Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
One thing some Christians do not understand is the divine pattern of transformation and it is the cause of much confusion and misunderstanding in their Christian life.
For example, they hear scriptures like:
“I am a new creation in Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
“I can do all things in Christ” (Philippians 4:13).
“I am the head and not the tail” (Deuteronomy 28:13).
But they do not carry any evidence of this in their lives so they carry a mindset where they pretend this is true in their life but deep down, they don’t believe it. This lack of understanding is significant because not only does it create an inner division which hinders prayer and faith, but the person also thinks there must be something wrong with them.
The answer to this issue is understanding the three types of transformation when it comes to Salvation:
1. Justification – At salvation, we are justified by faith in Christ.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God (Romans 5:1).
2. Sanctification – Salvation is also an ongoing process through the renewing of our minds to the Word of God and by the Spirit of God.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of the mind (Romans 12:2).
3. Glorification – Salvation is ultimately ‘complete’ when we receive our glorified bodies in the next life.
Christ… who will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like His glorious body (Philippians 3:21).
This is the divine pattern of transformation – but it's the first two that have the most relevance in this life. How do we put them into practice?
“Justification” is your legal position as a Christian – it’s by faith.
“Sanctification” is the process of living out of that legal position and declaring that Kingdom truth in your life. The more you grow in your revelation of who you are in Christ and what He did for you upon the cross, the more you will outwork it in your life.
Abraham is a great illustration – although he and Sarah had not given birth to a child, God changed their names to "father of many nations" and "princess of a nation", so they would declare what He said about them, not what the facts of their life said about them!
And you need to carry the same mindset – pray and declare what God’s Word says about you, not what your five senses are telling you… and you will see God’s Word and His Spirit transforming the way you live your life!