Posted by: DCox | February 8, 2009

The Transformative Word

pentecostGod’s word empowered by the Spirit continues to transform us even after the event we call salvation. In the New Testament, we learn that the Holy Spirit continues to speak to the believer opening his/her eyes and ears to the truths found in the Bible. The Spirit continues to prompt us to godly thinking and behavior – this is nothing more or less than Person to person communication of God’s Spirit with our spirit. The Holy Spirit agrees with and confirms the word of God and prompts us to obey – not as a work of obedience, but as a child desires to obey his parents out of love. Christians call this transformative process ‘sanctification’.

What‘s sanctification look like? — The follower of Jesus cooperates with the Spirit in the renovation of our minds. Our thinking aligns more closely with God’s reality and our behaviors reflect this change.

  • 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. – Romans 12:2
  • For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double–edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. – Hebrews 4:12
  • So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure. – Philippians 2:12-13

Our behavior becomes more Christ-like; we truly are children of God and transformation is a sign of the believer’s union with Christ.
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  • But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. – Galatians 5:22
  • Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. – John 1:12
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