinketh, so is he." We ask whether one renewed in the image of God would find himself a welcome guest there? Then the question to be decided shall be, not how far may I go in my enjoyment of the world, or where must I fix a limit to my pleasures, for the world can be enjoyed no longer, and death is fixing the last limits to its pleasures, and there remains but one act more of conformity to the world — that last act in which all flesh conforms itself to the law of dissolution; but this shall be the great question: — Am I fitted for that world which I am about to enter? Worldly men set down the objections of ministers to prejudice or envy. (Biblical Museum. Wills (Lamentations 3:24).5. And so, says Paul, the beginning of transformations of character is the renovation in the very centre of the being. Keep away from the edge. The beginning of all transformation is the revolutionised conviction of a mind that has accepted the truths of the gospel.II. Or, to put it more Christian-like, let there be nothing in your creed which is not in your commandments; and let nothing be in your life which is not moulded by these. The transformation effected in the case of Christ, when He humbled Himself to do the will of God, was voluntary on His part; otherwise His humiliation and obedience unto death could have had no efficacy. Rather the gospel is meant to heighten and deepen these, and to make each man more intensely himself, more thoroughly individual, and unlike anybody else. For the two theories of life are clean contrary — the one is all limited by time, the other lays hold on the eternal. This is the most dangerous of all mistakes.3. Rutherford.I. Yet it remains the same, not only in the consciousness of personal identity, but in the main trend and drift of the character. Paul here brackets, with that great conception of the Christian life, another equally dominant and comprehensive. The working out of the new motives, the working in of the new power, is no mere work of a moment. Only one Christ presents itself, not as a mere republication of morality, not as merely a new stimulus and motive to do what is right, but as an actual communication to men of a new power to work in them. It enters in different proportions into different bosoms; it is found in a different form in contiguous towns, in the fashionable watering-places, and in the commercial city; it is this thing at Athens, and another in Corinth. In this way we should deal with all cavillers on this subject. It is only a little spark that has to kindle a great heap of green wood, and to turn it into its own ruddy likeness. You are safer there. Yet it remains the same, not only in the consciousness of personal identity, but in the main trend and drift of the character. Affections (Colossians 3:2). ; whereas, if disowned, all opportunity of knowing its real character is hopelessly lost.1. Now, I suppose that in my text the word "mind" is not so much employed in the widest sense, including all the affections and will, and the other faculties of our nature, as in the narrower sense of the perceptive power, or that faculty in our nature by which we recognise, and make our own, certain truths. Look to your heads (2 Corinthians 13:5); your hearts (Proverbs 4:23); your lives (Matthew 12:33). Truth professed has no transforming power; truth received and fed upon can revolutionise a man's whole character. We cannot prove these acts to be crimes, but they are dangerous, and all come under the general principle which makes it wrong for a man to injure himself.5. (2) And there are a great many things in which not to be "conformed to the world" means to have nothing to do with certain acts and people. You "look for new heavens and a new earth." The issue of such a life is, to put it into plain English, an increased power of perceiving, instinctively and surely, what it is God's will that we should do. Now it is a matter of world-wide experience, verified by each of us in our own cases, if we have ever been honest in the attempt, that the power of self-improvement is limited by very narrow bounds. )Nonconformity to the worldDean Stanley.may be seen —I. So that likeness and adherence to the one must needs be dead in the teeth of the other.2. Independence of the world's opinion. And it seems to be by a great many professing Christians thought to be a great feat to walk as the mules on the Alps do, with one foot over the path and the precipice down below. But you have got to be cured before you can do what you need to do in order to be cured." And so in this. The outward developments are different, but the inward character, principles, and spirit are the very same: changing a few of the mere external circumstances, the apostle's description of the "world" of his own day is equally applicable to the "world" of ours. We have to make our choice, That transformation is no