Have not there been other faces besides Moses' that shone as men came down from the Mount of Communion with God? Wear not the garb of time: live for eternity. Duty.2. It may be very hard sometimes to believe that the will of God concerning you is "good, and acceptable," etc. If you and I really believed what we say we believe, that Jesus Christ has died for us, and lives for us, and is ready to pour out upon us the gift of His Divine Spirit, and wills that we should be like Him, and holds out to us the great and wonderful hopes and prospects of an absolutely eternal life of supreme and serene blessedness at His right hand should we be, could we be, the sort of people that most of us are? Are we required to separate ourselves from all who are not Christians, and avoid all employments except those of devotion? (Canon Liddon. The direction, therefore, is, "Be not like the men of this world, whose all is the present. 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. 3. The fact that the world cannot be defined as to locality is an advantage, not a disadvantage: for it calls forth from us a constant spirit of inquiry and watchfulness before we enter upon our pursuits, form our connections, or enter into society. And so in this. It is a new gift of a life which will unfold itself after its own nature, as the bud into flower, and the flower into fruit; giving new desires, tastes, directions, and renewing the whole nature. Only by this expression the essentially fleeting nature of that type is more distinctly set forth. The one transformation is the cause of the other: not only as being that without which the other could not have been, but also as being the means of the other. Thus transformed, you will not be conformed: another model will be realised by you in your lives: the world will lose its hold and Christ will be all in all.(P. Till transformed —1. No; but suppose that nature becomes to us all in all, and cheats us into the belief that there is nothing higher than that which serves our senses. Lyth, D.D. (3) Perfect. Words (Matthew 12:36).7. 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. (1) It will affect your business. He goes deep down, because he had learned in His school who said: "Make the tree good and the fruit good." The beginning of all transformation is the revolutionised conviction of a mind that has accepted the truths of the gospel.II. And the man that has it needs but little more. WHY IT SHOULD BE AVOIDED. Why, we all know how often a whole life has been revolutionised by the sudden dawning or rising in its sky of some starry new truth, formerly hidden and undreamed of. Christ was transformed by becoming man; you are to be transformed by becoming new men in Him. 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. (1) If the transformation in you is thus like the transformation in Him — see to it that it be very complete. Did you never see goodness making men and women beautiful? 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. (Dean Stanley. The Paperback Bible presents the Bible by the Book and is designed to be portable, readable, and truly personal with ample margins for notations. Maclaren, D.D.)TransfigurationA. WHY ARE WE TO BE TRANSFORMED. All our actions proceed —1. 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? His being transformed is His being united by a new creation with you; your being transformed is your being united by a new creation to Him. Keep away from the edge. 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. (2)Not proudly, but humbly (Luke 17:10). "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. (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 are to prove God's will —(1) In what must be the first act of your obedience — namely, your believing on Him whom He has sent. Words (Matthew 12:36).7. In verse 1, Paul addresses his readers as brethren, which assumes that they have experienced the new birth. And remember, this transformation is no magic change effected whilst men sleep. And the man that has it needs but little more. 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. 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. Only by this expression the essentially fleeting nature of that type is more distinctly set forth. And now, lastly, note THE GREAT REWARD AND CROWN OF THIS TRANSFIGURED LIFE. In that event our Lord's indwelling divinity came up to the surface and became visible. (3)The world (Ecclesiastes 1:1, 2).2. )But be ye transformed by the renewing of your mindTransformationR. The first 11 chapters of the book of Romans mine the depths of God’s gracious purpose and plan for the redemption of sinful humans. The power of our modern civilisation is the power of that which is visible and tangible. WHAT IS IT NOT TO RE CONFORMED TO IT?1. Christians are often perplexed when asked — Why do you not join in this or that amusement? S. Candlish, D.D.)TransformationI. How should we educate our children? Acceptable to God.3. The Christian, too, should examine not only what is without, to see whether the place he is entering is the world, but also what is within himself, and whether he is not converting even what is the kingdom of God into the world by the worldly spirit which he brings with him. Words (Matthew 12:36).7. "The path of the just is as the shining light, etc. Magee.1. Many are mistaken about it, and think they are renewed, because turned —(1)From one sin to another. 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. The more we get like Jesus Christ, the more certainly we get unlike the world. The fashion of that new world and the will of God will not be opposed to one another. And yet "there shall be two women grinding at a mill," the one shall be a Christian, the other not. Christians are often perplexed when asked — Why do you not join in this or that amusement? We must be moulded after the same type. (1)Love and hatred (Matthew 22:37). Yet it remains the same, not only in the consciousness of personal identity, but in the main trend and drift of the character. 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. 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. 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. Suited to their case and circumstances, deserving of their acceptance, sure to become more and more well-pleasing as they entered more and more into its spirit. 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. We have to make our choice, That transformation is no sudden thing, though the revolution which underlies it may be instantaneous. 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. All our actions proceed —, (1)Obedience to God (1 Samuel 15:22). Beveridge. Hear it preached.3. Often people want to change because they’re unhappy with life and they want to be happy. 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. (3)In your company. WHAT HE EXPECTS FROM THE INWARD CHANGE — a life "transfigured," the same word as is employed in the account of our Lord's transfiguration. Each peak we climb opens wider and clearer prospects into the untravelled land before us.(A. But you have got to be cured before you can do what you need to do in order to be cured." Beveridge. There is a broad gulf between the man who believes in Jesus Christ and His gospel and the man who does not. 