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W’s PS#7— Kathy Merrill, Peace Haven Association’s Manager of Inspirational Programs, shared this inspiration on Romans 12 (B19) as a handout for one of her weekly Bible Lesson study sessions. (Weekly call-in details below!)
“In one of Mrs. Eddy’s Bibles, she wrote beside Romans 12:

“Romans 12 is Christian Science.” (MBE Accession #B00017.C)

Romans 12:2

“. . . be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

Conformed is syschematizo in Greek which means “to conform one’s self, one’s mind and character, to another’s pattern, to fashion one’s self according to (www.blueletterbible.org, Strong’s Lexicon 2964).

And be not conformed … – The word rendered "conformed" properly means to put on the form, fashion, or appearance of another. It may refer to anything pertaining to the habit, manner, dress, style of living, etc., of another” (Barnes from biblehub.com).

World in Greek is ion which means “an unbroken age, perpetuity of time, the worlds, universe” (www.blueletterbible.org, Strong’s Lexicon 165).

Transformed is metamorphoo in Greek which means “to change into another form, to transfigure, i.e. resplendent with a divine brightness, to the same image of consummate excellence that shines in Christ, reproduce the same image” (www.blueletterbible.org, Strong’s Lexicon 3339).

The direction is to, ‘put on another form, change the form of the world for that of Christianity.’ This word would properly refer to the external appearance, but the expression which the apostle immediately uses, "renewing of the mind," shows that he did not intend to use it with reference to that only, but to the charge of the whole man. The meaning is, do not cherish a spirit, devoted to the world, following its vain fashions and pleasures, but cultivate a spirit attached to God, and his kingdom and cause” (Barnes Commentary from www.biblehub.com).

Renewing is anakainosis which means “a renewal, renovation, complete change for the better” (www.blueletterbible.org, Strong’s Lexicon 342).

“Perfect is free from effect, stain, or injury. That which has all its parts complete, or which is not disproportionate” (Barnes Commentary from www.biblehub.com).

Acceptable – That which will be pleasing to God. or which he will approve. There is scarcely a more difficult text in the Bible than this, or one that is more full of meaning. It involves the main duty of religion to be separated from the world; and expresses the way in which that duty may be performed, and in which we may live so as to ascertain and do the will of God” (Barnes Commentary from www.biblehub.com).

JB Phillips’ translation – “Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mold.”

James Moffatt’s translation – “Instead of being molded to this world, have your mind renewed, and so be transformed in nature, able to make out what the will of God is, namely what is good and acceptable to Him and perfect.”

This Peace Haven webpage welcomes you to join Kathy for more of such inspired, Bible-based sharing at one of several times each week!
You’re invited! Christian Science community members are invited to hear Kathy’s Bible-based insights on citations from the Christian Science Bible Lesson offered weekly by Peace Haven’s Manager of Inspirational Programs, Kathy Merrill. We are delighted to offer in-person gatherings at our St. Louis facility, and simultaneous conference call participation for those wishing to attend by phone. Kathy will share her insights on:

Tuesdays: 7:00 – 8:00 am; and 7:00 – 8:00 pm (Tues. night conference call only)

Wednesdays from 11:30 am–12:30 pm

Thursdays from 11:30 am–2:30 pm, and 1:30–2:30 pm.

To receive call-in numbers, please email kathy@peacehavenassociation.org, or call Peace Haven at 314.965.3833. The call-in numbers will be emailed to you.

Please join us each week!

Peace Haven Association is located at: 12630 Rott Road, St. Louis, MO 63127”

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