(Biblical Museum. The life is to be transfigured. Behold Him transformed for you; and be you, after a corresponding manner, transformed in Him. It is no use talking about the inward change unless there is the outward transfiguration. But He proved it, and in the proving of it He found it to be "good and acceptable and perfect." To lay down a rule for all lives is as difficult as to prescribe a diet for all constitutions. Maclaren, D.D.)TransfigurationA. — whether his spiritual life would be strengthened, and his conformity to Christ increased, by constant attendance? You are safer there. (2)All His actions to your good (Romans 8:28).3. This is manifestly impossible. SOME REASONS FOR ITS PROHIBITION.1. The inner man has got a wrong twist somehow; it needs to be moulded over again. There are now, indeed, no idolatrous banquets, no savage gladiatorial conflicts in the blood-stained arena of the amphitheatre, no midnight orgies to some disgraceful deity. But whilst the individuality remains, and ought to be heightened by Christian consecration, yet a change should pass over our lives, like the change that passes over the winter landscape when the summer sun draws out the green leaves from the hard black boughs, and flashes a fresh colour over all the brown pastures. )Worldliness: its spirit permanent, its forms changefulW. How complete the transformation must be if, instead of being conformed to this world, you are to "prove," etc. The least speck of musk, invisibly taken from n cake of it, and carried away ever so far, will diffuse the same fragrance as the mass from which it came; and the little slice of Christ's life that is in you and me, will smell as sweet if not as strong as the great life from which it came.2. 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. And if, after all, a given case seemed doubtful, remember, religion, not the world, is to have the benefit of the doubt. Acceptable to God.3. S. Candlish, D.D.is fallen human nature acting itself out in the human family; moulding and fashioning the framework of human society in accordance with its own tendencies. Note the closeness of the analogy.1. But you have got to be cured before you can do what you need to do in order to be cured." They will not wear fashionable dresses; to what purpose, if they are secretly as proud of their plain dress? In proof of this note the greater zest with which men enjoy the game when some small stake is played for, "just to give an interest to the game." Receive the sacrament.Conclusion:1. "Be not conformed to the world" is defined by "Be ye transformed," etc. )The world: spirit ofF. You may wrap a man up in the swaddling bands of specific precepts until you can scarcely see him, and he cannot move, and you have not done a bit of good. The fact that God's Spirit is given to us is not a reason for our indolence, but for our work, because it gives us the power by which we can do the thing we desire. This is the result of the Holy Spirit working in us, producing in us likeness to God, transforming us into his image, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Jesus Christ. Affections (Colossians 3:2). (3)From debauchery to mere morality.2. For the two theories of life are clean contrary — the one is all limited by time, the other lays hold on the eternal. )Nonconformity to the worldDean Vaughan.There are two words for world, αἰών and κόσμος. To tinker at the outside with a host of red-tape restrictions, and prescriptions, is all waste time and effort. Our Christian life should come up to the surface and open out its flowers there. So that likeness and adherence to the one must needs be dead in the teeth of the other.2. Pray (Psalm 51:10).5. For one thing, it partly explains the economy of probation, and tends to show how trial must be both summary and decisive summary, that it may be ascertained once for all whether the authority of God is to be acknowledged or disowned; and decisive, for if His will is acknowledged, the way is opened for proving it as the expression of His nature to be "good and acceptable," etc. The commands of Scripture.III. (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. ; and in the trial of them you find that "wisdom's ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace."(R. If you want to change your characters — and God knows they all need it — change the deep convictions of your mind; and get hold, as living realities, of the great truths of Christ's gospel. (4)Hope and fear (Psalm 27:1). And, further, what is the world to one person is not the world to another. In cultivating —1. The will of God needs to be proved. "Mind" seems to be equivalent to the thinking faculty, but, possibly, includes the whole inner man. ITS CURE.1. It is better to abstain from mistaken scrupulosity from a hundred lawful things than to run the risk of one unlawful act of conformity to the world, or of throwing one stumbling-block in the way of another. Profession.3. Affections (Colossians 3:2). The fact that God's Spirit is given to us is not a reason for our indolence, but for our work, because it gives us the power by which we can do the thing we desire. But remember in proportion to the dignity given by an unworldly spirit to a worldly virtue is the mischief wrought by the absence of worldly virtues in those who call themselves unworldly. So that likeness and adherence to the one must needs be dead in the teeth of the other.2. But whilst the individuality remains, and ought to be heightened by Christian consecration, yet a change should pass over our lives, like the change that passes over the winter landscape when the summer sun draws out the green leaves from the hard black boughs, and flashes a fresh colour over all the brown pastures. You are safer there. (1)Not hypocritically but sincerely (2 Corinthians 1:12). The one is all for self, the other is all for God. But take courage, O child of God! If now transformed from the world to God, hereafter you shall be transformed from misery to happiness.(Bp. From new principles. And now, lastly, note THE GREAT REWARD AND CROWN OF THIS TRANSFIGURED LIFE. You would fain have all made quite clear to you before you surrender yourselves to the gospel call. "This world" here, in my text, is more properly "this age," which means substantially the same thing as John's favourite word "world," viz., the sum total of godless men, and things conceived of as separated from God. You "look for new heavens and a new earth." To a new end (1 Corinthians 10:31; Matthew 5:16).V. 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. Paul here brackets, with that great conception of the Christian life, another equally dominant and comprehensive. Christ's life is in you if you are in Him. What would you think of a man that said, "It is the steam that drives the spindles, so I need not put the belting on"?III. This is manifestly impossible. What is good art? In one aspect, it is self-surrender; in another, it is growing transformation. (Biblical Museum. You do not see how this aspect of the gospel call can be incompatible with that. WHY ARE WE TO BE TRANSFORMED. (2)In your rules of life. It is profoundly true that "as a man thinketh, so is he." H. Etchers, M.A. "Of course, clergymen abuse theatres, etc., but where is the harm? Consciences (Acts 24:16).4. "But be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.". It must be at best but a suspicious cup that meets tastes which should be opposite — it must be at best a suspicious path in which, even for a moment, the Christian walks hand in hand with the man of this world. Each peak we climb opens wider and clearer prospects into the untravelled land before us.(A. 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. 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