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. Truth professed has no transforming power; truth received and fed upon can revolutionise a man's whole character. The inner man has got a wrong twist somehow; it needs to be moulded over again. Nor does the thing now exist in worldly minds. And remember that in such cases there is great need that you watch against self-deception. So the Christian must not attempt to go with the current of a sinful world: if he does, it will not only hinder, but end his religious progress; but he must go against it, and then every effort of his soul will be upward, heavenward, Godward.(M. Christians are often perplexed when asked — Why do you not join in this or that amusement? But you have got to be cured before you can do what you need to do in order to be cured." The command not to eat of the fruit did not obviously commend itself as "good," etc. Does your Christianity do that? Hear it preached.3. The one transformation is the cause of the other: not only as being that without which the other could not have been, but also as being the means of the other. You are safer there. Be not conformed —(1)To the spirit of the world. )Nonconformity to the worldBiblical Museum.I. 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. To lay down a rule for all lives is as difficult as to prescribe a diet for all constitutions. Why, we all know how often a whole life has been revolutionised by the sudden dawning or rising in its sky of some starry new truth, formerly hidden and undreamed of. Rutherford.I. 3. You can form a correct estimate of a man's character by his ruling principles. (1)Obedience to God (1 Samuel 15:22). "We all with open face, reflecting as a mirror does the glory of the Lord, shall be changed into the same image."(A. Note the reasons for this examination.1. Davies, D.D. (2)Desire and abhorrence. How opposite are the two habits, namely, being "conformed to this world," and being "transformed," etc. S. Candlish, D.D.)TransformationI. By "this world" is meant everything in it which is antagonistic to the truth or to the life of God in the soul of man. It may be very hard sometimes to believe that the will of God concerning you is "good, and acceptable," etc. (2)Desire and abhorrence. Well, in such cases be turns to his chart — on that chart (his Bible) though he find not every rock and shoal and quicksand, marked down by name — he finds it laid down plainly and decisively that the whole coast is dangerous, i.e, he finds a general principle, "Be not conformed to this world" — "The friendship of the world is enmity with God." It is no use talking about the inward change unless there is the outward transfiguration. (2) If they say, we object to these things because they are worldly, then they will be asked, What is the essential difference between the amusement in question, and some other which they hold lawful? "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. Not the things done, but the motive, makes the difference. By whom is the amusement patronised? The one is all for self, the other is all for God. Did you never see goodness making men and women beautiful? There are here two types, of one or other of which you must take the fashion. 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. And so in this. So the Christian must not attempt to go with the current of a sinful world: if he does, it will not only hinder, but end his religious progress; but he must go against it, and then every effort of his soul will be upward, heavenward, Godward.(M. 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. The more we get like Jesus Christ, the more certainly we get unlike the world. WHY SHOULD WE NOT BE CONFORMED?1. MEANS.1. EXAMINE WHETHER YOU BE TRANSFORMED OR NO. MEANS.1. It is clear, then, that that conformity is forbidden which interferes with our being transformed. Paul's "world" was a grim, heathen, persecuting world; our "world" has got christened, and goes to church and chapel, like a respectable gentleman. 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. It is a dangerous game, like children trying how far they can stretch out of the nursery window without tumbling into the street; you will go over some day when you miscalculate a little bit. Meditate upon it.4. We must be moulded after the same type. To a new end (1 Corinthians 10:31; Matthew 5:16).V. But you have got to be cured before you can do what you need to do in order to be cured." Towards God and men (Acts 24:16).II. (Biblical Museum. We answer this question by another: "What is the state of your soul? 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. By —1. If now transformed from the world to God, hereafter you shall be transformed from misery to happiness.(Bp. 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. To a new end (1 Corinthians 10:31; Matthew 5:16).V. By renovation you become again as you were created (Genesis 1:26).2. But you have got to be cured before you can do what you need to do in order to be cured." We must be moulded after the same type. Yet it remains the same, not only in the consciousness of personal identity, but in the main trend and drift of the character. But take courage, O child of God! The inability to stand alone. As all is to be sacrifice, so all is to be transformation. Doubtless, if they had kept it, they would have found by experience —(1) That it was in itself "good" as the seal of God's covenant of life, and as the preparation for the unfolding of His higher providence. "We all with open face, reflecting as a mirror does the glory of the Lord, shall be changed into the same image."(A. WHERE PAUL BEGINS — WITH AN INWARD RENEWAL1. "I come to do Thy will, O God," is the language of the Son in the very act of taking the new nature; the renewing of your mind is your making that language your own. And yet "there shall be two women grinding at a mill," the one shall be a Christian, the other not. (2)A desire to please Him (1 Thessalonians 4:1; Hebrews 11:5).2. In one aspect, it is self-surrender; in another, it is growing transformation. But we must not forget that the principle may be applied in an opposite direction. We ask whether one renewed in the image of God would find himself a welcome guest there? "The fashion of this world passeth away." And remember, this transformation is no magic change effected whilst men sleep. But take courage, O child of God! The pain, shame, weariness, and blood awaiting Him, the tempter ingeniously contrasts with the shorter road to glory which he would have Him to take. It seems to be thought, by a great many people, who call themselves Christians nowadays, that the nearer they can come in life, in ways of looking at things, in estimates of literature, for instance, in customs of society, in politics, in trade, and especially in amusements — the nearer they can come to the unchristian world, the more "broad" and "superior to prejudice" they are. But there is a transfiguration in the life that now is (2 Corinthians 3:18) also into the image of the Lord; and therefore it is a transformation into glory, but not into the glory that was seen on the Mount, but what was seen in the manger, in the wilderness, in Gethsemane, and on the Cross. (2) That the essential character of our transfiguration is the moulding of us into the likeness of Christ. (2) The card table. Till transformed —1. If now transformed from the world to God, hereafter you shall be transformed from misery to happiness.(Bp. But for all that it is the world still, and we have to shake our hands free of it.3. Truth professed has no transforming power; truth received and fed upon can revolutionise a man's whole character. 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