sudden thing, though the revolution which underlies it may be instantaneous. And now, lastly, note THE GREAT REWARD AND CROWN OF THIS TRANSFIGURED LIFE. (2)From one sect to another. The beginning of all transformation is the revolutionised conviction of a mind that has accepted the truths of the gospel.II. It can be known only by trial. (2)A desire to please Him (1 Thessalonians 4:1; Hebrews 11:5).2. What ruined Lot's wife? The life is to be transfigured. They will not gamble. And so, says Paul, the beginning of transformations of character is the renovation in the very centre of the being. To ask for a law when this reason is given would be as unmeaning as to ask for a law of the land forbidding all imprudence in our diet, or exposure to the weather, or to the risk of infection. Read the word written (James 1:21).2. That is the world's way; but there is a way which is not the way of the world. To understand a spiritual precept you must be spiritual yourself.6. Note: —I. He, being the Son, comes to do the will of God as a servant; you, being servants, come to do the will of God as sons.II. )The world an atmosphereCanon Liddon.It is like the dense atmosphere which on a November day hangs over your vast metropolis, the product of its countless homes and the proof of its vast industrial efforts; and yet the veil which shuts out from it the light of heaven, destroys the colour on its works of art — the dark unwholesome vapour which clogs vitality and undermines health, and from which a Londoner escapes at intervals with a light heart, that he may see the sun, and the trees, and the face of nature as God made them, and feel for a few months what it is to live. If not, then you cannot possibly understand our objection; for we object to these things as injurious to that which you tell us you have not got, namely — life in the soul. Maclaren, D.D.)TransfigurationA. Now that into which we are transformed is the image of God (2 Corinthians 3:18).3. Mark: —I. But what we have to consider is, not the abstract idea of a theatre, but what it practically is. And just as every leaf that you take off some plants and stick into a flower-pot will in time become a little plant exactly like the parent from which it was taken, so the Christ-life that is in you will be growing into a copy of its source and origin. SOME REASONS FOR ITS PROHIBITION.1. Mark: —I. The renewing of your mind is your being brought to have the same mind which Christ had. And the man that has it needs but little more. )Conformity to the worldJ. Does your Christianity do that? "The renewing of the mind," then, is only, in such an interpretation, a theological way of putting the simpler English thought, a change of estimates, a new set of views; or, if that word be too shallow, as indeed it is, a new set of convictions. Our characters are largely made by our estimates of what is good or bad, desirable or undesirable. It is only a little seed that is sown in our hearts; we have to cherish and cultivate it, to water it by our prayers, and to watch over it, lest either the fowls of the air with light wings should carry it away, or the heavy wains of the world's business and pleasures should crush it to death, or the thorns of earthly desires should spring up and choke it.II. Beveridge. Maclaren, D.D.In the preceding verse the apostle gathers the whole sum of Christian duty into one word. Add to this, becoming members of religious associations, frequenting religious society, and attending a gospel ministry, and their definition of unworldliness is complete. The lust of the eye (Ecclesiastes 5:11).3. Any man that has ever tried to cure himself of the most trivial habit which he desires to get rid of, or to alter in the slightest degree the set of some strong taste or current of his being, knows how little he can do, even by the most determined toil. Nay, try this dipping in the Jordan. The old Christian virtue of chivalry still lingers amongst us — the leaning to the weaker side because it is weaker, the desire to protect the weak and repress the strong, etc., may run to excess, but even Quixotism is refreshing. God Himself will change to you. The probation of man turns upon the willingness of man to put the will of God to the proof. The former regards time, the latter space. The issue of such a life is, to put it into plain English, an increased power of perceiving, instinctively and surely, what it is God's will that we should do. The great means of becoming unlike the world is becoming like Him, and the great means of becoming like Him is living near Him and drinking in His life and Spirit.4. It is He alone who can make the Son partaker of your human nature, without making Him to be as fallen man; it is He alone who can make you partakers of the Son's Divine nature, without making you to be as God.2. 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